Sunday, November 10, 2013

An all-Belgian final

Wait--that was another decade, wasn't it?

But what do you know? Two Belgians wound up competing for the title in the OEC Taipei Ladies Open, a WTA 125 Sereis event that concluded over the weekend. 2nd seed Yanina Wickmayer lost to the unseeded Alison Van Uytvanck, who defeated her 6-4, 6-2. Van Uytvanck never faced a break point.

Van Uytvanck and parter Anna-Lena Friedsam were the runners-up in doubles. The title went to Caroline Garcia and Yaroslava Shvedova. Garcia says she had been trying to get Shvedova to play doubles with her for a long time, but Shvedova wasn't available in the past. The Taipei tournament marks their debut as a team.


Anonymous said...

Here's a terrific article:

Diane said...

That is a really, really good article! And--in spite of the problems with her English (which have decreased, making her, imo, a bit less hilariously charming) and the fact that she isn't Ana Ivanovic, Petra is stunning when "dolled up." It shouldn't matter, but of course, it does.

I think that if she really wanted to, Petra could make more sponsorship money. She has a natural charm and style that lends itself to the camera and the microphone. She's also a tall blonde......But she's obviously comfortable with doing just a little bit of that kind of thing.

I remember, years ago, it was assumed that Kristi Yamaguchi didn't get many sponsorships because she was Asian-American. But her manager said no--she didn't have many sponsorships because she turned most of them down.

Doug said...

Petra is stunning and becoming more so as we speak. There's dignity in her visage; sorely lacking in most of the rest. Call it elegance, like her game. All the shots, great touch. Ball striking ability like none other, from any spot on the court. Without asthma, nobody would stand a chance. Nobody.