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Voskoboeva Victorious

Galina Voskoboeva was one of two seeded players to record wins on Day 1 of the Tashkent Open.

Published September 21, 2009 06:31

Voskoboeva Victorious
Galina Voskoboeva

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Both of the seeded players in main draw action at the Tashkent Open on Monday were tested, but advanced, including Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva.

The eighth-seeded Voskoboeva got past Neuza Silva, 64 36 64, for her first main draw match win on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour since the French Open in May.

"Winning my first round match is pretty satisfying, but I'm happier to have broken the Tashkent jinx. I had lost three matches in a row here," Voskoboeva said. "I always seem to play three sets and lose. I feel I've conquered that mentally this time. Now I'll just take it one match at a time. My priority was the first round."

Also Monday, fifth-seeded Stefanie Voegele, whose semifinal showing in Portoroz in July is her best result on Tour to date, edged fellow 19-year-old Vitalia Diatchenko, 63 75. In the final round of qualifying, Alexandra Panova, Ksenia Lykina, Arina Rodionova and Lesya Tsurenko all secured main draw berths with victories.

No.1 seed Yaroslava Shvedova, who is fresh off a third round showing at the US Open that included a second round upset of Jelena Jankovic, highlights Tuesday's schedule of play. All four of the Uzbeks in the draw also play their first round matches Tuesday.

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