Tsurenko, Radwanska, Govortsova topple seeds join Local girls Nigina , Akgul in last eight at Tashkent Open

10 September 2014

Qualifier Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, Urszula Radwanska of Poland and last years finalist Olga Govortsova toppled Second seeded Irina- Camelia Begu of Romania, fifth seeded Donna Vekic of  Croatia and sixth seeded Misaki Doi to join  local wild card entrants Nigina Abduraimova and Akgul Amanmuradova in the last eight stage of the  16th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA tennis Championships being played at the Olympic School  Tennis complex here.

In the second round matches played today Qualifier Lesia Tsurenko ranked 124 won her fifth match in row packing off second seeded and 61st ranked Irina- Camelia Begu -6,6-1,7-6(3) in 2 hours and 12 minutes , former top 30 player  Urszula Radwanska currently ranked 205 ousted 79th ranked Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3,6-3 in 1 hour 20 mins , while  to the  114th ranked  Olga Govortsova packed off the 87th ranked and sixth seeded south paw Misaki Doi of Japan 4-6,6-3,6-3 in 2 hours and 5 mins.


Top seeded Bojana Jovanovski survived in the clash between former champions winning 7-6(6),3-6,6-3 against Alla Kudryavtseva in a 2 hour31 minute thriller.

It was a great day for the large crowds as two local stars  Nigina Abduraimova and Akgul Amanmuradova made it to the last eight where they will clash with each other. The tall and lanky Nigina hammered 12 aces on her way to a 2-6,6-3,6-4 win over Alexandra Panova of Russia in 1 hour 56 mins . Another star Akgul Amanmuradova on her comeback trail outplayed qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok 6-1,6-2 in less than an hour.


In the best match of the day Lesia Tsurenko won her fifth match on the trot , coming in as a qualifier the 25 year old from Ukraine went down in the first set being broken in the 8th game losing 3-6 . But the tenacious fighter from Kiev Tsurenko came back to break Begu the former winner here in the 2nd and the 4th games and clinch the set 6-1. In the decider both players broke each other twice.

In the 10th game , Tsurenko was serving 5-4, 40-30 holding a matchpoint , but Begu came out with an impossible winner to level scores and take the next two points to break back and get the scores at 5 games apiece. Both players held on to their serves to force a tiebreak in which the qualifier emerged mentally and physically fit to warp the match 7-6(3).

" I'm happy I love the speed of the courts, I played strongly and was fitter today, though I lost a set point I was confident that I was physically in better condition to clinch the tiebreak. I'm enjoying my tennis", Tsurenko said after the match.

Urszula Radwanska toppled former finalist here and world ranked 79  and fifth seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3,6-3 in 1 hour and 20 minutes, Vekic who had scored her 100th Career win yesterday looked out of sorts going down tamely without a fight. Vekic served 8 double faults adding to her misery.

" I love playing on these courts and enjoy coming back to Tashkent , I have good results here in the past, Donna is dangerous and very good player , but I played solid today and happy to win ", said Radwanska after her match

Local player Nigina Abduraimova continued her fairytale run in the event , In the first set Seasoned campaigner Alexandra Panova of Russia blanked the young Uzbek racing to a 6-2 win in just 30mins. But Nigina fought back strongly in the second set securing a break in the 6th game and holding her serve to take the set 6-3.

 In the deciding set which saw some high quality strokes, Nigina played aggressively to break Panova in the 7th game, she showed confidence in her strokes hitting crosscourt  winners on both flanks . In the 10th game Nigina finished the match with an ace her 12th of the match to make it to her firstever quarterfinal on the tour.

" I'm overjoyed, I played confidently in the third set and  when I broke Panova I knew I could win the match". " It is just amazing feeling , I'm not worried about my match tomorrow  with Akgul who I practice with as I'm enjoying my tennis" Said Nigina  .

Top seed Bojana Jovanovski who has come back from the brink on many occasions did it one more time struggling to get past against former winner here Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6(6),3-6,6-3 in a 2 hour 31 minute tense match.

As both players split set apiece both players broke each other twice in the third set , the top seed got the break wanted in the 8th game after two double faults by Kudryavtseva  to go up 5-3. In the Ninth game after some tense moments Bojana held on to scrape past into the last eight.

" I'm happy with my win , it was tough but its always like this for me, wins like this give me better confidence " said Jovanovski

Last Year's finalist Olga Govortsova of Belarus recorded the only upset of the day registering a 4-6,6-3,6-3 win against a left-handed sixth seeded Misaki Doi of Japan in 2 hous and 5 mins. Doi won a break ridden first set  6-4 , In the second set Govortsova found her form breaking Doi in the 5th and 9th game and leveling set scores. In the third set Govortsova broke in the 4th game and kept up the lead to wrap the match and place in the last eight.

Following is the last 8 line up :
Jovanovski- Radwanska, Amanmuradova- Abduraimova, Govortsova-Knapp , Pervak- Tsurenko

Following are the results :

Second Round Singles

Bojana Jovanovski ( Srb)(1) bt Alla Kudryatseva ( Rus) 7-6(6),3-6,6-3

Urszula Radwanska(Pol) bt  Donna Vekic (Srb) (5)   6-3,6-3

[WC] Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) bt  Alexandra Panova (RUS) 2-6,6-3,6-4

(WC) Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb) bt Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr)(Q) 6-1,6-2

Olga Govortsova ( Blr) bt  Misaki Doi (JPN) [6] 4-6,6-3,6-3

Karin Knapp (ITA) (3)  bt  Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) 6-2,6-3

 [WC] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt   Ksenia Pervak (Rus)

(Q) Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)   bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [2]   3-6,6-1,7-6(3)


Doubles : Quarterfinals

Darija Jurak (Cro)/Megan Moulton-Levy (USA) [1]  bt Margarita Gasparyan / Alexandra Panova (Rus) 6-3, 6-3

Irina -Camelia Begu(Rou)/Karin Knapp(ITA)Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) /Danka Kovinic (MNE) 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 

 Akgul Amanmuradova(Uzb)/Kateryna Bondarenko(Ukr) v/sEkaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-1, 6-2


Date of Birth: 26 DEC 1997
Birthplace: Postojna, Slovenia
Height: 5’ 5" (1.68 m)
Plays: Right-handed

WTA Singles Ranking – 77 (As of August 20, 2018)

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