The first semi final at the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan was played on Friday morning between the 58th ranked Serbian Bojana Jovanovski (Player Info), who had to qualify as she missed the cut off date for direct entry into the tournament and then became the top seed; and 86th ranked Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (Player Info). Jovanovski won her first two rounds of the main draw in straight sets and then really battled in three to get past 7th seed Galina Voskoboeva in the quarters. The Spaniard reached the semis with three easy straight sets wins, including wins over 6th seed Irina-Camelia Begu and 3rd seed Yvonne Meusburger. The Serb led the head to head 2-0 going into this match and it looked like that stat would be improved when she took the first set easily at 6-2. The prediction was proved correct as the Serb comfortably took the second set by the same margin to move confidently into the final.
The second semi saw the 132nd ranked Mandy Minella (Player Info) of Luxembourg take on the challenge of Olga Govortsova (Player Info), the 113th ranked Belarusian. Govortsova’s first match was a three setter, after which she disposed of 4th seed Donna Vecic and then 5th seed Alexandra Cadantu – both in straights – to reach the semis. Minella won her first round in straights, had a three setter in the second round and then had a very close two sets in the quarters. Govortsova took the first set of the semi 6-2 with relative ease, but Minella fought back in the second set which went to 5-5 before the Belarusian broke away to take the last two games and the set at 7-5 to book her place in the final.
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