The final of the WTA Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan was played on Saturday afternoon between the top seed and 58th ranked Bojana Jovanovski (Player Info) of Serbia, who had to come through the qualifying rounds as she missed the cut off date for inclusion into the main draw; and the unseeded Belarusian, Olga Govortsova (Player Info), ranked at 113.
It took the Serbian just three minutes short of three hours to seal the deal and raise the winner’s trophy. These two players had never before met on the tour. Jovanovski dropped the first set 4-6 to the Belarusian who had far superior serve and break point stats, but pulled herself together, got her serve working and took the second set 7-5. In this cliff hanger of a match both players fought for every point and the gulf between their ranking standings made no difference at all, as they both played great tennis.
The decider went all the way to a breaker where surprisingly Govortsova had the better stats on second serve and on break points, but the Serb still managed to pull the set out of the bag and take it at 7-3 for her first title of the 2013 season. She also won 280 ranking points and a cheque for $40,000.