The Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, player number 89 in the world, spoiled the party to the local public who expected to see Yulia Putintseva win the Nur-Sultan tournament, first seed but who lost in the final to the second by 1-6, 6-4 and 6-3.
Putintseva and his supporters saw the game head-on when the 47-ranked racket took the opening sleeve after breaking his opponent’s serve three times.
But in the second, at 4-4, the Belgian managed a break that put the tie within reach. Despite the difficulties in maintaining his serve later, he leveled the shock and, more importantly, opened a crack in the confidence shown so far by Putintseva.
After exchanging ‘breaks’ to begin with, the home player went into crisis and did not show the forceful game of the first set again.
Putintseva had beaten the Belgian in all four of her previous matches, although this was her first indoors.
This final featured the top two favorites in a WTA tournament for the first time since November 2020, when No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated No. 2 Belgian Elise Mertens in Linz.
It is the fifth title for the Belgian who, curiously, won all her cups in the third set:
-2017 Quebec vs. Babos 5-7, 6-4 and 6-1
-2018 Budapest vs. Cibulkova 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5
-2019 Budapest vs. Vondrousova 1-6, 7-5 and 6-2
-2019 Tashkent vs. Cirstea 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4
-2021 Nur-Sultan vs. Putintseva 1-6, 6-4 and 6-3