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How did Sugiyama change her game to get to the top 10?

I can't figure it out.
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well i think her win in scottsdale gave her the belief that she could play with the top players, and she just became more consistent i guess
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She played doubles with Kim. It helped with everything. Now that she's not playing doubles with Kim, her results will fall off and her time in the Top 10 or even Top 20 are over.
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self-fulfilling prophecy + more work/less focus on her 'bellybutton' i think

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She played doubles with Kim. It helped with everything. Now that she's not playing doubles with Kim, her results will fall off and her time in the Top 10 or even Top 20 are over.
that's a bit harsh. according to ai's mum the split was planned long b4 ai cracked the top-10.

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Let's just put it like this, there is Justine Bieber (I just threw up a little) who ... is hyped far beyond his talent.

Then you have Michael Jackson & that name speaks for itself, no hype needed at all.
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I don't mean it to be harsh. Playing with Kim for what, a year, let her into the mind of a Top 5, a No. 1, mental, strategy, confidence, it all helped. Anna and Pam for sure got better in singles playing doubles with a top singles player, no different with Ai. It's their time on the court that counts, not when they decided to split. Kim will have "after effect" on Ai for awhile, but she's already down a notch since last year. I don't expect the trend to reverse itself this year.
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Although Ai has always been in pretty good shape and has always been a scrapper, I think last year she focused a bit more on fitness.





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I don't mean it to be harsh. Playing with Kim for what, a year, let her into the mind of a Top 5, a No. 1, mental, strategy, confidence, it all helped. Anna and Pam for sure got better in singles playing doubles with a top singles player, no different with Ai. It's their time on the court that counts, not when they decided to split. Kim will have "after effect" on Ai for awhile, but she's already down a notch since last year. I don't expect the trend to reverse itself this year.
fair enough but i expect ai 2 pull herself together when she realises that she won those matches.

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She stoped choking and started playing.

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Self belief and playing to her strengths.
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As much as I want her to do well, I don't see her in the top 15 or even 20 at the end of the season. She had a lot of lucky draws last year, especially toward the end of the year. Her win at Scottsdale was indeed amazing, though. Not too many players have won a title beating Lindsay and Kim (and Alex Stevenson, of course). She just has no weapon to threaten the top players. She's consistent off the ground and can play well at the net but most of the time her agility wins matches. When her opponent is on, no matter how much higher Ai is ranked, she's very likely to lose.
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i think she became much more fitter, and had self-belief after winning scottsdale

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How did Sugiyama change her game to get to the top 10?
While lying in bed afterwards, Ai and I would often talk about strategy, and she finally started doing all the things I was recommending.
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She played doubles with Kim. It helped with everything. Now that she's not playing doubles with Kim, her results will fall off and her time in the Top 10 or even Top 20 are over.
Really???????????????????????????
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While lying in bed afterwards, Ai and I would often talk about strategy, and she finally started doing all the things I was recommending.
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