Åsa Svensson will be coaching Johanna Larsson, Nadja Roma, Michaela Johansson, Sousan Massi & Mari Andersson. She's now working for Swedish Tennis Federation. Seems she won't be playing any pro tournaments again. Still will get hopefully a confirmation from her tomorrow
or at least from Swedish Tennis Fed... might only play some little events but still seems things won't be the same
edited: confirmation in a post made by me in the bottom. By her
I have been a fan not since much time ago. I remember following Amelia Island 2000 and seeing how defending runner-up Dragomir-Ilie would lose to someone called "Asa Carlsson" 4-6 6-4 7-5. and me like
. Then giving scores of her match in Antwerp against Sonya Jeyaseelan, were she barely won. Madrid quarterfinals after beating very easily Maureen drake and losing to Zuluaga in QF. And Roland Garros, when she beat Iva Majoli 7-6 1-6 6-1, me wanting Iva to win, and 3-6 6-4 7-5 over Testud, me wanting Testud to win, but losing to Pierce 6-2 6-1.
Then it would come Wimbledon, first time I could see her on t.v. losing to Serena Williams 6-3 6-2 with an eternal deuce game in the very first game of the match. Svensson fighting every point but Serena just too good.
I remember a sad and VERY easy loss to Rubin 6-2 6-2 in US Open and then I would create a website for her. The moronic SWEDISH STUPID TENNIS PEOPLE NOT LETTING HER PLAY OLYMPICS
A great Filderstadt that year beating Farina & Serna and reaching the second round were I believe "Jorn" would post a livescore thread named "Dominique vs. Asa C - scores" I remember getting mad on why not put simply "Dominique vs. Asa - scores"
Asa was up 3-0 and point for 4-0 but lost 6-3 6-1.
The sadness of not been able to win again Kuala Lumpur and losing in r2 to Nagyova that year... and next week losing sadly to Cho in Pattaya.
2001 and her very long losing streak that would end in Palm Beach Gardens challenger losing to Nagyova again. Then qualifying for WTA events and losing in 3 sets in main draws to Likhovtseva & Schett. A second round in Roland Garros losing to Schett again in 3 sets. And remember my tears after her loss to Sfar in r1 of WImbledon 6-7 6-3 6-4.
A semifinal in Palermo losing to Medina, the Fed Cup perfect record that year giving Sweden a spot in World Group. Qualifier in New Haven playing great tennis. And a good US Open, me coming back from school only to see that she was losing to Shaughnessy, only following 5 minutes of the match as I had to return quick before recess would end. Match would end 6-7 3-6.. followed by a retirement in doubles, her first retirement in ANY match she had played in WTA.
My wake ups at 4am to follow Asa in the indoor events, her win over Cara Black 6-4 3-6 6-4 so tough! but then her loss to Sucha 6-0 6-1. Her hard fought loses to Hantuchova next.
Getting her e-mail in 2002 and she answering so sweet as always
The change from Carlsson to Svensson
Her nice Australian Open, her win over Conchita Martinez, her almost comeback against Martina Sucha in the third round.
One of my happiest days of my life, May 5th, my birthday, waking up at 6am to follow the Bol Croatian Ladies Open final, Svensson vs. Majoli. Her last singles title, Svensson won 6-3 4-6 6-1. The perfect birthday gift.
Her injury at Rome
Her r2 exit in Roland Garros
The so GREAT tie of Sweden vs. Switzerland, finishing with a exciting doubles match with Sofia Arvidsson and making Sweden to stay again in world group for Fed Cup. Her sad QF loss in Helsinki
And a terrible end of the year losing lot of r1's and getting only 2 wins.
2003, her bad start of season
but her win over Diaz-Oliva in Bogota. A doubles title in Bogota
.. my madness on her r1 loss to Muller in Acapulco, but the comfort of seeing her winning in my country, LOIT/SVENSSON Acapulco 2003 champions
her loss to Callens after missing so much opportunities... her good Miami
, her injury against Craybas, the acquiles thing...
Her comeback in november
her bad draws
her title in Nottingham with Helena Ejeson
2004 start, her sickness and not playing Auckland singles
her great Sydney
her loss to Rubin in 3 tight sets in Aussie Open. The third set in t.v.
the fabulous fighter & her lovely backhand.
Her indoor USA season, her Memphis and Midland doubles titles
Her QF in St. Paul
her injuries back
her bad Miami & Estoril
Her comeback again
some good results
Her Fr loss in Darmstadt $25,000
her SO SAD exit in Stockholm & US Open
and the next is history...
Asa will probably do great in her new career now as a coach and helping new Swedish hopes, she's a nice lady and always a real pro player. Wish you the best Asa, I'm sure you'll succeed as always and
So strange now without my all time faves, Schultz-McCarthy, Gavaldon, J. Fernandez, Huber, Coetzer now Asa. Maybe soon Monica... Schett... Even though Arvidsson & Nooni are good they don't have that extra spice that Asa had
maybe Maria W can help. Anyways, hope to confirm this news tomorrow
but seems very confirmed anyways.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS SINGLES
Winner (2 WTA): 2002 - Bol; 1999 - Kuala Lumpur; 1995 - ITF/Stockholm-SWE; 1992 - ITF/Helsinki-FIN; 1991 - ITF/Ljusdals-SWE.
Finalist (2): 1995 - Houston; 1994 - Prague.
Semifinalist (5): 2001 - Palermo; 1997 - Rosmalen; 1996 - Essen; 1995 - Bournemouth; 1994 - Houston.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS DOUBLES
Winner (7 WTA): 2004-ITF/Midland w/Arvidsson, Memphis w/Tu; 2003-Bogota w/Srebotnik, Acapulco w/Loit, ITF/Nottingham w/Ejeson; 2001 - Casablanca w/Bacheva, Pattaya w/Tulyaganova;
2000 - Hannover w/Zvereva; 1999 - ITF/Dubai w/Courtois, ITF/Bordeaux w/Loit, ITF/Poitiers w/Loit, Pattaya w/Loit; 1992 - ITF/Helsinki w/Vallin
Finalist (9): 2002 - Gold Coast w/Oremans, Amelia Island w/Salerni; 2001 - Dubai w/Habsudova; 2000 - Paris Indoors w/Loit, Sopot w/Grande; 1999 - Palermo w/Jeyaseelan; 1998 - Sopot w/Noorlander, Istanbul w/Labat; 1994 - Linz w/Schneider.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS MIX DOUBLES
Quarterfinalist (3): 2004 - US Open (w/Bjorkman); 2002 - Wimbledon (w/Landsberg); 2000 - US Open (w/Kulti).
High career ranking in singles and doubles #28
Best win over ranked player, #11 Testud at RG 2000.