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Van Uytvanck beats Cirstea to win Tashkent Open

2019 US Open - Day 4

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium returns a shot during her Women’s Singles second round match against Qiang Wang of China on day four of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Alison Van Uytvanck won her second title of the season Saturday in a keenly fought final at the Tashkent Open against Sorana Cirstea.

The Belgian prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 after nearly 2 1/2 hours. The turning point came when she saved six break points at 1-0 down in the decider before breaking her Romanian opponent next game.

It was the first time Van Uytvanck had won two titles in a season and she moves to 4-0 in career WTA finals. Her first title of 2019 came with a successful defense of the Budapest title in February.

The 29-year-old Cirstea had won both of her previous meetings with Van Uytvanck and was seeking her first tour-level title since winning in Tashkent 11 years previously.