Pliskova shunts out top seed Kuzmova to enter semifinals of 21st Tashkent Open

26 September, 22:42

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

[5] Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)    bt  [1]  Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk)   6-3, 6-4   

[3]  Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt  Pauline Parmentier (FRA )  6-2,6-4

Katarina Zavatska (UKR)  bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)  6-0,6-2   

[8] 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