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Cirstea Cruises In Tashkent Opener

2008 Tashkent Open champion Sorana Cirstea disposed of second-seeded Bojana Jovanovski in first round action on Monday.

Published September 12, 2011 08:03

Cirstea Cruises In Tashkent Opener
Sorana Cirstea

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Sorana Cirstea won her only title to date at the Tashkent Open in 2008, and in her first match here since, she displayed that championship form in upending No.2 seed Bojana Jovanovski, 63 61.

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Monday's match began with seven holds of serve, but Cirstea broke Jovanovski to go up 5-3 in the first set and lost only one more game the rest of the way.

"Bojana and I had played each other twice, with each of us winning once," Cirstea said. "It was a tough match, but I was focused and made less unforced errors. I'm glad to have beaten Bojana, who has had a good year so far."

Cirstea, who peaked at No.23 on the rankings two years ago and is No.92 now, explained why she did not return to Tashkent in 2009 and 2010. "In 2009 I got injured immediately after the US Open and did not play any events after that, and last year my ranking was low and I was playing lower-rung events in the US. But I always wanted to come back here."

Jovanovski had been looking to put her first round loss at the US Open behind her. "I just came here a day ago and to play the first day is a little tough. I was not prepared and felt like I was sleeping in the match."

The other two seeds in first round action were more fortunate than Jovanovski, with fourth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova rallying from a 4-1, two-break deficit in the second set of her 60 76(1) triumph over Mariya Koryttseva, and seventh-seeded Evgeniya Rodina getting past Iryna Brémond, 63 46 60. Rodina reached her first career semifinal here last year.

Other winners were Misaki Doi, Vitalia Diatchenko and Valeria Savinykh. Securing main draw berths with qualifying victories were Jana Cepelova, Eirini Georgatou, Aleksandra Krunic and Victoria Larrière.

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