Current Title Holder and fourth seeded Nao Hibino of Japan , ninth seeded Denisa Allertova of Czech Reublic, unseeded players Kristyna Pliskova also of the Czech Republic and Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine entered the semifinals of the 18th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic tennis School in Tashkent.
In the quarterfinals played today Hibino saved two set points to claim the first set 7-6(6) even as her opponent sixth seeded Lesai Tsurenko of Ukraine retired giving Hibino a passage into the last four. Hibino will take on ninth seeded Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic who trounced the highest left seed in the event second seeded Kirsten Flipkens 7-5,6-4 in 1 hour and 27 minutes
In the other quarterfinal matches Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova made it her second semifinal of the year outrallying Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele 6/3 6/3 in 1 hour and five minutes , Kozlova will now take on hard serving Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic who served 12 aces on a way to a 6/3 6/4 win against another unseeded player Irina Khromacheva in just over a hour.
In one of the best matches of the day 114th ranked and 23 year old Denisa Allertova took revenge for her 2014 loss at Linz Austria scoring a credible 7-5,6-4 win over the 58th ranked second seeded Flipkens. In the first set Allertova played consistent tennis all throughout to get the break in the 12th game and in the second she broke in the 10th game hitting a brilliant running passing shot to make it to the semifinals
In another match between Current Champion Nao Hibino and winner of Guanzhou Open last week Lesia Tsurenko that turned out to be anticlimax , Hibino clawed back from 2 set points being 4-6 down in the tiebreak and then level and score a 8-6 win and claim a well fought first set. The match looked poised t be thriller with both players going stroke for stroke , as Tsurenko who is ranked 53 this week retired due to injury giving Hibino a passage into her second consecutive semifinal at Tashkent.
" I'm relieved after winning the first set , it was very close , I managed to hold on and fight inspite of being down " said Hibino after the match.
22 year old Ukranian Kateryna Kozlova made it to the second semifinal of the year outplaying a much subdued Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-3 , 6-3 in 1 hour and five minutes , Kozlova who also made it to semis at Istanbul early this year, played confidently forcing Voegele into committing errors and overcoming her best performance of reaching the quarterfinals here last year.
I've played here before and made it to the quarterfinals last year , its great to play here .
I stared to play agressively from the word go and put my opponent under pressure early. I think I played brave and aggressive tennis ,I'm happy with my tennis today said Kozlova
She will now take of Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic who served 12 aces and a high 82% service points to register a 6-3 , 6- 4 winover young Russian Irina Khromacheva
In some cheer for the local crowd Nigina Abduraimova pairing Hiroko Kuwata of Japan toppled topseeds Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine 6-4,6-4 to enter the doubles semifinals.
Following are the Results (Quarterfinals)
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6/3 6/3
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 6/3 6/4
 Nao Hibino (JPN) bt  Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 7/6(6) ret
 Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt  Kristen Flipkens (BEL) 7-5,6-4
Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) / Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) bt  Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) 6-4,6-4 Raluca Olaru (ROU) / Ipek Soylu (TUR) vs [WC] Polina Merenkova (UZB) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 6/2 7/6(2)
Date of Birth: 21 Mar 1992
Birthplace: Louny, Czech Republic
Height: 6’ (1.84 m)
WTA Singles Ranking: 40 (As of August 14, 2017)
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