Sugi is the 22nd seed in the singles draw
She could be drawn to any of the following players in Round 3: Chakvetadze, Safina, Petrova, Dementieva, Schnyder, Hantuchova, Peer or Golovin
I hope she can do well at this tournament
Last year she lost in 2R to Aravane Rezai after leading a set and 4-2.
She's playing doubles with Katarina Srebotnik; they're combined ranking is 29. However, Ai has Runner-Up points to defend, so let's hope she can defend those points
Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours
Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.
Re: Sugi's Adventures in Paris <---> Cheering Thread!
I'm going to shiver about her mixed doubles partner and draw. Jim Thomas, who once reached the 2nd round of mens doubles in 2002. He's very tall and it seems he's had some success in mens doubles, though not on clay. You never know really how the partnership will work. I'd be happy if they win a round here.
In singles, Birnerova is 5-13 this year, 1-5 on clay. Go Ai! I'd be happy with a 3rd round, and esctastic with a 4th round.