Radwanska Begu , Vekic , Birnerova in Semi finals at Tashkent Open

13 September 2012

Issued by Tashkent Open Media Team

Tashkent ,September 13: Last year’s runner up here Eva Birnerova of Czech Republic will take on 16 year old qualifier Dona Vekic of Croatia in the first semifinal , while Giant Killer Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania will take on the lone remaining seed at the event Second seeded Urszula Radwanska in the second semifinals of the 14th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Tennis Championships

In one of the best contested matches at the Olympic Tennis School here second seeded Urszula Radwanska had to bring out every fibre of strength to scrape past a fighting seventh seeded Alexandra Panova of Russia winning 5-7,6-2, 7-6(3) in a match lasting 3 hours and 5 minutes.

On a day of upsets Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania continued her good run in the event to come back from a 2-5 deficit to register a 3-6,7-6(1),7-5 win over eighth seeded Galina Voeskoboeva of Kazakhstan in 3 hours , while qualifier Donna Vekic of Croatia made it to her first career semifinal scoring a 6-4,6-4 straight set win over sixth seeded Bojana Jovanovski .

Last year’s finalist Eva Birnervo caused the other upset of the day out hitting fifth seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3,4-6,6-2 for a place in the last four stage.

In the best match of the day second seeded Polish player Urszula Radwanska had to bring out everything to scrape past a fighting seventh seeded Russian Alexandra Panova 5-7,6-2,7-6(3) in a3 hour 5 minutes thriller which had a reasonable crowd at the edge of their seats

Panova started strongly taking the first set 7-5 after she broke Radwanska in the 12th game , Radwanska seemed to have got off the blocks in the second set winning rather easily at 6-2 breaking Panova in the 3rd and the 7th games and forcing the third set.

Panova raced off to 2-0 lead with a point to go up 3-0, but the fiery Radwanska clawed her way back in a match marked by some high class tennis to take a 4-2 lead breaking Panova in the 3rd and 5th games.

Panova played brilliantly hitting an array of winners on both flanks to break Radwanska in the 10th game and level scores at 5-5.

The breaks continued with the second seed breaking Panova again in the 12th game to go up 6-5 , but Panova replied strongly mixing up her strokes to immediately break the Polish player back in the 12th game forcing a tiebreak. However Radwanska looked much focused in the tiebreak and did not give any chances to Panova wrapping up a well deserved win

It was a great and close match I tried to focus on every point and happy that was a little lucky to have won against a good friend , all credit to her for her play today said a relieved Radwanska.

I played well and gave everything when I was down a few points made all the difference , Physically she was better than me today . It hurts after coming so close said a dejected Panova about the match.

In another thriller Irina -Camelia Begu scored a close 3-6,7-6(1),7-5 win over eighth seeded Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan after overcoming a 2-5 deficit in the third set .

I played very good tennis especially being down 2-5 in the third set , its not easy to play against Galina but I kept my focus. At 2-5 I just decided to just keep my serve and return every ball ,it is very difficult to break Galina but I did it twice and kept my nerves said Begu formerly a top 40 player.

In the first set Galina broke Begu in the 8th game to win the set 6-3, in the second set both players broke each other once to force a tiebreak, which was dominated by the Romanian forcing a third set.

The tall lanky Kazakh Galina looked like making it her fisrt semnifinal of the year on a tour event racing to a 5-2 lead, but the gritty Romanian Begu who seems to have hit form broke in the 9th and 11th game to claw back and then held on scoring a fine win .

Sixteen year old Croatian Donna Vekic made it to her first ever WTA tour semifinal out hitting a much experienced sixth seeded Bojana Jovanovski .

6-4,6-4 in 1 hour and 35 minutes . Vekic broke Bojana in the 9th game in the first set and the 7th game in the second set.

Reaching the semifinals at a WTA tour event has not sunk in yet , I’m happy that I played very well . I went into the match with a lot of confidence . I went for every ball and happy to have won against a top 100 player for three days in a row now , said Vekic.

Vekic played agressively , she didn’t have too much to lose , it was a bad day for me , but I will improve from here and would not like to think about the match said Bojana .

Last year’s finalist Eva Birnerova took up the last spot in the quarter finals with a 6-3,4-6,6-2 win over fifth seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania . I love the surface at Tashkent and have done well here , Cadantu was a tough opponent but I played well said Birnerova after the match

Following are the results: Quarterfinals

Eva Birnerova (CZE) bt [5] Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 6-3,4-6,6-2
[Q] Donna Vekic (CRO) bt [6] Bojana Jovanovski 6-4,6-4
Irina Camelia Begu (ROU) bt [8] Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 3-6,7-6(1),7-5
[2] Urszula Radwanska (POL) bt [7] Alexandra Panova (RUS) 5-7,6-2,7-6(3)

Doubles: Semi Finals

Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)/Vesna Dolonc (SRB) bt Irina –Camelia Begu / Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-1,6-0
Paula Kania (POL)/ Polina Pekhova(RUS) bt Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)/Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6-4,4-6 ,10-4


Date of Birth: 04 SEP 1994
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Height: 5’8.5" (1.73 m)
Plays: Right-handed

WTA Singles Ranking – 125 (As of August 20, 2018)

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