Bojana Jovanovski moves into Tashkent quarterfinals, defending champ loses


Top seed Bojana Jovanovski advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tashkent Open by defeating Misaki Doi 6-2 7-5. Next for Jovanovski is seed No.7 Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, who beat Julia Glushko in her second-round match on Wednesday. The upcoming quarterfinal will be the only quarterfinal at the Tashkent Open featuring two seeded players.

There were also some surprises in Tashkent. Last year’s champion Irina-Camelia Begu and last year’s runner-up Donna Vekic were both defeated in the second round. The sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania was stunned by Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, ranked 86th, 6-1 7-5. Later Torro-Flor said:

I knew she would be under pressure to defend the championship. I remained focused and got a lot of balls in, and she made some mistakes. In the second set I got a bit nervous and went down 3-0, but regained my composure and started playing freely.

The forth-seeded Donna Vekic lost to unseeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-6(4) 6-3. Govortsova said that this was her first time playing the Croatian and that she was just trying to concentrate on her game and play more aggressively.

At the other this week’s tournament, the Challenge Bell in Quebec, defending champion and top seed Kirsten Filpkens fell out in the first round already, to Polona Hercog 6-3 6-1 on Tuesday. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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