By Tashkent Open 2015Media Team.
Tashkent , October 2 : Unseeded players Croatian Donna Vekic and Japanese Nao Hibino will clash with each other in the summit clash of the 17th edition of the Tashkent Open being played at the Olympic Tennis School complex here.
In the semifinals 20 year old Unknown 117 ranked Nao Hibino stalled the run of former finalist here 106 ranked Bojana Jovanovski 6-3,6-4 in 1 hr 13 mins , while crowd favorite and finalist in 2012 19 year old Donna Vekic of Croatia took 1 hr 19 mins to register a 7-5,6-1 win over 93rd ranked Evgeniya Rodina of Russia
The two unranked players will clash with each other for top prize money of $43000 and most importantly 280 WTA ranking points . A win here could help Vekic to move world ranking to around 91 from current ranking of 137 a jump of 46 places , and a victory for Hibino could take her to around 74 in the world from current ranking of 117 a jump of 43 places. The final will also keep the record of Tashkent open having a new Champion every year intact. (No player has won the Tashkent open twice)
In the first match of the day 2013 winner and 2014 runners-up at Tashkent Bojana started as the favorite , but was broken early in the first set by Hibino. Hibino played to a plan and started moving the tired looking Bojana early in the match and forced her into errors winning the first set 6-3 in just 25 minutes.
Hibino looked unstoppable using the forehand loop and backhand cross winners to her advantage , Hibino hit around 14 back hand winners in 3 games to unnerve Bojana who was looking good to make her third straight final at Tashkent .
Hibino led 4-1 , before Bojana came back to level scores to 4-4. Hibino held on to her serve in the 9th game and broke the tired looking Bojana in the 10th game to record a win and a spot in the first ever WTA tour final
" I was nervous today before the match playing at such a big stage , but I'm very happy and I think lucky , it's like a dream I can't believe I made the final . I played good and aggressive and happy to have won . I'm not thinking who I will play tomorrow in the finals but will go all out " said a beaming Hibino.
The second semifinals between crowd favorite Donna Vekic and the experienced Evgeniya Rodina in the first set , the scores went level till 5-5 with both players holding on . In the 12th game Vekic hit two scorching forehand winners to break Rodina and pocket the first set 7-5 .
In the second set some close matches seemed to have sapped Rodina who looked out of sorts . Rodina went down without a fight and gave up the set tamely at 6-1 and passage for Vekic into the final , her second here after 2012.
" It's great feeling to be in the finals and I'm thrilled , but I'm happier that I'm playing well and regaining my confidence " said Vekic after the match
Russian pair of Margarita Gasparyan and Alexandra Panova will clash with the Russian - Czech pair of Vera Dushevina and Katerina Siniakova in the women's doubles finals .
In the semifinal played yesterday Margarita Gasparyan and Alexandra Panova led 6-4,2-1 before Anna-Lena Friedsam and Katarzyna Piter retired. In the other semifinal played today the Vera Dushevina and Katerina Siniakova scored a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over wildcards Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland
Following are the results
Nao Hibino ( Jpn) bt Bojana Jovanovski ( Srb) 6-3,6-4
Donna Vekic (Cro) bt Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) 7-5,6-1
Doubles SemifinalsVera Dushevina( Rus)/Katerina Siniakova (Cze) bt Ekaterina Bychkova (Rus) / Stefanie Voegele (Sui) 7-5, 7-6(4)
Date of Birth: 26 Aug 1990
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5’ 11" (1.81 m)
WTA Singles Ranking – 58 (As of August 20, 2018)
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