Babsi retired 0-6 0-1 to Remis in the second round of Linz with strained abdominals, but its all cleared up now and she's playing again!
She played the $50,000 Palm Beach qualifying tournament, and won her opening round against third seed Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) 63 76(3)
before falling to Canadian Heidi El Tabakh 60 57 57
Here are her latest comments!
"Hi guys! After a long time of practise at home and my comeback start at Linz, I'm on tour again, travelling, at the moment in the U.S. with my coach, Thomas Strengberger. According to the fact that I could recover from my Linz injury pretty quick, the journey to come here was was an important point for me. I was at home for such a long time and I wanted to go somewhere else again, play somewhere else. The tournament here in Florida was a great motivation for me and I played a good qualifying 1st round. I saw that sometimes I'm not sure about my decisions, that I need more matches to be more confident again. That's what was missing in the 2nd match and so I lost. I had enough chances but I couldn't finish the match. My coach helps me a lot to get through this and to find out about how I can play and what I need to do. Thomas and me, we will practice here for another week and stay. I have so many thoughts on my mind and I appreciate the silence here and the chance to practice outside with warm weather. When I get back I have a qualifying Wild Card for a tournament in Italy [Grachka: Bergamo $50K] which is a great chance for me. I keep you updated, Babsi.
Good luck 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.