Tashkent , September 23 : 19 year old Katarina Zavatska of Ukraine registered the first upset of the tournament as she ousted Fourth seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia to enter the second round of Tashkent Open which began on the Olympic School Tennis Complex here today
In a match between teenagers Zavatska led 6-3,5-4 before Ostapenko retired due to stomachache, two former champions here Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine and Irina - Camelia Begu of Romania lost in the opening round while former winner here Sorana Cirstea moved into the second round
2017 champion Kateryna Bondarenko who returned to action for the first time since last year's US Open after her second maternity leave, having given birth to daughter Eva in March went down tamely against Greet Minnen of Belgium , Minnen scored a easy 6-2,6-2 win against the rusty Bondarenko . The Ukrainian, who reached her career high ranking of World No.29 in October 2009, made it back to World No.56 in July 2016 after having her first daughter, Karin, in 2013.
Qualifier Tereza Martincova of Czech Republic kept up her splendid run accounting for 2012 winner here Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-7(),6-4,6-4 in a close match , 2008 champion Sorana Cirstea however had it easy putting out Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-1,6-4
Danka Kovinic of Montenegro lost her plot midway but recovered to snuff out the challenge of local Wildcard Sabina Sharipova 6-0,5-7,6-2 in a match lasting 2 hours , Sharipova Showed some promise of a fight back taking the second set , but went down 0-5 immediately in the third set and could never recover handing over Kovinic her first win in a WTA main draw match this year
Poland's Katarzyna Kawa won her first WTA main draw match win since her stunning run to the Jurmala final in July put out Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko 7-5,6-3 . Young Russian Anna Kalinskaya extracted her revenge of her loss at Ikley earlier in the year against Qualifier Harriet Dart of Great Britain as she carved out a 6-4,6-4 win to make it to the round of sixteen
In the feature match of the day between , Katarina Zavatska scored a 6-3, 5-4 win over 2017 Roland Garros champion and fourth seed here Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia , Ostapenko who returned to Tashkent , the site of her WTA main draw debut when she received a wildcard here as a 17-year-old in 2014 failed to read the tricky Zavatska return , the stomachache triggered in the second set added to Ostapenko's misery ensuring the first upset of the event.
"I'm really happy and have worked hard to play at this level, the win will give me more confidence " said the young Zavatska speaking to the Tashkent media Team after her match .
I played to a match plan of chopping on the returns which probably disturbed Jelena , the plan to run and retrieve , step on returns and get as many balls back into play helped me to win today ". The turning point in the match was at 4-4 in the second set when I held my game after being down , I really played well then ", she added.
I'm looking at a Top 100 finish by the end of the year and every win like today will help my rankings go up , I'm getting used to play at the WTA level and now playing more confidently , Zavatska said when asked about her goals for the rest of the year.
Following are the Results : First Round Singles
Sorana Cirstea (ROU)  vs Denisa Allertova (CZE) - 6/1,6/4
Katarzyna Kawa (POL) vs Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) - 7/5,6/3
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) vs Harriet Dart (GBR) [Q] - 6/4,6/4
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs [WC] Sabina Sharipova (UZB) - 6/0,5/7,6/2
Greet Minnen (BEL) vs Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) - 6/2,6/2
Tereza Martincova (CZE) [Q] vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) - 6(4)/7,6/4,6/4
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)  vs Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) [Q] - 6/0,6/1
Katarina Zavatska (UKR) vs Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)  - 6/3, 5/4 ret
Dalila Jakupovic (SLO)/Sabrina Santamaria (USA)  vs Nigina Abduraimova (UZB)/Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) [WC] – 6/3,6/0
Olga Govortsova (BLR)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) vs Cornelia Lister (SWE)/Yana Sizikova (RUS)  – 6/4,6/3
Date of Birth: 26 DEC 1997
Birthplace: Postojna, Slovenia
Height: 5’ 5" (1.68 m)
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