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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2003, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Japanese Tennis updates?

Whatever you know, I want to know!!
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Ai, you need a few wins before the French!!
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Woohoo Japanese tennis looking pretty good at the mo: Ai up a place to 16 (and up a place in dubs aswell to 5) Shinobu at 82, Akiko at 87 and Saori at 89 (up ten places!) So thats four Japanese in top 100 (well top 90 actually ) at one point there was only Ai!

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If I'm correct, the last time there've been 4 Japanese players in the Top 100 (let along the Top 90) is more than 4 years ago in 1998.

Let's hope that it keeps getting better.
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At the start of 1996, in top 100 were:

Kimiko Date
Naoko Sawamatsu
Ai Sugiyama
Yone Kamio
Mana Endo
Kyoko Nagatsuka
Naoko Kijimuta
Nana Miyagi

Eight players in the top 100, ahh the good ole' days!

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A few weeks ago, I happened to be in Tokyo...so I went to see Fed Cup (was FREE!! admission).
The Japanese team (Ai, Shinobu, Saori, and Rika) seemed to enjoy practicing together. They played well too.
Facing a Swedish team... I think we have a chance to go back to the World Group next year.

in 96 Date beating Graf is a legend!!
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Ai's in Semi- @ Roma!!
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Akiko!

Congrats Akiko getting into MD at RG!!!
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Ooh great pics, thank u! Akiko in kimono!

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Ai, Shinobu, Akiko, and Saori are in MD!! Yey!
Takao just won his Q1R today. Satoshi Iwabuchi lost.

Good luck, Japanese players!!

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Shinobu is playing Maria. Good luck, Shinobu!

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I've decided to keep an update on Miho Saeki's European tour, since we know what Ai & co. have been up to lately:

Tentative Schedule
Week of 9 June: Tier III Vienna, AUT (clay) Q1 loss
Week of 16 June: $25K Gorizia, ITA (clay) 2R loss
Week of 23 June: $25K Fontanafredda, ITA (clay)
Week of 30 June: OFF
Week of 7 July: $25K Darmstadt, GER (clay)
Week of 14 July: $25K Valladolid, ESP (hard)
Week of 21 July: $25K Les Contamines, FRA (hard)

Good luck to her, and hopefully she'll be able to play US Open qualies.
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thanks, danker!
good luck, miho!

seems like japanese players have been playing good so far at Wimbledon!

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Yea great win for Shinobu yesterday especially the type of match it was! (Makes up a bit for Saori!) Ai was really close to going out but came through

Good luck today to Takao, Akiko and Kim/Ai

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