Begu to clash with teenager Vekic in Finals of Tashkent Open

14 September 2012

Issued by Tashkent Open Media Team

Tashkent ,September 14: Qualifier teenager Dona Vekic of Croatia rolled past Last year’s finalist Eva Birnerova of Czech Republic to set up a title clash with Giant Killer Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania at the 14th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Tennis Championships

Vekic who came into the event as a qualifier won h er seventh match on a trot here scoring a 6-1,3-6,6-1 win over Birnerova currently ranked 133 on the Women’ Tour in 1 hour 34 minutes, while Begu upset the tired looking second seed Urszula Radwanska 6-3,6-3 in 1 hour 18 minutes.

For the 16year old Croat who made her WTA main debut here played freely breaking the 28 year old Birnerova in the 4th and 6th games in the first set. In the second set Birnerova broke Vekic in the 8th game to level the set scores . In the third set Vekic secured breaks in the 2nd and 4th games .

Vekic blasted 9 aces in the match , while Birnerova who was trying to make it to the second final on a trot her served poorly serving as many as 10 double faults in the match.

Vekic currently ranked 183 is projected to crack the world’s top 135 by reaching the finals.

It’s quite hard to believe, it feels like a dream , but it’s the reality and I am so happy to make the first final of a WTA tour event said a beaming Vekic

She was a difficult player and did not give my any rhythm , I lost my focus a bit in the second set, she added

I didn’t play my best tennis today , but it is important to win on days like these, said Vekic . On being asked if she was tired after seven matches on the trot , the confident Vekic said The physios here have helped me to keep fit and I feel I have energy going into the finals tomorrow

Vekic played very well , she is young and had nothing to lose and went for everything , I tried to move her , but don’t think I had enough luck today like the other days said Birnerova who was denied her 300th career victory.

In a one sided match giant killer Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania kept up her upset spree accounting for second seeded Urszula Radwanska 6-3,6-3 in a match lasting 1 hours and 18 minutes.

Begu who played a 3 hour thriller against eighth seeded Voskoboeva yesterday , continued her good form breaking the higher ranked Radwanska in the 1st , 5th and the 9th games , but was herself broken in the 4th games to win the set 6-3 in 37 minutes.

In the second set Begu broke the tired looking Radwanska in the 4th and the 6th games to race to a 5-1 lead , but then lost her seventh game to Radwanska who looked like making a comeback taking two games in row and narrowing the lead to 5-3. Begu played solidly in the 9th game hitting the ball really hard to hold and making it to her first career finals on the WTA tour event.
I was really tired from yesterday’s match and its hard to recover on hard courts , but today I ran for every ball and put it back forcing Urszula to commit mistakes. I’m happy to make it to my first final and would not like to think about the final tomorrow , I want to enjoy this moment and recover , said the 22 year old Begu who won the WTA award for the Newcomer of the year last year .
It was just not my day today , I didn’t have the feel on the ball at all , I was feeling sore after a long match yesterday and also have a inflamed shoulder , but Begu played very well today admitted Radwanska after the match

Following are the results: Semi finals

[Q] Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Eva Birnerova (CZE) 6-1,3-6,6-1
Irina Camelia Begu (ROU) bt [2] Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-3,6-3