with the retirement of shinobu asagoe and saori obata in 2006! japan will have only 3 players in the md of melbourne park., ai sugiyama , aiko nakamura.and akiko morigami, the qualie draw however promises some up and up and comers making there debut in melbourne park! there are 7 japanese gals in the qualies,4 of which will debut in the aussie open, erika takao.junri namigata,ayumi morita and yurika sema! with a chance of tomoko yonemura making a gs debut pending withdrawls! goi japanese gals! hope a few can make the md!