Smashnova Wins President’s Cup
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) _ Top-seeded Anna Smashnova of Israel used a powerful backhand to win the President’s Cup Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over third-seed Laurence Courtois of Belgium.
The 22-year-old Smashnova, currently ranked 43 in the world, played from the baseline and caught her opponent off-guard with strong serves. Courtois, ranked 100 on the WTA tour, was kept on the defensive throughout the match.
About 1,500 fans packed the central court of the Dinamo stadium in the for the $112,500 tournament.