Roland Garros Day 11, QF Match Preview: Timea Bacsinszky v Alison Van Uytvanck

BacsinszkyThere have been some wonderful stories at this year’s Roland Garros and none more so than a Grand Slam quarter-final between Timea Bacsinszky and Alison Van Uytvanck. The pair have both broke new ground this week; Bacsinszky had never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam while Van Uytvanck had only ever won ONE main draw match at Grand Slam level… ONE! Bacsinszky scored a minor upset in the fourth round as she recovered from a poor start to defeat Petra Kvitova in three sets, 2-6 6-0 6-3. Bacsinszky was all over the place in the first set, committing five double faults and looked unsettled. Kvitova was marginally the more consistent player in a disappointing opener.

Bacsinszky improved dramatically in the second set. Petra went for a wander as Petra likes to do but Timea deserved more credit than she got for raising her level. The third set featured some excellent rallies and the best tennis of the match (although it didn’t have much competition with the first two sets). Bacsinszky got the first break, but couldn’t consolidate. She rebroke and then got the crucial hold. The first three points in that game were gifts from Petra, but the final one was a delightful drop shot. Bacsinszky’s tactics and variety are one of her greatest attributes although for much of the third set she was just gritting it out.

Huge credit must go to Timea because Petra is tough to beat in three setters. P3tra is a thing! I love Timea’s attitude and the way she carries hersefl on court. She really believes in herself and that is great to see. I’m so EAGER to see her in Eastbourne and she’s top of my list of players to watch… i’ve never seen her live. I was sad for Petra, but it’s time for the grass. A strange part of me was kind of relieved for Petra. I know her draw was great here at RG, but Wimbledon has to be the main goal and I thought going deep in Paris may have affected her preparation for the grass.

In the most unlikely of fourth round matches between Alison Van Uytvanck and Andreea Mitu, Van Uytvanck played a great match, finishing with 28 winners to 16 unforced errors to beat Mitu, 6-1 6-3. She went straight for a hug with a coach before shaking hands with Mitu. Van Uytvanck’s form has been decent this year although no-one obviously anticipated a quarter-final showing. Her most high profile match of the year came in Antwerp where she was unable to convert on eight match points in a second round match against Andrea Petkovic. It was a tough loss for AVU and Petkovic peaked on those match points. Since then, Van Uytvanck has successfully come through qualifying to reach the main draws at Indian Wells, Miami, Marrakech and Nurnberg, and also reached the semi-finals of Katowice, losing to eventual champion, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

As i’ve stated a few times this week, what an opportunity for both players! Don’t write off Van Uytvanck just yet as she has played some superb tennis this week and has a wonderfully varied game, much like Bacsinszky. As the higher ranked player, and by quite some considerable distance, Bacsinszky will feel the expectation upon her shoulders. Timea showed against Petra that she wasn’t phased by the situation and I think she’s taking another giant leap into the semi-finals. It may not be an expected quarter-final, but I think this will be a fascinating match and i’m hoping it gets the coverage that it deserves.

Prediction: Bacsinszky d. Van Uytvanck in 2 tight sets

Photo in this post taken from TennisTV coverage

2 thoughts on “Roland Garros Day 11, QF Match Preview: Timea Bacsinszky v Alison Van Uytvanck

  1. I loved the way Timea dismantled Petra,I feel she will be too strong all round for Alison who has had the tournament of her life making the q/finals of a Grand Slam.


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