Zvonareva, Bondarenko in Semis of Tashkent Open

29 September 2017

Tashkent, September 29:   Former world No2 Qualifier and Vera Zvonareva of Russia and senior tour pro Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine will clash in the singles semifinals at the 19th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic tennis School in Tashkent.

Starting early today after rains forced cancellation of play yesterday, Zvonareva upset sixth seed Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4,6-3 in 1 hour and 29 minutes , while Kateryna Bondarenko overcame her  roller coaster game to get the better of Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-2,5-7,6-4 in a 2 hr 12 min quarterfinal.

Zvonareva played solidly and used all her experience to keep Krunic on the move from the very first game, the 308 ranked Russian making a comeback on the tour took the first set 6-4 in 33 minutes.

In the Second set the 33 year old Russian raced to a 4-2 lead, before the 56th ranked Krunic displayed some brilliant footwork to break Zvonareva in the 7th game and reduce the deficit, but the Russian who is on mission to climb the ranking ladders broke back Krunic to go up 5-3 and held her serve to wrap the match in two straight sets winning 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour 29 minutes.

In the other unfinished quarterfinals, Kateryna Bondarenko looked all set to wrap the match winning the first set 6-2 and leading 5-1 in the second. However the Japanese girl Nara clawed her way back to win six games in a row and win the set 7-5 and force the third set. Bondarenko served poorly in the match serving 7 double faults.

In the third set Bondarenko raced to a 3-1 lead, but Nara made her way again leveling the scores to 3-3 and held her serve to go up 3-4, Bondarenko then picked up her gears and hit winners at will to take three games in a row and win 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 and make it to the semifinals and clash with Vera Zvonareva for a place in the finals


Following are the results (Quarterfinals Singles)

Q. Vera Zvonareva (Rus) bt [6] Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) 6-4, 6-3

Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) bt Kurumi Nara (Jpn) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4