Former world No 41 Maragarita Gasparayan scored one of the biggest win on her comeback trail as she upset fifth seeded and 74th ranked Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-2,3-6,7-6(2) after coming back from 0-4 deficit in the decider and make it to her first WTA quarterfinals in nearly 2 years.
Gasparayan who has won one singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, also bettered her record at Tashkent Open reaching the last eight having fallen in the first round once and the round of 16 twice
Having spent more than 16 months out due to injury , Gasparayan came into the tournament with a Protected ranking . I have Not played for a Year now due to injury , but I'm feeling good now , happy to end on the winning side" said the smiling Russian speaking to the Tashkent open Media team
Speaking on her match which she came back from 0-4 down in the third set Gaparayan said " I played aggressively in the first set. In the second set I made mistakes , in the third set I just got lost and went down 0-4 , but the I spoke to my coach , he told me be composed and gather my confidence and then I went for my strokes as I had nothing to lose . She was playing good in the match and attacking until she missed a volley at a break point at 5-5 and that got me going .
"I'm happy to survive and looking at making a solid comeback and making it to the circuit on my own , I still have two three events with protected ranking and trying to make most of it", said the 24 year old .
On her future plans she said "I will be looking at the season in Australia in 2019, and till than all the tournaments I play are important for me".
On asked how the lay off affected her , She said " It had really been hard. It's tough physically and mentally , I'm working with my physiologist and trying to ensure that I'm fit to make a comeback and get back into the top 100.
"When you're young you want to go all out , you want to show how brave you are and play attacking , but as you grow older you get more experienced I know how to pace the game , Gaparayan said while talking about what lessons she learnt from her long lay off.
Date of Birth: 26 Aug 1990
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5’ 11" (1.81 m)
WTA Singles Ranking – 58 (As of August 20, 2018)
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