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.

Anastasija Sevastova made light work of Ajla Tomljanovic to set up a Mallorca Open quarter-final against Yafan Wang.

Second-seed Sevastova, Mallorca Open champion in 2017, was in fine form on Wednesday, easily seeing off Tomljanovic 6-2 6-1.

The world number 12 struck nine winners and made just five unforced errors without facing a single break point, such was her superiority, and she improved her career record at the grass-court event to 15 wins from 17 matches.

Tomljanovic looked sharp at times but made 19 unforced errors to allow Sevastova to take control and ease into the final eight.

Wang will be Sevastova's opponent in the next round, after she overcame Alison van Uytvanck in straight sets 7-6(7-3) 6-3.

Meanwhile, 2018 semi-finalist Samantha Stosur bowed out to number four seed Elise Mertens, who won 6-3 6-3.

Mertens will face seventh seed Sofia Kenin in the quarter-finals, who claimed her spot after Ons Jabeur retired during their match while trailing 6-2 2-0.

Top seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber is in action on Thursday, facing Maria Sharapova.

Qualifier Jil Teichmann continued to upset the odds by beating Barbora Strycova to reach a first WTA Tour final at the Prague Open on Friday.

The Swiss left-hander needed just 76 minutes to beat ninth seed Strycova 6-3 6-0 for her best WTA Tour win by ranking and tournament round.

Teichmann had double Strycova's winners (22 to 11), while the Czech failed to convert any of her break-point chances.

Home favourite Karolina Muchova also reached a maiden Tour final by overcoming Bernarda Pera 6-2 7-5 in the other semi-final.

At Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Morocco, Johanna Konta reached a first final in 10 months thanks to a 6-2 7-6 (9-7) triumph over fourth seed and 2018 finalist Ajla Tomljanovic.

Before this week, the Briton had failed to piece together more than two straight WTA main-draw wins on clay.

Maria Sakkari followed up her beating of defending champion Elise Mertens with a 6-4 6-4 triumph over Alison van Uytvanck to book her spot in the final. 

Bernarda Pera put an end to Wang Qiang's hopes of glory in Prague, while Elise Mertens' reign in Rabat came to an end on Thursday.

Pera caused an upset in the last eight of the Prague Open, overcoming third seed Wang 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 to reach her second semi-final on the WTA Tour.

The American let slip a 5-2 lead in the second set but rallied impressively in the decider to clinch victory. Next up will be Karolina Muchova, who defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva in straight sets to progress.

Muchova is one of two Czech players through to the last four – she is joined by Barbora Strycova, the ninth seed overcoming her sixth-seeded compatriot Katerina Siniakova, dropping just three games in the process.

Jil Teichmann, meanwhile, made it through to her maiden semi-final by dismissing the challenge of German Tamara Korpatsch in a one-sided clash.

At the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Morocco, defending champion Mertens was surprisingly beaten 6-4 7-6 (7-2) by Maria Sakkari.

Sakkari, the sixth seed, is still yet to drop a set at the tournament and will go up against another Belgian in Alison Van Uytvanck, who hit back in style after falling a set down versus Ysaline Bonaventure, in the semi-finals on Friday.

In the other half of the draw, Johanna Konta lost the opening set in a tie-break against second seed Hsieh Su-wei but went on to secure a 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-4 win.

Ajla Tomljanovic, who triumphed 6-2 6-4 against Rebecca Peterson, stands between Konta and a place in the final.

Top seed Karolina Pliskova has been forced to withdraw from the Prague Open due to a viral illness.

The world number five decided to play at last week's Stuttgart Open, losing in the last 16 to Victoria Azarenka, but has been unable to train in full for the start of the clay-court season.

"I've been in pain all month and I can't train," Pliskova said on her official website.

"On Tuesday, I was determined to opt out of the Stuttgart tournament, but in the end I tried to play. In fact, I expected the performance to be much worse."

Barbora Strycova takes Pliskova's place in the draw in Prague, where there was no play on Monday due to rain.

There was, however, action at the Grand Prix de Sar la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, including a surprise early exit for Yulia Putintseva.

The third seed claimed the opening set but eventually went down 3-6 6-4 6-3 to Tamara Zidansek after two hours and 22 minutes on court.

There was better news for eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck - she reached the second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Pauline Parmentier thanks to crucial breaks at the end of each set.

"I think it's always difficult to play against Pauline in the first round, especially on clay," the Belgian told the WTA Tour's website.

"I knew it would be tough, so I'm happy with the way that I played. I was playing aggressively without making many unforced errors."

Ana Bogdan defeated Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 and there were also victories in straight sets for Rebecca Peterson and Isabella Shinikova, as they knocked out Viktorija Golubic and Tatjana Maria respectively.

Polona Hercog produced another rousing comeback at the Ladies Open Lugano to beat Sorana Cirstea 3-6 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 on Wednesday.

Hercog had battled back from a set down to beat second seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round, and she faced another uphill challenge against Cirstea.

Two early breaks saw Cirstea take control of the opening set at 5-1 but Hercog came back and led 3-2 in the second when rain brought a brief delay.

On resumption, Hercog went on to level the match in emphatic fashion in a tie-break before edging the decider to progress to the quarter-finals.

Fiona Ferro is also through to the last eight after knocking fourth seed Alison van Uytvanck out in straight sets, but the day's remaining second round matches fell foul of the weather.

Viktorija Golubic and Stefanie Voegele managed three games – all won by the latter – before play was cancelled, while Timea Bacsinszky and Svetlana Kuznetsova never made it onto court.

Earlier in the day the first round was completed with Veronika Kudermetova's 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-2) win over Jil Teichmann. Kudermetova will meet Rebecca Peterson next.

Alison van Uytvanck fought back from a set down to retain her Hungarian Ladies Open title as Marketa Vondrousova endured heartbreak in Budapest.

Teenager Vondrousova dominated the first set, but the top seed rallied to claim the third WTA singles title of her career with a 1-6 7-5 6-2 victory on Sunday.

Van Uytvanck saved five match points in her semi-final win over Ekaterina Alexandrova and was in for another battle in a decider which included 12 breaks of serve.

Vondrousova won her only previous match against van Uytvanck in 2017 and the 19-year-old Czech looked to be heading for a repeat when she reeled off five games in a row to take the opening set.

Eighth seed Vondrousova twice got back on serve after being broken in the second, but Van Uytvanck edged back in front at 6-5 with another break before levelling the match.

Van Uytvanck stepped it up in the decider, surging into a 4-0 lead and not allowing her opponent a way back.

Alison Van Uytvanck battled into her second successive Hungarian Ladies Open final with a dramatic three-set win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The number one seed and reigning champion fought back to claim a 3-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) victory in two hours and three minutes in Budapest on Saturday, having saved five match points.

Van Uytvanck had never before faced Alexandrova, who sits 14 places below the Belgian at 64th in the rankings, but a careless first-service game allowed the Russian to move ahead.

Although rather wild on her own serve, with six aces, five double faults and 54 per cent of first serves finding their mark in the match, Alexandrova stayed ahead before breaking again in game nine to seize the advantage.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the second set before Van Uytvanck broke again at 3-3 and levelled the match with minimal fuss.

The Russian moved into a 5-2 lead in the decider only to lose the next four games, including a mammoth 10th, in which she failed to convert three match points.

Three more match points, including Van Uytvanck's first, came and went in a tense tie break. Yet Van Uytvanck emerged victorious after Alexandrova sent a forehand fractionally long.

She will face 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova in Sunday's final after the Czech saw off fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-2.

Potapova, 17, fought past Sorana Cirstea in the quarter-finals but was outclassed in the opening set by the eighth seed.

She needed a medical timeout for her right wrist after dropping serve to go 2-1 down in the second, and was ultimately unable to recover, Vondrousova sealing victory with a simple smash.

Alison Van Uytvanck still remains on course to defend her Hungarian Ladies Open title after rallying from a set down to reach the semi-finals in Budapest.

The top seed looked in danger of going out when she fell behind to Kateryna Kozlova, only to emphatically hit back in the next set before taking an edgy decider.

Van Uytvanck's 3-6 6-1 6-4 triumph in just over two hours sets up a clash with Ekaterina Alexandrova, the fifth seed having progressed earlier on Friday thanks to an impressive win over Pauline Parmentier.

The Russian prevailed 6-3 6-2, with the result a good omen. Alexandrova's two previous victories over Parmentier have come in tournaments she went on to win.

In the other half of the draw, Marketa Vondrousova - playing in just her second tournament of the year - recovered after dropping the first set to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 5-7 6-1 6-3.

Teenager Anastasia Potapova also needed three sets to get past Sorana Cirstea, the 17-year-old eventually beating the Romanian 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 in a hard-fought contest that spanned nearly three hours.

Top seed Alison Van Uytvanck booked a quarter-final spot at the Hungarian Ladies Open with a 6-4 7-5 win over Iga Swiatek.

The reigning champion proved too strong for her 17-year-old opponent, who nonetheless produced a commendable display in Budapest.

Van Uytvanck will now face Kateryna Kozlova after her impressive 6-0 6-1 triumph over American Madison Brengle.

Ekaterina Alexandrova, seeded fifth, set up a last-eight showdown with Pauline Parmentier courtesy of a dominant 6-4 6-0 victory against Arantxa Rus. 

It was a much more circuitous route that teenager Marketa Vondrousova took to the next round, the left-handed Czech overcoming Anna Blinkova 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-3.

Vondrousova's next challenge is Irina Camelia Begu, a 6-2 6-3 winner over Evgeniya Rodina. 

Alison Van Uytvanck began the defence of her Hungarian Ladies Open title with a straight-sets victory over Vera Zvonareva on Wednesday.

Van Uytvanck won the second title of her career in Budapest 12 months ago and she moved into round two in 2019 with a 7-5 7-5 win over the world number 77.

Having taken the opener in 53 minutes, Van Uytvanck had to save set points in the second before her victory was confirmed.

Fellow seed Ekaterina Alexandrova survived a first-round scare against Greta Arn, the Russian battling back to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a meeting with Arantxa Rus.

Wins for Irina-Camelia Begu, Marketa Vondrousova and Madison Brengle completed the first-round matches, the latter a quarter-final opponent for Van Uytvanck should she get past Kateryna Kozlova.

While the seeds survived in round one, they were not so lucky in the second round as Andrea Petkovic and Aleksandra Krunic were both dumped out.

Petkovic was beaten 6-2 7-5 by teenager Anastasia Potapova, while Krunic suffered a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 defeat to Sorana Cirstea.

Pauline Parmentier – the third seed – eased past Tereza Smitkova, though, as she became the third player into the quarter-finals.

Caroline Wozniacki made a confident start to her Australian Open title defence with a 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over Alison Van Uytvanck.

In her first grand slam since announcing her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, the third seed produced moments of top quality at crucial moments to see off her Belgian opponent on Rod Laver Arena.

A single break in either set was enough to put the Dane through, Van Uytvanck unable to cope with the regular pressure applied to her serve. 

Wozniacki will meet Johanna Larsson in round two after Vera Lapko retired midway through the second set of their opening match in Melbourne.

After surviving an early break point in the opening game, Wozniacki took control of the first set in the sixth, piling the pressure on Van Uytvanck.

A tremendous forehand down the line on the run from Wozniacki brought a third break opportunity, but she was unable to convert as the Belgian produced a stunning backhand of her own.

However, a double fault handed the third seed a 4-2 lead and the defending champion never looked back.

A 96mph serve preceded an unforced error from Van Uytanck as she sealed the set inside 50 minutes.

Van Uytvanck's competitiveness continued in the second set but at the key points in rallies it was Wozniacki who held the upper hand, her piercing groundstrokes too good for the Belgian.

The decisive break came earlier than in the opening set as Van Uytvanck was immediately forced on the defensive, letting a 40-15 lead slip as Wozniacki turned the screw.

Having got back to deuce and fended off another game point, the Dane showed superb defence on the baseline and when the opportunity presented itself she counter-attacked with style – a crisp forehand down the line giving her the break chance.

Another Van Uytvanck error gave her a 2-1 lead and that was quickly consolidated as Wozniacki eased into round two.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Wozniacki [3] bt Van Uytvanck 6-3 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Wozniacki – 21/16
Van Uytvanck – 25/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Wozniacki – 4/0
Van Uytvanck – 7/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Wozniacki – 2/7
Van Uytvanck – 0/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Wozniacki – 63
Van Uytvanck – 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Wozniacki – 68/78
Van Uytvanck – 67/46

TOTAL POINTS
Wozniacki – 73
Van Uytvanck – 59

Sloane Stephens followed Simona Halep out of the Sydney International after Yulia Putintseva served up a final-set bagel.

World number one Halep was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Ashleigh Barty in her first competitive match since recovering from a back injury.

Stephens also failed to progress to the quarter-finals later in the day, the unseeded Putintseva beating the 2017 US Open champion 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.

Fourth seed Stephens was beaten by Johanna Konta in the first round of the Brisbane International last week, and the American had to recover from a first-set bagel to defeat qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova in the opening round in Sydney.

The world number five was blown away by Kazakh Putintseva, who is ranked 44th in the world, in the deciding set having been only one game away from a straight-sets victory.

Top seed Halep said she will head into the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, with no expectations after going down in straight sets to Barty.

Petra Kvitova will face defending champion Angelique Kerber in the last eight, having sent Hsieh Su-wei packing courtesy of a 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 success.

Elise Mertens, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Timea Bacsinszky were also second-round winners.

Sofia Kenin followed up her victory over top seed Caroline Garcia by beating Ons Jabeur 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Hobart International.

Belinda Bencic, conqueror of second seed Mihaela Buzarnescu in round one, dumped out Zoe Hives 6-2 6-4.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova saw off eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck, while Alize Cornet, Kirsten Flipkens, Greet Minnen, Irina-Camelia Begu and Dayana Yastremska all came through their second-round matches.

Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova will face Camila Giorgi in her first WTA Final after producing an incredible Ladies Linz fightback to beat Andrea Petkovic. 

Alison van Uytvanck's superb Linz Open campaign continued as she came from behind to defeat defending champion Barbora Strycova in the last eight.

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