Bojana Jovoanovski (2013 winner) is the lone ex winner in the main draw of the event, which otherwise showcases majority of newcomers to Tashkent except for players like Slovak Polona Hercog ( 60) Russian Margarit Gasparyan ( 72) , junior Wimbledon champion land wildcard entrant last year Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia who has moved to a ranking of 77 this year , who played here before , the list boasts of top players Germany’s Annika Beck ( 43) who won the WTA event at Quebec this summer , her compatriot Carina Witthoeft ( 55) , Johanna Larsson of Sweden (56) , Czech Katerina Siniakova ( 69) and fast upcoming Russian Margarita Gasparyan(71)
“ We are happy to see the entry list for the Tashkent Open getting stronger year by year , we are glad that we have been able to make players feel at home with Uzbek hospitality and good tennis conditions “ said Igor Shepelov the General Secretary of the Uzbek Tennis Federation. He also announced wildcards to upcoming Uzbek girls Sabina Sharipova( Uzb), Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) along with Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine
The genuine gesture of the sports loving citizens of the historic city of Tashkent and the organizers Uzbekistan Tennis Federation, who have gone out of their way to offer the best facilities to players has made the tournament popular across the globe , doubled with good reports and the experiences that players have shared has ensured that this will one of the toughest Tashkent Open , says Tournament Director S. Uthrapathy
The Tashkent Open has thrown up 16 winners from 13 nationalities including Uzbekistan , a new champion from a new nation this year may well add up to the already colorful and the most popular tennis event in Central Asia .
The winners of the last 16 editions 1999-2015 : Anna Smashnova (Israel) , Iroda Tulyaganova(Uzbekistan), Bianka Lamade(Germany) , Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian (Switzerland) , Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spain ),Nicole Vaidišová (Czech Republic) , Michaëlla Krajicek ( Netherlands) , Sun Tiantian (China) , Pauline Parmentier (France ) , Sorana Cîrstea (Romania) ,Shahar Pe'er (Israel) , Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) , Ksenia Pervak (Russia) ,Irina-Camelia Begu ( Romania) , Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) , Karin Knapp (Italy)
Following is the list of players After the entry deadline :
1 Annika Beck, Ger 43 , 2. Carina Witthoeft, Ger 55 , 3 Polona Hercog, Slo 60 , 4 Johanna Larsson, Swe 62 , 5 Katerina Siniakova, Cze 69 6.Margarita Gasparyan Rus 71, 7. Denisa Allertova, Cze 74, 8. Jelena Ostapenko Lat 77, 9. Andreea Mitu , Rou 84, 10. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kaz 89, 11 Evgeniya Rodina, Rus 90, 12 Urszula Radwanska, Pol 91 , 13. Kiki Betens (Ned) 94 , 14. Aleksandra Krunic, Srb 100 , 15. Eizaveta Kulichkova, Rus 102 , 16. Klara Koukalova , Cze 103, 17. Anna-Lena Friedsam, Ger 108 , 18 Bojana Jovanovski, Srb 113 , 19. Elena Vesnina (Rus) 117, 20. Nao Hibino (Jpn) 119 , 21. Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 120 , 22. Alexandra Panova (Rus) 129 , 23 Donna Vekic ( Cro) 131 , 24. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr) 136 , 25. Jana Cepelova (Svk) 131
Wildcards Anhelina Kalinina (Ukraine) , Sabin Sharipova( Uzb), Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb)
Date of Birth: 26 DEC 1997
Birthplace: Postojna, Slovenia
Height: 5’ 5" (1.68 m)
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