BASAK THE COMEBACK QUEEN

One of the most exciting players of Turkish women’s tennis Başak Eraydın outlassed Czech opponent Tereza Smitkova in three tight sets 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, after saving five match points.

World no. 243 Başak Eraydın through to final elimination round after tight three-setter against Czech Tereza Smitkova in TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup. Smitkova, who’s sitting on 167th place in current WTA rankings – former Top 60 player, showed a strong signal taking the first set, but she eventually fell to Başak’s inspiring comeback on later part of the game.

After lost first set 6-4, Eraydın rejuvanated herself in second set with couple of successful breaks – also saving two chance from opponent, while she got second set 6-2. In final set, 2014 Wimbledon sensation (she reached R16 at first appearance in SW19) Tereza Smitkova suddenly up 5-1 over local talent. But Başak saved two match point in her crucial game and strenghened to belief added another three in the next game. She chained up five-games cushion to lead 6-5 in third set, then Smitkova made a final push as she took another game before tie-break. Eraydın also turned a mini break in final game after a stunning defence on Smitkova’s dangerous forehands as she eventually takes the point calm drop-shot winner.

Eraydın’s 4-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (3) win named her to final round of elimination in second successive year. If she beat experienced Russian Alla Kudryvtseva on monday, will play second time in TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup main draw. Başak’s only appearance at main draw came six years ago by a wild-card, then she was only 16.

Meanwhile, first Turk to outed for qualifying was İpek Öz, the 17-year-old newcomer. She showed some courages against 148th-ranked Russian Anna Kalinskaya, but eventually felt down 3-6, 6-4, 5-7 in 132 minutes. İpek – very calling name for Turkish tennis – built led 5-3 in final set but not capitalized the match.

QUALIFYING DRAW
ORDER OF PLAY