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The Sugiyama Slam

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The Sugiyama Slam

3/2/2003

The Sugiyama Slam

By Brad Falkner

Most tennis fans are familiar with the "Serena Slam". After today and tonight, tennis fans at the State Farm Women?s Tennis Classic might be more acquainted with the "Sugiyama Slam". Ai Sugiyama had to work overtime this Sunday (6 hours and 18 minutes on court) to capture both the singles and doubles (with Kim Clijsters) titles. Super seed slayer Sugiyama was solely responsible for eliminating 3 of the 8 seeded players in the tournament draw. "Beating Lindsay Davenport, Eleni Danilidou, Alexandra Stevenson, and Kim Clijsters this week, this is a dream for me," Sugiyama said after her singles final victory.

The fans showed their support of Sugiyama's sensational stamina by staying around for both of her doubles matches. During the awards ceremony the enthusiastic fans showed their appreciation for Ai's efforts by giving her a lengthy round of applause when her name was announced as one of this years doubles champions. Lindsay Davenport showed her sporting spirit at the ceremony congratulating Sugiyama?s accomplishment by saying "I don't know if anybody has ever had to play four matches in one day and won them all."

When it came time for the winning team to accept their trophies, Kim Clijsters turned the mic over to Ai saying "I think we have to let Super Woman talk." This is what Super Woman Sugiyama had to say. "I've never done this before. Maybe I'll be dead by tomorrow morning." Sugiyama's number one fan, who happens to be her mother and coach said it best, "Amazing! It's her day."

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Thanks!
Another great article for Ai today. What a day. I am still excited.
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I was like when i saw the thread title...
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a nice article!

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Congratulations Ai !!!

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Congratulations Ai! I like you even more now!

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AMAZING AI!!! Well done!
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Only one thing to say here

Congrats Ai, you are an amazing fighter
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Congrtas Ai !!!
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Unbelievable Congrats Ai, you truly deserve it

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Sugiyama beats Stevenson, Clijsters to win

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ai Sugiyama put in a full day of work and then some at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, and her reward was two titles.


Sugiyama played four matches at the rain-delayed tournament Sunday, winning her semifinal match and then beating Kim Clijsters 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Sugiyama and Clijsters then turned around and won their doubles semifinal before beating Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 6-4 to end the night.

''I don't know how I did it,'' Sugiyama said. ''Now I'm feeling good after winning all of my matches, but I don't know, maybe tomorrow I will be feeling really tired. But I just want to enjoy my winning today.''


Sugiyama, a 27-year-old Japanese player ranked 25th in the world, played a total of 10 sets Sunday. She could have elected to play the doubles final Monday, because WTA rules don't require players to participate in more than three matches in one day.

''After winning the first doubles we were feeling good, and we thought that tomorrow we might be feeling tired, so I wanted to play today,'' Sugiyama said. ''Kim was playing good and we both wanted to play, so we went back out on the court.''


Sugiyama's grueling day began with a 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (7) victory over Alexandra Stevenson in a semifinal that had been rained out Saturday. Sugiyama then advanced to play Clijsters, the Belgian who's ranked No. 3 in the world.


That match was delayed 45 minutes by rain and hail that arrived just before the start of the third set. Leading 2-1 in the third, Sugiyama broke service to take control.


''I felt tired when I was playing,'' she said. ''Actually, it worked good, because I didn't feel pressure because I was too tired. I just focused on every point.''


Sugiyama and Clijsters breezed through the doubles semifinal, which also had been held over because of bad weather. They beat Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France 7-5, 6-0, then dispatched the American team of Davenport and Raymond for the title.


Sugiyama last won a singles title in 1998, when she captured the Gold Coast in Australia and the Japan Open.


''Last time I won a tournament was Tier III,'' Sugiyama said. ''This is Tier II, a big tournament. I just couldn't believe it. Today's tennis was maybe my best match ever.''
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another nice article - thanks Mase!

[center]People are Tricky you can't Afford to Show anything Risky..
Seeing is Believing. Feeling is Deceiving. I could be anyone but your friend..
~*~
I'm going out, I'm going to drink myself to death
And in the crowd I see you with someone else
I brace myself 'cause I know it's going to hurt
But I like to think at least things can't get any worse
[center]
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This is great for women's tennis. It highlights the hard work and athleticism of players maybe not as well known.
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