Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Sports Network) - Top seed Bojana Jovanovski rallied for
a three-set victory Thursday and became the lone seeded player to reach the
semifinals at the Tashkent Open.
Jovanovski rebounded from an ugly first set to claim a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win
over seventh-seeded Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. The Serb reached her
first semifinal of 2013 and is trying for her second career WTA title. She won
last year's event Baku for her maiden crown.
Next up will be Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win
over third-seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria. Torro-Flor, who lost to
Jovanovski in the first round of the Australian Open earlier this year, will
also play in her first semifinal of the year. Her best previous result was a
quarterfinal loss in Bogota back in February.
Olga Govortsova of Belarus and Luxembourg's Mandy Minella will meet in the
other semifinal after earning straight-set wins Thursday. Govortsova thumped
fifth-seeded Romanian Alexandra Cadantu, 6-3, 6-2, while Minella knocked off
Italy's Nastassja Burnett, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
Minella, trying for her first WTA title, will play in her second semifinal of
2013. She lost to Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the Moroccan Grand Prix final four
back in April.
Govortsova hasn't won a tournament, but has been to three WTA finals. Her last
came three years ago in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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