Akgul Amanmuradova

Birth Date: 23 June 1984
Country: Uzbekistan
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Height: 1.90m
Weight: 74kg
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned Pro: 2000

PERSONAL

Currently without a full-time coach ... Father, Chari, is a builder; mother, Saadat, is a high school music teacher; brother, Shokhrat, is a university student; born and raised in Tashkent ... Began playing at age 10 when grandmother took her to local club ... As a child, also liked basketball (was asked to play on national junior team but declined) ... As a teenager, was part of the East Asia Grand Slam Development Fund through the ITF as well as the Tashkent State Fund; at age 18 was invited to be a member of the national tennis team; it was then she decided to make a career out of tennis ... Idolized Pete Sampras and Michael Jordan when growing up ... Works hard on improving her movement, which she classes as a weakness ... Best memories to date are winning 2005 Asian Tennis Championships, her first ITF title in India and her first WTA final at Tashkent ... Enjoys reading, surfing internet, playing basketball, watching soccer ... Studied International Tourism at Tashkent State University of Economics ... Collects giraffes (stuffed animals, wooden).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2000 - Made first appearance in Tashkent qualifying (as WC).

2001 - Played first WTA main draw at Tashkent, falling 1r (as WC).

2002 - Fell 1r at Tashkent (as WC); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2003 - Fell 1r at Tashkent (as WC); won four singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2004 - Fell 1r at Tashkent (as WC); fell in qualifying once; won three singles titles and five doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2005 - Reached first WTA final at Tashkent (as WC, l. to Krajicek); reached 2r once; fell 1r once and in qualifying once (US Open); won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2006 - Reached 2r once (in Grand Slam main draw debut at Australian Open); fell 1r twice and in qualifying seven times (incl. other three majors).

2007 - First Top 100 season; SF at Cincinnati (l. to Morigami); QF at Tashkent; reached 2r three times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r three times and in qualifying six times (incl. other three majors); made Top 100 debut on August 20 (rose from No.102 to No.99); won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2008 - Another Top 100 season; SF twice, at Pattaya City (l. to Craybas) and Istanbul (l. to Dementieva); made Top 50 debut afterwards on May 26 (rose from No.58 to No.50); QF at Bangalore; reached 2r seven times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors, Olympics) and in qualifying three times.

2009 - Another Top 100 season; runner-up at Tashkent (l. to Peer in final); reached 2r four times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros); fell 1r six times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying nine times (incl. US Open); won one WTA doubles title; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2010 - Fourth straight Top 100 season; QF twice, at Cincinnati and Tashkent; reached 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying nine times; retired in Pattaya City 1r w/abdominal strain.

TITLES

SINGLES (2)
Premier (1):
  • AEGON International - Eastbourne, United Kingdom (2009)
International (1):
  • Internationaux de Strasbourg - Strasbour, France (2011)