LINZ, Austria - The Upper Austria Ladies' Linz may very well have a new champion in 2018.
Unseeded Alison van Uytvanck came from a set down to defeat defending champion and No.3 seed Barbora Strycova in Friday's first quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Belgian dethroned the Czech's title defense in just under two-and-a-half hours, breaking early in the second and third sets and holding on from there to become the first player through to the final four.
The World No.56 broke in the third game of each of the two sets she one, and never dropped serve after being broken three times in the opener.
Congrats! @AlisonVanU served her way into the semifinals by beating our defending champion #barborastrycova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Afterwards she said a nice „Thank you“ to her on-court coach @FlipperKF! (📸: GEPA) #2h26mins #wtalinz #upperaustrialadieslinz @WTA pic.twitter.com/zX51ADj56S
— WTA Linz (@WTALinz) October 12, 2018
The Hungarian Ladies Open champion in February, van Uytvanck snapped a seven-match skid dating back to the Coupe Rogers in Montreal with her effort this week, and will contest her second semifinal of the season.
As a result of Strycova's defeat, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 2015 winner, is the lone former champion left in the draw, while Italian No.5 seed Camila Giorgi was the 2014 runner-up.
Giorgi and Van Uytvanck will next play for a place in the final, after the Italian saw off a determined Margarita Gasparyan in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Giorgi saw a 6-3, 3-1 lead slip against the Russian, who scored her first Top 10 victory over No.2 seed Kiki Bertens in the second round, but won the last four games from crucial 2-2 moments in the final set to earn her semifinal spot.