Pervak Captures First WTA Title In Tashkent
Published September 17, 2011 12:00
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Russia's Ksenia Pervak completed a dream week on Saturday afternoon in Tashkent, cruising past the Czech Republic's Eva Birnerova for the first WTA title of her career at the Tashkent Open.
Pervak, the No.1 seed at the International-level event, didn't drop a set all week and kept that pattern going in the final, breaking away from 3-all in the first set with nine of 10 games for a 63 61 victory over first-time WTA finalist Birnerova.
"Both of us were nervous, but being the top seed was a little more pressure on me," Pervak said. "This win is very special for me as it's my first win on the WTA circuit. It was a pleasure to play here and get big support from the crowd.
"I'll take a lot of positives from here. I know how to fight off pressure better."
On wearing the traditional Chapan given to her for the trophy ceremony, the media cheered as Pervak added, "I look gorgeous!"
"I went into the match a little tired after playing some three set matches this week, but full credit to Ksenia for her win," Birnerova said. "I think Ksenia has improved. Her concentration is good and she's very consistent and tough."
The 20-year-old Pervak also congratulated Birnerova, who just turned 27 and was playing her first WTA final - in fact she had never even been beyond the quarterfinals of any event before. "I would like to give my best wishes to Eva, who is also a very good friend of mine," Pervak commented. "She has had a wonderful week here and was a great competitor in the finals today."
"I was expecting nothing coming here, so this means a lot to me," Birnerova said. "I was injured and off the tour, and made a comeback from zero. This will give me a big boost and will help me end my year in the Top 100."
Pervak not only collected the $37,000 winner's cheque, she was also given a brand new SPARK car by local tournament sponsor My Dream Factory.
In the doubles final, No.2 seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Vitalia Diatchenko beat Kichenok sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiya, 64 63, for their first title together. It was Daniilidou's third WTA doubles title and Diatchenko's first WTA title of any kind.
"It's great to have won a title playing for the first time together," Daniilidou said.
"We've tried to play with each other on many occasions but could not, so I'm thrilled we played and won here," Diatchenko said. "We will be back next year."