Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Hsien Su-wei of Taiwan 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Tashkent Open.
Local girl Akgul Amanmuradova overcame opening day jitters to beat Hana Sromova of the Czech Republic and enter the second round of the Tashkent Open.
Fifth-seeded Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru highlighted Monday’s first-round winners at the US$145,000 Tashkent Open.
The first Eurasian Games oÂn 10 types of sports have been the success for the Uzbek sportsmen. The championship took place in Brest (Belarus), which saw the participation of about 1,000 athletes from 10 countries around the world.
Several of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s brightest young stars will head to the landlocked central Asian country of Uzbekistan this week for the 2007 Tashkent Open. The high-flying Victoria Azarenka will top the bill at the $145,000, Tier IV event, but with her fellow teenagers Dominika Cibulkova and Olga Govortsova also in the draw she is sure to be pushed hard for the title.
Pakhtakor Tashkent’s impressive play in the second half shocked Neftchi Ferghana in the first leg of semifinals of Uzbekistan Cup. Another Tashkent club, Kuruvchi, played a goalless draw in Mubarek against local Mashal.
Defending champions Pakhtakor were held to a goalless draw by Kuruvchi in a battle of the top-two teams in the 21st round of the Uzbekistan League recently.
Belarus’ Tatiana Poutchek caused an upset by defeating fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the WTA Tour’s Sunfeast Open on Tuesday.