TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - The suspense over the Tashkent Jinx , where no player has come back to win the title for the second time will continue a day more as third seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium making her debut will take on former winner here and eighth seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the finals of the 21st Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the at the Olympic School Tennis Complex here
In the semifinals today third seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium averted a mid set crisis to overcome 5th seeded Krystina Pliskova 6-3,7-5 in One hour and 25 minutes , in the other semifinal No.8 seed Sorana Cirstea swept into her second final in the Uzbek capital, dismissing the unseeded Katarina Zavatska 6-0, 6-3 in One hour and 14 minutes.
In the Alison - Krystina semifinal Alison broke Pliskova in the 5th game of the first set and went on to win the set 6-3. In the second set Alison started well and broke Kristyna in the second game of the second set to go up 2-0 , and then held a tight 3rd game to go up 3-0 . Kristyna held on to the fourth game to get the score to 3-1 , Alison then held the fifth to go up 4-1, In the 6th game Alison held to go up 5-2 .
An interesting 7th game saw a drop shot , forehand cross court winner , a backhand volley , a double fault , and then two aces that ensured Pliskova , holding on to take the scores to 5-3
In 8th game Alison played tentatively serving 2 Double faults which saw her broken at Love and letting Pliskova be back at 4-5 .
Pliskova held the 10th to level scores at 5-5 , Alison held on to the 11th game with a classic drop to go up 6-5 . In the 12th game Pliskova Saved a Match point at 30-40 with good serve , put could not do enough to save the 2nd match point and went down to Alison who is making her debut in Tashkent
" It wasn’t an easy match , it was quite windy I'm happy to be in the first final also on my first visit to Tashkent , I will Continue to play my game and not think too much about the finals tomorrow
I Have played Sorana 2 times before and lost both times , . Sorana did well during the tournament, definitely, the match will be tough. But she will play her best. I will surely give everything," said the 25 year old 61st world ranked Belgian who had lost to Kristyna earlier at Vendryne in 2011 .
While Alison will look to take her 4th WTA Career title of her career and the first one on debut here , she will be challenged by 8th seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea who is back in the finals Eleven years after lifting her first Tashkent Open trophy, as an 18-year-old
In the other semifinals Sorana Cirstea moved into her first WTA final in over six years at the Tashkent Open, winning the first nine games and withstanding a late fight back against 19-year-old Katarina Zavatska winning 6-0,6-3
Cirstea successfully dominated her 19-year-old opponent to reach her fourth overall - and become the sixth player in Tashkent's history to reach two finals, and also bid to become the tournament's first two-time champion in its 21st and final year.
Cirstea's started smoothly from the outset as the 29-year-old began rifling winners off both wings, conceding 10 points in total as she continued to blitz winners to capture the first set 6-0 and go up 3-0 . First-time WTA semifinalist and World No.142 Zavatska, by contrast, was unable to get anything going for too long in the biggest match of her career to her shoulders slumped during the first changeover of the second set as her woes continued
Zavatska fought back to hold - and then to break a suddenly error-prone Cirstea. Ultimately, Zavatska rued the two marathon service games as she sought to level the scores . The teenager broke Cirstea twice, but could not hold despite having multiple chances, falling behind 2-4 and then 3-5 . Cirstea steadied herself to serve out and take the match on the third match point .
" I'm grateful and very happy to be in my first final of the year , I played well for one and half part of the match , but backed off a bit , with Katrina raising her level . I played solidly at the end of the match and happy to go through in two sets . I will have to keep the momentum going tommorrow , its never going to be easy in the finals but I look forward to it ." said Cirstea who will look to become the first player in 21 years to win the tournament twice.
In the Doubles semifinals Hayley Carter of USA and Luisa Stefani of Brazil outplayed Britian's Harriet Dart and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-1, 6-3 , they set up the final clash with third seeds Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia and Sabrina Santamaria of USA who carved out a 6-2 , 6-3 win over Canada's Sharon Fichman and Germany's Tatjana Maria
Following are the results : Singles Semifinals
 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt  Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-3,7-5
 Sorana Cirstea (ROU) bt Katarina Zavatska (UKR) 6-0,6-3
Doubles Semi finals
Hayley Carter (USA)/ Luisa Stefani ( BRA) bt Harriet Dart (GBR)/ Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-1, 6-3
 Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA) bt Sharon Fichman ( Can) / Tatjana Maria ( Ger) 6-2, 6-3
Date of Birth: 25 FEB 1994
Birthplace: Montréal, Canada
Height: 5’10" (1.78 m)
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