Jovanovski wins match of ex-Tashkent Open champs

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Bojana Jovanovski defeated Alla Kudryavtseva to reach the Tashkent quarterfinals. (AP Photo)

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP)—Defending champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia endured 11 double faults and unrelenting pressure on serve to beat 2010 champ Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Tashkent Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Jovanovski next runs into Urszula Radwanska, the Pole who eliminated fifth-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-3.

Another former champ was ousted, 2012 winner and second seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, by Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Local wild card Nigina Abduraimova, who until this week last won a WTA main draw match here in 2009, put 12 aces past Alexandra Panova of Russia in winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She lined up Akgul Amanmuradova, ensuring Uzbekistan of a semifinalist for the first time since Amanmuradova reached the inaugural final in 2009.

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