QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - No.7 seed Alison van Uytvanck took home her first career WTA title at the Coupe Banque Nationale on Sunday afternoon, coming from a set down to see off No.3 seed Timea Babos, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
There was little to separate the two players, with 35 ranking places between them, in the opening set, as it went with serve over the course of the first 11 games.
After saving set point to hold for 5-5, van Uytvanck was unable to hold off Babos in her next service game, as she saved three more set points before ultimately seeing the No.3 seed take a one-set lead on her fifth opportunity.
A mammoth seven-deuce, first service game of the second set saw van Uytvanck save six total break points, and she took her first lead of the match with an emphatic love break in the fifth game.
Van Uytvanck did not face another break point for the duration of the second set, and rolled through an emphatic third where she broke serve three times and dropped just five total points behind her own serve to win her first WTA crown.
After reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 2015, the Belgian peaked at a career-high ranking of World No.41, but struggled with injury in part over the past two seasons.
The Belgian began the season outside the world's Top 130, but will see her ranking rise to inside the Top 70 on the back of her week in Quebec City.
Babos won't leave Quebec City without champion's hardware, however, as she and Andrea Hlavackova defeated Canadian youngsters Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine to win the doubles title, 6-3, 6-1.
The Hungarian and Czech pair, the top seeds in the doubles draw this week, came into the event ranked No.8 in the Porsche Race to Singapore, as they look to reach their first WTA Finals in Singapore together.
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