Two Triumphs In A Row

Olga Govortsova and Tatiana Poutchek won the Tashkent Open a week after their victory in Guangzhou.

Published September 29, 2009 06:12

Two Triumphs In A Row
Olga Govortsova, Tatiana Poutchek

Four unseeded teams contested the finals of the Tashkent Open and the Hansol Korea Open, with one duo winning for the second straight week and another for the first time together.

A week after capturing Guangzhou, Belarusians Olga Govortsova and Tatiana Poutchek took the title in Tashkent with a 62 67(1) 108 match tie-break victory over Vitalia Diatchenko and Ekaterina Dzehalevich in Saturday's final. This was Govortsova's third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title and Poutchek's sixth.

"We're both very delighted to win the doubles event here," said Govortsova, who was a semifinalist in singles. "We played here for the last five years and this is our first title. We're thrilled."

"We played our first two tournaments together in the last two weeks and won them both. It's a great feeling," said Poutchek, who has now won Tashkent four times with four different partners. "We're good friends. We will surely think of playing more doubles together in the future."

Meanwhile, in the final in Seoul on Sunday, Chan Yung-Jan and Abigail Spears picked up their first title as a duo, topping Carly Gullickson and Nicole Kriz, 63 64. It was Chan's eighth Tour doubles title, with her first seven - including this event in 2005 - having come alongside Chuang Chia-Jung. It was Spears' fifth Tour doubles title, all of them coming with different partners. Chan and Spears rallied from a 9-4 deficit in the match tie-break in their 46 62 1513 semifinal victory over No.2 seeds Chuang Chia-Jung and Yan Zi.

"This was the perfect tournament," Chan said. "This is my second time winning the doubles here, and it's still very exciting."

"Since this is our first time playing together, sometimes you don't move as well together, because you don't know what the other person's going to do," Spears said. "If we practice together and play again, obviously we'll get better. That is for sure."

This could be a big week in the race to qualify for one of the four spots available for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009, as five of the Top 6 teams in the standings are in the draw in the Premier event in Tokyo.

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