Third seeded Karen Knapp of Italy played superlative tennis to down top seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia to lift the title at the 16th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA tennis Championships.
In the finals the world ranked 71 Karin Knapp of Italy managed to keep up the tradition of Tashkent Open throwing up new champions intact dethroning world ranked 36 and top seed Jovanovski 6-2,7-6(4) win in just 1 hours 41 minutes , Karin got top prize of $43000 apart from 280 WTA points, The 27 year old Knapp who appeared in her second career final and first since she lost to Justine Henin at Antwerp six year ago, broke her jinx finally to claim the crown and avenge her loss to the 22year old Jovanovski whom she had lost at Madrid in their lone previous meeting.
Congrats on Great win?
Knapp : " I can't say how happy I am , I have had five surgeries , so many months of lay offs in the last six years , but I knew it is possible for me to win an WTA event. I was playing good the entire week and thought I will do well even joked with my coaches that we will be staying long in Tashkent this week.
Were you feeling jittery after Bojana came back from being 2-4 down ?
" I felt a little stressed after the scores were 4-4 after I led 4-2 initially , but I decided to be mentally tough and went for my strokes.
It has been a tough journey for you ?
Yes , I have been in and out of tennis the last 2 years have been bad due to knee problems , but I have new trainer and feeling much more fitter and enjoying my time on the court. I was always playing good tennis in practise, but could not put it in the matches.
Your impressions on the event ?Its a great place not because I won , I have entered the event thrice before so that means I like the event. I'm very happy to have got the National dress as the present and its something different. I will treasure my memory of a win here.
Date of Birth: 10 Jan 1986
Birthplace: Geel, Belgium
Height: 5’ 5" (1.65 m)
WTA Singles Ranking – 72 (As of August 14, 2017)
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