22 year old Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova showed great form to stop Swiss lass Stefane Voegele and enter the second semifinal of the year at the 18th edition of the Tashkent Open WTA championships. The Ukrainian who has many ups and downs in her young career in the last couple of years, seems more determined than she was to make a mark and make it to the top 50 by the year end , Having reached the semifinals in Istanbul earlier this year , she wants to go a step better and make the final here
The ever smiling Kozlova spoke to the Tashkent Open Media team after her match today
About her match today ?
I've played here before and made it to the quarterfinals last year , its great to play here .
I stared to play agressively from the word go and put my opponent under pressure early. I think I played brave and aggressive tennis , I'm happy withmy tennis today
About her next match and opponent ?
If I play like I have been playing this week , I have good chance of making finals and will try my best , also at this level it is difficult to say because the opponents are also playing well
About her near Goals ?
When i started the year my goal was to be about 50 this year , and now the chances are bright , I have few more events , I Played many tough matchesand playing better level of tournaments and matches this year . I'm waiting for the moment and ultimately I want to be in top 30 .
About her comeback ?
I was out for nearly the full year and it is not easy to make come back , no match practise , its very tough to get back, but this year I played everything I could play to make up for my absence
How have you remained positive during the last year ?
I live for tennis , one has to be strong , and to make good results one has to be strong , My parents were great support and that helped me a lot . I was practising , changed my game and spent more time on court and waiting to come back , I used time to improve physically , mentally , worked a lot last yearand this is surely showing now
Date of Birth: 29 SEP 1998
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Height: 6’ 0" 1.84 m
WTA Singles Ranking – 70 (As of August 20, 2018)
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