Galina Voskoboeva will be up against Anna Chakvetadze today in the second round of the WTA Tashkent Open.
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Galina Voskoboeva is the eighth seed in this week's WTA Tashkent Open, and perhaps one of the title favourites. She hasn't had to travel too far from home to compete here. Despite this, we saw a slow start from the Kazakh in round one, as she won a seesaw battle against Serbian qualifier Vesna Dolonc, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Voskoboeva faces a tougher challenge in round two as she'll meet former top ten star Anna Chakvetadze. The Russian had to qualify this week and she's not had much luck in recent years. Whilst her best tennis seems to be behind her, she's only 25-years-old, so this may yet prove not to be the case. Her current ranking of No. 261 in the world rankings is a little misleading also, as she missed large parts of the 2011 season due to illness.
Voskoboeva holds a 1-0 head to head record against Chakvetadze due to a straight sets victory in 2006. The Russian was just a teenager at the time though.
This promises to be an exciting contest. Chakvetadze could turn out to be a serious contender here, and it would be good to see her return to form. Still, Voskoboeva has the ability to do well in Tashkent, and she'll have plans of her own.