Tough Openers for Pliskova , Babos at Tashkent Open

23 September 2017

Tashkent, September 23 :

Top seed and defending champion Kristyna Pliskova and second seeded Timea Babos of Hungary  have been handed tough openers at the 19th edition of the Tashkent Open which   gets  underway  at the Olympic Tennis Complex here on Monday.

Top seed Kristyna Pliskova has been drawn to take on  a tricky Su- Wei Hsieh of Taipei  in the  Opener  while second seeded Timea Babos will take on  Johanna Larsson of Sweden in her  opening match .

The draws for  the 19th edition of the Tashkent Open were made here by  WTA  Cristina Romero   , Valeriy Lim Tournament Director , Andrey Kornilov Referee along with former world No2 Vera Zvonoreva .

Speaking on the draw  WTA Supervisor   Cristina Romero  Said "  it's a good field this year ,  it's very competitive  and close tournament.   She also Complimented the professional running of the Tashkent Open and termed  as one of the popular events with players on the WTA tour ." 

 Players feel like home and organization takes great care of players, WTA appreciates the efforts Uzbekistan tennis Federation (UTF)  and the Tashkent Open   one of the oldest running events on the WTA tour". she added.

It could be replay  of last year's final in the quarterfinals itself  as  Kristyna could clash with seventh seeded Nao Hibino  , The other quarterfinals  that  look a probability if seeds don't fall early include an inform Alexandra Krunic   taking on former winner here and fourth seed Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania in the top half.

German Third seed Tatjana Maria   clashing with eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia and eighteen year old fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova taking on second seeded Timea Babos.

Wildcards and Uzbekistan's top players Nigina Abduraimova takes on Japanese Kurumi Nara, in the first round , the events oldest player Akgul Amanmuradova takes on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine  , while Sabina Sharipova will test waters against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland

Speaking on the occasion former world No2 Vera Zvonareva said «I’ve been away from the circuit for the last two years and its always tough to get back on a larger stage. I would like to Thank the Tashkent Open for  giving me a wildcard to play the qualifiers  , it's  a great opportunity for me to  play some really talented players and hopefully I'll be able to get my rhythm too."


Tournament Director Valeriy Lim said «The   cutoff  for the event is  119 and  we have 15 top 100 players in the draw which   ensures great competition ." He also informed that all the matches will be live on the

Following are the seeds :

 1 Kristyna Pliskova (42 , Cze) , 2.  Timea Babos (53, Hun)  , 3 Maria Tatjana(54 ,Ger)  , 4. Irina -Camelia Begu (55 , Rou), 5. Marketa Vondrousova (64 ,Cze) , 6. Alexandra Krunic (65 ,Srb) ,  7. Nao Hibino (72 ,Jpn)    8.) Ekaterina Alexandrova (75. Rus)


By Sunder Iyer