Tashkent Open to add glamour to Tashkent 2200 celebrations

19 September 2009

By Sunder Iyer

Tashkent , September 19 ,2009 : The fireworks to celebrate the 2200 year celebrations of Tashkent City just don’t’ seem to fade , a new set of fire power in form of top women tennis players from over 20 countries descend on the historical city to participate in the upcoming Sony Ericsson Tashkent Open 2009 .

With more than 20 players from the top 125 players entering the tournament, the Tashkent Open promises to be as exciting as it has been for the past 10 years.

Tashkent Open as it is now known has truly grown in stature and strength. The tournament which started as an International Tennis Federation women competition in 1996 propelled into the world stage after receiving the tour event status of WTA Tour in 1999.

Tashkent Open 2009 is no different with players like Iaona Raluca Olaru of Romania leading the pack and trying to emulate country mate Sorena Cirstea winner of the last year to lift the title .

Following Olaru closely for the title would be Yaroslava Shvedova another top 50 player looking out for her first ever WTA Tour title, Israeli Shahr Peer ranked as high as 15th in the world ranking and currently ranked 57th and.Member of the Belarusian Olympic Team Olga Govortsova who made the Tour main draw debut at Tashkent as a qualifier and later on reached a high ranking of 35 in the world, will be the other players taking a shot at the coveted title

For the local fans the hope of regaining the Tashkent Open rests on Local Star Agkul Amanmuradova currently ranked 109,having come close to winning the title in 2005 falling at the last hurdle.

Akgul looks trim and lean to take on the world and get the Uzbek crowds and fans to their feet while waiting to emulate Iroda Tulyaganova’s record of being the only Uzbek player to lift the Tashkent Open in 2000.

Says tournament Director S Uthrapathy, Tashkent Open is the probably the only event in the world to have provided a launching pad to careers of unknown tennis players from around the globe.

The previous winners of the event Israeli Anna Smashnova , Uzbek’s star player Iroda Tulyaganova , Germany’s B . Lamade, Swiss player M.G Mikaelian, Spanish Virginia Ruano Pascual , Czech Republic’s Nicole Vadisova , Dutch player , Chinese Player Tian Sun , French Player Pauline Parmentier and last years winner Romanian Sorena Cirstea , all of them hit the top 50 rankings in the year they won the event, he adds.

The final entry list for the Tashkent Open 2009 confirmed by WTA Tour Supervisor Martina Lutkova today seems like a true tribute towards the 2200 years celebrations of Tashkent’s existence from the tennis fraternity of the world.

Who will capture glory coinciding with this historic occasion, is any one’s guess. The tournament is Wide Open.