18 yo Gozal (born Aug 22, 1998) has broken into the Top 500 for the first time this week (reaching a CHR of 485
), thanks to a series of consistent results at (weak
) tournaments this summer: so far she's made 2 finals this year (back-to-back ones, at 10K Shymkent, her last 2 tournaments atm - she lost the first one 5-7 0-6 to Ulyana Ayzatulina, and the second one she lost 0 & 4 to Kamila Kerimbayeva
), 4 more SF appearances (one at a 25K, in Gergana), and 3 more QF appearances (one at a 25K, in Astana).
She's scored wins over: Tereza Mihalikova (same age, former junior #4, won the Junior AO last year), Ankita Raina (Top 300), Olga Puchkova (former WTA #33, twice a WTA finalist) twice (
), Naomi Totka (CHR 363), Ana Veselinovic (CHR 329), Keren Shlomo (CHR 359), Ksenia Ulukan (CHR 163) in the recent months.
Sh's from Almaty, but lives in Astana. Hope she keeps improving!