Peer, Amanmuradova to clash for Tashkent Open Crown

26 September 2009

Tashkent, September 26: Second seed Shahar Peer will clash with unseeded Local Star Akgul Amanmuradova made in the finals of the 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 semifinals played today Tashkent girl Akgul Amanmuradova shocked top seed and 55th ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-6(7-3) in a 1 hr 35 minute tussle, while the in form second seed Shahar Peer of Israel kept herself in hunt for the second consecutive title on the WTA tour outplaying fourth seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-4, 7-6(7-3) in a 1hr 57 minute battle.

Akgul Amanmuradova buoyed by a large home ground gave a sterling display of tennis to out hit the topside Shvedova 6-4,7-6(7-3).

“It was a fast paced match with lot of winners and good points, positive tennis and I’m thrilled to win and reach my second final, said Akgul after the match.

“I was always under pressure from the 1st to the last point, but I ‘m happy to have survived. Its big responsibility to play in front of your home crowds and that adds up,” but I was relaxed, played well, served well and used all my weapons, she added.

Akgul mixed up her shots well; mixing her backhand slices and power packed forehands successfully in the first set and secured the decisive break in the 10th game, with Shvedova serving the lone double fault of the set at match point.

In the second set Both players traded breaks early in the set, but Amanmuradova had 2 match points in the 12th games, but Shvedova showed her fighting capabilities blasting down two down the line serves to save match points and then hold on to her service game forcing a tie break.

In the tie-break, the tall and lanky Uzbek ranked 113 currently, attacked the net at every opportunity, a brilliant net game at 5-2 which saw the top seed Shvedova scampering all round the court, changed the course the match for Akgul, who sealed the match with a blistering serve.

“ I was a little tired after my marathon match yesterday , but Akgul played brilliantly and did everything correct , I give her all credit” Said the sporting Shvedova after the match.

On her prediction about the winner of the event, Shvedova said “I’ll be thrilled if Akgul wins the crowd, I know it is a tremendous feeling to win a home and also it will do well for Uzbekistan tennis”.

In the other semifinal , second seeded Shahar Peer gave a display of cool and clinical tennis accounting for fourth seeded Olga Govortsova 7-6(5),6-2 in a 1hr 57 minute match. For Peer the victory also brought an end to her string of 3 earlier losses to Govortsova.

In the first set both players’ matches each other stroke for stroke, this was evident with the first game itself being played for more than 13 minutes. While Govortsova broke Peer in the 3rd and 11th game, Peer broke back in the 10th and 12th game to level scores at 6-6.

In the tiebreak Peer rushed to a 5-1 lead, but Govortsova pulling out 4 points in a row to reduce the deficit, But Peer served confidently at 6-5 and went to take the set in 1 hour 20 minutes

The second set was much easier than Peer expected, as she broke Govortsova in the 1st and 5th games at love, and then clinically going on to hold her serves and take the second set 6-2 in about 38 minutes and enter her second consecutive WTA Tour final and two weeks.

“ I’m happy I’m playing better tennis after every match ,and just want to go on that way tomorrow,” said Peer currently ranked 46th in the world.

“I just go out and play my tennis, and my earlier losses to Govortsova didn’t bother me, nor did I think of it, she said answering a question if she was under pressure Govortsova who had beaten her thrice earlier

Asked about her take on tomorrow’s match Shahar said” I’ve played Akgul before I’ve to do my job and winning is my aim”.

The winner will take home a winners purse of $37,000 and 280 WTA points, while runners-up will get 19,000 and 200 WTA points

Following are the results: Singles (Semifinals)
Akgul Amanmuradova(Uzb) t S.1 Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) 6-4,7-6(3)
S.4Olga Govortsova (Blr) v/s S.2 Shahar Peer (Isr) 7-6(5),6-2