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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2006, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Is there greatness among Asian players?

The last Asian tennis players to win a Grand Slam tournament were Ann Kiyomura from Japan who won the Women's 1973 Singles and 1975 Doubles Wimbledon events, and Michael Chang (Chinese American) who won the Men's Singles 1989 French Open.

Will we ever see an Asian woman dominate the same way as Navratilova, King or Evert did? Will we ever see an Asian player as popular as Sharapova and the Williams sisters? Will we ever see an Asian woman on the top of the rankings?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2006, 05:44 PM
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Yes...and it will be a CHinese player. Ai Sugiyama has won 4 doubles slams by the way and Ann Kiyomura was American if I'm not mistaken.

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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It would be tough. Asian players tend to be counterpunchers. There needs to be an Asian girl who has solid consistent groundstrokes, good pace on the serve and good movement. They also need that extra something that creates champions.
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A Chinese player will get there I guarantee it...the Japanese are often too small in stature to be a Grand Slam champion....Ayumi MOrita will be a great but probably not a GS champ. Wait for China.

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It would be tough. Asian players tend to be counterpunchers. There needs to be an Asian girl who has solid consistent groundstrokes, good pace on the serve and good movement. They also need that extra something that creates champions.
Sharapova is actually asian
anyway, Na Li kinda fits your describtion doesn't she
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now that China has taken an interest in tennis, I'm sure there will be another asian grandslam winner sometime in the near future
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Sharapova is actually asian
anyway, Na Li kinda fits your describtion doesn't she

riiiiiiiiiggggghhhhht......

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now that China has taken an interest in tennis, I'm sure there will be another asian grandslam winner sometime in the near future
Depends how long the interest lasts, I expect after 2008 they'll withdraw most of their support for their tennis players
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riiiiiiiiiggggghhhhht......
Well she was born in Siberia which is in Asia, so Maria is asian.
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The last Asian tennis players to win a Grand Slam tournament was actually Jie Zheng and Zi Yan, who won the 2006 Wimbledon Doubles.
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Depends how long the interest lasts, I expect after 2008 they'll withdraw most of their support for their tennis players
I dont think so. The Olympics are the most important thing to the Chinese government, but they would like to dominate all Olympics, not just Beijing.
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Well she was born in Siberia which is in Asia, so Maria is asian.
riiight. and if Davenport was born in Tokyo she'd be the best Asian player EVER!!!!
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On the LPGA tour, Asians dominate. But, not on the WTA tour. I guess that they are better at golf than tennis.
Korean girls have a thing for golf.

China does really well in other raquet sports, I think with time China can produce a "great". It might take a while though.
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China is too big not to produce a champion. There are many tall and strong girls and their work ethic is almost unrivalled.

*1*Lindsay Davenport*1*

Maria Sharapova/Jelena Jankovic/Justine Henin

Also supporting Carla Suarez Navarro,Na Li, Sabine Lisicki,Karolina Sprem,Samantha Stosur,Tamira Paszek

Amelie Mauresmo/Martina Hingis
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On the LPGA tour, Asians dominate. But, not on the WTA tour. I guess that they are better at golf than tennis.
Michelle Wie should join the WTA, she's not doing too well with golf at the moment and the WTA really needs some more beautiful people
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