Ai Sugiyama, who will be 29yo this year, is now ranked #8, her career best since 1992. But soon, she will lose huge points that she earned in Arizona last year and many agree that it would not be easy to reach Top 5.
I am afraid if she is now considering retirement any time soon. She now appears on so many TV shows and all sorts of different magazines, which was rare for her until just recently. She is quite everywhere although tennis has not been a big deal in Japan after Kimoko Date's retirement. Well, hope this is not her way of preparation for a new life.
Whatever her plan is, she is known as a player who never gives up. If you are Ai, when is a good time to quit?
This is her impressive record.
Singles titles: 6 including 2 Tier 2.
Doubles titles:28 including 3 GS (FO, Wim, US)