Fourth seeded Japanese Nao Hibino will look to be the first player to break the 18 year old Tashkent open Jinx by winning the title for the second time ( No player in the last 18 years has won the title two times. The event always had a new winner )
Hibino reached the second final in Tashkent outplaying Denisa Allertova 6-2,6-3 in just over a hour, The tournament that gave a footing on the WTA tour to the 21 year Hibino continues to be favorite event. Hibino who had lost to Allertova on Grass in England earlier played steady , composed and quick thinking tennis to move into the finals
She spoke to the Tashkent Open Media Team after her win here
About how she felt reaching the finals for the second time in a row ?
" Unbelievable "
About her match today
I was nervous ,wanted to make the final at any cost , I focused on every point and it helped.
How was your top 100 journey since you won here last year ?
I had tough year on the tour , I didn't do well at all , because it was tough playing very good plyers , I had no experience and didn't get the results I was expecting . I changed my game to compete with players at the level , the players hit the ball hard and I have to hit harder , I changed my technique . So I'm trying hard to hang in there.
About her expectations of the finals ?
I have played against Pliskova twice and have lost both times , I will be the challenger tomorrow . But I Will be looking forward to break the Tashkent jinx of a player never having won the title for the second time by winning here tomorrow.
About Tashkent being lucky for her and hoping being an experienced player will do well this year,?
I started my top 100 journey in Tashkent , I realize what I was trying in my game , the entire year has started working here this week Tashkent Open is lucky , I like the courts her they suit your game , I feel like this is my second home and would like to stay for longer. If possible I could take back home the court from here.I hope the second year as top 100 player will be good one for me and I will have some good results.
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