Tashkent, September 23 :
Top seed and defending champion Kristyna Pliskova and second seeded Timea Babos of Hungary have been handed tough openers at the 19th edition of the Tashkent Open which gets underway at the Olympic Tennis Complex here on Monday.
Top seed Kristyna Pliskova has been drawn to take on a tricky Su- Wei Hsieh of Taipei in the Opener while second seeded Timea Babos will take on Johanna Larsson of Sweden in her opening match .
The draws for the 19th edition of the Tashkent Open were made here by WTA Cristina Romero , Valeriy Lim Tournament Director , Andrey Kornilov Referee along with former world No2 Vera Zvonoreva .
Speaking on the draw WTA Supervisor Cristina Romero Said " it's a good field this year , it's very competitive and close tournament. She also Complimented the professional running of the Tashkent Open and termed as one of the popular events with players on the WTA tour ."
Players feel like home and organization takes great care of players, WTA appreciates the efforts Uzbekistan tennis Federation (UTF) and the Tashkent Open one of the oldest running events on the WTA tour". she added.
It could be replay of last year's final in the quarterfinals itself as Kristyna could clash with seventh seeded Nao Hibino , The other quarterfinals that look a probability if seeds don't fall early include an inform Alexandra Krunic taking on former winner here and fourth seed Irina -Camelia Begu of Romania in the top half.
German Third seed Tatjana Maria clashing with eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia and eighteen year old fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova taking on second seeded Timea Babos.
Wildcards and Uzbekistan's top players Nigina Abduraimova takes on Japanese Kurumi Nara, in the first round , the events oldest player Akgul Amanmuradova takes on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine , while Sabina Sharipova will test waters against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland
Speaking on the occasion former world No2 Vera Zvonareva said «I’ve been away from the circuit for the last two years and its always tough to get back on a larger stage. I would like to Thank the Tashkent Open for giving me a wildcard to play the qualifiers , it's a great opportunity for me to play some really talented players and hopefully I'll be able to get my rhythm too."
Tournament Director Valeriy Lim said «The cutoff for the event is 119 and we have 15 top 100 players in the draw which ensures great competition ." He also informed that all the matches will be live on the WTATV.com
Following are the seeds :
1 Kristyna Pliskova (42 , Cze) , 2. Timea Babos (53, Hun) , 3 Maria Tatjana(54 ,Ger) , 4. Irina -Camelia Begu (55 , Rou), 5. Marketa Vondrousova (64 ,Cze) , 6. Alexandra Krunic (65 ,Srb) , 7. Nao Hibino (72 ,Jpn) 8.) Ekaterina Alexandrova (75. Rus)
By Sunder Iyer
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