Zvonareva qualifies for Tashkent Open Main Draw

24 September 2017

Tashkent , September 24 :  Former world no 2 Vera Zvonareva  of  Russia outplayed third seeded Jasmine Paolini  of Italy 6-0,6-2 to enter the main draw of the 19th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic  tennis School in Tashkent.

Top seed  Jana Fett  of Croatia , fifth seed Lizette Cabrera of Australia  and fourth seeded  Irina Khromacheva of Russia were the other qualifiers. 

In  a second consecutive tight encounter  Lizette Cabrera of Australia pulled off a big win ousting higher ranked Ana Bogdan of Romania  6-1,2-6,7-6(4) after being down 4-5 in the deciding set .

Top seeded Jana Fett of Croatia spent less than 20 minutes on the court as , seventh seeded Ipek Soylu of Turkey retired at 0-3   , In a All Russian affair fourth seeded Irina Khromacheva  out powered   eighth  seeded    Anna Kalinskaya   6-0,6-1 to make it to the main draw.

While the winners of today's match apart from  an entry into the main draw assured themselves of 18 points and $2220 each for their effort , the losers will have to be content with 12 points and $1285 each.

Following are the results first round qualifying

[1] Jana Fett (CRO) bt. [7] Ipek Soylu (TUR)   3-0 Retd

[5] Lizette Cabrera (AUS ) bt [2] Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-1,2-6 ,7-6(4)

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) vs. [3] Jasmine Paolini (Ita) 6-0,6-2

[4] Irina Khromacheva (RUS) bt [8] Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)  6-1,6-1