TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – Sixteen-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia reached her first WTA final by beating Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in the Tashkent Open on Friday, becoming the youngest player in six years to play a title match.
Vekic will face Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, who upset second-seeded Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-3. Radwanska was the last remaining seed in the tournament.
Vekic was a qualifier in her WTA main draw debut. She has seven straight wins, including three over top-100 players, this week. She had nine aces compared to 10 double-faults by 133rd-ranked Birnerova.