Which Player Has The Ability To Take Asian Tennis To The Next Level? - TennisForum.com
View Poll Results: Who will advance to Slam final and / or be ranked higher #3 or higher?
Sania Mirza 33 41.77%
Shuai Peng 21 26.58%
Na Li 12 15.19%
Jie Zheng 1 1.27%
Tian Tian Sun 1 1.27%
Zi Yan 3 3.80%
Ayumi Morita 6 7.59%
Angie Widjaja 2 2.53%
Ting Li (Sr) 0 0%
Su-Wei Hsieh 0 0%
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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Which Player Has The Ability To Take Asian Tennis To The Next Level?

On the men's side, Michael Chang is the only Asian man to win a Grand Slam. He also achieved the #2 ranking.

On the women's side, no Asian (oriental) woman has yet been represented in a Grand Slam final. Kimiko Date has reached 3 SF and also holds the record for being highest ranked with her #4 ranking.

I believe with the group of Asian players we have right now, Kimiko's records are going to be broken. Peng and Mirza are young and boast aggressive styles. Na Li is a bit older but also has potential if she is able to put everything together. Tian Tian Sun has a big serve and needs to focus more on singles and game plan. Zi Yan is 2 handed off both sides and also has good volleys. Jie Zheng is going to run all day and counterpunch.

Ayumi Morita is an unknown entity to me but she has phenom potential. Widjaja? Not sure if she will recover from her injury
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"On the women's side, no Asian (oriental) woman has yet been represented in a Grand Slam final"

So glad you wrote "(oriental)" after Asian cuz I have no idea what Asian means. Thanks for that very unnecessary and politically incorrect clarification.
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It's really a toss up between Peng, Sania, and Jie. I was really impressed with Jie when I saw her play against Justine in Toronto. But I think that if Peng can bring all of her weapons together for once, then she could really do some damage!

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i think only ayumi has a potential to improve to that level but she probably won't enter top10.

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Sania, Shuai, Jie, Na or Akiko.

I've never seen Ayumi play, but I am sure she is very talented, so she is a candidate too.
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"On the women's side, no Asian (oriental) woman has yet been represented in a Grand Slam final"

So glad you wrote "(oriental)" after Asian cuz I have no idea what Asian means. Thanks for that very unnecessary and politically incorrect clarification.
Just wanted to put it in there before people said Iroda or Shahar
I don't see anything wrong with it
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This is one of those polls that will be fun to re-visit at the end of a year, and after two years. By then we will probably all be laughing at how short-sighted we were.

Am looking forward to seeing how young Ayumi does this year. I also look forward to seeing how Angie W. and Su-Wei will rebound after having to miss so much time.
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Ayumi Morita is extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely talented.. She's fast like the other Japanese girls, but has powerful ground strokes. They're really penetrating...she's really great to watch. She also has great hands and volleys verrry well. Her serve is weak right now (though she's only 15) but unlike Sania Mirza, it's a smoth and natural motion.


Shuai Peng could get there with better mental fitness and consistency...she's got the talent.

Sania Mirza has amazing groudn strokes (and a great personality) but her serve is just terrrrrrible and the motion is just awkward and hitchy. Her movement/fitness needs to improve dramatically as well. If she can improve those areas, she will definieitly be top 3.


Na Li,Tian Tian Sun, Angie Widjaja, Su-Wei Hsieh could all for sure be at least top 20, with health and a full schedule.

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"On the women's side, no Asian (oriental) woman has yet been represented in a Grand Slam final"

So glad you wrote "(oriental)" after Asian cuz I have no idea what Asian means. Thanks for that very unnecessary and politically incorrect clarification.

I think you do not know what Asian means. Before you freak out - Oriental would refer to an Asian person specifically from the countries that are part of the 'Orient' - China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, etc..... as opposed to an Asian person from other Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iran...

So while it may not be a popular word, the use of the word 'Oriental' here is absolutely correct.

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It doesn't matter what it means, it is considered by most a traditionally derogatory word becuase of how it came about. It is the Asian parallel of the word '******'.

I disagree.
That's just a kowtow to people who used the word 'oriental' in a derogatory manner. I think it's a word that should be used with pride. What word do you suggest we use instead to differentiate people of 'oriental' descent from people of Indian descent from people of Middle Eastern descent -- ALL of whom are 'Asian'.

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