Alison Van Uytvanck was taken the distance by Sorana Cirstea in the Tashkent Open final but rallied to take her second WTA Tour title of the year.

The Belgian, seeded third, had usurped former champion Kristyna Pliskova in the last four and added her name to that list with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 success on Saturday.

This victory adds to Van Uytvanck's success in Budapest and takes her career tally to four titles, in addition to one won at 125k level.

Cirstea's only previous triumph had come in Tashkent 11 years ago and she threatened a repeat when rallying in the second, but Van Uytvanck just had too much for the Romanian.

Sorana Cirstea crushed Katarina Zavatska in straight sets on Friday to return to the Tashkent Open final, where she will face Alison Van Uytvanck.

The only triumph of Cirstea's 13-year WTA Tour career came in Tashkent in 2008, when she beat Sabine Lisicki, but she will have the opportunity to add another title in the same tournament this week.

Romanian Cirstea was in dominant form against 19-year-old Zavatska, winning the first nine games on the way to a 6-0 6-3 victory.

No player has taken the title twice in Tashkent and Cirstea can expect a tough test from third seed Van Uytvanck.

The Belgian has never lost a WTA final, winning all three she has contested, and got the better of 2016 Tashkent champion Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 7-5.

Kristyna Pliskova made serene progress into the Tashkent Open semi-finals as the 2016 champion beat top seed Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets.

Fifth seed Pliskova broke in Kuzmova's first service game en route to a 3-0 lead and won five successive games in the second set, eventually converting match point at the third time of asking to clinch a 6-3 6-4 success.

Pliskova, whose only previous singles title on the tour came at this event in 2016, now faces Alison Van Uytvanck in the semi-finals after the Belgian breezed past Pauline Parmentier 6-2 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea outlasted Danka Kovinic 7-5 5-7 6-1 in just under two and a half hours and her next opponent is Katarina Zavatska, who only dropped two games in ousting Anna Kalinskaya.

Tashkent Open top seed Viktoria Kuzmova overcame a stern challenge from Francesa Di Lorenzo in her first-round tie on Monday.

World number 56 Kuzmova was forced to a tie-break in the first set, finally overcoming Di Lorenzo 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 when she broke the American before serving out the next point to take the lead.

Di Lorenzo, ranked 85 places lower than the favourite, forced a break at the start of the second set, but could not hold her nerve as her opponent rallied to win five games in a row, securing passage to round two with her third match point.

Greet Minnen will be Kuzmova's rival in the round of 16, after she overcame Kateryna Bondarenko, while Alison Van Uytvanck dispatched qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 6-0 6-1.

Meanwhile, Jelena Ostapenko - French Open champion in 2017 - was forced to retire hurt from her meeting with Katarina Zavatska.

Defending champion Margarita Gasparyan is in action on Tuesday against Stefanie Voegele. If victorious, she will go up against Danka Kovinic, who beat wildcard Sabina Sharipova 6-0 5-7 6-2.

Peng Shuai recorded her best win of 2019 as she defeated Kristyna Pliskova in three sets at the Jiangxi Open on Friday.

The former world number 14, who had not beaten a player ranked in the top 100 this year, saw off 81st-ranked Pliskova 6-3 0-6 6-4 after a gruelling one hour and 49 minutes in humid conditions.

Pliskova recovered from losing the first set to produce a dominant display in the second, reeling off 20 winners in six quick-fire games to seize the initiative in the contest.

However, Peng broke to move 5-4 ahead in the third and booked her place in the last eight with a forehand winner.

Peng will face compatriot Zhu Lin in the quarter-finals, the latter likely to be feeling the fresher of the two after top seed Zhang Shuai retired ill from their last-16 match at 6-0 1-0 down after only 39 minutes.

Fourth seed Elena Rybakina progressed with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 defeat of Xinyu Wang, while Nina Stojanovic beat former US Open champion Sam Stosur 6-4 6-3.

At the Hana-cupid Open, Alison van Uytvanck won a battle of the Belgians against Kirsten Flipkens to reach the quarter-finals.

Van Uytvanck led by a set and a break but eventually needed one hour and 55 minutes to take a 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory and secure a meeting with Mihaela Buzarnescu, who beat Kurumi Nara in straight sets.

Seventh seed Sara Sorribes Tormo made light work of Varvara Flink, winning 6-3 6-1, while Misaki Doi gave the home fans something to cheer with a 6-1 1-6 6-3 defeat of Australia's Zoe Hives.

Patricia Maria Tig came from behind to beat favourite Alison van Uytvanck 3-6 6-1 6-2 in the final of the Karlsruhe Open.

World number 65 Van Uytvanck - who beat her partner Greet Minnen in the first round - had been expected to lift the title in the inaugural edition of the clay court tournament in Germany.

But Tig, ranked 223, fought back from a set down on Sunday.

Van Uytvanck broke serve three times as she nosed ahead, but Tig - who only dropped one set throughout the entire tournament - responded with three breaks of her own to restore parity.

And, after breaking once more to make it 4-2 in set three, 25-year-old Tig got the better of Van Uytvanck's serve to claim her first WTA title with two match points to spare.

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