· Close encounters on cards
By Tashkent Open 2017 Media Team.
Tashkent , September 23 : World No 42 and defending Champion Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic will lead the seedngs list for the 19th Tashkent Open WTA Championships which gets underway at the Olympiy Tennis Complex here on Monday.
Pliskova is followed by second seeded and 51 ranked Timea Babos of Hungary who is coming off a run to final in Quebec and winner of a tour event at Budapest earlier this year Johanna Larsson of Sweden ranked 55 will be the third seed .
Winner here in 2013 Romanian Irina -Camelia Begu will be ranked fourth followed by . Maria Tatjana of Germany and 18 year old Czech player Marketa Vondrousova , Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia and another previous winner (2015) and finalist last year Nao Hibino of Japan will be ranked seventh and eighth respectively .
Five champions including Defending Champion Kristyna Pliskova , former champion (2015) and Runner up Nao Hibino , Pauline Parmentier(2007) , Alla Kudryatseva (2010), Irina Camelia - Begu (2012) will be seen in action and try to break the Tashkent Jinx where in no Champion has won for the second time .
Players from 16 countries will be Represented in main draw with Russia and Czech Republic having the largest contingent of 4 players each , Belarus, , France, Germany , Hungary , Japan, Netherlands Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden , Switzerland , Taipei, Ukraine are the other countries which will have their participation
3 Uzbek players Nigina Abduraimova , Akgul Amanmuradova, and Sabina Sharipova have been awarded the wildcards for the championships and they are expected to throw a formidable challenge .
Uzbekistan which continues to be dominant player in Asian Tennis circles with a strong tennis circuit , but produced tennis players of world repute . Uzbek star and now coach of the Fed Cup team Iroda Tulyaganova won the title in 2000 and finished runners-up in 2006 , Akgul Amanmuradova was unfortunate not to pocket the title inspite of reaching the finals twice in 2005 and 2009.
Fast Rising player and sixth seed here Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic will be the youngest player in the main draw at 18 years , wildcard Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan is the Oldest Singles player at 33 years .
The Singles Winner will gain $43000 and 280 WTA points , while the finalist up will get $21400 and 180 WTA points , Doubles winners will get $12300
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