Several of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s brightest young stars will head to the landlocked central Asian country of Uzbekistan this week for the 2007 Tashkent Open. The high-flying Victoria Azarenka will top the bill at the $145,000, Tier IV event, but with her fellow teenagers Dominika Cibulkova and Olga Govortsova also in the draw she is sure to be pushed hard for the title.
Defending champions Pakhtakor were held to a goalless draw by Kuruvchi in a battle of the top-two teams in the 21st round of the Uzbekistan League recently.
Belarus’ Tatiana Poutchek caused an upset by defeating fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the WTA Tour’s Sunfeast Open on Tuesday.
Uche Iheruome scored the only goal for Uzbek League leaders Pakhtakor as they registered a 1-0 win over Nasaf to stay seven clear after the 20th round recently.
A stoppage time goal from Hamad Al Banki gave Bahrain a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in Group B of the AFC Final Round for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the Army Stadium on Wednesday.
An injury-time goal by Hamad Al Shaikh kept Bahrain’s dream of playing in next summer’s Beijing Olympic Games alive, reports Golf Daily News reported.
Iraq’s AFC Asian Cup™ winning captain Younis Mahmoud, Saudi Arabia’s striker Yasser Al Qahtani, Japanese midfielder Yasuhito Endo and Korea Republic goalkeeper Lee Won Jae are among the thirty-three candidates in contention for this year’s AFC Player of the Year award.
Home favourite Iroda Tulyaganova proved too hot for Tara Iyer (India) as the former World No.16 cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the women’s final of the Asian tennis championship in Tashkent on Saturday.