Teenager Zavatska registers first upset as she knocks out fourth seed and Former French open winner Ostapenko at Tashkent open

23 September, 21:34

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) [8] 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) [3] vs Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) [Q] - 6/0,6/1

Katarina Zavatska (UKR) vs  Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [4] - 6/3, 5/4 ret

Dalila Jakupovic (SLO)/Sabrina Santamaria (USA) [4] 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) [4] – 6/4,6/3