Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA-67) was therefore unable to win her first match at Roland Garros. In the first round she took on Italy’s Martina Trevisan (WTA-97). Remarkably, neither of the women had won a match on clay this season.
The first set went straight. Both Van Uytvanck and Trevisan were clearly looking for the baseline and they didn’t let each other come to the net.
At 4-5, our compatriot could finish it on her own serve, but she lost three set points. Trevisan found her second breath and went through the service of the Belgian to win the first set 7-5.
In the second set we saw two more attacking players. Both regularly went to the net and some nice drop shots also made their appearance.
At the end of the second set, it seemed as if Van Uytvanck would hand over the set win again. Trevisan came back 4-5 behind to 40-40, but a strong Van Uytvanck couldn’t be caught this time. The second set went to the Belgian 6-4.
In the third set we saw that both players were really evenly matched. It was all about the details. Van Uytvanck was the first to force a break with a powerful smash, but a resilient Italian immediately went through the service of the Belgian number 2. On it and over for the Italian who won the third set 6-4.
While the Italian took her first victory of the season on clay, the adventure of Alison Van Uytvanck already ran aground in the first round of Roland Garros. She has already lost 6 games in a row.
Van Uytvanck sighed deeply at the press conference. “I can’t use the word, but it sucks, hey. You just see that I lack some confidence. I fight very hard, but I alternate 3 good games with 3 lesser ones.”
“It’s not going well at the moment, it won’t turn. I can’t do more than I’ve done here. I gave everything and fought until the last ball. If I keep doing that, it will turn.”
“This was one of my better matches after my injury, but it’s still painful. Although I may have to pick up on this and give myself a little more time.”