Alexandra Cadantu will face the challenge of Sabina Sharipova in round two of the WTA Tashkent Open.
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Alexandra Cadantu is the fifth seed in this week's WTA Tashkent Open, but she nearly bowed out in the first round when she met a fierce challenge from wildcard entrant Ekaterina Bychkova. The Romanian fought hard after going a set down and was eventually able to clinch a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.
The world No. 85's next challenge will be a second round showdown against Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan. At 18-years-old, Sharipova hasn't exactly emulated the exploits of her near-namesake Maria, but she's done enough to reach No. 368 in the rankings, which indicates that she's got a fair amount of ability. A 22-12 match record for the season backs this up.
Sharipova was perhaps a little fortunate with her first round draw as she was pitted against compatriot and fellow wildcard Vlada Ekshibarova. She was able to sail through the contest and clinch a 6-4, 7-5 win. A match against Cadantu is an entirely different experience though, and it will take a huge effort from Sharipova to make this tie a close one. Despite her shaky start, Cadantu should be able to progress in straight sets.