Panova One Of Five Seeds Into Tashkent QFs

Alexandra Panova and Urszula Radwanska were among Wednesday's Tashkent Open winners. Also, 16-year-old Donna Vekic was victorious.

Published September 12, 2012 06:51

Panova One Of Five Seeds Into Tashkent QFs
Alexandra Panova

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Among the seeds securing quarterfinal berths at the Tashkent Open on Wednesday were Russia's Alexandra Panova.

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The seventh-seeded Panova was a 64 64 winner over Japan's Misaki Doi.

"Misaki is good player, but I played as planned, to serve well, play fast and not give her time to settle," Panova said. "I did it all today and had a good result."

Panova's season has been highlighted by her first career final in Bogotá and a semifinal showing in Baku. Currently ranked No.89, she achieved her career-high rank of No.71 in July.

"This is the first year that I have been in main draws of all the Grand Slams," Panova said. "I need to take one more big step to move into the Top 50. I know I have to work very hard to achieve that. I believe that you have to be feared on the tour with your performances.

"I feel comfortable here. I like the food, atmosphere and the people. The organizational level of the event is of high quality too. I will be back here until I win the title and probably even after that."

In Thursday's quarterfinals, Panova will take on No.2 seed Urszula Radwanska, a 62 62 victor over Vitalia Diatchenko. The Pole, a semifinalist here last year, came into this week ranked a career-high No.40.

The lone seed to go down was third-seeded Alizé Cornet, 64 61, at the hands of Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

"I know Alizé's game, as we have played doubles with each other before," Begu said. "So I played patiently and managed to return well today. In the second set I started hitting very well and the score turned even more in my favor. It's a good result for me and I'm very happy to make it to the quarterfinals here."

Also advancing were No.5 seed Alexandra Cadantu, No.6 seed Bojana Jovanovski and No.8 seed Galina Voskoboeva. From 3-3 in the second set against Sabina Sharipova, Cadantu won five straight games en route to a 16 63 63 triumph. Despite failing to convert on three match points in the second set tie-break, Jovanovski got past Eleni Daniilidou, 63 67(8) 63. Voskoboeva handled Anna Chakvetadze, 61 63.

Last year's runner-up, Eva Birnerova, made the quarterfinals again with a 62 62 defeat of Karin Knapp. Finally, the youngest player in the draw, 16-year-old Donna Vekic, was a 62 62 winner over Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino to make the final eight in her WTA main draw debut.

"It's an amazing feeling," Vekic said. "I'm absolutely thrilled to make my first quarterfinal at a WTA event. The points are important, but developing my game and as an athlete is more important for me in the next few years. She was a tough player, but I played very well."

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