Khabibulina enters second round qualifying at 11th Tashkent Open

19 September 2009

Tashkent, September 19 : Seventeen year-old Uzbek player Albina Khabibulina making most of her wildcard entry scored a close three set win over Czech Republic’s Eugeniya Pashkova (Cze) 7-5,4-6,6-4 to enter the second round qualifying of the Sony Erricson Tashkent Open WTA Championships.

In the first round qualifying Khabibulina playing patchy tennis prevailed over her more experienced opponent in a 2hrs 26 minute tussle to give the home crowd something to cheer about.

“I’ve to improve on my mental tennis, and learn to close out the match” said the teenager after the match. Every time I was up I lost my momentum, but I’m happy to have won the first round after three attempts at the event, she added.

I’ve played well this year , and won $10000 event at Chimgen , my wish is to qualify for the main draw ,it’ll really give me boost , added Khabubulina who missed out on playing the event last year as she was representing Uzbekistan at the Under 16 world junior team championships .

On the adjoining courts second seeded Ksenia Palkina, who made it to the main draw last year was shown the door by French player Kristina Mladenovic. The plucky Kristina won 3-6, 6-1, and 6-4. Another French player Laura Thorpe upset third seed Russian Elena Chalova 7-6(4),6-3 to move up.

In a battle of wildcards Aminat Kushkhova of Russia scored a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over local challenger Vlada Ekshibarova to make it to round two. Another local wild card Lola Azimova showed some initial promise before going down to Austrian Karolina Wlodarczak 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

The results Qualifying: 1st Round

Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Eugeniya Pashkova (Cze) 7-5,4-6,6-4
(S 1) Yulina Fedak (Ukr) bt Anastasiya Vasylyeva( Ukr) 6-4,6-4
Aminat Kushkhova ( Rus) bt Vlada Ekshibarova (Uzb) 4-6,6-0,6-1
Kristina Mladenovic( Fra) bt (S 2)Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) 3-6,6-1,6-4
Cagla Buyukakcay( Tur) bt Tetyana Arefyeva (Ukr) 6-4,6-4
Anastasiya Prenko (TKM) bt Maya Gaverova(Rus) 6-1,1-6,6-4
(S8) Lesya Tsurenko (Ukr) bt Pemra Ozgen ( Tur) 6-2,6-3
(S 4) Ksenia Lykina (Rus) bt Nikola Frankova(Cze) 6-2,6-3
Laura Thorpe( Fra) bt (S3)Elena Chalova (Rus) 7-6(4),6-3
Ahsha Rolle(USA) bt Justyna Jegioka(Pol) 6-2,6-3
(S7)Natalia Orlova (Rus) bt Elen Chelidze( Rus) 6-2,6-0
Julia Glushko (Isr) bt Nicole Clerico ( Ita) 7-5,4-6,6-4
Karla Mraz (Fra) bt Maria Kondratieva(Rus) 6-4,7-5
Karolina Wlodarczak(Aus) bt Lola Azimova (UZB) 6-2,2-6,6-2