Croatian teen reaches Tashkent final

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 13, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Eva Birnerova of Czech Republic plays a forehand during her third round match against Amelie Mauresmo of France on day five of the Australian Open 2007 at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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.
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