By Sunder Iyer , Tashkent Open Media Team
It feels Great to have good results after a struggling for the past six months " said Germany's Mona Barthel after her upset win over second seeded 66th ranked Vera Lapko.
Speaking to the Tashkent media Team after reaching the semifinals here , the tall German who has four WTA titles to her credit said , " since the Prague event in 2017 , I have struggled and I went out of the top 100 this year , I have had a lots of Ups and Down , but the last few weeks I have played some good matches and feeling better now" .
On her upset win today , Barthel who also made the finals of the $125K Challenger at Chicago few weeks ago said " It was a tough match , my whole plan was to focus on game and put pressure on her , she had some opportunities to break me in the second set , but I served well and played aggressively on break points and that was the key to my win today.
On her journey to the last four here Barthel said " I have played Two tough three set matches in two days , it's not easy to play three setter matches , but I tried to give best and be focused . I like the atmosphere and the conditions here . I like the tournament , it's my first time here , the city is beautiful and people are great , and look to play semifinals and spend some more days here ", said the former world No 23 player.
When told she looked favorite for the title the Smiling German said " All the girls in the draw are good players , I'm not thinking about title but my performance match by match , I know I just have to play my best tennis every day ".
Speaking on the current German women's tennis scene , the 28 year old Barthel said " Overall we have good players Angelique and Georges who are playing well , others have had mixed results , but we are all working to get back and we will be back.
Asked about what advice she would like to give the upcoming girls players Barthel said " It's tough to give advice , But I can say be true to yourself , set goals , have a game plan , work every single day , there are no secrets , as one has to put a lot of hard work and smart work and be consistent in approach to the game ".
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