Sorana Cirstea and Alison Van Uytvanck will fight for the title in Tashkent on Saturday after they both scored straight-sets victories in the semi-final. Cirstea won the title in Tashkent 11 years ago and will play in her fourth WTA final after a commanding 6-0, 6-3 triumph over the young Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska in an hour and 14 minutes.
Sorana lost serve twice but no one could have noticed that after she rattled off the opening nine games of the encounter, building a massive lead and bringing the victory home from there after taking almost 60% of the return points and grabbing six breaks from 16 chances.
The Romanian hit the zone right from the start, serving a bagel in the opening set and wrapping it up in some 25 minutes for a massive boost ahead of set number two where she claimed three breaks to stay in front all the time and seal the deal with a hold at 15 in game nine.
The 3rd seed Alison Van Uytvanck stands between Cirstea and the title, defeating the 5th seed Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes, advancing into the fourth WTA final. The Belgian served well, dropping serve once from three chances offered to the Czech and delivering four breaks that pushed her through despite a little setback in the second set.
Settling into her rhythm straight away, Alison dictated the pace in the first set and closed it with breaks in games three and nine, gathering momentum and racing into a 5-2 advantage in set number two, with a match point on the return in game eight.
Ready to fight until the very last point, Pliskova repelled it and broke back at love in the next game to get back to the positive side of the scoreboard before Van Uytvanck grabbed another break at 6-5 that propelled her into the final, avoiding more drama or the possible deciding set.