17 th Tashkent Open to be toughest ever

25 September 2015

Tashkent , Uzbekistan , September 25 : No champion has ever come back to defend her crown in the singles event in the  16 year history of the Tashkent Open  , the fentry communicated by the WTA is an clear indication that this year too ,  there may a new Champion . The strong entry list assumes greater significance  and importance on the WTA circuit despite a premier event being organized in the same week. One of the biggest tennis events of Central Asia the main draw of the Tashkent Open WTA Championships  will have a high cut off of  142  , with  14  players in the Top   top 100  bracket .

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)