Tough Openers for seeds at Tashkent Open

6 September 2014

By Tashkent Open 2014 Media Team.

 September 6 : Top seeded and world no 36  and title holder  Bojana Jovanovski has been drawn to take on Ukrainian Special exempt  Kateryna Bondarenko in the opening round of the 16th edition of the edition of the Tashkent Open which gets underway  at the Olympic Tennis Complex here .

Former winner here and second seed here Irina Camelia Begu of Romania will take on talented Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova , third seeded Karin Knapp will take on Turkish top player Cagla Buyukakcay  , fourth seeded Lara Arruabarrena  has been drawn to take on local favorite and wildcard Nigina Abduraimova

Three other former winners here  making a bid at becoming the first players to reclaim the title  including Russian  Ksenia Pervak has been drawn to play seventh seeded Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany  ,  Israel's  Shahar Peer takes on wildcard Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia while Alla Kudryatseva of Russia will take on a qualifier .

 The draws to the 16th edition of the Tashkent Open were made here by the   WTA Supervisor  Martina Lutkova. Tournament Director S. Uthrapathy ,     Mirjamol Yusov     from the Tashkent Mayor's office ,  local favorite Nigina Abduraimova  were present at an impressive draw ceremony held at the Olympic Tennis school complex .

  In the lots drawn today  the quarterfinal line up  projected  may  see Top seeded Bojana  Jovanovski of Serbia      take on  fifth seeded Donna Vekic winner of  Malaysian Open this year ,  Second seeded  Irina Camelia Begu could take on  winner of the Suzhou 125 Challenger  and seventh seeded Anna -Lena Friedsam    ,    third seeded  Karin Knapp of Italy and former finalist here takes on sixth seeded and fast rising Japanese Misaki Doau  , while fourth seeded  Lara Arruabarrena could take on eighth seeded  Danka Kovinic of Montenegro  in the last eight clash .

"I'm  happy that   champions are coming back to the Tashkent Open  , we have been consistently improving the event and the prize money and the players  facilities and the results are showing. There are five ex winners and  four finalists of previous years who are back .  Though there a two other tour events this week and it follows the US open week we are more that  satisfied with the entry list even if it sans big names  ,    said  S. Uthrapathy  tournament director.

" The WTA is glad with the contribution of the Tashkent open to women's tennis and the impact it has made on careers of so many young players  added , Martina Lutkova the WTA Supervisor

Following are the seeds

Singles:  1. Bojana Jovanovski Serbia , 2. Irina Camela Begu Romania   , 3  Karin Knapp Italy   , 4. Lara Arruabarrena Spain, 5. Donna Vekic  Croatia , 6. Misaki Doi Japan , 7. Anna-Lena Friedsam Germany    8. Danka Kovinic of Montenegro