The 2019 Tashkent Open quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, September 26 and you can get the latest Viktoria Kuzmova v Kristyna Pliskova & Anna Kalinskaya v Katarina Zavatska tips and predictions with their previews along with other matches can be found below.Get the best odds for the WTA Tashkent Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Viktoria Kuzmova v Kristyna Pliskova Preview
Top seeded Viktoria Kuzmova takes on the fifth seeded Kristyna Pliskova in this quarter-final with the two ladies facing off for the first time in their careers. Ranked 56th in the world, Kuzmova was stretched to three tight sets by Greet Minnen in her second round match but her 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 win would have given her a lot of confidence coming into this match.
Pliskova was also taken to three sets, but that came against the 129th-ranked Katarzyna Kawa of Poland. Well, the god news for the older Pliskova is this was the first time since her appearance at the Jurmala Open in July has she managed to win two main draw matches in a row. As opposed to that, Kuzmova was in a rut of her own before this but did make it to the quarter-final at the Dubai Open earlier this.
Another tight call this but Kuzmova starts favourite in this one and should win this in three sets.
Tip: Kuzmova to win: 8/11 with Unibet
Anna Kalinskaya v Katarina Zavatska Preview
In a battle between two unseeded players, Russia’s rising star Anna Kalinskaya will take on Katarina Zavatska for a place in the semi-final. And in their only previous meeting Kalinskaya had beaten Zavatska in the French Open qualifier earlier this year.
Kalinskaya’s brilliant season has continued to prosper and the 20-year-old has taken a step closer to another semi-final appearance. She had made through the qualifiers to get to the second round at the US Open but that had come on the back of a semi-final entry at the Washington Open.
What’s interesting to note is that before that Washington performance, Kalinskaya had had no win in the main draw of WTA events this year. She had either fallen short in the qualifiers or made the first round and lost. It marks a big step in the right direction for the Russian.
And up against her is a teenager in the form of Zavatska, who had earlier edged out an ailing Jelena Ostapenko before winning against qualifier Tereza Martincova. Zavatska also scraped through the qualifiers and reached the second round at Guangzhou last week but will she has the weapons to test her opponent here. A first ever WTA semi-final beckons for her.
Tip: Kalinskaya to win: 8/11 with 888Sport
Alison van Uytvanck v Pauline Parmentier Preview
These two players have featured in two previous matches and Alison van Uytvanck has defeated Pauline Parmentier both times. In fact, the 127th-ranked Parmentier is yet to win a set against her opponent, losing at the Fed Cup last year and the Rabat Open earlier this year.
And while van Uytvanck hasn’t had the best of seasons, winning just seven out of her 16 matches on hard court surfaces, her performances in Tashkent have been quite extraordinary. After beating Ludmilla Samsonova 6-0, 6-1, she was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Monica Niculescu to reach the last-eight.
On the other hand, Parmentier’s record on hard court is no better but what makes it worse for her is she hasn’t really made it to the main draws of too many WTA tournaments. Which is why it should come as no major surprise that van Uytvanck is a heavy favourite for this one.
Tip: Alison van Uytvanck to win: 4/7 with 888Sport
Sorana Cirstea v Danka Kovinic Preview
All of the three previous outings between Sorana Cirstea and Danka Kovinic have come on clay and more than three years earlier. And Cirstea leads 2-1. At the moment, Cirstea’s ahead of Kovinic on the WTA ranking charts but as far as performances on hard court surfaces go, there’s not much to separate them.
What holds Kovinic is a better stead than Cirstea is her pounding win over the second seeded Margarita Gasparyan in the previous round – having lost to her last year at the WTA Mumbai. Kovinic to win this one.
Tip: Kovinic to win: 10/11 with Unibet