Brief look at the history of the Tashkent Open
Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova pounded fifty aces in her five matches en route to the title at the WTA Tashkent Open 2016, with her Powerful serves, consistent baseline line rallying and all-round game Kristyna emerged the winner in Tashkent the capital of Uzbekistan in 2016 . This result enabled her to jump over 100 placesand enterr the top 50 in world rankings the best ever for the 24-year-old Czech.
By becoming a champion Kristyna preserved a tradition of the tournament where in the nineteen-year history of the WTA Tashkent Open no player has managed to hold on to the title twice in a row.
Champion of 2015 Japanese Nao Hibino started a favorite and looked like she would break the "secret rule" reaching the finals . In the finals she could not withstand the Pliskova pressure, in spite of fighting and claiming the second set, but went down 6- 3, 2-6, 6- 3 .
Kristyna was not among the seeds , but was considered one of the favorites , she caused excitement even before she arrived for the event , because her twin sister Karolina Pliskova, played sensationally at the US Open in New York reaching the final , this involuntarily put Kristyna in limelight giving her a psychological edge over rivals.
Pliskova unperturbed by all the attention she received from tennis lovers played her best tennis , in the first round she overcame a fighting Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo . She tamed the fifth seed Japanese Kurumi Nara in round two Russian Irina Khromacheva in the quarterfinals and Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova in the semifinals and Nao Hibino in the finals.
Thanks to the successful performance of Nao Hibino in 2015 , Tashkent Open has become a favorite stop for the girls from the land of the rising sun. Hiroko Kuwata, paired with Uzbek player Nigina Abduraimova to reach the semifinals of doubles event . In the quarterfinals the Uzbek-Japanese duo upset top seeded Kichinok sisters Lyudmila and Nadiia from Ukraine. Local girl Nigina Abduraimova was the Lone Uzbek player to record a good result .
Sabina Sharipova who came into the main draw as a qualifier , young wildcard Komola Umarova were unlucky and were eliminated in the first round of the singles . Arina Folts, Akgul Amanmuradova and Polina Merenkova could not get past their first round battles in the doubles.
Raluca Olaru (Romania) and Ipek Soylu (Turkey) were crowned the new doubles champions . In the finals the fourth seeds Soylu and Olaru scored a 7-5,6-3 win over third seeds Demi Schuurs of Nederlands and Reneta Voracova of the Czech Republic . While it was the second title for Olaru here having won it in 2008 , it was the first ever WTA tour title for Soylu who is considered one the most beautiful sportswoman in Turkey.
I am glad to win the title with Raluca, - said Soylu . It feels like home in Tashkent. She added " the friendly atmosphere, generous hospitality, and interesting traditions like Children’s Days , Players Party will bring me back here again. "
The Childrens Day organized by the UTF provides young kids get a feel of tennis for the first time and then taking home racquets as gifts continues to become popular event every passing year .
The VIP tournament for the sports journalists, representatives of diplomatic missions, foreign companies, joint ventures and companies accredited in Uzbekistan along with the "Tashkent Open" also has become a tradition giving a perfect opportunity to every stakeholder of the event to enjoy the sport of tennis. These unique events truly add glamour to Central Asia's only event on the WTA tour .
Another tradition that continues over the years is the inventory distribution to the students of the Olympic Tennis School , which was started in 2008 by the initiative of the Uzbekistan's First President Islam Karimov.
" We would like to thank the Uzbekistan Tennis Federation for their support and getting these high standard events to the republic " said Samuk Abidov, the director of the school. - The school has excellent facilities. which included 17 courts with different surfaces, three indoor courts, for training in the winter , an own hotel, dining room, rest rooms.
The Olympic School of Tennis houses 60 talented kids from all regions of the country who have come through competitive selection tests . Four educators, three instructors, and thirteen experienced mentors are engaged in bringing out the best from the future tennis professionals.
Peter Lebed, captain of the men's national team of Uzbekistan, Omon Annakulov, Konstantin Tomashevich, Utkir Abdullayev are currently working with the brightest stars of tennis in Uzbekistan propelling them to the next level Sanjar Fayziev, Timur Ismailov , Guzal Yusupova, Sarvinoz Saidkhodzhaeva are a few who have graduated as members of the national teams
Tashkent Open 2017 will surely provide an great opportunity and a launch pad for many more talented girls from Olympic tennis school who will take part , if not in the main draw, then in qualifying, as in previous years. which too has become a tradition of sorts.