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Ai's Diary

No.90 March 19

Hello everyone. It's getting warmer and warmer.
The season is spring. I hope it'll keep getting just warmer.
Is everybody ok with the hay fever? Many people around me complain itchy eyes and running nose...but I am still ok. I am afraid when I would get that. Looks very tough if you get the hay fever!!

Ok, let's talk about tennis.
After the treatment in Italy, I played at Dubai tournament. The treatment didn't reallyget the complete recovery, but it surely got much better. I feel a bit relieved that I found the doctor and could go back to him anytime. The doctor comes to the tournaments like GSs and FedCup with the Italian team, and he'll be in Miami next week too. so it's very nice.

Speaking of the matche, I had the very first win of the year! only once tho, I could play my game. I was happy. On the 2R against Schiavone, I had a chance, but towards the end of the match, I was running out of gas totally.

Anyway, those two tournaments, I felt like I finally began my season. During the tournaments, I did a lot of physical training too. Hopefully I can play my best tennis around when I play in Paris! a step by step, but I need all well-balanced in physical, footwork and everything. To show you all my best and fine tennis, I'll keep doing my best, so please give me your support!
 
Season's changing now, so take care of yourself!

With Love, Ai

(sorry for the rough translation!!)

 WITH LOVE,愛

Go! Trojans!


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That's very nice of you Ai. I do hope that you get better very very soon as you know many Asian young gun are coming, but i want you to stay the top of them. so keep up ur faith. always be ur support.

Thanks for the translation. Ex hopman.
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Great that she sounds so positive!!!!! GO AI!

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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No. 91 Apr. 29 Ai's diary (finally!!)

Hello everyone. Sorry...and I know it's been a month already since the last entry!! This pace isn't good huh? I should keep writing diaries more often.
Anyway, it's getting warmer here in Japan!!
This time, I stayed in Japan for 10 days or so... the weather was nice, and the stay became a really good one!

Let's talk about the trip to America.
I could advance to the 3rd round and a little bit, but I could play tennis my tennis. I can't play the tennis style I want to play without my good fitness level. so I could have motivation for the training again.

but, during the tournaments, I realized that I still don't have enough stamina to play for one week. The more I advance in rounds, the higher the level gets, of course. The quality of the play is required. Right now I don't have that. Nowadays, whoever you play it's tough, but having physical and mental toughness is the requirement for me to be a top player. I'll just keep myself hard efforts and I just need to do it!!

Ok, so this time in Japan.
Towards the European tour, I practiced at the tennis club I used to practice when I was a junior player. The surface is a bit different, but that'd be the same at any tournaments anyway...so I'll need to adjust to the surface difference and try to play better for the FO.

While staying in Japan, I had a few interview sessions, and ate out with friends...I was so busy, and I like being busy!
Before going to bed, I was arranging my schedule for "tomorrow...and I was so happy and couldn't sleep much! When I am not in Japan, I usually sleep for 9 hours easy!! It's so fun to be in Japan...so sleeping is kinda waste!!
By the way, there's a thing I like from a convenience store. You can find it at Yogurt or Pudding section.... It's called "Tonyuu Hana (Soy Milk Pudding??)... the syrup is black-honey... If you like those kind, try it! Everytime I see it, I eat it!! It's so yum!!

Ok, I'll enjoy playing on the red clay starting from next week.
Please cheer me up again!!

With Love, Ai

Go! Trojans!

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Thanks for translating that! She's so funny

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Ai's playing doubles with Dani til Wimbledon!

May 15

Hello everyone. How did you spend Golden Week Holidays?(Apr 29-May 5)
It's hard to get the rythm to work normally again after the loooong break.
I've experienced like that lately...so I understand the feeling. After getting used to it, it'll be no problem tho!

Okay, it's been over two weeks since I came to Europe.
The first week's Berlin and the second week's Rome.
The fitness level is almost coming back, but my mental side didn't come with it in Berlin, and I played so terribly there.
I couldn't control my feeling even from practice...so I couldn't do any better during the match.
so that was the lesson, and I left for Rome.

During this European tour, I play doubles with Dani til Wimbedon. I could finally win some doubles matches too. I kept losing in the 1r for a while... it's always nice to win matches! With Dani, our playing is getting better and better.

It was really freezing in Berlin. I wore long sleeves and long pants to play even though I often get warm! When I was watching a game there, one of the Japanese fans offered me a cafelatte!! saying "it's very cold, isnt it!!" What a nice person! It's so nice to see many Japanese fans out there. Of course, fans who always check my website, I should appreciate more than anything too! Thanks!!!

The week after Berlin is, my favorite city, Rome's tournament. Rome got so much nicer weather. The surface is a bit faster too...so which fits me more. The first two rounds' opponents got similar play styles, so it was easier for me to play my own tennis. The third round's opponent was pumped-up Schiavone. My coach told me that I even lost the match just by that (pumping?).
I started becoming a better friend with this clay court a little...so I hope I can do better for the FO.
My original plan was... going to Paris a week before and practice... but I want to play a few more matches...so I decided to enter the Strousburg tournament. I need more matches for the adjustment. To give you a bunch of power and energy, I'll use them and play at the FO! Please check out my matches on WOWOW!!

Ok, take care of yourself.

With Love, Ai

Go! Trojans!

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She wants to play more matches!
That's a good sign, I think.
She wants to play more=her top condition is almost there!!

Good luck, Ai!!

It was so funny to read about Schiavone!
"She got too much pumped up!!"

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Haha...She's so funny...she clearly still enjoys playing and competing which is greeeaaaatttt to hear. I don't get the sense that she's too fond of Schiavone, especially after what happened at the USO 2 years ago. Any thing else she say about Schiavone? She sounds so up beat!

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Haha...She's so funny...she clearly still enjoys playing and competing which is greeeaaaatttt to hear. I don't get the sense that she's too fond of Schiavone, especially after what happened at the USO 2 years ago. Any thing else she say about Schiavone? She sounds so up beat!
maybe... but that's a japanese way!
and maybe Ai's an experienced player now...so she might feel that that was just another match... maybe, i dunno...but at the bottom of her heart, I am sure she wouldnt want to play her again...

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It's nice to see that Ai's still keepin' her head up even though she's losing a ton of matches so far. I hope the optimism pays off by the time Wimbledon starts.
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It was so funny to read about Schiavone!
"She got too much pumped up!!"
That was indeed funny! It's so true! It's a very Japanese concept - keep the peace and the face; and make sure the euphemism is still there
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ai's new diary came up

May 30th.

Hello everyone. It must be getting warmer in Japan too huh?
It's extremely hot here in Paris... still May, but over 30s!! crazy.
but I enjoy being in warm than in freezing...

Unformatunately, my french open of this year is already done...
Thank you so much for everyone who gave me lots of supports.
Anywho, I couldn't do my tennis at all this time, I am so disappointed to myself as well. I was playing better and better...so I felt like "here it comes"...

I had lots of good practice...but couldn't do those during the match...so I felt like what I practiced for!?!?
I just hope to match with my feeling and physical balance and everything... just training and everyday's practice are needed for me now.

I promise! I'll show you my best and cherring tennis for ya soon. so, my plan is changed...I'll stay here in Europe a bit, take a rest and resume my training again. I would like to enjoy the grass court again.
The juniors will begin tomorrow. Ayumi Morita whom we often practice with is playing here. Last month, she became the youngest pro in Japan. She was a finalist in Belgium last week. In the final, she just lost in a tie breaker... but she seems to play very well. I'm looking forward to seeing her play here at Paris... I'll just go to the supporting side.

Ok, to give you a good news, I'll just "keep fighting"!!
Take care of yourself too, okay? Ciao!

With Love, Ai
 

Go! Trojans!

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I love her attitude!

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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I watched many matches of Ai in Paris and despite of her losses she always smiled, cheered on her partners in mixed and doubles and kept being positive. I think she is great in that department. Hope she will do really well soon.

FLAVIA PENNETTA

US OPEN CHAMPION 2015

Thank you for all these moments over the last years! Supported you until your final point!
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Never lose faith.
That's my typical Ai

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