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Singles & Doubles Heat Up In Taipei

The singles and doubles finals were set at the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open, the last tournament of 2013. The singles final will be an all-Belgian one between Yanina Wickmayer and Alison Van Uytvanck.

Published November 09, 2013 12:00

Singles & Doubles Heat Up In Taipei
Yaroslava Shvedova, Caroline Garcia

TAIPEI, Chinese Taipei - The semifinals of the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open took place on Saturday, with five players set to play on the last day of the season - two in the singles final, four in the doubles.

The singles semis were up first, with Yanina Wickmayer winning first - the No.2-seeded Belgian needed just 64 minutes to beat Thai Luksika Kumkhum, 63 61. Wickmayer hasn't lost a set all week.

Following her into the final was another Belgian, Alison Van Uytvanck, who won an all-unseeded battle against Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier, 76(5) 63. The first set was dramatic - Van Uytvanck originally led 5-1 before losing five games in a row - but she closed it out anyway and ended up winning in two.

"I was up two breaks but didn't finish the set 6-2 or 6-4, which was tough, but mentally I was able to get into it again in the tie-break," Van Uytvanck said. "I was up a break again in the second set - she broke back, but I'm happy I managed to get ahead again and that I could reach my first final today."

Wickmayer beat Van Uytvanck in their only previous meeting, on home turf in Brussels in 2011.

"That was outdoors on clay and this is indoors on hard, so the conditions are different," Wickmayer said. "But I've gained a lot of experience over the years and I hope that's going to help me tomorrow."

"That was a close match, but this is another match, and I have a lot of confidence right now," Van Uytvanck said. "It's the last tournament of the year, so I just want to give my best, and we'll see."

Wickmayer is impressed with her countrywoman's play. "She's very talented," the former Top 15 player said. "She's coming up with nothing to lose, which is always dangerous. It's going to be a tough match.

"But it's my last match of the season, so I'll enjoy it. And no matter what a Belgian will win."

After the singles final, Van Uytvanck made it into the doubles final too - alongside Anna-Lena Friedsam she pulled off a 26 76(4) 107 comeback victory against Olga Savchuk and Tamarine Tanasugarn. Awaiting them in the final are Caroline Garcia and Yaroslava Shvedova, who edged No.3 seeds Petra Martic and Zheng Saisai in a tight two-setter, 75 76(4). The doubles final follows the singles final.

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