TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, June 17 -- Sixth-seeded Bianka Lamade of Germany captured her first career WTA Tour singles title on Sunday with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory over unseeded Seda Noorlander of the Netherlands at the hardcourt Tashkent Open.
The 18-year-old Lamade, who made her career debut last year at Berlin, earned the first prize of $22,000.
Although she won two ITF Circuit singles titles in France last year, Lamade's best outing on the premier tour was posted this May when she took world No. 13 Amanda Coetzer of South Africa to three sets in a loss at the Betty Barclay Cup claycourt tournament in Hamburg.
Noorlander, 27, was also shooting for her first tour title. She also captured an ITF title at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995. The Dutchwoman holds the distinction of handing current world No. 1 Martina Hingis her first professional defeat at a 1994 ITF event in Coburg, Germany.
Prior to this event, Noorlander's top performance was reaching the third round at Wimbledon in 1999 after she eliminated Jennifer Capriati.