Tennis - Cagla Buyukakcay is hoping to create history in the tennis world. No tennis player - male or female - from Turkey has ever cracked the top 100 in the world rankings. But Buyukakcay could soon get there. Buyukakcay is currently ranked no.
150 in the world and will rise much higher after making the quarter-finals of the ongoing WTA Malaysian Open in Kuala Lampur. The 24-year-old commented, “Tennis has improved a lot in Turkey over the past 10 years and we now have a few players (on tour) and it is now getting bigger.
We have a large population and it is good to have success as this will bring more attention to the sport as well as more sponsors, which is important for development. It is a really proud moment for me to make the quarter-finals here and I hope to go on and win tournaments and make the main draw of Grand Slams in the future and do my country proud.” “I am just so happy right now.
The weather has been tough but I got my first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour main draw win against Kimiko Date-Krumm (first round) and now I am in the quarter-finals. There were times in the past where I lost after having held match point.
I think all the experience I have gained has made me a lot more mature and is really coming together right now. My coach and I have set a goal of making it into the top 100 this year and hopefully I will be able to achieve it.”
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Top seeds Kimiko Date-Krumm and Cagla Buyukakcay lose in ITF events