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Alison Van Uytvanck and Sorana Cirstea to meet for Tashkent Open crown

Alison Van Uytvanck and Sorana Cirstea to meet for Tashkent Open crown

Van Uytvanck is seeking her WTA second title of the season, while the Romanian is contesting her first final in more than six years.

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Alison Van Uytvanck will aim to win her second WTA title of the season when she faces Sorana Cirstea in the final of the Tashkent Open.

The third-seeded Van Uytvanck beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in Friday's semifinals. It's the first time in her career that Belgium's Van Uytvanck has played two finals in a season. She's won all of her three previous career finals, most recently when retaining her Budapest title in February.

Cirstea needed just 51 minutes to wrap up her semifinal win 6-0, 6-3 against Katarina Zavatska.

Cirstea is bidding for a second Tashkent title, 11 years after her last. The Romanian has never won another WTA event and hasn't contested a final since losing to Serena Williams in Toronto six years ago.