Interview of the Day : Kateryna Kozlova

29 September 2016

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

About her experiences at Tashkent Open ?
I have won a  lot of tournaments as a junior here  , I feel very good and comfortable on the courts and the city , I feel at home on the surface and court  and always done well . I hope I can do better and take back these sweet memories with me  back home