TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP)—Karin Knapp of Italy won her first career WTA title in her 12th year as a pro when she won the Tashkent Open by beating defending champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final on Saturday.

Knapp saved nine break points, including all five in the first set, in prevailing 6-2, 7-6 (4).

The third-seeded Knapp reached only one previous final, six years ago in Antwerp, and lost to top seed Jovanovski in their only previous meeting just four months ago in Madrid.