Belgian heeds warnings to draw with cut-throat display

Alison Van Uytvanck, the no.8 seed, booked her last 16 berth with a controlled and steady straight set success over Russian veteran Marina Melnikova 6-1 6-1.

The 27-year-old reeled off nine successive games to overwhelm Melnikova, who was no easy opponent having recently raced to the final of the ITF Challenger in Figueira Da Foz.Belgian Van Uytvanck, who became a 2018 Wimbledon giant killer by stunning defending champion and no.3 seed Garbine Muguruza in three sets, was in a commanding mood to thunder down winners and seemingly play with Melnikova at will.

But it was her 2018 SW19 press conference, following her shock win over the Spanish-Venezuelan, that she also hit the headlines as she announced that she was in a romantic relationship with compatriot Greet Minnen.

Minnen made her WTA Tour main draw debut at the 2018 BGL Luxembourg Open in the Ladies Doubles with Van Uytvanck, with the pair only a handful of openly gay players on the women’s circuit.Van Uytvanck will battle it out against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic for a place in the quarter-final, with the winner to face either British no.1 and top seed Johanna Konta or Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova.