Jovanovski is Champion at Tashkent Open

14 September 2013

• Shvedova - Babos lift doubles crown

By Tashkent Open 2013 Media Team.

September 14 : Top seeded and qualifier Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia scraped past unseeded Belarusian Olga Govortsova to lift the 15th edition of the Tashkent Open which concluded at the Olympic Tennis Complex .

In a close finals played today the world no 58 , No.1 ranked Jovanovski and a qualifier here scored a 4-6,7-5,7-6(3) win over the 113rd ranked unseeded Belarusian Govortsova in a 2 hour 41 minutes battle to hit the bull’s eye . Top seeds Yaraslova Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Timea Babos of Hungary claimed the doubles crown outplaying second seeds Olga Govortsova of Belarus and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-3,6-3

Anybody could have won today , it was a close match , all credit to Olga for an incredible match . I’m so happy and didn’t believe that I could do it . It was tough match , thank you to people who made it possible , to my father my biggest support , also to my physical coach who has improved my movement this year , said an elated Bojana who will move into the top 45 after the match.
I had a tough year and it is great to finish on good note winning, The title at this tournament means a lot to me and i will come back next year . Didn’t have too many matches this year , it was good hat I played the qualies here’, said the 21 year old Jovanovski who won the top prize money purse of $40,000 and 280 ranking points and the traditional Chapan.

Speaking on her 3rd second tiebreak win here , Bojana said I’m playing well in tiebreak and I was confident , I’ve won all the tie breaks I have played in the last two years .

The Serbian who reached her career best of No. 37 earlier in the year, but spent most of the year out due to injury was broken by Govortsova in the 3rd game , Bojana broke back in the eighth game to level scores at 4-4. Govortsova attacked Bojana with some brilliant cross court returns and broke her in the 9th game and go up 5-4 , and then held on the 10th game and win the set 6-4.
In the second set Bojana upped her game going for her strokes on both flanks , attacked Govortsova’s service and broke it in the 4th ,8th and the 12th games , and lost her own serves in the 5th and 9th games and won the second set 7-5, which forced a decider .

The decider was a treat for the full house witnessing the finals , Both players executed deep baseline strokes from both flanks holding on their serves till 2-2. The 113th ranked Govortsova who is making her seventh appearance here and playing in her first career WTA singles finals , broke Bojana easily in the 5th game , and then held on a difficult 6th game to go up 4-2.

Egged on by the crowds , Bojana served well in the 7th game to hold on and reduce the deficit to 3-4 . Bojana then made her move and attacked Govortsova’s serve in the 8th game coming into the mid court at moments breaking the Belarusian in the 8th game which saw 5 deuces and leveled the scores a 5-5.

With renewed confidence Bojana went into the match , hitting forehand winners , and pressuring Olga to work harder and putting balls back into the court. Both players held on to their serves to force a third set tie break at 6-6.

Bojana who looked confident in the tiebreak , played like possessed thumping winners on at least 5 points to move up 6-3 , and ended the match with a brilliant cross court to win the title on her third visit here.

In the singles Olga got $20000 and 200 WTA points that will put her in the top 90 . I was really tired at the end of the third set , Bojana really played very well , she was really moving well and hitting the ball hard . Congratulations to her for a good win said Olga

It was also a bad end to Govortsova’s double crown campaign as she along with her partner Mandy Minella went down to the top seeds Yaroslava Shvedova and Timea Babos.

The top seeds Shvedova and Babos lifted the Doubles crown winning 6-3, 6-2. The doubles winners got $11500 and 280 points for their efforts , while the runners up Govortsova and Minella had to be content with $6000 and 200 WTA points.
This was the second title of the year for Doubles Grand Slam winner Shevdova and he first title with Babos

The prizes were given away at the hands of Mayor Of Tashkent Rakhmonbek Usmanov, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister of Sports Jasur Akramov, Mr. Mukhtarjon Rahimov of Uzbekistan tennis Federation , Tournament Director S. Uthrapathy and WTA Supervisor Martina Lutkova were present on the occasion.

Following are the results ( Finals)
[1] [Q] Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 4-6,7-5,7-6(3)

(1) Yaraslova Shvedova ( Kaz) / Timea Babos (Hun) bt Olga Govortsova (Blr)/ Mandy Minella ( Lux) 6-3,6-3