Van Uytvanck moves to 4-0 in WTA singles finals with Tashkent triumph

Van Uytvanck moves to 4-0 in WTA singles finals with Tashkent triumph

In the deciding set against Sorana Cirstea, the Belgian saved six break points in her opening service game before marching ahead to victory.

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Alison Van Uytvanck won her second title of the season Saturday in a keenly fought final at the Tashkent Open against Sorana Cirstea.

The Belgian prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 after nearly two and a half hours. The turning point came when she saved six break points at 1-0 down in the decider before breaking her Romanian opponent in the next game.

It was the first time Van Uytvanck had won two titles in a season and she moves to 4-0 in career WTA finals. Her first title of 2019 came with a successful defense of the Budapest crown in February.

The 29-year-old Cirstea had won both of her previous meetings with Van Uytvanck and was seeking her first tour-level title since winning in Tashkent 11 years previously.