Tashkent, Uzbekistan (4E Sports) – Top seed Bojana Jovanovski overcame a tough challenge from seventh seed Galina Voskoboeva en route to a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win Thursday to book a spot in the semifinal round of the Tashkent Open.
Jovanovski, who was forced to come through qualifying after she missed the main draw while waiting for a nagging wrist injury to heal, looked tired as Voskoboeva dominated the opening set in just over 20 minutes.
In the second, Jovanovski gained a foothold with an early break in the second to force a deciding set. Both players had their opportunities in the decider, but Jovanovski used her consistency to take the win.
“I didn’t start well in the first set it was so windy. In the middle of the second set I got my rhythm and started being more aggressive,” Jovanovski said.
“Galina played wonderful tennis, mixing up her game using serve and volleys and drop shots effectively, at the end I managed to win and I’m very happy about it,” she added.
Next up for Jovanovski is unseeded Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, who used her booming serves on her way to a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 win over thid seed Yvonne Meusburger.
In other matches, Mandy Minella beat Nastassja Burnett, 7-6(4), 7-5 defeat to seal a semifinal clash with Olga Govortsova, who downed fifth seed Alexandra Cadantu, 6-3, 6-2.
In Quebec, Ajla Tomljanovic advanced to her first WTA quarterfinal when fourth seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands retired due to injury while trailing 4-1 in the first set Thursday at Bell Challenge.
“She slipped and her knee is in bad shape – winning this match is bittersweet, I feel really bad for her,” Tomljanovic said. “She hasn’t had an easy road. I hope she recovers as soon as she can.”
Tomljanovic, who is expected to make her WTA Top 100 debut Monday, will take on Marina Erakovic in the quarterfinal.
Third seed Lucie Safarova hit 13 aces to get past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-6(4), 7-6(10) and seal a showdown with seventh seed Lauren Davis, who downed Andrea Hlavackova, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
Fifth seed Eugenie Bouchard downed Sesil Karatantcheva, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to advance against the winner of the Kristina Mladenovic-Petra Martic clash.