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Thumbs up Zhibek Kulambayeva

Probably the most promising Kazakh youngster atm (and not a Kazakh girl with clear Russian/Ukrainian origins, which is not so common)

Zhibek is 15 (born March 26, 2000), she's from Almaty and still lives there. She's already in the junior Top 200 (reached a CHR of 179 in August)!

She's won 1 tournament so far this year: G4 Almaty International Junior Tournament at home in July (she was the top seed there, and she beat unseeded Eliza Askarova in the final, 3-6 6-2 6-1); she made one more final earlier in Astana in February, at G4 Capital Cup (she was the 2nd seed there, fell to top seed and fellow Kazakh Gozal Ainitdinova in the final, 4 & 2 Gozal almost is 2 years older though... ).
She also has 3 more SF appearances (at G4 AGS 3 International Junior Champs in Jakarta in June, at G4 ITF Lion Cup in July, and at G3 NBU Cup in Tashkent in August) and 3 more QF appearances (at G3 Namangan International Junior Tournament in Uzbekistan in March, at G4 Thamrin Cup International Junior Championships in Jakarta in June, and at G4 International Flower Bulb Tournament in the Netherlands in June) at junior tournaments this year!

She won 2 G5s back to back in Sri Lanka in October last year (beating Milana Lysova in both finals ), so she has 3 G18 singles titles so far, and is 3/4 on G18 finals.

This week, she's playing her 2nd pro tournament ever only at 10K Shymkent in Kazakhstan, where she received a MDWC. And she's qualified for the QFs with a 6-0 7-5 win over Alexandra Grinchishina (almost 20 yo, WTA 1072, CHR 603) in R1, and 6-2 7-5 over (6)Daria Lodikova (19 yo, WTA 686) in R2

QF vs. (2)Sofia Kvatsabaia (27 yo, Top 400 player for a long time) should be tough but very interesting... Best of luck in the future!

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Re: Zhibek Kulambayeva

Zhibek just lost 5-7 5-7 to Kvatsabaia in 2h15m

Good effort though!

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Re: Zhibek Kulambayeva

Zhibek lost in R1 of GA Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships today, 3 & 3 to (15)Yue Yuan (17 yo, #111, CHR 75)

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Zhibek made the SFs in dubs with Watsachol Sawasdee from Thailand!

They lost in STB against tops seeds Yastremska/Zheng in SF, 3-6 6-3 [6-10]

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Re: Zhibek Kulambayeva

Zhibek is playing G2 Dunlop Japan Open Junior Championships this week, she's the 15th seed and had a bye in R1

She's gonna face 17 yo Xinyu Gao (#340, but CHR 137; WTA 415, CHR 381) in R2 though...

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Zhibek lost 1 & 2 to Gao

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Zhibek lost in R1 of G2 Lee Duk Hee Cup Chuncheon International Junior Tennis Championships this week, 5-7 2-6 against 17 yo qualifier Subin Park

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Zhibek played G1 Seogwipo Asia Oceania International Junior Tennis Championships this week, she beat (Q)Sumin Kim 1 & 0 in R1, but she lost badly to (15)Zhuoma Ni Ma (#164) in R2, 2 & 3

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Haven't updated this thread in over a year

But you can watch Zhibek's R2 match at GA Mexico live here: https://livestream.com/vamos/abierto...-mexicano-2017
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So Zhibek moves on to R3: she beat lucky loser Haina Franco 3 & 3 in R1, and 14th seed Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez (17 yo, #64) 6-4 7-6(2) in R2 today

Today's match was a bit of a mess, but she managed to cut on the bullshit in the critical moments. She's cuter on video, btw

Next up in R3 will probably be leftie 2nd seed Kayla Day (who won the Jr USO and became junior #1 a couple months ago)... it will get much harder

To quickly update on Zhibek's 2016: she won the only singles final that she's reached so far, at G4 Almaty Open (she was the top seed there, dismantled 2nd seed Ekaterina Vishnevskaya 0 & 1 in the final) in June, and she made 2 more SF appearances (at a G3 in Tashkent in August, and at a G2 in Cairo in September).
She also played 4 pro tournaments (all 10Ks), without much success: she scored only 1 MD win, over Arina Taluyenko 2-6 7-5 6-2 in R1 of Shymkent (then got dismantled by top seed Kamila Kerimbayeva in R2, 0 & 2 ).
She reached a CHR of 132 last week. Hopefully she'll sneak into the Top 100 very soon
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R3 match vs. Kayla is on: https://livestream.com/vamos/abierto...-mexicano-2017

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Re: Zhibek Kulambayeva

Aww, Zhibek lost a very close match to Kayla, 4-6 6-7(5)

She actually served for the 2nd set, at *5-3 Kayla was bad, but I'm very proud of Zhibek's fight: she really tried to expose Kayla's terrible movement by varying the height of the ball and moving her back and forth, and it kinda worked... Too bad she didn't manage to grab that 2nd set, she really would have deserved to play a decider
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