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I read in one thread on this board about how terrible this girl was and how she had an inflated ranking from playing Japanese challengers. She's only beaten one top 200 player before this week, and now she's just one match away from being in the Wimbledon main draw after beating Esperson 6-3 6-2, and Osterloh 6-2 4-6 7-5. So is this girl any good after all, or did she just have a good draw?
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Shocking that she had gotten her ranking that high without beating a single top 200 player.

This is proving to be a good week for her though. Japanese girls tend to play well on the grass. 
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The first time I saw her in a Japanese challenger against Nakamura and was not impressed, from a few years ago. The I saw her against a good young Chinese player last year and I actually impressed.

She's unlikely to get much into the top 100 unless she works really hard but she's very consistent...just no weapons.

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Congrats Kumiko!

Just hope her detractors won't start staying that Lilia was tired from yesterday's match.
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Re: Iijima? <Is she as bad as they claim?>

She was the worst professional player I've ever seen play, yes. But she's been slumping recently or something.
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She was the worst professional player I've ever seen play, yes. But she's been slumping recently or something.
She was on a 9-match losing streak until April.
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Isn't she the one who lost 6-0 6-0 to Sexy Lexy?

Anyway I've never seen her play, but the above is pretty embarrassing.
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Re: Iijima? <Is she as bad as they claim?>

She got double bagelled by Stevenson on green clay. That's more than bad.

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iijima probably dislikes clay more than stevenson...so...

clearly she's doing something right in wimby qualies...

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she hardly travels oversea
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She's awesome. I love her. She's written on my Facebook Wall twice now.
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Shocking that she had gotten her ranking that high without beating a single top 200 player.

This is proving to be a good week for her though. Japanese girls tend to play well on the grass. 
As her number 1 critic (see the previous threads), I have to bow down and salute her career best win over Lilia Osterloh.

After beating world no 188 Esperon in q1, she now has beaten world no 129 Osterloh. This is the first time she has ever beaten two top 200 players in the same year, let alone the same tournament, her only other top 200 wins being over world 172 Morita and world 200 Hisamatsu in 2006 and 2007 (I think).

Osterloh had been taken to 13-11 in her previous match and the good news for Iijima is that her next opponent, Rika Fujiwara, was taken to 12-10 final set by Vesna Manasieva so maybe the luck is with her. Maybe just playing more top 200 players outside of Japan has given her more confidence, as I think these are just about the only matches she has ever won outside Japanese ITFs.
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Nice to see StephenUK congratulate her.
Overall, she has been pretty lucky with her draw here but she has made the most of it and with her hard work, she deserves this success and run here.
I hope she is enjoying it.

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Wow . You are so lucky! Do you speak to her in English or Japanese? I wish I knew Kumiko .


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Nice to see StephenUK congratulate her.
Overall, she has been pretty lucky with her draw here but she has made the most of it and with her hard work, she deserves this success and run here.
I hope she is enjoying it.


Wow . You are so lucky! Do you speak to her in English or Japanese? I wish I knew Kumiko .
I know, I'm surprised she wrote back to me. I just read your experience with her in her cheering thread, she seems so friendly with her fans! Unfortunetly I don't speak any Japanese, she wrote in English. You should make a Facebook too, she might remember you.
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Well Done Kumiko


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