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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2004, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone knows what happened to Ai?

How come she is having such a bad run now? I thought she did great last year, especially around this time.
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She did for a while, but she has had two very solid performances over two tough opponents. She is due for a big win again. Every player goes through slumps. NICE TO SEE ANOTHER AI FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She'll rebound and start having stellar results again!

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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How come she is having such a bad run now? I thought she did great last year, especially around this time.
It happens sometimes. Players usually have one very good run for a particular year, then they would find it hard to defend all those points they earned in the year after. I guess Ai happens to be one of those players right now.

But I reckon she'd have a great chance to earn more points next year. She doesn't have to defend as much - especially since she had more earlier losses this year. Even though she'll reach that retirement age (30), Ai's a great athlete and I reckon a lengthy training season plus finding the right doubles partner for next year would do a lot to help her game.
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Thanks guys, especially pctennis, it's great to see an Ai fan like me here.
Hopefully she'll do well next year. It's never too late to have a career best year at 30.
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I think that Ai was doing so well all last year because she was doubling with Kim Clijsters - which really helped her singles. Now the partnership is defunct and Ai has irregular partners she can't get into a regular pattern.
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I kind of think her good runs had a lot to do with playing doubles with Kim and that's almost a year ago and her results haven't been great over the last year, I expect she's out of the Top 20 at the end of the year. I think playing doubles with such a great player like Kim helps for a long time, but then it wears off and it's worn off for her. I always root for Ai, but I think no Kim with her has taken its toll. Maybe she'll have a good run soon, but I'm not expecting much between now and the end of the year.
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I have to say, I was never a big Kim fan, more of a Justine person, but I really miss Kim, a lot. I kind of feel like Justine has achieved a lot so no big deal she's on and off right now, but I didn't realize how much I'd miss Kim. I sort of wish I'd rooted for Kim more before. Come back Kim!!!
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Yes, you guys might be right, but Ai did take down Paola and Virginia with Kim's help,
which Lisa has failed to do so with Martina's help. She should have a regular partner next year.
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I totally agree, Ai is far more talented than Lisa. Ai actually has decent singles titles, unlike Lisa. Ai kicks Lisa's ass!!!
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its not really all that surprising, she has been very up and down all yr unfortunately
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What I mean to say is, when Kuznetsova played with Martina, her singles improved. When Ai played with Kim, Ai's singles improved. When Lisa played with Martina, Lisa's singles didn't improve. Lisa is the weak link here, you watch her Tennis Channels interview, she thinks she's on par with Martina. That's so wrong. Martina was like one of the best ever, she needs to totally use Martina as a sponge, and I think Martina is into that. She doesn't. Dope!
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That's correct, Lisa won all her singles titles when she was partnering with Ranee.
But Lisa decided to partner with someone else for Olympics, she suffered in singles as well.
I do think it's a bad move for Lisa not to go back to Ranee, she'll once again fail to make YEC cut this year.
Last year Lindsay was busy, but this year after the full-time partnership with Martina, she still failed.
I say go back to Ranee, otherwise, it's only going downhill from here. Ranee qualified with Cara.
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That's correct, Lisa won all her singles titles when she was partnering with Ranee.
But Lisa decided to partner with someone else for Olympics, she suffered in singles as well.
I do think it's a bad move for Lisa not to go back to Ranee, she'll once again fail to make YEC cut this year.
Last year Lindsay was busy, but this year after the full-time partnership with Martina, she still failed.
I say go back to Ranee, otherwise, it's only going downhill from here. Ranee qualified with Cara.
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Oops. I'll remember it next time.
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Ai has mentioned that sometimes.
Ai needs some good doubles games to keep up her singles rhythm.
This season, unfortunately, Ai has some bad luck to keep her doubles partners... some good results, but not as consistant as the last season...

Also, she mentioned that this summer schedule (europe to america and back to europe (greece), and the us open... was very tough...

She changed her residence to Japan now... maybe that affects too? flight hours??

Anyhow, her good form will come back soon! good luck against Elena-D!!

Go! Trojans!

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