When will the next Kimiko Date emerge from Asia?
From Sharapova, to Myskina, Kuznetsova, Petrova, and on and on. Maybe their personality is lost in the translation but they are not exciting. They aren't like other Eastern European players like Monica Seles or Martina Navratilova or even Martina Hingis whose real last name is Hingisova.
These Russian girls I acknowledge are talented. I am just hoping some more Western European, American or Asian women can come on the scene and start winning some slams. I was really hoping Na Li could of knocked off Clijsters today. She's definitely the best Chinese WTA player I have seen she has serious potential to be top 10. Although not totally consistent she doesn't seem afraid playing top players and she can beat them. Sania Mirza I can't believe I am saying this but Austin may have a point. She's good but she's got to start winning big time or else she's just hype. Na Li is the top Asian woman at the moment on the WTA. But she doesn't have Kimiko Date's consistency. Date almost beat Graf a decade ago at Wimbledon but Steffi ever the shrewd player claimed it was too dark. Even though it was only 8:00pm prior to the third set. Date didn't complain although she should of. It was clear Steffi was trying to disrupt Kimiko's rhythm and it worked. Graf won the final set 6-3 the next day. Date really was on the verge of winning a slam but she got bored with the game and retired at the ripe old age of 26. I have not seen an Asian woman since as good as Date. Naoko Sawamatusu and Ai Sugyiama were good. Sugiyama reached the top 10 but Ai doesn't have that something extra special that Kimiko had. Kimiko was not just fast she was powerful and Ai is not. Hopefully soon some woman from Asia will be a grand slam champion. Women's tennis needs this badly. Because right now the WTA is not the so called "global" sport the WTA claims it is.