WTA Tashkent: Alison Van Uytvanck edges Sorana Cirstea to claim the title

Tennis - Tashkent is the fourth title for the Belgian from as many finals

by Jovica Ilic
WTA Tashkent: Alison Van Uytvanck edges Sorana Cirstea to claim the title

In the battle of the 3rd and 8th seeds, Alison Van Uytvanck defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and 24 minutes for the fourth WTA crown from as many finals. It was the first victory for Alison over Sorana in the encounter that was becoming more and more exciting with every next game, especially in the decider that lasted for over an hour for the best possible closure of the 21st and last edition of the Tashkent Open.

The Belgian played better on the second serve, fending off eight out of ten break chances and earning four breaks from 12 opportunities to cross the finish line, gathering an early break in the final set and keeping it until the end.

The better-ranked played made convincing start, hitting 11 winners and four unforced errors in the opening set and dropping only five points behind the initial shot to mount the pressure on Cirstea who couldn't deal with it.

The Romanian wasted four game points at the beginning of the clash to suffer an early break, the last thing you want in the title match, fending off a couple of break chances in game three as well to avoid an even more significant deficit.

Unchallenged in her games, Alison broke at 15 in game seven to move further in front and the set was in her hands after a service winner in the next game, hoping for more of the same in set number two. There, both players won 36 points and this time it was Sorana who grabbed the crucial points, repelling three out of four break opportunities and building the advantage with an easy smash winner in the fourth game.

Serving for the set at 5-3, Cirstea got broken but that changed nothing on the court after she stole Van Uytvanck's serve once again in game ten to seal the set and force a decider. There, the Belgian erased six break points in the marathon game two to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard, earning a break in the next game following a backhand error from Cirstea who served well in the remaining games, seeking the opportunity on the return that would have kept her alive.

Alison saved a break point in game six and another one at 5-4 while serving for the title, converting the fifth match point to seal the deal and leave Tashkent with trophy in her hands.

Alison Van Uytvanck Sorana Cirstea