Anyone’s Game at the 14th Tashkent Open

26 August 2012

By Tashkent Open 2012 Media Team.

The entry list for The 14th Edition of Tashkent Open is an clear indication of the growing popularity of one of the biggest tennis events of Central Asia the Tashkent Open WTA Championships. The list which has a high cutoff of 112 will have 20 players in the Top 125 bracket including 17 in the top 100 vying for the title.

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 but 2 former champions and runners-up will be back in the city to break this jinx.

With ideal climate for tennis in September, the 14th edition of the Tashkent Open looks like anyone’s game. Two previous winners Shahar Peer of Israel (2009) and Russia’s Ksenia Pervak (2012) will be looking to enter the record books to become the first player to have won two titles at Tashkent Open.

The genuine gesture of the sports loving citizens of the historic city of Tashkent and the organizers Uzbekistan Tennis Federation, who have gone out of their way to offer the best hospitality to players has made the players come back to the event which has grown in stature.

“ We are happy to see the entry list for the Tashkent Open getting stronger year by year , we are glad that we have been able to make players feel at home with Uzbek hospitality and good tennis conditions “ said Igor Shepelov the General Secretary of the Uzbek Tennis Federation.

“I’m glad that the event has done wonders to careers of so many young women’s tennis players, Tashkent Open is the only event in the world to have provided a launching pad to careers of unknown tennis players from around the globe.. I have been a spectator to the rise of these young tennis players “Says tournament Director S. Uthrapathy.

The event this year will showcase a illustrious list of 2012 Tour Event winners and finalists who include Fed Cup Heart Award winner for 2011 Bojana Jovanovski who emerged Singles Winner at Baku, Polona Hercog Winner at Bastaad, Magdalena Rybarikova winner at Washington DC, Alexandra Panova Doubles winner and singles finalist at Bogotá. Alize Kornet Former junior French Open Champion and finalist at Strasbourg and Urszula Radwanska the finalist at Hertogenbosch. Alongwith Monica Niculescu who reached First Top 30 season in 2011.

The tournament which will kick off with the qualifying rounds at the Olympic School of Tennis on the weekend of 8th September will be followed by the main draw Monday 10th September onwards.

The winners of the last 13 editions are Israeli Anna Smashnova, Iroda Tulyaganova, Germany’s B. Lamade, MG Mikaelian (Switzerland), Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spain), Czech Republic’s Nicole Vadisova, China’s Tian Sun, Pauline Parmentier (France), Romania’s Sorena Cirstea , Shahar Peer (Israel) and Alla Kudryatseva (Russia) and Ksenia Pervak ( Rus)

Main draw List after the second cutoff list

1. Monica Niculescu, 34 : 2 . Urszula Radwanska 45
3. Alize Cornet, 47: 4. Shahar Peer, 57: 5 Galina Voskoboeva 58
6. Polona Hercog, 62 ; 7 Alexandra Cadantu , 65 :8 Bojana Jovanovski, 68
9. Ksenia Pervak, 70 , 10 Alexandra Panova , 71 : 11 Irina-Camelia Begu, 80
12. Olga Govortsova,82 ;13 Stephanie Foretz Gacon, 83 ; 14 Nina Bratchikova, 87
15. Kateryna Bondarenko, 95: 16 Julia Cohen, 97: 17 Jarmila Gajdosova, 100
18. Magdalena Rybarikova, 102 : 19 Maria-Teresa Torro-flor, 108 : 20 Lesia Tsurenko, 110 : 21 Eleni Daniilidou, 112 : 22 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, 116 ,
23 , Eva Birnerova 119 : 24 Karin Knapp, 121