Tashkent , September 26 fifth seeded and Ex Champion here Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic registered the biggest upset of the day toppling top seeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia to enter the semifinals alongside third seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium , another ex champion and eighth seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania , and unseeded Katarina Zavatska at the 21st Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the at the Olympic School Tennis Complex here
In the quarterfinals played today fifth seeded Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic registered the biggest upset of the day toppling top seeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 in 1hours and 13 minutes , Pliskova will take on third seeded Alison Van Uytvanck Belgium who carved out a 6-2,6-4 win over Pauline Parmentier of France in 1 hour and 17 minutes
In a quarterfinal match between unseeded players Ukraine's Katarina Zavatska blanked out Anna Kalinskaya of Russia 6-0,6-2 in just 56 minutes , to set up a clash with eighth seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania who stopped the winning run of Danka Kovinic of Monte negro 7-5,5-7,6-1 in the longest match of the day which lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes
In the biggest upset of the day left hander and winner of the 2016 edition Krystina Pliskova shocked No.1 seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3,6-4 , Pliskova managed to subdue a minor hiccup while leading 5-2 in the second set , Kuzmova again saved three match points and taking two quick games to reduce the margin to 5-4 , before Plishova held her serve and wrap the match , Pliskova served 15 Aces in her match today .
" I feel good today with my win as I had lost few close matches in the last few weeks, I surely served better and was able to catch Kuzmova on the wrong foot , I played my best match here so far even though I messed up midway in the match and lost 3 match points", The conditions in Tashkent Suit me and I feel closer to my home town , said Krystina winner of the title here in 2016
Katarina Zavatska played formidable tennis to make a semifinal debut , end the challenge of upcoming Anna Kalinskaya 6-0,6-2 , Kalinskaya who suffered from stomach infection hardly put on a fight , Kalinskaya who was the doubles top seed alongside Kuzmova also pulled out from the doubles match later in the day
Former champion in 2008 No.8 seed Sorana Cirstea made it to her second semifinal of the year here after Nurnberg with a 7-5,5-7,6-1 win over giant killer Danka Kovinic of Montenegro . The Romanian increased her win-loss to 3-1 over Danka Kovinic with a win today
" It was good quality match Kovinic served well , I found myself in a little tight position in the second set , but managed to get back from 2-5 to 5-5 though I lost the set , I found my rhythm again in the third and it was quick third set " said Sorana after the match .
Asked about her chances against Zavatska in the semifinals she said " I have never seen my opponent at other tournaments but have seen her play for the first time in Tashkent , if she's made it to the semifinals means she is great shape and form , will be looking forward to a contest tomorrow.
Comparing her performances over the years Sorana said 2008 and 2019 are different . " I was a kid when I won here in 2008 , however it's been ups and downs in the last 11 years ,, but I'm happy to have remained in the top 100 in spite of the tougher competitors, and aggressive tennis over the years .".
No.3 seed Alison Van Uytvanck who has yet to concede a set in the tournament continued her form as she trounced 2007 winner Pauline Parmentier 6-2,6-4 in straight sets , Parmentier showed some promise at the end but the highest remaining seed of the event Alison Van Uytvanck played well to end the challenge in spite of nursing a back spasm
Speaking after her match Alison said " Parmentier raised her level in the second set and I had to play better and better am happy to be through in two sets " , on concerns about her back injury , she said "Its little bit of spasm I hope I can rest have good sleep and get back to the court fresh
2008 champion Sorana Cirstea and 2016 champion Kristyna Pliskova will also be bidding to become the Tashkent Open's first multiple titlist in the tournament's 21st and final year.
Only five players have reached the final twice in its history: 2000 champion and 2006 runner-up Iroda Tulyaganova (now the tournament director); 2013 champion and 2014 runner-up Bojana Jovanovski Petrovic; 2015 champion and 2016 runner-up Nao Hibino; 2005 and 2009 finalist Akgul Amanmuradova; and 2012 and 2015 finalist Donna Vekic.
Following are the results : Quarterfinals
 Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt  Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk) 6-3, 6-4
 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA ) 6-2,6-4
Katarina Zavatska (UKR) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-0,6-2
 Sorana Cirstea (ROU) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE ) 7-5,5-7,6-1
Doubles Quarter finals
Sharon Fichman ( Can) / Tatjana Maria ( Ger) bt Irina Camelia Begu (Rou) / Lidziya Marozava 7-5,6-4
Harriet Dart (GBR)/ Danka Kovinic (MNE) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) / Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) w/o
Date of Birth: 26 Aug 1990
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5’ 11" (1.81 m)
WTA Singles Ranking – 58 (As of August 20, 2018)
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