Peer, Amanmuradova Govortsova in quarters of Tashkent Open WTA

25 September 2009

• Qualifier Panova makes it to second quarterfinals in two weeks

Tashkent , September 24: Local star Akgul Amanmuradova displayed tremendous grit and determination disposing off Ekaterina Bychkova of Belarus to enter the quarterfinal round of the 11th edition of the Tashkent Open a Sony Ericsson WTA tour event being played at the Olympic Tennis School Tennis Courts here today.

Second seed Shahar Peer of Israel, Fourth seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus and qualifier Alexandra Panova of Russia who upset seventh seeded Austrian Patricia Mayr also made it to the last eight of the event.

In the second round matches played today Akgul Amanmuradova(scraped past Ekaterina Bychkova 4-6,7-5,7-6(4) in one of the best matches of the day, fourth seeded Belarusian Olga Govortsova had an easy 6-2, 6-3 outing against Russian Vesna Manasieva, second seeded Shahar Peer continued her good form accounting for Germany’s Kathrin Woerle 6-2,6-4, while qualifier Alexandra Panova made it to the second quarterfinal on the WTA tour in two weeks upsetting seventh seed Austrian Patricia Mayr 7-5,6-1.

“Today is a big day for me to win at home, and a sweet revenge for my earlier loss to Bychkova a few weeks back”, said Akgul after a marathon encounter that lasted 2hours 40 mins.

Akgul started with determination breaking Bychkova in the sixth game , but then lost her own serve in the seventh game to level scores. But Bychkova who upset the third seed Roluca Olaru earlier kept up the tempo to break the hard serving Amanmuradova again in the 9th game to take a 5-4 lead, She then held on to her serve and took the first set at 6-4.

In the second set both players traded breaks in the 4th and 5th games . However in the 12th game Amanmuradova raised her game a few notches and hit an array of winners to break Bychkova and win the game and level set scores.

In the decider both players displayed good tennis breaking each other in the 3rd and the sixth games, Bychkova hit some good return winners to break Amanmuradova in the 9th game and looked like serving out the match.

With a large crowd behind the local star Amanmuradova she looked determined to break Bychkova ,and succeeded in the 10th game leveling scores . Both players survived anxious moments on their serves, but managed to hold on to force a tie break.

Amanmuradova started the tie break badly losing 3 points in a row, but from there, she looked a different player, winning 6 points in row to lead 6-3, Amanmuradova then committed a unforced error to let Bychkova close in, However the higher ranked Russian, lost momentum and the match to let the Uzbek win and enter the last 8 for the second time.

On the adjoining court Russian qualifier Alexandra Panova caused the biggest upset of the day knocking out seventh seeded Austrian Patricia Mayr 7-5,6-1 to make it to the second quarterfinal in two weeks. Panova a quarterfinalist at Guangzhou showed off the tremendous form that she has been in disposing off the 83rd ranked Mayr in a 1 hr 10 minute battle.

“It feels incredible”, to be in the quarterfinals of a WTA tour event for the second time in two weeks. I was not sure whether I could play here, as my match at Guangzhou finished on Friday. However I managed to reach here played two back to back matches and beat higher ranked players than me on the way to the last eight, just incredible” said Panova after her match

Panova will now take on 57th ranked second seeded Shahar Peer who disposed off Katherin Woerle in 1 hour 16 minutes. While the 73rd ranked Fourth seeded Govortsova also had an easy outing against the Russian Vesna Manasieva winning 6-2, 6-3 in a 1 hour 21 minutes.

The quarterfinal line up is as follows Shvedova v/s Niculescu , Stefanie Voegele v/s Amanmuradova, Darya Kustova v/s Govortsova , Panova v/s Peer.

Following are the results:
Singles (Second Round)
Akgul Amanmuradova(Uzb) bt Ekaterina Bychkova(Rus) 4-6,7-5,7-6(4)
S.4Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Vesna Manasieva(Rus) 6-2,6-3
S.2 Shahar Peer (Isr) bt Kathrin Woerle (Ger) 6-2,6-4
Alexandra Panova ( Rus) bt S.7 Patricia Mayr (Aut) 7-5,6-1