Tashkent , September 26 : Winner at Quebec City last week , Annika Beck of Germany has been given the top Billing , while her compatriot Carina Witthoeft will be the second seed at the 17th edition of the edition of the Tashkent Open which gets underway at the Olympic Tennis Complex here on Monday.
The draws to the 17th edition of the Tashkent Open were made here by WTA supervisor Martina Lutkova along with the Referee Nitin Kannamwar in presence of top seeded Beck , Tournament Director S. Uthrapathy and Saidazim Khasanov from Mayors office .
In the lots drawn today the quarterfinal line up projects rematch of Quebec Final featuring top seed Beck and seventh seeded Jelena Ostapenko , Second seeded Witthoeft could take on sixth seeded Margarita Gasparyan winner of this year's Baku Cup , third seeded Polona Hercog of Slovakia could play fifth seeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic , while fourth seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden could clash with eighth seeded Romanian Andreea Mitu in the last eight clash .
In some close first round encounters former winner here Bojana Jovanovski will take on seventh seeded Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, eight seeded Andreea Mitu has a match on hand as she takes on experienced Kazakh Yaraslova Shvedova in the opener. Local wildcard Sabina Sharipova has been drawn to take on Jana Cepelova of Slovkia , while another wildcard Nigina Abduraimova will take on qualifier.
Speaking at the draw ceremony Annika Beck said she was honored to be at the draw ceremony a first for her and looked forward to having a good week ahead. When asked about her first round opponent Elizavet Kulichkova of Russia , Beck said " I have never played her before , she is young and already in top 100 and am looking forward to playing her ".
Martina Lutkova the WTA Supervisor said that the Field for this edition of the Tashkent Open was very strong and some close matches are on the cards. She Complimented the professional running of the Tashkent Open and termed it as one of the popular events with players on the WTA tour .
S. Uthrapathy tournament director since the inception of the Tashkent Open said that he was extremely pleased with the player list and mentioned it was one of the toughest Tashkent Open , he also thanked the Uzbekistan Tennis Federation for their efforts to promote tennis in the region.
Following are the seeds1. Annika Beck Germany (43) , 2 Carina Witthoeft Germany (55) , 3. Polona Hercog Slovakia (60), 4. Johanna Larsson Sweden (62), 5. Katerina Siniakova Czech Republic (69), 6. Margarita Gasparyan Russia (71),7 Jelena Ostapenko Latvia (77) , 8. Andreea Mitu Romania (84)
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