Defending Champion Pliskova leads seeding list at 19th Tashkent Open

23 September 2017

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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