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Pervak, Birnerova To Vie For Tashkent Title

Ksenia Pervak and Eva Birnerova will each be seeking their first career title when they face off on Saturday at the Tashkent Open.

Published September 16, 2011 04:50

Pervak, Birnerova To Vie For Tashkent Title
Ksenia Pervak

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Despite a week full of upsets that saw only two seeds make the quarters, Tashkent Open No.1 seed Ksenia Pervak is through to the final after a 62 64 defeat of Urszula Radwanska on Friday.

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On serve at 1-2 in the first set, Pervak reeled off five straight games to take the set. However, Radwanska jumped out to a 4-1 second set lead before, once again, Pervak won five straight to seal the victory.

"It was a very tough match for me," said Pervak, who has not dropped a set all week. "Coming back from being down 4-1, I'm happy to have survived. I was very tired from yesterday's long doubles match, but I managed to win today."

Pervak will be competing in her second career final on Saturday, having been runner-up to Vera Zvonareva at Baku in July. This time, she will square off with Eva Birnerova, whom she has never played before.

"I'm happy to be in the finals. In women's tennis, the players are so close in ability that that on any one day, anyone can beat anyone," Pervak said. "I would not like to make a prediction, but for sure I'm going to do my best."

Pervak will surpass her career-high ranking of No.51, achieved on July 25, regardless of her result in the final.

"I'm happy the way the year has gone," said Pervak, who in addition to reaching the final at Baku, made the semis at Bad Gastein and the fourth round at Wimbledon in recent months. "There have been a lot of changes with my tennis in the last six months. I changed my coach and have been working with Vladimir Platenik in Slovakia since the French Open. I'm staying there alone and working very hard."

As for Birnerova, in her first career semifinal, she lost the first set to sixth-seeded Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-3, and was down 3-1 in the second but captured the next four games before the Russian retired with a left hamstring strain. Birnerova had not even been as far as a quarterfinal since Stockholm in August 2006, but based on her performance this week will get back into the Top 100 on the new rankings for the first time since July 2007.

"It's unfortunate that Alla had to pull out due to injury, but I'm thrilled to be in the first final of my career," Birnerova said. "I'll enjoy it and try to go all out."

The doubles final was also set Friday, with No.2 seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Vitalia Diatchenko set to take on the Kichenok twins, Lyudmyla and Nadiya.

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