Tashkent Open Qualifying Rounds begins tomorrow .

7 September 2012

By Tashkent Open 2012 Media Team.

September 7 : As you get into the historic city of Tashkent , one is welcomed into the city with huge billboards heralding one of the biggest tennis events of Central Asia the Tashkent Open WTA Championships which is in its 14th year.

With WTA Supervisor Martina Lutkova announcing the Chip List for the Main draw to be held tomorrow , the cutoff remains high at 129 . In the history of the last 13 years at the Tashkent Open , no champion has ever come back to defend her crown in the singles event .

The initial entry list suggested that 3 former champions would be back to slug it out , but as the jinx seems to continue Two former winners Shahar Peer of Israel (2009) and Russia’s Ksenia Pervak (2012) pulled out of the event due to injuries, while former winner Alla Kudryatseva who also figures in the fight , has a tough task as she will have to come through a tough qualifying grind which commences tomorrow.

Monica Niculescu who reached First Top 30 season in 2011 and currently ranked 33 ,along with Urszula Radwanska of Poland (43) , Former junior French Open Champion and finalist at Strasbourg Alize Cornet of France(50) and Magdalena Rybarikova winner at- Washington DC (66) are the top four players in the main draw.

Apart from the above four 2011 Fed Cup Heart Award winner and Baku WTA winner Bojana Jovanovski (72) , Alexandra Panova Doubles winner and singles finalist at Bogotá (76) could be the other strong contenders for the title.

The tournament which will kick off with the qualifying rounds at the Olympic School of Tennis .

Former World no 38 Russia’s Olga Puchkova of Russia who made it to the third round of the US Open 2012 and currently ranked 143 will lead the qualifying seedings, while Former Title winner Alla Kudryavtseva currently ranked 144 will be seeded second

Probable seeds for the main draw

Monica Niculescu, (Rou) 33 , Urszula Radwanska, (pol) 43 , Alize Cornet, (Fra) 50 , Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) 66 , Alexandra Cadantu, (Rou) 68 , Bojana Jovanovski, (Srb) 72 , Alexandra Panova (Rus) 76 , Galina Voskoboeva, (Kaz) 80

Following are the seeding for the Qualifying Rounds

Olga Puchkova, RUS , Alla Kudryavtseva RUS , Bibiane Schoofs, NED , Monica Puig, PUR Marta Sirotkina, RUS , Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA Cagla Buyukakcay, TUR , Ekaterina Bychkova