Interview of the Day - Nao Hibino

1 October 2015

Twenty year old Japanese   Nao Hibino made it to her first ever Semifinal on the WTA tour reaching the last four at Tashkent  Open  ,  in the quarterfinals played today   Hibino  outplayed Ukrainian  qualifier  Kateryna Kozlova  6/3,6/3 

The week has  turned out to be dream week  for the young Japanese  who was supposed to play in the qualifying rounds of the event.    Reaching Tashkent  She found herself in the main draw first , then got a walk over from Sasnovich in the second round and a win today making it to her  first ever semifinals which  guarantees Hibino an  entry into the top 100  rankings next week.


  Hibino  who was facing the media for the first time spoke to the Tashkent Open Media Team


Q. About her match today?

A.  I knew Kozlova  is a good player , I decided   play aggressive and use more forehands and avoid long rallies , I tried to set up points and finish the points. This paid off 

Q  How has been the  year so far  ?

 A. At the beginning of the year I was around 210  , and  had tough year didn't have good results , but my coach advised me to keep playing and I played some weeks in Europe and USA , here  I worked on the physical  conditioning ,  This helped me I won three $ 50000  ITF events this season in Japan and USA  and  my rankings also improved drastically .

Q.  Plans for the remaining of the year ?

 A.  I'm  thrilled  my rankings going up now I will try to  play  more WTA  and focus is to be around top50 by the end of next year. So i will be working  harder.

Q.  Did you know  The win  here today will take you in top 100 ?

A.  Oh I didn't think of this at all , Didn't expect to go  this far .  I'm thrilled  thank you very much  for  letting me know

Q . There are 3  Japanese girls in the top 100 on the WTA Tour  now you are the fourth?

A.  We have good Japanese girls  but  I'm  not  competing  with  them ,  My coach always says focus on top 50  you have to be there.

Q. Your thoughts about  Uzbekistan ?

A  I had played an ITF in Fergana earlier , also  I had some concerns before a lot of people told me not to go , but  I can tell  everyone this is one of the best countries in the world. The people are kind atmosphere is  great , people  are trying to make my stay comfortable

Q About the Tashkent Open?
 A.  Its turning out to be very lucky tournament  for me , first I was in qualies then moved  to main  draw  then  a walkover yesterday , its turning out to be the most lucky event for me and then making my first ever semifinals, I'm loving it