THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL TASHKENT OPEN
Date: From 26/9 to 01/10
Money prize: $ 226,750
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Olympic Tennis School Massiv Yalangach Tashkent 100125 UZBEKISTAN
Recent Previous Winners: 2015 Nao Hibino- 2014 Karin Knapp – 2013 Bojana Jovanosvki – 2012 Irina Camelia Begu – 2011 Ksenia Pervak
Top 10 Players: Annika Beck (Ger) – Carina Witthoeft (Ger) – Polona Hercog (Slo) – Johanna Larsson (Swd) – Katerina Siniakova (Cze) – Margarita Gasparyan (Rus) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) – Andrea Mitu (Rou) – Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) – Evgeniya Rodina (Rus)
Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, with its over 2,3 million inhabitants is the biggest and one of the oldest city in Central Asia, with a history of 2200 years. Due to its position in Central Asia, Tashkent came under Sogdian and Turkic influence early in its history, before Islam in the 8th century AD. After its destruction by Genghis Khan in 1219, the city was rebuilt and profited from the Silk Road. In 1865 it was conquered by the Russian Empire, and in Soviet times witnessed major growth and demographic changes due to forced deportations from throughout the Soviet Union. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. It is best appreciated for its whole rather than its parts. If you are short on time visit it by renting a car, because the town is quite large. Lonely Planet writes on Tashkent: “Sprawling Tashkent is Central Asia’s hub and the place where everything in Uzbekistan happens. It’s one part newly built national capital, thick with the institutions of power, and one part leafy Soviet city, and yet another part sleepy Uzbek town, where traditionally clad farmers cart their wares through a maze of mud-walled houses to the grinding crowds of the bazaar. Tashkent is a fascinating jumble of contradictions that’s well worth exploring over several days.Like most places that travellers use mainly to get somewhere else, Tashkent doesn’t always immediately charm visitors, but it’s a surprisingly fun and interesting place, with the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. There’s also plenty of opportunity to escape the metropolis for great hiking, rafting and skiing in Ugam-Chatkal National Park, just a 1½-hour drive away.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN TASHKENT:
- Mustakillik Square
- Metro Tashkent
- Charwak Lake
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- City Line Boutique Hotel. Very nice *** hotel just 700 metres away Tashkent International Airport. Rated 9.0 on Booking, this boutique accomodation offers deluxe twin rooms at 73€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
- Hotel Wyndham Tashkent. Nice **** hotel with a great value for money, it’s located 200 metres from the Amir Timur Museum and 4 km from the famous Çhorsu Bazaar. Rated 8.0 on Booking, it offers superior double room at 80€ per night with breakfast.
- Radisson Blu Hotel. Excellent **** hotel located at just 10 minutes walking from city centre, it offers a sauna, a brasserie restaurant with terrace and free parking area. A business double room of 28 mq2 with coffee machine costs 205€ per night with breakfast buffet included.