Kozlova , Potapova , Barthel, Gasparyan make semifinals of 20th Tashkent Open

27 September 2018

September 27, 2018  TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -    Unseeded players Kateryna Kozolova of Ukraine ,  Mona Barthel of Germany , Margarita Gasparayan of Russia and her country mate  and qualifier  Anastasia Potapova    entered the singles semifinals  of  the 20th  Tashkent Open WTA Championships  being  played  at the Olympic Tennis Complex here  .

In  contrasting  quarterfinal matches  unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany created the biggest upset of the day knocking out second seeded Vera Lapko of Belarus 6-3,7-5 in 1 hour 34 minutes ,  Unseeded Margarita Gasparayan  of Russia  took 1 hour 56 minutes and come  back from loss of first set to stop qualifier Fanny Stollar of Hungary 3-6,6-2,6-1

Unseeded Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine made it to her second semifinal here  upsetting sixth seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-3,6-2  in 1 hours 17 minutes . Nextgen Star and qualifier Anastasia Potapova  took 1 hour 44 minutes to register a 7-5,2-6,6-1 upset  win over eight seeded Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic  

In the Biggest upset of the day unseeded  Mona Barthel of Germany  shocked second seeded , 64 ranked Vera Lapko 6-3,7-5 in 1 hour 34 minute tussle , Barthel used all her experience against the 19 year old  Lapko ,  Barthel secured a break in the 8th game in the first set and the 11th game of the second set to set up a win and make the semifinals on debut  here.

Speaking to the Tashkent media Team after reaching the  semifinals here   , the tall German who has four WTA titles to her credit said , "   since  the Prague event in  2017 , I have  struggled and I went out of the  top 100 this year  ,  I have had a lots of Ups  and Down , but the last few weeks  I have played some good matches and feeling better now"

On her upset win today ,  Barthel who also made the finals of the $125K Challenger at Chicago few weeks ago  said " It was a tough match , my whole plan was to  focus on game and put  pressure on her , she had some opportunities to break me in the second set , but I   served well and played aggressively on break points and that was the key to my win today.

On her journey to the last four here Barthel  said  "  I have played Two tough,  three set  matches in two days , it's not easy to play three setter matches , but I tried  to give  best  and be focused . I like the atmosphere and the conditions  here . I like  the tournament ,  it's my  first time here , the  city is beautiful and people are great , and  look to play semifinals and spend some more days here ", said the   former world No 23 player.

In the Semifinals Barthel will take on  2015 Baku champion Margarita Gasparyan who plays her first semifinal of her comeback  .  The former World No.41who has spent 16 months on the sidelines between Wimbledon 2016 and Moscow 2017 said "  I wanted to win , I played all the important points well , I needed this win ".

Coming back from loss of the first set the unseeded  Russian Gasparayan   took 1 hour 56 minutes  to stop qualifier Fanny Stollar of Hungary 3-6,6-2,6-1  , Gasparayan Started  shakily and was broken in the 8th game of the first set , but bounced back strongly to stop the run of Hungarian qualifier   Stollar  , Breaking her twice in the 4th and the 8th games of the second set ,  and 4th and 6th games of the third  set .

In the top half unseeded Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine  continued with her giant killing spree  accounting for  sixth seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-3,6-2  in 1 hours 17 minutes .

In the first set Kozlova broke the 19 year old Schmiedlova  in the 7th and the 9th game in the first set and the 2nd,6th and the 8th game in the second set to move into the  semifnals  here after a  two year gap .

"I mixed up the game very well , I knew she likes to play in a rhythm but I  mixed up my game and  was successful " I made very few errors and  ad am happy to reach my first semifinals here  I hope I can continue with my great run here  , said Kozlova 

Kozlova's next opponent in the semifinals will be  Nextgen Star and qualifier Anastasia Potapova   who took 1 hour 44 minutes to register a 7-5,2-6,6-1 upset  win over eight seeded Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic  .

After trading break twice , Potapova broke the experienced Jakupovic  in the 12th game of  the first set-to win it 7-5.  In the second set the eighth seeded Slovenian played some great forehand returns   to unnerve the 18 year old Russian and broke her in the 3rd and 7th games to take the set 6-2 and level scores at 1set all.

In the deciding set Potapova  went for her strokes  hitting the ball early on both  flanks giving no opportunity to Jakupovic   , Potapova who made it to her second semis on the tour broke Jakupovic in the 4th and the 6th game  and won the third set 6-1.

"I'm feeling a little tired but happy to make the semifinals , I've played two more matches than my opponent coming to the semis , its good because it gave me more experience and bad because it's made me tired , said the Young Russian after the match

We were playing for the first  time and we didn't know what to expect from each other , I played two good games in the first set  , in the second my opponent started reading me and played well , before the start of the third set I told myself " You have to give all you have now  and I'm happy to come through". Asked about her next match "  I've played her before and won too , but tomorrow is another day, I'm very happy to make the last four , Potapova Said in a post match interview.


Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) bt S6.Anna Karolina Schmiedlova - 6/3 6/2

Anastasia Potapova (RUS) bt S8.Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) - 7/5 2/6 6/1

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) bt [Q] Fanny Stollar - 3/6 6/2 6/1

Mona Barthel (GER) bt S2.Vera Lapko (BLR) - 6/3 7/5


Olga Danilovic(SLO)/Tamara Zidansek(SLO) bt Dalila Jakupovic(SRB)/Vera Lapko(BLR) – 7/506/4

S2.Nao Hibinho(JPN)/Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) – 6/4 6/3

Following is the line Up for the  Singles Semifinals

Kateryna Kozlova v/s Anastasia Potapova  , Margarita Gasparayan v/s Mona Barthel