The Schwartzmeister returns
She has received a wildcard for Linz qualifying
and here is her latest diary entry:
This is her latest diary entry:
"Hi guys! I had a good practise the last days and weeks, and I'm really looking forward to play in Linz...it's great to play a tournament! Thanks to the tournament organisation I have a WC for qualifying. I played my last tournament on August 10th last year and i'm top-motivated to start playing tournaments again. The team league matches in september for my club, the BMTC were a good start and preparation for me, but a tournament is another new experience after this long time out. I will see what the first round on Saturday will bring. The tournaments starts on that day, and I will go there on Friday. I want to practise on the surface and get ready...I'm happy to see the austrian players again, for sure also the other players. With Thomas Strengberger and Michael Oberleitner I have 2 great coaches, who prepare me the best way for my comeback. Please keep your fingers crossed, I really need it...I'm not sure what will happen in my 1st tournament match. Yours, Babsi."
The fruit series is suspended whilst Grachka (obatafan) mourns Saori's retirement.
Born : April 23rd 1978
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 5" (1.65m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Left handed
Career Prize Money: $652,031
Highest Singles Ranking: 39 (Feb 9th 04')
ITF Titles: Augusta (2005), Gifu (2005), Fukuoka (2003), Port Pirie (2001), Jakarta (1996).
Finalist (1): 2003 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2003 - Bali.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2004 - Birmingham; 2003 - Memphis, Pattaya City; 2002 - Bali; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Shanghai.