In Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Tashkent Open, top seed Bojana Jovanovski defeated seventh seed Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 1-6 6-4 7-6(5) in two hours and 18 minutes. Voskoboeva set the tone in the first set, but in the second set Jovanovski managed to get an early break and finish 6-4. The third set was a battle, which Jovanovski ended in a tiebreak, even though both the players had the opportunities to finish the match. It was only Jovanovski’s consistency that pushed her through. The Serb will meet Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor in the semifinals of the Tashkent Open.
The unseeded Torro-Flor managed to stun her opponent, third seed Yvvone Meusburger and dominated 6-3 6-0 in less than an hour. So far, Torro-Flor’s best results of career were on clay, but after this match on hard court she said:
I’m playing better on hard and concentrating on playing aggressive tennis. I’m not thinking of points but I’m thinking of improving my game.
Torro-Flor also said that she was expecting a hard match and was prepared well.
Olga Govortsova, ranked 113, upset fifth-seeded Alexandra Cadantu, devastating her 6-3 6-2. Their head-to-head record is now 2-0 for Govortsova. She is going to meet her Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in the semifinals. Mandy Minella, ranked 132, eliminated Nastassja Burnett in straight sets 7-6(4) 7-5.
Elsewhere, at the Challenge Bell, the other tournament held this week, most of the matches in the second round have finished. Polona Hercog will play Christina McHale in the quarterfinals, Ajla Tomljanovic, who upset fourth seed Bethanie Mattek Sands, will play sixth seed Marina Erakovic, while third seed Lucie Safarova will face seventh seed Lauren Davis. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)