Vesna Dolonc fought off four set points in the first set of her upset of No.8 seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round of the Tashkent Open on Tuesday.
WTA Staff

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - The tightest match at the Tashkent Open on Tuesday saw Vesna Dolonc rally in both sets to edge former World No.25 Yaroslava Shvedova and advance to the second round.

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Dolonc was down 5-2 in the first set and faced a set point at 5-3, another at 6-5 and two more at 6-4 in the tie-break, but fought back each time and pulled out the set. And with the eighth-seeded Shvedova serving for the second set at 5-4, Dolonc broke, held and broke for the 76(6) 75 victory.

"Yaroslava and I were practicing with each other before the US Open and both of us know each other's games," Dolonc said. "Shvedova is a high-level player and a good server, so I had to be sharp. I was a slow starter and was lucky to get through. I'll need to wake up earlier in my future matches before it's too late!

"It has been six years that I have been playing the Tashkent Open. It has become a tradition for me to play here. I like it here and have good memories. I was a finalist in doubles last year. A title this year would be even more memorable."

In the other match involving a seeded player, seventh-seeded Galina Voskoboeva was a 63 64 winner over Maryna Zanevska.

Also moving on was Petra Cetkovska, who converted on all five of her break point opportunities in her 62 76(2) defeat of Nigina Abduraimova.

"I'm happy to have gotten through the first round," Cetkovska said. "Compliments to Nigina. She is a talented player and I didn't know what to expect from her. I am pleased with the way I played."

Cetkovska is playing just her sixth WTA main draw this year as she continues her comeback from various injuries.

"I went through a tough time being out for nine months due to a lot of injuries on my knees and foot," Cetkovska said. "It takes time to come back, but now I feel better and stronger with each passing day. My aim is to prevent any more injuries, keep fit and get back to the Top 100 by the end of the year."

The day wasn't a total loss for Shvedova, as she and Timea Babos, the No.1 seeds in doubles, won their opener. Also advancing were No.2 seeds Olga Govortsova and Mandy Minella.