Margarita Gasparyan wins 20th Tashkent Open title

29 September 2018

September 29, 2018  TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -    Margarita Gasparyan  of  outplayed  qualifier  Anastasia Potapova 6-2,6-1 in all Russian Contest    to win the singles at   the 20th  Tashkent Open WTA Championships  being  played  at the Olympic Tennis Complex here.

Gasparyan  ranked  299   won the  title to become the second lowest ranked WTA champion after Angelique Widjaja, who was World No.579 when she won Bali in 2001. Having begun the year unranked, the 24-year-old is guaranteed to return to the Top 200 for the first time since January 2017 next week.

The championship match between Anastasia Potapova and Margarita Gasparyan was also the  first all-Russian WTA final since Elena Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova at Indian Wells 2017, the 29th all-Russian final overall and the second in Tashkent following Alla Kudryavtseva's defeat of Vesnina in 2010.

Gasparyan took just over a hour to stop the 17 year old Potapova 6-2,6-1 in a one sided final , the shortest in the 20year old history of Tashkent Open.  Gasparyan started spiritedly  breaking Potopova in the very first game , then broke her in the  third and hold on serve to go up 4-0 , finally Potpova  held her game in the 5th to open her account  but that was not enough as Gasparayan raced to a 6-2 win.


In the second set the story continued Potapova was broken in the 1st and the 3rd game  , but when  she held her serve in the fifth game to get the score to 4-1 , there was  cheer from a fairly Large number of tennis fans gathered to watch the two Russians in action, but that was not enough to keep the young  Potpova from getting any more games .

Potapova Looked visibly tired from hard week of tennis ,  reaching the finals from the Qualifiers seemed to taken its toll on the 17 year old  who   had Some poor shot selections  and a error ridden game mixed with  some  solid hitting by Gasparyan

In the sixth game and the final game of the match three errors ,  a double fault on match point  from Potapova and two backhand winners by Gasparyan saw the 299 ranked Russian  raise her hands to celebrate her win and the first  title after 2 years

Gasparayan also avenged her defeat at hands of Potapova   in the pair's only previous meeting, in the first round of the ITF $100,000 event in Khimki this May  . Potapova and Gasparyan were also doubles partners this week, reaching the semifinals in their first event together before falling in a match tiebreak to No.1 seeds Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru.

Gasparyan   the 2015 Baku champion,  out of tennis   after three knee surgeries kept her out of action between Wimbledon 2016 and Moscow 2017  told the Tashkent Media team in a interview "  I'm Proud of myself   and the win has come at a perfect time for me , I can't  believe that I have won.".

When I entered the event  I wanted to just play a tournament , didn't think I will win the title Goal as to play a lot of matches , didn't expect would go far here".


For me this a  special win as I will now  have more chances to play on the bigger events    Australia , bigger matches , I'm close but far , if I play good for the next few weeks " said an elated Gasparayan

Speaking on her fitness  ,  " I'm stronger than before my I have worked very hard on my  fitness .  On the match she  said  " I didn't expect to win  easily , it's not easy to play against a friend but I was prepared  .

For Potapova it was the second final of the year after the Moscow River Cup  , but the 17 year was unfazed by her defeat , speaking to the Tashkent Media  Team she said " It’s been a amazing week for me , importantly I got to play many matches and I feel more confident . I have had a busy week playing singles and doubles and really feel tired .

"On making it to the top 100 for the first time in her career she said , it feel nice but I have to keep improving and that’s my goal rankling will follow ",  words of wisdom from a 17!year old

The winner  Margarita Gasparayan  got $43000  and 280 WTA points  , while the Runners-up will Anastasia Potapova received    $21400 and 180 WTA  points.  The win ensured Gasparayan   move into 170 in WTA rankings.

The trophies were  given away at the hands of Shukurov Elbek Deputy Mayor of Tashkent city , Tournament  Supervisor  Cristina Romerio and  Tournament Director  Valera Lim.


Date of Birth: 29 SEP  1998
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Height: 6’ 0"  1.84 m
Plays: Right-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 70 (As of August 20, 2018)

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