Kudryavtseva lifts Maiden WTA Tour Title at Tashkent Open

25 September 2010

By Sunder Iyer/ Micky Aigner
Tashkent Open Media Team

Tashkent , September 25: 7th seeded and world ranked 103rd player Alla Kudryavtseva outplayed 4th seed and 72nd ranked Elena Vesnina in an all Russian final to lift the singles title at the Tashkent Open , a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event being played at the Olympic Tennis Centre at Tashkent.

Kudryavtseva the runnersup at Gunagzhou , made it to the second consecutive final in as many put out the higher ranked Vesnina 6-4,6-4 in 1 hour 34 minutes to become the first Russian player to win the title here in the last 12 years of the existence of the event .It was also the first ever career title for her on the WTA Tour.

Speaking later Alla said I was a nervous for sure. I did not expect to win. It was high pressure situation.” “The score line looked as if it was an easy final, but out there it wasn’t. The first was closed out with just one break but the second we both broke each other and was not getting easy at all. «My serve helped me more than anything else. I got it in big and it helped me.”

“The only thing that perhaps I did not do today was execute a drop-shot” she said smiling.

In a Match which raised high expectations, both players matched each other stroke for stroke and were tied 3-3 in the first set ,Kudryavstseva broke Vesnina in the seventh game and held on from there on to clinch the set 6-4.

In the second set both players traded breaks in the 3rd and 4th games to level scores till 3-3 ,in the seventh game, Kudryavtseva broke Vesnina to take a 4-3 lead, serving extremely well and aided by 2 aces in the crucial 10th game, Kudryavtseva held on and went on to register her first ever career tour title.

The winner Kudryavtseva pocketed $37,000 and earned 280 WTA points, while the runner-up Vesnina took home $19,000 and 200 WTA points apart from the trade mark traditional gold embroidered Uzbek costume. With win here She will now move on to the top 60.

“I would also like thank WTA for celebrating 40 years of women’s professional tennis. Thank you guys,” she said at a speech on the tennis court.

Being asked about her future events, Alla said “Looking forward I don’t want to be carried away. I would like to have moderate expectations.”

When told that no winner of Tashkent Open has been back here to defend her title, Alla said “Yes I will return to defend my title, I would prefer to go to a place where I feel at home. Here in Tashkent there are many who speak Russian and I feel at home here. Moreover, one must go back to tournaments where you win as one feels good and it gets back the happy memories of the past year. So even if I could be ranked higher next year, I will return to defend my title.”

The dejected No.4 seed Elena Vesnina who looked in great form till the finals today said “I did not play as well as I played in the whole week, I congratulate Alla on winning her first title on the tour. I surely need to work hard on my game and strokes. But Alla played amazing tennis,”

The prizes were given away by the Mayor of Tashkent Abdukakhor Tukhtaev and Tournament Director S Uthrapathy.

Following are Results Singles, Finals:
7- Alla Kudryatseva (Rus) bt 4- Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-4,6-4