Tashkent , September 8 : Top seeded Bojana Jovanovski and Wildcard entrant and local Favorite Akgul Amanmuradova went through close opening encounters to make it to the second round of the singles , qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok registered the first upset of the event knocking out eighth seeded Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Day 1 of the 16th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA championships which began at the Olympic School of Tennis complex here today.
The world ranked 35 player Jovanovski found her rhythm late in the second set to set up a 1-6,6-4,6-1 win over former world no 29 Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine , while Amanmuradova making a comeback after a yearlong lay off due to injury struggled to overcome Jovana Jaksic of Serbia) 6/4 2/6 6/2 in over 1 hour and 54 minute battle. Qualifier Kichenok toppled the eighth seeded Danka Kovinic 7-6(5),7-6(2) to make it to the second round.
Bojana who won her first round after four first round losses on the Tour , started badly winning just 10 points in the first set , but found she seemed to have found her rhythm in the middle of the second set , she broke the hard serving Bondarenko in the 9th game and served out the 10th game at love to win the second set 6-4 and level set score , in the decider Bojana strolled over her opponent with array of winners on both flanks and clinch the issue in 1 hour 22 mins.
" I was a bit rusty today , and just couldn't find my shots , but in the middle of the second set I thought that I should go out if I have to stay and changed strategy going for strokes and this paid off " said Bojana after her win . In the next round Bojana will take on former winner here Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia who overcame a fighting qualifier Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine 6/4 2/6 6/3
In a match that evoked public interest ,local favorite and wildcard entrant Akgul Amanmuradova coming back from a year long layoff due to injury registered a close 6/4 2/6 6/2 win over Jovana Jaksic of Serbia . Once a top 100 ranked player , Amanmuradova who lost a year due to surgeries and injuries used touch and speed to outplay the 123 ranked Jaksic in a 1 hour 54 minute battle.
Currently ranked 324 Akgul an Uzbek Olympian hit 9 aces and scorching winners to unsettle her opponent and make it to the second round here after a gap of three year. Amanmuradova's opponent in round of 16 will be Ukrainian qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok who registered the first upset of the event knocking out eighth seeded and 105 ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 7-6(5) , 7-6(2) in just over an hour.
" I'm happy to make a comeback at home it feels nice to be back on the tour", said a beaming Amanmuradova.
In the first upset of the day , Lyudmyla Kichenok demonstrated tremendous resilience to scrape past the eight seeded Kovinic , Kichenok made a silent comeback in both sets to register a big win . " I'm thrilled and happy with my win I played patiently " said Lyudmyla after her win.
Following are the results : Singles First Round
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)  bt Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 1/6 6/4 6/1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 3/6 6/4 6/4
[WC] Akgul Manmuradova (UZB) bt Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 6/4 2/6 6/2
[Q] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE)  7/6(5) 7/6(2)
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) bt [Q] Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 6/4 2/6 6/3
Urzula Radwanska (POL) bt Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 6/2 6/2
Doubles ( First round)
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) Alexandra Panova (RUS) vs Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6/1 6/0
Aleksandra Krunic (Srb)/ Katerina Siniakova(Cze) bt S2 Misaki Doi (Jpn)/Oksana Kalashnikova(Geo) 6-2,3-6,13-11
Olga Govotsova(BLR)/ Klaudia Jans-Ignacik ( Pol) bt Irinia Camelia Begu (Rom) / Karin Knapp ( Ita) 6-3,6-4
Date of Birth: 07 SEP 1984
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5’ 7 3/4" (1.72 m)
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