The defending champion and top seed Kristyna Pliskova survived a scare as she scampered home from being 2-4 down in the final set to register a win against unseeded Su- Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and enter the second round of the 19th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Republican Olympic School of Tennis in Tashkent.
The top seed and 41 ranked left-handed Pliskova won 7-6(3),6-7(4), 6-4 in a match lasting 2 hours and 23 minutes , the other seeds in action including second-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary , third-seeded Maria Tatjana of Germany , sixth-seeded Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia , seventh-seeded Nao Hibino of Japan along with Kurumi Nara of Japan, Slovakian Jana Cepelova and Belorussian Aryna Sabalenka moved into the round of sixteen .
In the best match of the day which went down to the wire, Defending Champion Kristyna Pliskova came back from being 2-4 in the final set reeling off four games in a row to avoid a first-round defeat. In the first set, the unorthodox Taipei star Su -Wei Hsieh went a breakup and looked to close the set before the left-handed Pliskova broke forced a tiebreak and won it comfortably 7-6(3).
Pliskova was serving for the match in the second set, but this time it was Su-Wei who broke and forced a tiebreak and won the second set 7-6(4). In the deciding set Su-Wei looked comfortable taking a 4-2 lead, but the world ranked 41 reeled out series of backhand winners to make a comeback and take 4 games in a row and win 6-4 in a tight match.
Second-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary recorded an unexpectedly easy win over Swedish Johanna Larsson winning 6/1 6/1, while third-seeded German Maria Tatjana rolled past Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6/3 6/1. Former winner here and finalist last year Nao Hibino of Japan stopped qualifier Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6/3 6/2 sixth-seeded Aleksandra Krunic finalist last week at Guangzhou did well to stave off a challenge from Dutch Richel Hogenkamp winning 7/6(5) 6/0
Alexandra Krunic who is going through the best phase of her career, reaching her first WTA-level final at Guangzhou last week said" It was a close and tight first set against Richel HogenKamp, She came from Seoul and me from Guangzhou and its been a long journey for both of us , it was more of a mental match ,it was difficult to maintain momentum , but I'm happy I took the first set and she cracked up in the second . The first match is difficult, I find the courts have been resurfaced and to my liking.
Speaking after her match Third seed Maria Tatjana who had a relatively easy day said " I played some aggressive tennis and played well today, hope that I keep the same form for the rest of the week ".
Japan's Kurumi Nara outclassed local wildcard Nigina Abduraimova 6/1 6/1 to end the home challenge at the event.
Results Singles ( First Round)
 Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 7/6(3) 6/7 (4) 6/4
Kurumi Nara (JPN) [WC] vs Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 6/1 6/1
 Nao Hibino (JPN) vs [Q] Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 6/3 6/2
Jana Cepelova (SVK) vs Tereza Martincova (CZE) 2/6 6/0 6/2
 Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) vs Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 7/6(5) 6/0
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6/2 6/2
 Tatjana Maria (GER) vs Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6/3 6/1
 Timea Babos (HUN) vs Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6/1 6/1
Doubles (First Round)
 Nao Hibino (JPN) / Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) vs Lidziya Marozava (BLR) / Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 6/3 6/2
Monique Adamczak (AUS) / Lizette Cabrera (AUS) vs Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) / Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6/4 4/6 10/7
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) / Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) vs [WC] Olesya Kim (UZB) / Sevil Yuldasheva (UZB) 6/0 6/2