Unheralded Burnett ousts second seeded Tsurenko at Tashkent Open

9 September 2013

By Tashkent Open 2013 Media Team.

September 9 : Unheralded Nastassja Burnett of Italy started her campaign in style knocking off second seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko to enter the second round at the 15th edition of the Tashkent Open being played at the Olympic Tennis Complex here today .

Top seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia , third seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria , fourth seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia , the two Romanians fifth seeded Alexandra , last year’s winner and sixth seeded Irina- Camelia Begu also moved into round two with contrasting wins .

Little known 172nd ranked Nastassja Burnett from Rome, Italy ousted second seeded and 67th ranked Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 7-6(4),6-4 in a 1 hour 47 minute battle.
In match which saw as many as 19 double faults from both players Burnett raced to a 3-1 lead in the first set , but the experienced Tsurenko came back to take 4 games in a row and go up 5-3. Burnett held on to her 9th game and broke Tsurenko on love to claim the 10th game and level scores at 5-5. Both held on to force a tiebreak , in which the young Italian put across three forehand winners at 4-4 to claim the set.

In a break marred second set which witnessed seven breaks , Burnett started confidently racing to 3-1 set , she broke Tsurenko in the ninth game and finally held on to her serve in the 10th game to clinch the match on the third match point . This was Burnett’s second top 75 scalp this season , earlier this year she had put out Alize Cornet at Rome

I was surprised that I was in the main draw here as the last accepted player , and a bigger surprise to win today against Tsurenko . I came into the match with nothing to lose and was relaxed and played my game . In both sets I was dominating in the early part of the match , but Tsurenko kept pressuring me midway and the match got closer , but I decided to play my game and keep going for my shots said Burnett after the match.

I missed two match points in the 9th game as I was feeling a little nervous and was in hurry to finish the match ,but on the third match point I settled down a bit calmed my nerves and clinched the issue , I can’t think about what happened then , but will settle down and think of how not to repeat the same mistakes again she added.

Winner of the tour event at Bad Gastein and third seeded here Yvonne Meusburger of Austria survived some anxious moments to score a 2-6,6-2,6-1 win over Hungary’s Timea Babos in a tough first round encounter marked by some brilliant rallies.

This is the first time that Played against her it was a tough opener, It’s always great to win the first round . I’m very happy that I won the very first time that I have played at Tashkent, I like the conditions here , it was a close match , I was playing short in the first set and finding it tough to get into the match . In the 2nd and the 3rd set I started playing a little longer and got better. I started attacking her second serve and that helped me quite a bit.
I’ll try to focus on the every round , , But after my win I feel more confident. I like the atmosphere here ,though I prefer clay I like the courts here and enjoying it and plan to stay here as long as possible said Yvonne after her match .

Top seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia outhit Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-4,6-3 , while fourth seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia ended the conquest of qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine 6-3,6-2 . Fifth seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania outwitted Uzbek wildcard Sabine Sharipova 6-2,6-0 in a one sided encounter , Last years winner and sixth seeded Irina- Camelia Begu saw of a fighting qualifier Alexandra Panova of Russia 7-6(8),6-1 in the first round.
In other first round matches Mandy Minella of Luxembourg rallied out Russian Olga Puchkova 6-2,6-3 , Ukrainian Nadiya Kichenok scored a creditable 7-5,6-2 win over former finalist Eva Birnerova (CZE) . Japanese Qualifier Risa Ozaki also made it to the seond round at the expense of another qualifier Kateryna Kozlova winning 7-5,6-2. In a well-contested encounter Belarusian Olga Govortsova rallied out former winner here Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 7-5,2-6,6-1

Following are the results ( First Round )
[1] [Q] Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-4,6-3
Nastassja Burnett (ITA) vs [2] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 7-6(4),6-4
[3] Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 2-6,6-2,6-1
[4] Donna Vekic (CRO) bt [Q] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 6-3,6-2
[5] Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) bt [WC] S Sharipova (UZB) 6-2,6-0
[6] Irina- Camelia Begu (ROU) bt [Q] Alexandra Panova (RUS) 7-6(8),6-1
Mandy Minella (LUX) bt Olga Puchkova (RUS) 6-2,6-3
Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) bt Eva Birnerova (CZE) 7-5,6-2
Olga Govortsova (BLR) vs Michaella Krajicek (NED)7-5,2-6,6-1