Tamara Zidansek retained her Bol Open title with a straight-sets defeat of Sara Sorribes Tormo in a match that featured 18 breaks of serve. 

The top seed only held serve twice in each set in a strange final on Sunday, but sealed a 7-5 7-5 victory.

Zidansek saved a match point in a battling defeat of Kaja Juvan in an all-Slovenian semi-final and made hard work of beating second seed Sorribes Tormo.

The 21-year-old bucked the trend by winning her service games to lead 6-5 in both sets and followed up those holds with breaks as Sorribes Tormo was punished for struggling badly on serve.

Zidansek was a beaten finalist in Nurnberg last month, but she was not to be denied a second title at the same tournament where she won a first.

Yulia Putintseva came from behind to beat Tamara Zidansek and claim her first WTA Tour title at the Nuremberg Cup.

The Kazakh, who was top seed at the tournament, won 4-6 6-4 6-2 in two hours and 18 minutes to finally claim her first crown, having lost her previous two appearances in finals.

Unseeded Zidansek was also seeking a first full title – her only previous win having come at 125k level – but the wait will continue after she failed to build on her lead, paying the price for being broken six times.

Zidansek had won the only previous meeting between the pair in Rabat three weeks ago, but while this contest also took three sets to settle, it was Putintseva who held her nerve.

The Slovenian made a rapid start but missed a chance to go 4-0 up and a first set that contained five breaks was soon sitting at 4-4. But Zidansek gathered herself to hold serve in a close ninth game before converting her second set point in the next to move ahead.

Putintseva, ranked 39th in the world, saved a key break point early in the second and broke Zidansek in the next game to reverse the momentum and eventually claimed the set to force a decider.

There had been eight breaks in the opening two sets, but Putintseva produced when it mattered most, not allowing Zidansek a single opportunity in the third and breaking twice herself, claiming victory with her second match point.

"It's unbelievable, honestly," said Putintseva. "It was a great fight, a great game for the final. My character is to keep fighting."

Teenager Dayana Yastremska surprised herself by beating Aryna Sabalenka to ensure she will face Caroline Garcia in the Internationaux de Strasbourg final.

Yastremska claimed a first title of the year in Hua Hin three months ago and could head into the French Open on the back of another after a 6-4 6-4 defeat of second seed Sabalenka.

The 19-year-old from Ukraine struck 36 winners and did not face a break point in the second set as she claimed the scalp of the heavy-hitting world number 11 on Friday.

"I didn't really expect to be in the final, because I had a tough period before. I was doing the work, I was trusting in myself, took a little bit of confidence, and I'm ready to compete," said the 42-ranked Yastremska. 

Garcia also advanced in straight sets, winning an all-French semi-final against Chloe Paquet 6-3 6-4.

Fourth seed Garcia, the champion in Strasbourg three years ago, claimed a break in each set to stay in the hunt to regain the title. 

There will be a first-time WTA singles champion at the Nuremberg Cup after Tamara Zidansek and Yulia Putintseva came through their semi-finals.

The unseeded Zidansek overcame Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, while top seed Putintseva saw off Sorana Cirstea 6-4 7-5.

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.

Petra Martic came from a set down to beat Tamara Zidansek in the first round of the Istanbul Cup on Monday.

Martic started her clay-court season with a run to the semi-finals in Charleston, but was in danger of bowing out on day one in Turkey.

The sixth seed stormed back to beat the 21-year-old Zidansek, though, winning 3-6 6-1 6-3 to set up a second-round encounter with Ana Bogdan or Kirsten Flipkens.

Martic had a first-serve percentage of only 57, but broke twice in both the second and final sets to advance.

Rebecca Peterson also had to go the distance to avoid an early exit, beating Pemra Ozgen 6-1 2-6 6-0, but fellow Swede Johanna Larsson went down 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 to Margarita Gasparyan.

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