Kozlova, Pliskova , Hibino , Allertova in Semifinals of Tashkent Open

29 September 2016

Current Title Holder  and fourth seeded Nao Hibino of Japan , ninth seeded Denisa Allertova  of Czech Reublic,  unseeded players Kristyna Pliskova also of the Czech Republic  and Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine entered the semifinals of the 18th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic  tennis School in Tashkent.

In the quarterfinals played today Hibino saved two set points to claim the first set 7-6(6) even as her opponent sixth seeded Lesai Tsurenko of Ukraine retired giving Hibino a passage into the last four. Hibino will take on ninth seeded Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic who trounced the highest  left seed in the event second seeded Kirsten Flipkens 7-5,6-4 in 1 hour and 27 minutes

In the other quarterfinal matches  Ukrainian  Kateryna Kozlova made it her second semifinal of the year outrallying  Switzerland's  Stefanie Voegele   6/3 6/3 in 1 hour and five minutes , Kozlova will now take on hard serving Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic who served 12 aces on a way to a  6/3 6/4 win against  another unseeded player Irina Khromacheva  in just over a hour.

In one of the best  matches of the day 114th ranked and 23 year old  Denisa Allertova  took revenge for her 2014 loss  at Linz Austria scoring a credible 7-5,6-4 win over the 58th ranked second seeded Flipkens. In the first set  Allertova played consistent tennis all throughout  to  get the break in the 12th game and in the second  she broke in the  10th  game hitting a brilliant running  passing shot to make it to  the semifinals

In another   match between Current Champion Nao Hibino and  winner of  Guanzhou Open last week Lesia Tsurenko that turned out to be anticlimax   , Hibino clawed back from 2 set points being  4-6 down in the tiebreak and then level and score a 8-6 win and claim a well fought first set. The match looked poised t be thriller  with both players going  stroke for stroke  , as  Tsurenko who is ranked 53 this week retired due to injury giving Hibino a passage into her second consecutive semifinal at Tashkent.

" I'm relieved after winning the first set , it was very close , I managed to hold on and fight inspite of being down " said Hibino after the match.

22 year old Ukranian Kateryna Kozlova made it to the second semifinal of the year outplaying a much subdued  Stefanie Voegele  of Switzerland  6-3 , 6-3 in 1 hour and five minutes , Kozlova who also made it to semis at Istanbul early this year,  played confidently forcing Voegele into committing errors and overcoming her best performance of reaching the quarterfinals here  last year.

I've played here before  and made it to the quarterfinals last  year , its great to play here .
I stared to play  agressively from the word go and  put my  opponent under  pressure early.  I think I played brave and aggressive  tennis  ,I'm happy with my  tennis today said Kozlova

She will now take of Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic who served 12 aces and  a high 82% service points to  register   a  6-3 , 6- 4 winover  young  Russian Irina Khromacheva   

In some cheer for the local crowd  Nigina Abduraimova pairing  Hiroko Kuwata of Japan toppled topseeds    Lyudmyla  and  Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine   6-4,6-4  to enter the doubles semifinals.

Following are the Results (Quarterfinals)

Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)  bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6/3 6/3

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 6/3 6/4

[4] Nao Hibino (JPN) bt [6] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 7/6(6) ret

[9] Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt  [2] Kristen Flipkens (BEL) 7-5,6-4

Doubles  (Quarterfinals)

Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) / Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) bt  [1] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)  6-4,6-4  

[4] Raluca Olaru (ROU) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) vs [WC] Polina Merenkova (UZB) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 6/2 7/6(2)