Jovanovski to clash with Abduraimova , Knapp to take on Tsurenko in last four at Tashkent Open 2014

11 September 2014

Tashkent , September:  Top seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia  will take on local wildcard  Nigina Abduraimova  , while third seeded Karen Knapp of Italy  will clash with giant killing qualifier Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine  in the semifinals of the  16th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA tennis Championships being played at the Olympic School  Tennis complex here.

In the quarterfinals played today world ranked 36 and top seed Jovanovski struggled to get the better of   former top 30 and  currently ranked 205 player Urszula Radwanska of Poland 4-6,      6-4,6-3 in 2 hour 29 minute battle and will clash with  Tall and lanky  wildcard entrant Nigina Abduraimova  who emerged her country's new pin up girl downing  wildcard Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3,6-3  in battle of  Uzbek players. 

Italian third seed and world ranked 71 Karin Knapp didn't have to  sweat much overcoming last year's finalist Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-5,6-2 in just 1 hour and 18 minute ,  she will now take on giant killer qualifier Lesia Tsurenko  of  Ukraine who registered a  6-4,4-6,7-5 win over  Ksenia Pervak of Russia in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Bojana Jovanovski's living on the edge story continued for the third  successive day as she had to gather all her experience to  score a 4-6,6-4,6-3 win in 2 hour 29 minute tussle. Radwanska started from where she left off yesterday , showing fine form early breaking the Serbian in the 3rd game of the first set , she then held on to take the opening set 6-4.  The second set started badly for the top seed as she lost her serve in the very first game ,  the Serbian Jovanovski made amends breaking Radwanska  in the fourth game .

  Radwanska's net cord shot on  4-3 ( 40-30)  changed the momentum in favor of Jovanovski  who came back from that point to break the Polish player twice in the 8th and 10th games and force the decider  set.

Some solid hitting from both players provided the crowds something to cheer about , in the third set Jovanovski losing her serve in  twice in the 3rd and the 5th games but broke Radwanska  thrice  in the 2nd,6th and 8th games and clinch the match and place in the last four.

"  Urszula played very well in the beginning of the match , I found it going tough for me , but  I  got  my rhythm late in the second set , I played very well and feel stronger after these three set wins" said Bojana.

Bojana will clash with tall and Lanky wild Card entrant Nigina Abduraimova who made it to her first ever WTA semifinal.  In a clash of established and emerging star , Nigina catapulted as the country's new tennis star overcoming her teammate and idol Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3,6-3 in just 1 hour 8 minutes. Watched by a large crowd , Nigina kept her fairytale run in the event  going , breaking the hard serving Amanmuradova  in the 7th and 9th games in the first set and the 8th game in the second set and win the battle.

" We  both didn't play at our level, but I made fewer mistakes , I  never thought I will reach the semifinals , I feel I'm dreaming. I and Akgul are  friends  and practice with each other but never have played in match. I had no pressure and went for  my strokes", said an emotional Nigina

For me I have been watching  Akgul since I was young and always dreamt to play at high level,  I have high respect for her and will continue to have the same and look up to her. About her opponent of the next match  Bojana   she said , I'm just thinking that I have to play like I  have been without thinking about the results.

 Third seeded Karin Knapp  of Italy went about in a professional way disseminating her opponent and former finalist here Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-5,6-2 in just 1 hour 18 minutes. Knapp played percentage tennis to keep her opponent at bay breaking Olga in the 12th game of the first set.

Knapp  increased her pace in the second set after 2 games apiece to break Govortsova in the 6th and 8th games and clinch a place in the last four.

  Lesia Tsurenko won her fifth match on the trot , coming in as a qualifier the 25 year old from Kiev in Ukraine  lost the first set 4-6 to winner of the 2011 edition Ksenia Pervak. . But   Tsurenko    looked stronger with every passing game ,  came back to win the second set 6-4.

 In the final set Tsurenko came back from being 2-4 down to level scores  at 4-4  , and then break Pervak in the 11th game and then hold on to her 12th game and clinch a place in the last four.  

"  I'm happy with the way I'm stroking the ball , the courts are perfect for my game and the speed . I was bit tired yesterday but I'm feeling fitter and have enough energy to go into the next round of matches.  Last year Bojana has thrown up a good example of how one can win a tournament being a qualifier   I think my aim is to do the same , I believe one should be thinking if one doesn't want to win the tournament why play at all  " , said Tsurenko


 Following are the results :Quarter finals Singles

Bojana Jovanovski ( Srb)(1) bt Urszula Radwanska(Pol)  

[WC] Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) bt  (WC) Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb)  

Karin Knapp (ITA) (3) bt  Olga Govortsova ( Blr)  

 Ksenia Pervak (Rus)  bt   (Q) Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr)    




DOUBLES :  Quarterfinals

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

Irina -Camelia Begu(Rou)/Karin Knapp(ITA) bt 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

Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) /Katerina Siniakova (Cze) bt Lara Arruabarrena (Esp)/Mandy Minella (Lux) 7-6(5),3-6,10-2