Three of the four quarter final matches in the Tashkent Open this week went to three sets, with Eva Birnerova taking out the fifth seed, Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3 4-6 6-2 in just over two hours and Croatian newcomer to the tennis scene, Donna Vekic, getting the better of sixth seed Bojana Jovanovski in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, in the top half of the draw; while in the bottom half, the 77th ranked Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakstan, seeded 8th, was beaten by the up and coming, but unseeded, Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in a marathon two and three quarter hour three setter, eventually coming out on top, 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-5; and second seeded and 43rd ranked Ursula Radwanska getting the better of seventh seeded Russian, Alexandra Panova, 5-7 6-2 7-6 (9-3) in three hours and five minutes on court.
The Tashkent Open final will be played by two players who were not seeded. In the semifinals, Begu had a relatively easy match in overcoming Radwanska 6-3 6-3 and will now meet the surprise of the tournament Donna Vekic, who had a tougher time beating Eva Birnerova 6-1 3-6 6-1 to make it to her first ever WTA tour final – at 16, the youngest player to achieve this distinction since Tamira Paszek won the 2006 tournament in Portoroz at the tender age of 15.
It was good to see former WTA number 5 (in 2007) and now ranked 261, 25 year old Russian Anna Chakvetadze making a comeback at this tournament after suffering various illnesses since the beginning of the year. She won three rounds in qualifying and one round in the main draw, beating Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, 6-4 6-3, before losing in the second round to Galina Voskoboeva.
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