Kustova upsets eighth seed Voskoboeva to enter quarter finals at Tashkent Open WTA

23 September 2009

• Local Girl Nigina goes Down Fighting

Tashkent, September 23: Darya Kustova of Belarus came back from being four match points down to upset eighth seeded Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan and make it to the quarterfinals of the 11th edition of the Tashkent Open a Sony Ericsson WTA tour event being played at the Olympic Tennis School Tennis Courts here today.

Wildcard entrant Nigina Abduraimova displayed grit and determination and gave a display of gritty tennis before gong down to Fifth seeded Swiss player Stefanie Voegele

In the second round played today the 23 year old Kustova scraped past Voskoboeva 1-6,6-3,7-6(9) in a 2hour 17 minute battle, to record her best ever career performance on the WTA tour event making it to the last eight. While the player Stefanie Voegele had to gather all her experience to quell the challenge of upcoming Uzbek junior Nigina Abduraimova winning 6-2,5-7,6-3 in a 1 hour 36 min battle.

In other second round matches played today top seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan went through a close first set before overcoming Ekaterina Ivanova of Russia 7-5,6-2 ,while sixth seeded Romanian Monica Niculescu scored a relatively easy 6-1,6-4 win over Russian Evgeniya Rodina to make it the second consecutive quarterfinal here.

The fifteen year old Abduraimova won the hearts of fairly good crowd gathered here, with a daring display of tennis. Voegele ranked 76th started off well winning the first set rather easily 6-2.

In the second set the tall and lanky Uzbek player broke Voegele decisively in the 12th game and went on to win the second set 7-5, and force the match into the third set.

Voegele ranked about 790 places ahead of the Abduraimova broke her in the 2nd and the sixth game to wrap up the set and the match and make it to the Last eight of the event.

In the best match of the day the 23 year old Kutsova who has never gone beyond a second round at any of the Tour events made a come back of sorts, coming back from a medical time out, being 3-5 down in the third set and four match points down in the tie break to cause the biggest upset of the day at the event.

Voskoboeva looked like walking off winning the first set 6-1. Kutsova called for a trainer on court and after the treatment seemed totally a different player chasing balls around the court. In the second set she came back strongly breaking Voskoboeva in the 8th game to lead 5-3 and then hold on to her serve to force the third set.

In the third set Voskoboeva rushed to a 5-3 lead, but Kutsova broke in the 9th game and then held on her serve in the 10th game to level scores at 5-5.

Voskoboeva managed to hold on to her serve in the 11th game to go up 6-5, Kutsova held the 12th game to force a tie break. In the well contested tiebreak Voskoboeva lead 6-4 , 7-6, 8-7 in the tiebreak .

Kutsova played fearless tennis than Voskoboeva , and finally wrapped the match with a down the line winner at 10-9 in the tie break
“I just believed I could do it, last week I lost from being up two match points, so I was confident I could win the match being four match points down too”, Kutsova said after the match.

I’m so thrilled to win , I just forgot the pain in my knee during the match , and wanted to win the match so badly more than that I’m happy to be in my first ever Tour Event Quarterfinal , she added.

In the last set of first round matches second seeded Shahar Peer of Israel fresh from her triumph at Guangzhou kept up the winning run ousting Italian 6-0,6-1, while fourth seeded Olga Govortsova ended the challenge of Russian Qualifier Arina Rodionova 6 -3,6-2

Following are the results:
First Round singles
S.2 Shahar Peer (Isr) bt Maret Ani ( Ita) 6-0,6-1
S.4 Olga Govortsova(Blr) bt Q. Arina Rodionova 63,6-2
Second round
S.1 Yaroslava Shvedova(Kaz) bt Ekaterina Ivanova (Rus) 7-5,6-2
S.5 Stefanie Voegele (Sui) bt. (WC)Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) 6-2,5-7,6-3
Darya Kustova (Blr) bt S.8 Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) 1-6,6-3,7-6(7)
S6 Monica Niculescu (Rou) Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) 6-3,6-2
Doubles ( First Round)
Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb)/Darya Kustova (Blr) bt. Ekaterina Bychkova/ Alexandra Panova(Rus) 6-2,6-1
Olga Govortsova/ Tatiana Poutchek( Blr) bt Elena Chalova (Rus) / Nikola Frankova (Cze) 6-2,6-3
Monica Niculescu(Rou) /Ahsha Rolle(USA) bt Maria Kondratieva (Rus) /Sophie Lefevere(Fra) 6-1,7-5
Olga Savchuk(Ukr)/Arina Rodionova(Rus) v/s Ioana Raluca Olaru(Rou) /Galina Voskoboeva(Kaz)