Most of the girls at that level are exceptional tennis players (compared to club players), but don't have enough consistency or mental fortitude when they are put under pressure by a better player.
They could play a brilliant set, near-flawless tennis, but when it came to closing out a match, or when a player begins to expose a weakness, they aren't able to respond like a top 200 player would. They begin to doubt their own strengths, start hitting passively or begin to overhit and thrash things against the back fence. If you look at Rebecca Fong, ranked 700ish, she hits pretty hard (not very, but quite) and has some variety, but she isn't able to do it over the course of a few games, never mind a three set match - her poor patches are too frequent to get any higher at the moment.
The fruit series is suspended whilst Grachka (obatafan) mourns Saori's retirement.
Born : April 23rd 1978
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 5" (1.65m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Left handed
Career Prize Money: $652,031
Highest Singles Ranking: 39 (Feb 9th 04')
ITF Titles: Augusta (2005), Gifu (2005), Fukuoka (2003), Port Pirie (2001), Jakarta (1996).
Finalist (1): 2003 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2003 - Bali.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2004 - Birmingham; 2003 - Memphis, Pattaya City; 2002 - Bali; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Shanghai.