Vekic , Kozlova, Friedsam topple seeds to enter Quarterfinals at Tashkent Open

30 September 2015

Beck , Larsson only remaining seeds to make last eight


Tashkent ,  September 27 :   Unseeded players Donna Vekic of Croatia ,  Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany  and  Qualifier Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine  toppled seeds  on the way to the quarterfinals , while top seed Annika Beck of Germany  and  fourth seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden remained the only seeds to make the last eight stage at the 17th edition of the Tashkent Open being played  at the Olympic Tennis School complex here.


Croatian Donna  Vekic a finalist here in 2012 upset second seeded  Carina Witthoeft  of Germany  4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 1hr 40 minutes ,  qualifier  Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine toppled fifth seeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Reublic  7-6(4),6-3 in a 1hr49 min tussle , while German Anna-Lena Friedsam   accounted for sixth seeded  Margarita Gasparyan of Russia  6-3,6-4 in 1hr 35 minutes battle.


 Top seeded  German Annika Beck took 1 hr16 mins to quell the challenge of Slovakian  Jana Cepelova   6-4,6-4 , Fourth seeded Swede   Johanna  Larsson ended the run of local wildcard  Nigina  Abduraimova    6/2,6/2 in just 1 hr 18 minutes to remain the only unbeaten seeds in the draw.


Nao Hibino of Japan made it to her first quarterfinal as Runner up  at  Seoul Aliaksandra Sasnovic of Belarus did not take onto the court citing a aggravated leg injury ,  In an all Serbian match Bojana Jovanovski  put out  Aleksandra Krunic   6/4, 6/3 in  match lasting just over an hour  , while Russian Evegeniya  Rodina  got the better of  Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova   6/4 ,7/6(4) in 1hr 45 minutes to be the other players to make the last eight stage.

In the best match of the day 2012 Tashkent Open finalist  Croat Donna  Vekic played a patient game to overcome second seeded German  Carina Witthoeft   4/6, 6/2, 6/2 in 1 hr and 40 minutes and record the biggest upset of the event so far. Vekic played patiently  and played percentage tennis to force Witthoeft into errors many times in the match.


 I'm very happy that I won and am on course in Tashkent , I managed to find my way  after I lost the first set.  I was confident  and played solidly  to set up a win      I always play well here in Tashkent   I like the courts and the bounce and am comfortable , surely my past experience  here helped me today", said  the 19 year old Vekic who has lost to Witthoeft in England in their last meeting

Vekic will take on  another unseeded player Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany in the last eight , the 109 ranked German Friedsam created the second upset of the day outplaying sixth seeded Russian  Margarita Gasparyan 6-3,6-4 in 1 hr 34 minutes .  The German served four aces and broke the Russian twice in the first set and once in the second set  .


" I played to a plan , Played aggressive and dominated the match from the beginning to the end  I served well and made my opponent move ", said Friedsam


Another German Top seeded  Annika Beck also broke once in each set to secure a  6-4,6-4 win over Slovakian Jana Cepelova in a hard hitting match . the German winner of the WTA event at Quebec also leveled their Head to Head encounters 3-3 winning here today.


In the last eight encounter   top seed Beck will take on 2013 winner here Bojana Jovanovski  of Serbia . In a battle of Serbians 106 ranked Jovanovski  took 1hr 08mins to score a 6/4, 6/3 win over 98 ranked Aleksandra Krunic  . Jovanovski led 4-1 in the second set before Krunic took two games to reduce the margin, but Jovanovski held on to make it to her third straight quarterfinal here


Jovanovski  said " Aleksandra is  my friend and its  difficult to play her ,  but I was focused ,played aggressively  , served  well . I always play well here  I feel like home  .   I was. Leading 4 -1 but couldn't finish  . But it's good that I got to spend some more time on the courts ",  . 

Qualifier  Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine once a top 100 player and making a comeback  after being out of the game for six months upset fifth seeded  Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic  7-6(4),6-3 in a 1 hour 49 minute tight match.  " I  Played quite good  kept up the  pressure and put many balls back  forcing my opponent to make mistakes " said Kozlova . 


Kozlova will take on Japanese  Nao Hibino who made it to her first quarterfinal of a Tour event . the Japanese won without hitting a ball as her opponent    Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus who upset third seed Polona Hercog yesterday pulled out citing aggravated leg injury .  

In a matchup of experienced players 93 ranked Russian Evegeniya  Rodina  stopped Kazakhstan's 89 rankedYaroslava Shvedova   6/4 ,7/6(4) in a 1 hour 45 minute. Shvedova who was in top form yesterday served  6  double faults in her match .


" We have playing each other since our junior days , and we know each other's game The game was quite close ,  I tried to keep myself  focused    as it would difficult for me to play the third set so wanted to finish the match in two sets " admitted  Rodina


Rodina will take on fourth seeded and 61 ranked  Swede  Johanna  Larsson  who ended the run of local Wildcard and 127 ranked Nigina  Abduraimova     6/2,6/2 in 1hr and 18 minutes . "  I played solidly and saw that I did not give a chance to my opponent " , said Larsson


Singles ( Second Round)

[1] Annika Beck(GER)  bt Jana Cepelova(SVK)  6-4,6-4

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) b Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6/4, 6/3

Nao Hibino (JPN)  w/o  Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)  

[Q] Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) b [5] Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 7/6(4),6/3
Evegeniya  Rodina (RUS)  b Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6/4 ,7/6(4)
[4] Johanna  Larsson (SWE)   bt [WC] Nigina  Abduraimova (UZB)  6/2,6/2

Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) bt  (6) Margarita Gasparyan 6-3,6-4

Donna  Vekic (CRO) vs [2] Carina Witthoeft (GER) 4/6, 6/2, 6/2

Doubles First Round

[WC] Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) / Stefanie Voegele (SUI)  [3] b Jocelyn Rae (GBR) / Anna Smith (GBR) 7-6(3) , 2/6 , 10/7

Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) / Katarzyna Piter  bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) / Petra Martic (CRO)  6-4,4-6,11-9

[WC] Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) / Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) bt Alona Fomina / /Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) 6-4,6-2