Jovanovski set up summit clash with Govortsova at Tashkent Open

13 September 2013

• Govortsova in line for coveted Double Crown

By Tashkent Open 2013 Media Team.

September 13: Top seeded and qualifier Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia will take on unseeded Belarusian Olga Govortsova in the finals of the 15th edition of the Tashkent Open being played at the Olympic Tennis Complex.

In the semi-finals played today the world no 58 , No.1 ranked Jovanovski who qualified for the event outclassed unseeded giant killer 86th ranked Spaniard Maria- Teresa Torro Flor 6-2,6-2in just over an hour, while the 113rd ranked Belarusian Govortsova scored a 6-2,7-5 win over 132 ranked Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in 1 hour 30 minutes.

It will be the first final for Jovanovski who makes her third appearance here. The Serbian who reached her career best of No. 37 earlier in the year , came back from being 0-2-in the first set to take six games on trot just giving away 10 points to win 6-2 .

Bojana who had fallen to Vekic here in the quarterfinals last year and seeking her first WTA title of the year played strongly from both flanks hitting series of winners , to break the Spaniard Torro-Flor who had not lost a set at the event so far , in the 4th and 6th game and wrap the match 6-2 .

Bojana who has been in and out of the Tour this year because of back Injury and assured a top 50 spot after her win here said It’s the first time I played Torro-Flor who has been having a good run at the tournament , It was a difficult start and I personally don’t like early start because I take some time to warm up, After two games I started playing well, and felt great with my rhythm and strokes. Also entering the tournament late has helped as I got feel of the courts and also it was good warm up for me ,

Its a great feeling to be the playing the finals here after being here for three years in a row , but I feel my 4th round performance at Australian Open this year has been one of the more notable performance for me , she added. Torro- Flor admitted Bojana just played too well, I didn’t have a chance and she pressurized me with her game

113th ranked Olga Govortsova of Belarus who is making her seventh appearance here , made it to her first career WTA singles finals and also put herself in line for a coveted Double crown broke Minella in the 2nd and 6th games in a match marked by long rallies to take the set 6-2 .

Both players who have played each other twice before with scales in Govortsova’s favor matched each other with baseline strokes and strong services held on to their serves till 4-4, Minella broke her doubles partner Govortsova in the 9th game to go up 5-4 and looked like taking the match to the length.

But Govortsova broke back Minella in the 10th game to level scores at 5-5 , Minella had two break points in the tight 11th game but could not make it count , as Govortsova served solidly to hold serve and lead 6-5. In the 12th game who made a top 100 comeback reaching the final her broke Minella to capture the second set 7-5 and a place in the final.

Govortsova who in tandem with Minella reached the doubles final will be vying for the coveted Double Crown. In the finals the second seeded Govortsova and Minella will challenge top seeds Yaroslava Shvedova and Timea Babos for the title.
The top seeded pair of Shvedova who celebrated her birthday yesterday and Babos scored a one sided 6-2,6-2 win over Valeria Savinykh of Russia and Maria Torro-Flor of Spain 6-2,6-2

Following are the results ( Singles Semifinals )
[1] [Q] Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) bt Maria -Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-2,6-2
Olga Govortsova (BLR) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 6-2,7-5

Doubles Semifinal
(1) Yaraslova Shvedova ( Kaz) / Timea Babos (Hun) bt Valeria Savinykh (RUS) / Maria Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-2,6-2

Nao
Hibino

Date of Birth: 28 NOV 1994
Birthplace: Aichi, Japan
Height: 5’ 4" (1.63 m)
Plays: Right-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 77 (As of August 14, 2017)



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