Shvedova, Amanmuradova, Peer , Govortsova in Semis of Tashkent Open.

25 September 2009

Tashkent , September 25: Top seeded Yaraslova Shevdova, Second seed
Shahar Peer, Fourth Seed Olga Govortsova and Local Star Akgul
Amanmuradova made it to the semi finals of the 11th edition of the
Tashkent Open Sony Ericcson WTA tour event being played at the Olympic
School Tennis courts here.

In the quarterfinals played today top seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of
Kazakhstan saved 2 match points to overcome sixth seeded birthday girl
Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-7(3),7-5,6-2 , while second seeded Shahar
Peer of Israel stopped the winning run of Russian qualifier Alexandra
Panova 6-4,6-4.

Fourth seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus scored a tough 6-3,2-6,6-2
over compatriot Darya Kustova , while Local favorite unseeded Akgul
Amanmuradova scored an easy 6-1,6-4 win over fifth seeded Stefanie
Voegele of Switzerland to complete the quartet.

In the best match of the day top seeded Yaroslava Shvedova, spoilt
sixth seeded Monica Niculescu s birthday celebrations surviving the
3hour 19 minute tussle and from being 2 match points down to record an
exciting6-7(3),7-5,6-2 win and a place in the last four

Niculescu played a brilliant first set, using her unorthodox style to
unsettle the top seed Shvedova on more than one occasion. Niculescu
played superb tennis mixing her forehand under spins and topspins much
to the dismay of the higher ranked Kazakh player to force a tiebreak
and score an convincing 7-3 win .

Niculescu did everything right and raced to a 5-3 lead in the second
set and looked like serving out the match having 2 match points, but
Shvedova hung on , saved the match points and broke Niculescu in the
10th game and level scores at 5-5

She then held on to her serve and broke the nervous Niculescu again in
the 12th game to take the second set 7-5 and take the match into the
third set.

In the third set Shvedova seemed more comfortable tackling Niculescu
in the third set racing to a 3-0 lead, before the birthday girl won
two games to reduce the deficit to 3-2, Shvedova showed good
character to hold on and break Niculescu in the 4th game and then
held on to her serve to go up 5-3, In the 6th game the promising
encounter ended with two double faults by Niculescu.

It was not an easy match to win, my shoulder was tight in the
beginning, and I had pain while serving. But with treatment from the
physio I felt relieved and started playing much better Shvedova said
after the match.

I know it was her birthday, and feel for spoiling Niculescu birthday,
it is a sport and this happens , she added

Local favorite Akgul Amanmuradova keep up her splendid run in
tournament upsetting fifth seed Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland
6-1,6-4 in 60 mins , to record one of her most convincing wins.
Amanmuradova now runs into the top seed in the semifinals tomorrow.

I played well today, the 41/2 hours of matches I played yesterday
seemed to have helped me today, said Akgul after her match. It ll be
my third semifinal at Tashkent and probably the second final she said
replying to her expectations about the semifinal match to be played

Second seeded Shahar Peer stopped the winning run of qualifier
Alexandra Panova scoring a 6-4,6-4 win in 1hour 18 minutes.

The scores went level till 4-4 in the first set, Peer held on to her
serve in the 9th game and then broke Panova in the 10th game to win
the 1st set. In the second set Peer broke Panova in the 2nd game, but
lost her serve in the 3rd and 5th games , to let Panova go up 4-2.

Peer played percentage tennis to break Panova back in the 8th game and
level scores. Peer survived 2 breakpoints in the 9th game, but held on
to her serve to go up 5-4.In the 10th game Peer moved into the next
gear securing the decisive break and win the second set 6-4 and make
it to the last four.

In the semifinals Peer will take on fourth seeded Olga Govortsova of
Belarus who battled cold winds and country mate Darya Kustova to
score a tough 6-3,2-6,6-2 win a 2 hr 10 minute tussle . It will be
Govortsova s second semifinal at the Tashkent Open( Semifinalist in
2007) and the first semifinal of Tour event this year.

I have played Kustova thrice and practice with her and know her game
well, So was prepared for today s match. I intend to better at the
event this year than just reaching the semifinals said Govortsova
after the match.

Following are the results: Singles (Quarterfinals)
S.1 Yaroslava Shvedova(Kaz) S6 Monica Niculescu (Rou)6-7(3),7-5,6-2
Akgul Amanmuradova(Uzb) bt S.5 Stefanie Voegele (Sui) 6-1,6-4
S.4Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Darya Kustova (Blr) 6-3,2-6,6-2
S.2 Shahar Peer (Isr) bt Alexandra Panova ( Rus) 6-4,6-4

Doubles (Semifinals)

Olga Govotsova / Tatiana Poutchek (Blr) bt Monica Niculescu(Rom)/Ahsha
Rolle(USA) 6-1,6-1

Vitalia Diatchenko(Rus)/ Ekaterina Dzehalevich (Blr) bt Arina
Rodionova(Rus)/Olga Savchuk (Ukr) 3-6,6-1,11-9