Begu ousts third seed Cornet to enter quarterfinals at Tashkent Open

12 September 2012

Issued by Tashkent Open Media Team

Tashkent, September 12: Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania upset third seeded and world No 50 Alize Cornet of France, while qualifier Donna Vekic of Croatia made it to her first career quarter final at 14 th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Tennis Championships being played at the Olympic Tennis School here.

Second seeded Urszula Radwanska, fifth seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania, Sixth seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia , seventh seeded Alexandra Panova of Russia, eighth seeded Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan and last year’s finalist here Eva Birnerova were the other players to make it to the last eight stage of the event.

In the second round matches unseeded Romanian Irina Camelia Begu upset the third seeded and 50th ranked French woman Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-1 , Czech Republic’s Eva Birnerova ended the run of Italian giant killer Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-2 , while fifth seeded Romanian Alexandra Cadantu ended the Uzbek challenge edging out wildcard Sabina Sharipova 1-6, 6-3,6-3.

In other matches second seeded Polish player Urszula Radwanska proved too strong for Russian Vitalia Diatchenko winning 6-2, 6-2 , while seventh seeded Russian Alexandra Panova saw off Japanese player Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-4 . In a match that promised excitement eighth seeded Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva scored 6-1, 6-3 win over Russian Anna Chakvetadze to make it to the last eight

In one of the longest matches of the day sixth seeded Bojana Jovanovski missed three match points in the second set before overcoming a fighting Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3,6-7(8),6-3. Sixteen year old Croatian Donna Vekic made it to her first ever WTA tour quarterfinals outplaying Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-2 6-2.

In the lone upset of the day Irina -Camelia Begu scored a 6-4,6-1 win in 1 hour and 47 minutes over an off colour and higher ranked Alize Cornet of France. In the first set Begu managed to break Cornet in the 10th game to take the first set , while broke the poor serving Cornet in the fourth and sixth games to make it to the third quarterfinal of tour event this year. Cornet served poorly serving as many as six double faults in the match.

I know Alize’s game as we have played doubles with each other before , so I played patiently , I managed to return well today . In the second set I started hitting very well and the scores changed , said Begu after the match. It’s a good result for me and I’m very happy to make it to the quarterfinals here she added

Sixteen year old qualifier Donna Vekic of Croatia continued her dream run at the event out hitting the 91st ranked 20 year old Spanish Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) 6-2 6-2 in just 1 hour and 12 minutes

It’s an amazing feeling , I’m absolutely thrilled making my first quarterfinals at a WTA event, the points are important , but developing my game and as an athlete is more important for me in the next few years . She was a tough player , but I played very well said a smiling Vekic after the match.

Fifth seeded Alexandra Cadantu went through a harrowing first set against wildcard Sabina Sharipova before regaining her rhythm to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 7 minutes.

Sixth seeded Serbian Bojana Jovanovski squandered 3 match points in the second set, but still managed to overcome a fighting Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3,6-7(8),6-3 in the longest match of the day lasting 2 hours and 37 minutes.

Alexandra Panova served seven aces on her way to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Japanese Misaki Doi in 1 hour and 33 minutes . Misaki is good player , but I played as planned , to play fast to serve well and not give her any time to settle, I did it all today and made a good result said an elated Panova after her match.

Former world No 5 and qualifier here Anna Chakvetadze of Russia could not match the big hitting from the eighth seeded Galina Voskoboeva . Galina the tall Kazakh ranked 77 currently broke her jinx at Tashkent making to her first quarterfinals won 6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour and 11 minutes

Begu- Niculescu survive in doubles

Top seeded Romanian pair Irina –Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu managed to scrape past Ukrainians Valentyna Ivakhnenko and Kateryna Kozlova 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 after being 5 match points down to make it to the semi final stage in the doubles.

Following are the results: Second Round Singles

Eva Birnerova (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-2, 6-2
[5] Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) bt [W] Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 1-6, 6-3,6-3
[Q] Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) 6-2 6-2
[6] Bojana Jovanovski bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-3,6-7(8),6-3
[8] Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) bt Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 6-1, 6-3
Irina Camelia Begu (ROU) bt [3]Alize Cornet(FRA) 6-4, 6-1
[7] Alexandra Panova (RUS) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-4, 6-4
[2] Urszula Radwanska (POL) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles: Quarter Finals

Irina –Camelia Begu /Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Valentyna Ivakhnenko /Kateryna Kozlova(UKR) 6-3, 4-6, 12-10
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)/Vesna Dolonc (SRB) vs Jana Cepelova (SVK)/ Julia Cohen (USA) 6-3,7-6 (7)
Paula Kania (POL)/ Polina Pekhova(RUS) bt Lyudmila Kichenok /Nadya Kichenok (UKR) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)/Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) bt Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/Marta Sirotkina(RUS) 6-2,6-2