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Kurama
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:42 PM
I saw her result at Netherland Tournament in main draw
anyone have her info ?

Nicky_608
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:01 PM
She just only 18 years old and She won 50K Gifu this year
Date of Birth October 12, 1987
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles 1
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings Singles 231
Career-High Singles No. 212 (May 15, 2006)

Nicky_608
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Takao's pic
http://www.yonex.co.jp/img/player/tennis/2005/takao.jpg
http://www.kitabutsu.co.jp/tennis/player/image/takao.jpg

-sugi-
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:09 PM
I saw her match today at Rosmalen, I spoke to her a little before it. I will post pictures later

I really like Erika and I hope she has a good future :)

andrewC
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:46 PM
She looks so small! :baby:

-sugi-
Jun 18th, 2006, 07:15 PM
oh she was, she was tiny :)

I love this girl :hug: She was quite pleasant to speak to before the match. I am new fan :)

Alec
Jun 19th, 2006, 05:32 PM
She is so short?!

ex hopman
Jun 19th, 2006, 09:06 PM
She's short. She kinda looks/plays like Rika Fujiwara.
Her coach is a former pro, Kyoko Nagatsuka.

Yoshi
Jun 20th, 2006, 01:45 AM
left:Erika right:Rika
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060219-nippon-league/060219-220.jpg

pcrtennis
Jun 20th, 2006, 06:05 AM
You know when Rika is taller than you, you're very short. Thanks for the pic Yoshi! Where's that from?

-sugi-
Jun 20th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Here are my pictures:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/WTA%20Players/Erika%20Takao/2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/WTA%20Players/Erika%20Takao/7.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/WTA%20Players/Erika%20Takao/takao3.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/WTA%20Players/Erika%20Takao/takao2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/WTA%20Players/Erika%20Takao/takao1.jpg

pcrtennis
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:22 PM
GoPin, did you watch the match? What did you make of Erika? And the match?

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:05 AM
Yes, I watched it :) It was the match I waited for all day. Despite the score, the two were fairly evenly matched, Erika had a few problems controlling volleys, but had a nice baseline game and technically she is good :) She also was pretty nervous I think and in the second set she let 3-1 but Kostanic won the next 5 games. I think she has a bright future, she could be in the top 100 I think next year :) I enjoyed watching her as well, and I now really like her :)

pcrtennis
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:12 AM
Oh great! Hopefully she can get into the top ten by the end of the year!!

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2006, 04:25 PM
top 10 ? I would love that :) I think he could be in the top 50, maybe 40 if she keeps training. She could currently be a lot tougher. I think she will end the year in the top 120. Go Erika :)

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2006, 04:27 PM
Gifu Final :)
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-302.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-039.jpghttp://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-332.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-335.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-407.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-441.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-207.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-222.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060507-gifu/060507-289.jpg

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:17 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-106.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-105.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-117.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-128.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-133.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-908.jpg

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:22 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060505-gifu/060505-494.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060505-gifu/060505-962.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060504-gifu/060504-919.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060128-toray/060128-041.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060128-toray/060128-048.jpg

pcrtennis
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:58 PM
top 10 ? I would love that :) I think he could be in the top 50, maybe 40 if she keeps training. She could currently be a lot tougher. I think she will end the year in the top 120. Go Erika :)


Hahaha...I meant top 100...I don't know why I put ten...Great photos!

-sugi-
Jul 7th, 2006, 08:58 AM
3-Takao d. Q-H Inoue 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4

Nagoya R2

Into quarter finals :D

-sugi-
Jul 8th, 2006, 08:35 AM
(3)Erika Takao (JPN) d. (8)Tomoko Yonemura (JPN) 64 76(9)

Into semis :)

She plays a qualifier there. Still in in top half though - Hisomatsu and Okamoto :scared:

-sugi-
Jul 8th, 2006, 07:53 PM
3-Takao d. Q-Okadaue 6-4 3-6 6-3

Sets a final vs top seed Hisomatsu

This would be great if Erika could win :)

martin white
Jul 12th, 2006, 03:51 PM
great week for erika last week in nagoya!pity she had to play another one of my faves shiho!congrats to erika for cracking the top 200!,IN AT 196!hope she can make the us open qualie cut off!did her coachkyoko nagatsuka have a win over a young martina hingis at the oz open in 95 or 96?erika has gotta be a good hope for the top100 with morita. fuda and yurika sema!go japanese girls

Drake1980
Jul 12th, 2006, 03:57 PM
Wow! She's great! Congrats on 2 Titles already! Thanks for the pics!

-sugi-
Jul 14th, 2006, 11:24 PM
Erika :worship:

Great win :) Title #2 and counting

-sugi-
Jul 14th, 2006, 11:37 PM
Erika has now won 8 matches in the row

Mizaki Semi finals
(3)Seiko Okamato (JPN) v (2)Erika Takao (JPN)

-sugi-
Jul 17th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Erika has just won the 25k Miyazaki final

Thats 3 ITF titles now

Gifu, Nagoya and Miyazaki :)

-sugi-
Jul 17th, 2006, 06:40 PM
Erika's ranking keeps climbing :) 170 now

I honestly think this girl could be a good prospect for the Japanese future. Now 25k Kurume to come :)

martin white
Jul 17th, 2006, 09:45 PM
congratulations too erika! :bounce: ,wot a fantastic run she is having,i think you are right sugi,erika is huge future prospect for japanese tennis! :) can she make it three 25k's ih a row? go erika! :worship: she'll be in the usopen qualies for sure now!

-sugi-
Jul 18th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Erika has withdrawn from Kurume, I guess she is too tired, she is only 18 and it is a wise idea :)

I would have liked for her to win title#3 though and get her ranking up... oh well, I don't want Erika forcing herself to play with injury

:inlove:
Jul 18th, 2006, 09:23 PM
I love this girl. :hearts:

Good luck in whatever ITF she plays next. :worship:

-sugi-
Jul 18th, 2006, 09:33 PM
I hope she plays US Open quallies

Tom :wavey: You can read my response to you becoming a fan a few pages back in the summer thread

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jul 20th, 2006, 03:31 AM
Haha aww she's so small! Rika is 5'1", so judging by the looks of that pic she may not even be 5 feet!

-sugi-
Jul 26th, 2006, 01:24 PM
Erika :hug:

Erika is set to return next week in the Tokachi 25k :D
1 NAMIGATA, Junri JPN 222 1
2 TAKAO, Erika JPN 228 1
3 HISAMATSU, Shiho JPN 235 1
4 MORITA, Ayumi JPN 244 1
5 YONEMURA, Tomoko JPN 305 1
6 TAKASE, Ayami JPN 323 1
7 YONEMURA, Akiko JPN 332 1
8 IIJIMA, Kumiko JPN 341 2
9 HEWSON, Emily AUS 365 1
10 LEE, Ye-Ra KOR 377 2
11 TEZUKA, Remi JPN 387 3
12 D'AMELIO, Lisa AUS 419 1
13 KIM, Hea-Mi KOR 437 1
14 TAKAGISHI, Tomoyo JPN 444 1
15 DOKEI, Tomoko JPN 534 1
16 $ HAMAMURA, Natsumi JPN 566 1
17 SEMA, Erika JPN 595 1
18 OKADAUE, Chiaki JPN 596 1

I guess Erika will be top seed as she will be ranked highest. Currently on a 10 match win streak, I hope she makes it 15 and claims her 4th title :D

:inlove:
Jul 27th, 2006, 07:10 PM
This is sooo winnable. :D GL! Hoping for a Erika-Ayumi final. :drool:

-sugi-
Jul 29th, 2006, 02:08 PM
I can't wait for the draw... I hope Erika is well rested :)

martin white
Jul 29th, 2006, 05:10 PM
goodluck to erika!she's been in great form! :) it would be great if she could make the us open qualies!it would be her grand slam debut! :worship: go erika! :banana: :baby:

-sugi-
Aug 3rd, 2006, 12:10 PM
Time for some noicse again :) 25k Tokagachi:
1st Round: Erika TAKAO (JPN) defeated Chiaki OKADAUE (JPN) 62 76(7)
2nd Round: Erika TAKAO (JPN) defeated Eriko MIZUNO (JPN) 60 61

Doubles 1st Round: SEMA (JPN) / TAKAO (JPN) defeated HIROSE (JPN) / UMEDA (JPN) 64 61

-sugi-
Aug 4th, 2006, 08:13 PM
QF: Erika TAKAO (JPN) defeated Kumiko IIJIMA (JPN) 64 60

She has a winnable Semi but Morita and Hisamatsu lurk at the bottom half :scared:

-sugi-
Aug 4th, 2006, 08:15 PM
Out of curiosity, I decided to check Erika's H2H vs Ayumi:

Ayu leads 1-0, winning in Makinohara last year 57 64 63. Erika has improved much since 05, but so has Ayumi. I am scared for the final :scared: I hope Hisamatsu can then take Ayumi out because Erika recently defeating Shiho

martin white
Aug 4th, 2006, 10:43 PM
go erika! :bounce: gee she's playing some great tennis over the last month!,i hope shiho can take ayu aswell,i don't know who too support now :confused: .but id like to see shiho take a title! :)

V.Melb
Aug 5th, 2006, 02:03 PM
I dont know how this girl is winning all these matches.... she must be almost identical to Fujiwara in game style because I just dont see how she is going to win matches againt the European girls who have a much heavier weight of shot then the Japanese players she's been beating.
I can imagine that Erika must have increadibly good movement to make up for the lack of weight of shot and reach. Whatever she's doing, its working very well.
Call me a skeptic, but I will wait untill she plays some European girls before I comment on If she's a gonne be a top 100 player or not... Rika Fujiwara for example, had to work very hard and be very 'on key' for the success in singles that she acheived... and even then, she was often out stretched and hit out by European top 100 players.
Erika Sounds like an interesting player none the less!

-sugi-
Aug 5th, 2006, 02:30 PM
My dear friend V.Melb :wavey: It is nice to see your opinion,it is welcome :). Erika's strength is technically she is very good, her volleys are quite poor though. I was present at her practice session with Kirilenko and Ivanovic at Rosmalen and her match vs Kostanic at Rosmalen. She doesn't hit the ball hard, but she plays like Rika Fujiwara. She makes the opponent run around often, doing lots of drop shots and lobs and slice and topsin. I do think she can be in the top 100, and a solid player for the Japanese Fed Cup team next year possibly when Shinobu retires. One weakness though was that she looked a bit nervous playing against Kostanic, but the nerves will go with experience I think. I do wish though, that she would compete abroad more though, because tournaments in America and Europe are a lot different from the Japanese Challengers I could imagine. Erika could be ranked in the top 100 or 110 by the end of the year personally, her progress has been good and she hasn't got that much attention. She has two coaches, a male coach and a former WTA pro, Kyoko Nagatsuka who played Fed Cup for Japan and had a career high of 28 in Singles and 31 in Doubles. I would be very happy for Erika to have a career like that and I am sure she would too. Erika has also already defeated a top 100 player - Aiko Nakamura at Gifu earlier in the year. I will also try and find a video of Erika to post :)

pcrtennis
Aug 5th, 2006, 05:04 PM
I think Erika is going to be top 100 for sure...I never thought she was as good an athlete or as talented as Rika but she seems to have mroe consistent results...Hope she can keep goign!!!

-sugi-
Aug 6th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Final:
(4)Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (1)Erika Takao (JPN) 63 46 76(6)

So close Eri :sad: I sense a great rivalry though between the two :)

martin white
Aug 6th, 2006, 01:07 PM
badluck erika! :sad: it woudve been a great match to have been able too see!still this result should move erika back safely into the top 200! :) :kiss: i hope she makes the cut off for the us open qualies! :bounce:

martin white
Aug 8th, 2006, 01:45 PM
erika after her final showing in tokachi last week,has moved up to 174 in the rankings! :) way too go erika!erika will next play in the 50k bronx itf qualie event! :kiss: go erika! :worship:

-sugi-
Aug 9th, 2006, 10:15 AM
Go Erika :) There is a great field in the Bronx so lets see what you can do :D

martin white
Aug 9th, 2006, 05:53 PM
hopefully erika will make it into the md! there is bound to be some withdrawals,interesting to see how she will go in the tougher us itf events!go erika ! :) :kiss: miho too! :)

Uranus
Aug 12th, 2006, 06:59 PM
I think the Japanese have a nice future in tennis with Erika & Ayumi! :D

-sugi-
Aug 15th, 2006, 09:33 PM
Very disapointing tournament in the Bronx

R1: won 60 62
R2: lost to Katie O'Brien 06 76 16

Terrible loss to O'Brien :smash: :sad:

martin white
Aug 16th, 2006, 07:40 AM
bit of a suprise erika losing to o'brien by that scoreline! :eek: :awww: but the good news for erika is that she has made the qualie draw for the us open! :banana: :woohoo: it will be here grandslam debut! :) :worship:go erika!

-sugi-
Aug 16th, 2006, 11:27 AM
Terrible scoreline

Good luck Erika. I hope I see her in Qualifying (or MD) at Roland Garros next year. Us open Qualifying is free, I had to pay 17 euro for my ticket to qualifying at Roland Garros :(

martin white
Aug 16th, 2006, 01:31 PM
guess im lucky at the aussie open! ,the qualie event is free also! :) im suprised to hear you have to pay 17 euro ror a ticket in paris! :eek: :( a ground pass for md action in melbourne $25!save up sugi and please visit melbourne for the aussie open! :yeah:

Kutuzova
Aug 16th, 2006, 02:09 PM
I will hopefully be able to watch Erica next week in the US Open qualies!!!

-sugi-
Aug 16th, 2006, 02:25 PM
Have fun Kutuzova and please take pictures to share with us

Martin - Unfortunately yes it is expensive, I plan to go for two days next year. Wimbledon quallies are also free I believe. I hope to go to Melbourne one day but I loved the atmosphere and charm of Roland Garros :) You should visit it one day :) Apart from the expensive tickets :tape:

-sugi-
Aug 16th, 2006, 02:27 PM
Bad loss :o
Indeed :tape: I saw O'Brien once at Eastbourne last year I think and she was really :o not good

martin white
Aug 16th, 2006, 02:52 PM
I will hopefully be able to watch Erica next week in the US Open qualies!!!
you are so lucky! :) i havent had a chance to see erika play yet!,but hope to do so in melbourne 07! please support miho saeki also in qualie event! :worship: :wavey:

-sugi-
Aug 18th, 2006, 12:00 PM
http://www.freewebdesign.be/smileys/images/other/smilie_sonne1.gif Rosmalen:http://www.freewebdesign.be/smileys/images/other/smilie_sonne1.gif


http://flagspot.net/misc/wjp.gif Erika Takao

http://filecities.com/files/839/Rosmalen%202006/Takao.jpg

http://filecities.com/files/839/Rosmalen%202006/Takao2.jpg

http://filecities.com/files/839/Rosmalen%202006/Takao3.jpg

Thanks Coocoo :)

-sugi-
Aug 22nd, 2006, 12:02 AM
US Open Qually Draw is out :)

R1: vs De Los Rios (Par)

:scared: Tough first round, but please win Eri :hug:

martin white
Aug 22nd, 2006, 08:49 AM
good luck erika! :) :kiss: it will be tough but i think she can take rossana! :yeah:

-sugi-
Aug 22nd, 2006, 11:39 AM
I am realy nervous for this match :scared:

I will follow it on livescore, which is always quite nerveracking

-sugi-
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:01 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060430-gifu/060430-920.jpg

-sugi-
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:28 PM
Erika won 64 36 62

In the final set she seemed to find something extra to get her the win :)

martin white
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:44 PM
great win erika! :woohoo: :banana: in your slam debut too!,who is in the photo with erika? is it ayumi morita? :confused:

-sugi-
Aug 24th, 2006, 09:32 AM
Its not Morita, I don't know who it is though...

Now beat Lepchenko Erika please :)!

-sugi-
Aug 24th, 2006, 03:41 PM
From Kaelin's report:

Erika Takao is so cute! She's very very small more than Hiraki, I guess. She reminds me of Coetzer: she's incredibly fast and returns balls very deeply. She is good both sides especially on her forehand( she did several winners with it). She also did a lot of impressive drop shots: even if Rossana could have some, Erika was passing her after. Her weakness are her lack of power and her serve. This one is very erratics: when I came, she did winners and aces, but in second set, she couldn't put a first serve in and did many DF. Fortunately, her serve came back to good in the third.

-sugi-
Aug 24th, 2006, 09:42 PM
Tough loss today -

lost to Lepchenko 60 46 62 :sad:

martin white
Aug 24th, 2006, 10:25 PM
bad luck erika! :sad: im sure she has gained alot of experience, im sure we'll be seeing lots more of her in the future! :)

-sugi-
Aug 25th, 2006, 09:22 AM
I followed the match on live scoreboard. In set 2, she was up 5-2 and had a little choke. Then after the set it seemed Lepchenko took a really long injury time out which got rid of Erika's momentum :sad:

-sugi-
Aug 25th, 2006, 09:39 AM
Amazing pictures by x chu x thanks ;)
She gets cuter every time I see her :awww: :hug: :smooch:
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/442/mg6730byp2.jpg
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7092/mg6727bxm2.jpg
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/1571/mg6725blx2.jpg

-sugi-
Aug 26th, 2006, 12:25 PM
One more:
http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/pics/06usoq/06qtakao.jpg

:inlove:
Aug 28th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Sad about the loss but great pics all the same!! :)

-sugi-
Sep 10th, 2006, 11:06 AM
I am very excited to inform you that Erika is taking part in the Tier III Wismilak International in Bali. Erika got in on her own rank :eek: and plays a qualifier in round one. The worst case scenario is Erika will play the top seed in qualifying, Klepac of Slovenia who is ranked about 100 places behind Erika so hopefully Erika can take care of this "qualifier"
If she wins, she plays 2004 US Open Champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova :eek: of course Erika won't win, but it will be great experience for her all the same. Hopefully Erika can take part in the Asian Tour this fall where she can probably play in every event, even if it is qualifying so she can get that rank up. Go Erika! :yeah:

martin white
Sep 10th, 2006, 11:35 AM
great news for erika! :) she should win her 1strd v's klepac[who iv'e never heard of]! still a great oppurtunity to gain more experience at wta tour level! lets hope she has a great asian upcoming tour,she can crack the top 100 before the year is out! i can't wait for the aussie open in january! :) :bounce:

martin white
Sep 12th, 2006, 01:04 PM
erika won her 1strd easily over silfany 63 61! :) :yeah: the 19 points she will recieve will lift her up into the 140's or maybe higher! :worship: good luck next round erika! :scared: :awww:

-sugi-
Sep 12th, 2006, 02:31 PM
Erika :woohoo:

Scared for Sveta match :scared:
Hopefully Erika can win a few games and I will be happy :D

:inlove:
Sep 13th, 2006, 07:40 AM
GL against Sveta, Erika. :yeah:

-sugi-
Sep 13th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Erika lost 62 61 :sad:

I am really happy with how she play though, great tournament :yeah:

-sugi-
Sep 14th, 2006, 03:26 PM
I am disapointed though, the lack of pictures of the match. The only ones I can find are of Sveta, there are some on getty which we can't post and the Wismilak International site just ignored the match :(

-sugi-
Sep 15th, 2006, 02:52 PM
Erika is now in Beijing Quallies

R1 vs Chunmei JI
R2 vs Yakimova/Osterloh

-sugi-
Sep 17th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Erika destroyed Ji but lost to Osterloh :sad: I would have expected her to defeat Osterloh personally but whatever, its not a terrible loss

:inlove:
Sep 25th, 2006, 02:24 PM
50K Tokyo. 1R d. Liga Dekmeijere 6-3 6-3. :woohoo: Good win. :) But sad for Liga :hug:

-sugi-
Sep 25th, 2006, 05:47 PM
:yeah:

:inlove:
Sep 27th, 2006, 03:07 PM
2r fought back to beat Tongsalee 3-6 6-1 6-3. :D

-sugi-
Sep 27th, 2006, 05:44 PM
:yeah:

-sugi-
Sep 29th, 2006, 02:42 PM
I am currently in a foul mood at the draw for the Tokyo Qualifying

R1 vs Ayu Morita

So unfair when Caroline Wozniacki gets an MD WC when the two best hopes of tennis for Japan are forced to battle out in R1 of Qualification...

-sugi-
Oct 1st, 2006, 11:07 AM
Erika won 62 63 :yeah:

-sugi-
Oct 9th, 2006, 04:05 PM
Ok, moving on to Bangkok....

Erika now is at the final stage of Qualifying rounds and faces Yan Zi, go Erika :yeah:

-sugi-
Oct 9th, 2006, 04:06 PM
http://www.jirobkk.com/album/Bangkok_Open_2006/Welcome_Party_1/p37.jpg
http://www.jirobkk.com/album/Bangkok_Open_2006/Welcome_Party_1/p15.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 02:54 PM
she lost to Zi in 3 sets :o

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 02:57 PM
Erika should get in as a lucky loser though :D

Ellery
Oct 10th, 2006, 04:40 PM
Erika faces Alina Jidkova in the first round. (She got in as LL)

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 06:01 PM
:yippee:

Thanks Ellery :) :hug: I didn't know you were an Erika fan

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 06:06 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060911-bali/060912-235.jpg
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060913-bali/060913-402.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 06:11 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060913-bali/060913-931.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 06:37 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060506-gifu/060506-900.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 10th, 2006, 06:38 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/060504-gifu/060504-449.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 11th, 2006, 05:15 PM
Round 1 Bangkok

(LL) Erika Takao (Jpn) def. Alina Jidkova (Rus) 63 61

-sugi-
Oct 11th, 2006, 05:15 PM
very good :bigclap:

-sugi-
Oct 11th, 2006, 05:16 PM
R2 vs Daniilidou (5) :scared:

Ellery
Oct 11th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Good win Erika!

-sugi-
Oct 11th, 2006, 07:06 PM
http://dhbvg87.sakura.ne.jp/Gallery/photo237/050306-2094.jpg

-sugi-
Oct 12th, 2006, 03:33 PM
Eleni won 64 64

so close :o

Sainarong
Oct 13th, 2006, 04:48 PM
I saw Eriko play live for the first time last Thursday (12the October) in Bangkok against the Greek girl. I am very much impressed with Eriko and will avidly follow her career.
I would like to know a lot more about her.
I just realized that last Thursday wass Eriko's Birthday.
Happy birthday, Eriko!
Do you have a fan club?
Can I join it?

-sugi-
Oct 13th, 2006, 10:18 PM
hey :wavey: Welcome :D

I never knew it was Erika's birthday, happy birthday Erika :baby: I don't think she has a fan club, this is the best fan gathering here on the internet probably :) Nice to meet you Sainarong :)

Sainarong
Oct 14th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Sugi, why don't you form the Erika Takao Fan Club?
I will join.

Sainarong
Oct 14th, 2006, 01:14 PM
I would like to tell you how I come to be fascinated by Erika.
Last week, I did not even kow that Erika exists.
Then, on Wednesday October 12th (Which was Erika's 19th birthday, by the way), I went to see the PTT Bangkok Open 2006.
My friend told me that the match on the center court seemed to be a huge mismatch between a tiny, chubby unknown Japanese and a statuesque Greek, Eleni Danilidou, who was once as high as number 14.
A nervous Erika was broken in the very first game. It appeared that my friend was going to be right, and that this was going to be a complete rout.
But Erika bravely clawed back intio the match and lost by only 4-6, 4-6. with more experience, Erika might have won.
I was taken in by this brave girl. Being short and chubby, Erika does not look like a high-ranking professional tennis player; as a matter of fact she looks rather like my 20-year-old daughter, Yui. Her physique is clearly a disadvantage in professional tennis, and yet, there she was, giving a top-class, experienced tennis player a difficult time.
Her determination is nothing short of amazing.
After, the match, I did some google search and found that Erika has just turned 19 on that very day. I also found out that, at Number 145, she is the fourth highest ranked Japanese in the WTA circuit.
Erika, no matter how far you will go in future, you are already a champion.
I will follow your carrer with great interest, and wish you the very best of luck in your endeavour.
Sainarong

-sugi-
Oct 14th, 2006, 06:11 PM
What a nice story :) Thanks for sharing

-sugi-
Oct 14th, 2006, 06:11 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/bangkok/f_11.jpg
©Korbphuk Phromrekha
Bangkok, Thailand: Erika Takao blew out the candles on the birthday cake she was presented by the tournament at the sponsor party. The Japanese youngster turned 19 years old on Thursday.

martin white
Oct 15th, 2006, 12:06 PM
great story and pics of erika! belated birthday wishes to erika! :) :kiss: with these good results, i reckon erika has a great shot at the top #100 before the year is out! :yeah: :woohoo:

Sainarong
Oct 16th, 2006, 11:37 AM
This is ErikaTakao's latest ranking:

current ranking 133 (up from 145), TAKAO, ERIKA JPN,
points 201.75, number of tournaments 24 .

-sugi-
Oct 16th, 2006, 04:44 PM
Erika :yeah:

Sainarong
Oct 17th, 2006, 04:27 PM
At the PTT Bangkok Open 2006, I also saw the eventual winner, Vania King, demolished the powerful, 39-ranked Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-1 in a very impressive fashion.
Although this is a thread about Erika, I think the readers may be interested in King because I believe Erika may find it beneficial to study King's style.
But first, a little background about King. She is a 17-year-old, 5-foot-5", Chinese American. King is now number 54 in the WTA, and I believe that she will be in the top 30 next year.
Vania King aims for the lines, both the base line and the side lines. She does not hit the ball hard, but she often uses her opponent's power to blast the ball back. King is very consistent, and a fast mover. I think Erika would do well to emulate this strategy.
However, King is also a fairly good server, she often aims her serve at the side line. King is also a good volleyer and looks for opportunity to come to the net to finish off a good move. I do not think that Erika's movement and volleying is good enough yet for her to employ this tactic. Erika stays at the baseline which is probably the wisest thing to do at this stage.
BTW what is Erika's next tournament?

-sugi-
Oct 17th, 2006, 07:14 PM
Thanks again Sainarong :) Your findings are always a blessing to us :D Aiko is currently in the 25k Makinohara Challenger as the second seed. Top seed is Taiwanese Yung-Jan Chan...

-sugi-
Oct 17th, 2006, 07:15 PM
My 10,000 post for Erika Takao :yippee: :smooch: :tennis:

R1 - def. [WC] Kishihiro 64 60

Sainarong
Oct 17th, 2006, 11:23 PM
Erika should have a good chance to win the the 25k Makinohara Challenger tournament which is in Japan.
I notice that 30 of the players in the main draw are east Asians.
Please keep us informed of her progress.

Sainarong
Oct 17th, 2006, 11:43 PM
You can follow Erika's progress at the $25,000 Makinohara 2006 at

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100014360&event=1100081842

zeusmerlin
Oct 18th, 2006, 05:39 AM
Erica in Tokyo against Ayumi

Sainarong
Oct 18th, 2006, 10:18 AM
Click here

http://home17.inet.tele.dk/wta/sp/taka4938.htm

for the results of every match Eika played since 2003.

:lol:

Sainarong
Oct 19th, 2006, 07:13 AM
....

-sugi-
Oct 19th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Round two

(2)Erika Takao (JPN) v Kumiko Iijima (JPN) 63 62

:inlove:
Oct 19th, 2006, 03:39 PM
Erika. :woohoo: :D

Sainarong
Oct 20th, 2006, 03:03 AM
I have 12 pictures of Erika in Bangkok this month, this is one of them. I think the picture was taken during a qualifying match, not the main draw. :lol: :lick:

Sainarong
Oct 20th, 2006, 04:13 AM
Thank you, Sugi, for posting the results of Erika's matches at the 25k Makinohara Challenger tournament . :hearts:
The tournament website is very out-of-date. At this moment, Friday afternoon Japan time, the website only has the first-round results, and the quarter-finals have already started!!
How very frustrating!!! :mad:

martin white
Oct 20th, 2006, 01:42 PM
makinohara qf
erika takao d tomoko yonemura 6367(6) 61 :) she will play hsieh for a place in the final! :yeah: good luck erika :)

martin white
Oct 20th, 2006, 02:40 PM
i will be in japan from the 1st of nov on holidays! :bounce: im visiting a friend in osaka,i may have the chance to go the 25k in sutama,where erika is playing! :yeah: :yippee: i havent seen erika play before so im getting excited!ill try to update scores and let fans know how erika is playing, :wavey:

-sugi-
Oct 20th, 2006, 02:42 PM
thanks Martin :wavey:

Have fun :yeah:

Lets hope Erika can beat Su-Wei :D

Sainarong
Oct 22nd, 2006, 11:45 PM
Does anybody know the result of the $25,000 Makinohara 2006 which must have been completed yesterday (Sunday)?
It is so frustrating when you cannot get any news.
The $25,000 Makinohara 2006 website has the match results up to the quarter-final. After that, nothing. The person responsible for updating the website must have gone off on an unscheduled holiday or something. :fiery:

Sainarong
Oct 23rd, 2006, 04:57 AM
In the latest WTA ranking, as of 23rd October, Erika slipped don three places, and is now:
136 (last week 133), TAKAO ERIKA, 201.75 points, matches played 24 .

This presumably means that she did not make it past the semi-final of last week's tournament.

Better luck at this week's tournament where I think Erika is the # 1 seed (am I right?) :( :sad:

Sainarong
Oct 23rd, 2006, 05:12 AM
http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/tournamentacceptanceList.asp?tournament=1100014372&event=&order=Position

I got the following information from the website above:

Dates : 23 Oct to 29 Oct 2006
Venue : Hamanako, Japan
Surface : Carpet

Main Draw - Last Modified: 20 Oct 2006

Highest ranking entry : Erika Takao.

How updated the information is, I have no idea. :confused: :eek:

Let's hope this website will be updated more regularly than that of the last tournament. ;)

-sugi-
Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:29 PM
Erika in fact reached the finals but fell to Chia Jung Chuang :sad:

Sainarong
Oct 23rd, 2006, 03:34 PM
$25,000 Makinohara 2006

At last, they have put up the results.


Semifinal

Chia-Jung CHUANG (TPE) (5) defeated Seiko OKAMOTO (JPN) (6) 64 46 62
Erika TAKAO (JPN) (2) defeated Su-Wei HSIEH (TPE) (4) 64 63 :bounce:

Final

Chia-Jung CHUANG (TPE) (5) defeated Erika TAKAO (JPN) (2) 60 64 :sad:

Erika must have got very tired.
Hope she will win this week, but if she plays too much, she will get too tired and cannot produce her best form.
;)

-sugi-
Oct 23rd, 2006, 08:13 PM
Erika really should have defeated Chuang... I expect she is really tired.

:inlove:
Oct 24th, 2006, 07:43 PM
Erika must be tired, so why on Earth is she playing 25K Hamanako? :o :tape:
Good luck there anyway. ;) :bounce:

Sainarong
Oct 25th, 2006, 01:53 PM
1st Round

Erika TAKAO (JPN) (1) defeated Hea-Mi KIM (KOR) 63 60 :worship: :lol:

@nd Round

Erika plays Qualifier OKA, Ayumi (JPN).
AS Erika is a very steady baseliner, she should win, if she is well. :cool:

-sugi-
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:19 PM
:yeah:

Ellery
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Erika beat Ayumi Oka in straights.

Sainarong
Oct 27th, 2006, 02:30 AM
Sugi writes:
Erika really should have defeated Chuang... I expect she is really tired.
**************************************
Erika will have a chance to prove Sugi right.
She is playing Chuang next, I think.

Come on, Erika.

She 'em what you are made of.:devil: :fiery:

Sainarong
Oct 27th, 2006, 02:36 AM
BTW this is the score of Erika's second round victory:


Erika TAKAO (JPN) (1) defeated Ayumi OKA (JPN) 61 62 :lol: :worship:

-sugi-
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:42 AM
:yeah:

Sainarong
Oct 27th, 2006, 08:26 AM
Erika will most probably be the #1 seed in the $25,000 Sumata tournament, the details of which are as follows:

Dates : 30 Oct to 05 Nov 2006
Venue : Sutama, Japan
Surface : Clay

Note that this tournament is on clay. Being a precision baseliner, the clay surface should suit Erika. But this is only a guess. Does anyone know Erika's record on clay?:confused:

Doesn't she ever get tired?:confused:

Including today's quarter-final, Erika will have played 8 matches in the past 12 days.:eek:

Sainarong
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:44 AM
Result of the $25K Hamanako 2006


Quarterfinal

Erika TAKAO (JPN) (1) defeated Chia-Jung CHUANG (TPE) (5) 63 60 :worship: :bounce:

Last week in the Final of the $25K Makinohara 2006, Erika lost to the same Chuang as follows:

Final

Chia-Jung CHUANG (TPE) (5) defeated Erika TAKAO (JPN) (2) 60 64

Tomorrow in the semi-final, Erika will face # 3 seed, HISAMATSU, Shiho (JPN).

-sugi-
Oct 27th, 2006, 02:36 PM
:woohoo: Great revenge!

Sainarong
Oct 29th, 2006, 10:03 PM
I do not know the result of the 25K Hamanako (does anyone knows?), but here is the latest women's ranking as of 30th October 2006:

TAKAO, ERIKA;this week 132; last week 136; total points 215.25; number of tournaments played 24

Erika has gained 10 points and moved up 4 positions.:D

She has consolidated her position as Japan's #4; the # 5 player being at # 162, 45 points below her. However, she has a very long way to catch up with Japan's #3, Akiko Morigami whi is # 85 and has 321 points.:o

Erika is also a long way from reaching the top 100; the current # 100 has 279.50 points, 65 points above her.:cool:


This week Erika should be the # 1 seed at the 25k Sumata which is being played on clay.:drool:

Yoshi
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:28 AM
http://www.jta-tennis.or.jp/tournaments/pdf/ladies/2006/hamanako06_wsm.pdf

-sugi-
Oct 30th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Erika really must be tired, if I were her I would give this year a rest and come back strong playing a WTA Event qualifying like Auckland before attempting to Qualify for the US Open :D

Sainarong
Oct 30th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Semi-Final:
Erika Takao lost to #3 seed, Shiho Hisamatsu, 5-7,6-3, 4-6. It must have been a close, very long match, probably lasting over 2 hours.:sad:
I notice that Erika lately tended to lose a 3-setter match against lower-ranked opponents. She was probably getting tired by the end.
Her opponent, Hisamatsu, is 27 years old, weighs 50 kgs, and has never been ranked higher than 160. If Erika was fully fit, she should have lost to such a player.

You are quite right, Sugi. Erika should take some time off, but the youngs never realize that they are tired. She needs an experienced person to plan her playing schedule.

From now on, Erika needs to practise playing against large, strong players whom she will meet more often as her ranking goes up and her opponents become more international. These larger players play a different game.
As I have written before, Erika should study the style of Vania King, a Chinese American who is only 5 foot five. I saw King play in Bangkok and I was very impressed.

I repeat, Vania King will become a well-known name in 2007, one of the rising star of tennis.

Sainarong
Oct 31st, 2006, 02:17 PM
Erika must have read your message, Sugi. She has withdrawn from the $25K Sumata tournament.
Please keep us informed on Erika's future schedule.:kiss: :hearts:

-sugi-
Nov 2nd, 2006, 09:31 AM
Good decision, I wonder if she is not playing any more tournaments this year.

DolceVita
Nov 2nd, 2006, 10:32 AM
Erika also withdrew from Jakarta next week.

Sainarong
Nov 5th, 2006, 10:11 PM
Erika has also withdrwan from the Shenzhen tournament - see details below:


$50,000 Shenzhen 2006
Tournament Key : W-C50-CHN-05A-2006
Dates : 06 Nov to 12 Nov 2006
Venue : Shenzhen, China, P.R.
Surface : Hard

She is either resting, or injured, or practising for the 2007 season. I hope it is the latter.

Erika is still young and fresh. She needs to improve on some aspects of her tennis in order to reach the top 100 next year.
I think she can do it, but it won't be easy. This is a good time of the year to go back to "school".:hearts: :hearts: :kiss:

Sainarong
Nov 6th, 2006, 04:38 AM
This is the women's ranking as of 30th October 2006:

TAKAO, ERIKA;this week 132; last week 136; total points 215.25; number of tournaments played 24.

And this is the ranking as of 6th November 2006:

TAKAO, ERIKA; this week 128; last week 132; total points 224.50; number of tournaments played 24.

How come Erika got 9.25 more points when she did not play any tournaments during the week?:confused: :confused:

Can it be that the points are added one week after the tournaments took place for the ITF tournaments? Does anyone know?

Anyway, the bare fact is that this is Erika's highest ranking ever.:bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship: :bounce: :lol:

Sainarong
Nov 9th, 2006, 11:32 PM
Is Erika playing in the Doha 2006 Asian games due to start on 1st December?:confused:

Japan is, of course, participating in the Doha 2006, and Erika is the #4-ranked Japanese player in the WTA ranking.

Does anyone know?:confused:


There will be many good players from Japan, China, India and Thailand participating; so the competition is quite tough.

-sugi-
Nov 11th, 2006, 03:14 PM
I don't know, I don't think so I know Aiko and Akiko are competing but it would great experience for Erika :yeah:

Sainarong
Nov 13th, 2006, 09:57 AM
This is the women's ranking as of 6th November 2006:

TAKAO, ERIKA; this week 128; last week 132; total points 224.50; number of tournaments played 24.

This is the women's ranking as of 13th November 2006:

TAKAO, ERIKA; this week 130; last week 128; total points 219.75; number of tournaments played 23

Erika slipped down two places and lost 5 points as she did not play any matches last week and thereby failed to defend her 5 points.

BTW Erika has also withdrawn from the $75K Kaohsiung, TPE tournament this week; she would probably have been seeded 8th.

:inlove:
Nov 13th, 2006, 05:24 PM
I guess this is probably it for Erika this year. :hug: But what a year it's been! :hearts: :yeah:

-sugi-
Nov 13th, 2006, 06:15 PM
Now onto an interesting statement.
Japan is into the world group for Fed Cup, the team in 2006 consisted of Ai Sugiyama, Aiko Nakamura, Ako Morigami and Shino Asagoe. However, of late Shino Asagoe announced her retirement and as number 4, there is a chance Erika could get a spot. As great it would be, I have a feeling this may not happen and the last spot could be given to Ayumi Morita who is Japans best thing since sliced bread. Junri Namigata could also possibly challenge for the final spot. It will be interesting to see who gets it :D

-sugi-
Nov 15th, 2006, 05:21 PM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/061112-alljapan/061112-951.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 07:44 AM
http://dhbvg87.sakura.ne.jp/Gallery/photo219/030816-217.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
Erika Takao is the 2006 Japanese National Champion, defeating Japanese Number 2 Aiko Nakamura 76(4) 64 in the final :worship: This was Erika's second win over Aiko, her first being her win over Aiko in the 50k Gifu final. Lets hope Erika can carry this momentum through to the Australian Open MD and the top 100 in 2007! :smooch: I am so proud of you Erika and I wasn't even a fan untill Rosmalen this year and now I am the biggest fan :hug:

sorry, just got over my moment of insanity there.

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
Erika = Japan's National Champion 2006 - defeated Nakamura 76(4) 64 in the final

http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/5504596.jpg
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/5504599.jpg
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/5504592.jpg
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/5494024.jpg
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day7/05takao.jpg
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day7/10takao.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day6/05takao.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:13 PM
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day5/01takao.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:14 PM
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day4/03takao.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:15 PM
With Aiko and Ayumi:http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan06/gallery_photos/day2/11party.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 26th, 2006, 12:49 PM
http://dhbvg87.sakura.ne.jp/Gallery/photo223/031005-275.jpg

-sugi-
Nov 29th, 2006, 05:29 PM
Erika is getting Tier I Tokyo Main Draw wildcard :D

-sugi-
Dec 24th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Ganbatte Erika chan in 2007 :yippee:

Top 100 beckons. Hopefully Erika chan can qualify for Australian Open MD.

-sugi-
Dec 26th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Erika Takao has started her own 40 love blog
http://www.40love.jp/takao_e/

-sugi-
Dec 26th, 2006, 01:44 PM
http://www.40love.jp/takao_e/img/7/MjAwNjExMTMxOTQ4NTLNuQ.jpg

-sugi-
Dec 26th, 2006, 01:45 PM
http://www.40love.jp/takao_e/img/7/cGhvdG8seg.jpg

-sugi-
Dec 26th, 2006, 03:49 PM
Erika seems to be good friends with 19 year old Mari Tanaka, also in the photos above. In Mari's blog, she says nice things of Erika and watched her matches at the Japanese Championships. There are also many pictures of the two together, including one of Erika chan playing mini golf.

-sugi-
Dec 28th, 2006, 01:06 PM
Gold Coast 2006

Erika plays quallies and faces Yuan Meng in Round 1

Ganbatte!

-sugi-
Dec 29th, 2006, 08:21 PM
Meng Yuan won 62 61 :crying2:

At times like these I wonder if Erika will ever get into the top 100

-sugi-
Dec 29th, 2006, 08:21 PM
:sad:

-sugi-
Dec 29th, 2006, 08:21 PM
Next week is Australian Open quallies. Hopefully Erika recovers her game.

martin white
Dec 30th, 2006, 01:20 PM
bad luck erika!bit suprised at the score thought it would be tougher than that!:eek: good luck for the ao qualies! ill be there supporting erika and co!:)

-sugi-
Dec 30th, 2006, 01:58 PM
Martin, be sure to talk to Erika and come back with reports and photos for your fellow japanese fans :) I hope you have fun.

martin white
Dec 30th, 2006, 02:07 PM
i sure will! ill take some photos and update everyone as best i can! hoping erika,junri,ryokoand shiho can win a few rounds, then hopefully qualify!:)

-sugi-
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Erika is on the entry list as an alternate for tier II Antwerp

I am going several days and really hope to see her there.

-sugi-
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Gold Coast
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/6025805.jpg

piercerocks
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:15 PM
i saw erica play at the us open qualies!
she was great!

-sugi-
Jan 7th, 2007, 07:01 AM
Hi Piercerocks :wavey: Nice to hear you had a great time seeing Erika. I just considered her another Japanese player untill Rosmalen this year where she lost to Kostanic. I loved watching her too :) Which match did you see? vs Lepchenko or De Los Rios? Have you any pictures to share?

Anyway, good Erika in Melbourne quallies :)

-sugi-
Jan 10th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Australian Open Quallies
R1 - vs Greta Arn
Ganbatte Erika! :rocker2: :yippee:

-sugi-
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:07 AM
After taking the first set, Erika lost the second sets convincingly and is out :sad:

martin white
Jan 19th, 2007, 02:37 PM
i saw the ao qualies on day 1 alot of the japanese girls were playing at the same time,i watched erika after she took the 1st set from arn,erika was simply overpowered by arn,it was the first time to see erika play,she is very cute and a fighter,it was only her second gs qualie event due to her height disadvantages i see erika struggling on the wta tour,she is still young her serve needs some work,kyoko nagatsuka will no doubt be a great coach for erika! good luck for 2007 little erika!:)

-sugi-
Jan 19th, 2007, 03:11 PM
I agree, I really think it will be hard for Erika to crack top 100 at all. It will need a lot of work.

-sugi-
Jan 19th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Next for Erika is Toray, where she has been given the gift of a MD wildcard.

-sugi-
Jan 19th, 2007, 08:19 PM
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/fimages/news/NJ9X2182.2JPG.jpg

-sugi-
Jan 22nd, 2007, 06:20 AM
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/p1020173.jpg
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/p1020180.jpg

-sugi-
Jan 22nd, 2007, 06:20 AM
:awww: So cute

-sugi-
Jan 28th, 2007, 06:50 AM
I am looking so forward to see how Erika does at Toray :)

:inlove:
Jan 28th, 2007, 08:36 AM
Here's her quarter at Tokyo:

(1)Maria Sharapova (RUS) v BYE
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v (wc)Erika Takao (JPN)

Ai Sugiyama (JPN) v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
(7)Shahar Peer (ISR) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)

Fran is as good an opponent as could be hoped for, but I still think she will be too strong for her. :sad:

-sugi-
Jan 28th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Oh well, a good experience for Erika :)

-sugi-
Jan 28th, 2007, 09:27 AM
Haha in this picture of Seiko Okamoto playing you can see Erika :awww:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/070127-toray/070127-464.jpg

martin white
Jan 28th, 2007, 10:40 AM
good luck erika! she has nothing to loose,and will gain experience from the bigger events!schiavone isn't in that good a form.

-sugi-
Jan 30th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Erika was beaten 57 57 but wow :eek: What a fight from Erika against a top player :eek:

-sugi-
Jan 30th, 2007, 03:03 PM
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/6310628.jpg

-sugi-
Jan 30th, 2007, 03:18 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/tokyo1/f_21.jpg
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/tokyo1/f_09.jpg

So sexy :hearts: I used to think Erika was just cute, but she can look really sexy as well :drool:

-sugi-
Jan 31st, 2007, 05:47 PM
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/0130_012.jpg

-sugi-
Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:02 PM
Pattaya quallies R1
2-TAKAO, Erika JPN vs DAMAYANTI, Ayu-Fani INA

-sugi-
Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:26 AM
Erika won :yippee:

Takao def. Damayanti 63 61

-sugi-
Feb 3rd, 2007, 11:44 AM
Next for Erika is the Thai Rungtein

Ganbatte! :rocker2:

Uranus
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:18 PM
Go and qualify, Erika! :D

-sugi-
Feb 4th, 2007, 11:21 AM
I was wrong, Erika faced Sun, the chinese girl.

She choked and lost in a final set tiebreak :sad:

-sugi-
Feb 5th, 2007, 06:10 PM
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020225.jpg
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020226.jpg
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020229.jpg
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020235.jpg

http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020223.jpg
http://www.ls-sports.biz/ysema/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/p1020224.jpg

-sugi-
Feb 8th, 2007, 07:34 PM
I just read Erika's latest diary...

She was really happy with her match against Schiavone, she celebrated by going to a nail bar and getting her nails done :awww:

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:58 AM
Erika is still on the list for Antwerp :D Hope I get to see her at Saturdays qualifying for a 2nd time :angel:

pcrtennis
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:28 AM
haha, good for her. Hope she keeps plugging away/

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:14 PM
R1 vs Woerle in Antwerp

see you tomorrow Erika :smooch:

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:25 PM
Presumably Erika will play on Second Court as opposed to Centre Court.

It is a 5 minute walk from court to court and it is supposed to snow tomorrow so the passage will be REALLY slippy. I love Second Court :hearts: It is so small and intimate in comparison to the cavernous Centre Court.

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 04:31 PM
The cavernous Sportpaleis Centre Court
http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/6766/pict0588iv4.jpg
Court 2
http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/3015/prdmnd06224na8.jpg

Erika would love Centre Court :lol: They put a disco ball down and players enter the court to music which sounds like it is from an epic war movie :lol:

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:34 PM
I was correct Court 2 in the evening :D I may dare to ask for a picture with Eri at the end of her match if she wins :angel:

Rising Sun
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:43 PM
Why on earth is Erika playing Antwerp, and not Bangalore? :confused:

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2007, 07:56 PM
who cares, she has problems with the European girls and to play in Antwerp would get her good preparation and experience.

Also, she mentioned to me she enjoyed her time in Holland when she played Rosmalen last year, she even mentioned she like Belgium or something in my brief conversation with her, I didn't quite catch it... Anyway, I am sooo excited about seeing her :yippee:

-sugi-
Feb 10th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Erika def. Woerle 76(2?) 62

:yeah: I was there at Court two, just got through the door of my house a few minutes ago, it was the last match I saw today. Although Woerle is a steady top 200 player, I would say this is a very good win for Erika as Woerle is a typical European player. The match started poorly for Erika, Woerle entered the match with an obvious game plan and made advantage of Erika's small height, by hitting lots of high balls. Woerle led 3-0. Then Erika started playing AMAAAZING, coming to the net, drop shotting slicing and was really animated. Her male coach, (Kyoko wasn't there :sad:) kept shouting out "Come on Takky!" Erika kept fighting and eventually it came to a tie break. There were loads of great rallies and wonderful winners from Erika. I was probably suffering from heart problems during this match, I had sweaty palms throughout and my knees were shaking like crazy. I played each point with Erika in my mind. Erika was really animated, fist pumping, shouting come on and obviously was really enjoying herself on court, she giggled, she went aaaah and broke into a laugh when she hit an error and lost a point. Throughout the match she kept smiling. The second set, Kathrin just gave up and exploded, allowing Takky to win 76 62 :D A really good win for Erika-Chan.
At the end of the match, the match was basically empty and I stood outside and waited for Erika. She signed my book with a heard and a smilie face and it is by far the nicest autograph I have :) I congratulated her and she thanked me in her really cute voice :awww: My friend then took a photo of us and her coach then spoke to him and Erika and told him to take one of the two of us together. Erika laughed and giggled :awww: and we had a photo together. I wished her luck and she left. She has improved so much since her loss to Kostanic in Rosmalen last year. In particular her net game and vollies has improved greatly. I was really proud today to be an Erika fan and it was obvious that I chose to support the right player. My parents and friends also were made Erika fans by the end of this match.

She plays Sprem next. Sprem is one of the most powerful players so Erika may struggle but Karolina does hit many errors as well. I am fully hoping she takes advantage of this :)

-sugi-
Feb 10th, 2007, 10:08 PM
I just realised, this is Erika's 2nd match in Europe, her first being in Holland. That means I have seen every match Erika has played in Europe :eek:

Shame it will end tomorrow when she plays Sprem :D

-sugi-
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:19 PM
ohh :sad: Sprem won 76 61 :crying2: A good fight, Sprem is the hardest hitter on tour. I see light at the end of the tunnel for Erika

-sugi-
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:20 PM
I was thinking, perhaps we can have this thread renamed "Who's Erica Takao" doesn't really sound like a cheering thread, this wasn't even made as a cheering thread and her name is spelt wrong. I was thinking along the lines of

Erika "Takky" Takao Cheering Thread

WaltV
Feb 11th, 2007, 11:28 PM
Yes Rename it, sugi!
Nice thread ! Now I know her coach's name : Kyoko Nagatsuka, hmm.

I was sitting next to him saturday and sunday during Erika's matches, but I clean forgot to introduce myself.
He was really disappointed she didn't capitalize on her 5-1 lead in the tiebreak, since she did lead all the way in the first set.
As he put it : " She should have won the first set, the second set it was all over." His throat was still hurting , just as on saturday, he was coughing the whole time.
I had a whale of a time , cheering Erika on.
He's such a polite guy, shaking my hand and thanking me after every match.
Anyways , if you're there in antwerp and want to chat, come see me. I'll be there monday till friday.
You can't miss me ;) I'm the only one there wearing a motorbike outfit.

-sugi-
Feb 12th, 2007, 02:51 PM
Yes Rename it, sugi!
Nice thread ! Now I know her coach's name : Kyoko Nagatsuka, hmm.

I was sitting next to him saturday and sunday during Erika's matches, but I clean forgot to introduce myself.
He was really disappointed she didn't capitalize on her 5-1 lead in the tiebreak, since she did lead all the way in the first set.
As he put it : " She should have won the first set, the second set it was all over." His throat was still hurting , just as on saturday, he was coughing the whole time.
I had a whale of a time , cheering Erika on.
He's such a polite guy, shaking my hand and thanking me after every match.
Anyways , if you're there in antwerp and want to chat, come see me. I'll be there monday till friday.
You can't miss me ;) I'm the only one there wearing a motorbike outfit.
ohhh I know who you are :) DId you occasionally scream out "Come on Takky?" She has two coaches, the male one I don't know the name of and the female one is Kyoko Nagatsuka who I don't think travels to Europe. You can read how excited I got cheering her on. I liked her coach as well, he smiled politely and was nice to me when I got Erika's autograph and photograph and waited patiently. He seems a nice guy, I must be brave enough to sit with him next time I watch Erika. It is great to have another fan, I hope you will be here often :D I think I know you are though, I was towards the other side of the stand with two friends. A shame not many people watched the match, but she played really well against Woerle I thought, didn't you?

-sugi-
Feb 12th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Here are the pictures and clips I took:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky1.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky3.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky4.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky5.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky6.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/zztak1.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/zztak2.jpg

Lastly I had a picture with Erika. It is a really nice picture, here it is with me taken out:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/mrbenesova/Antwerp/Henke%20Vanessa/taky7.jpg

-sugi-
Feb 12th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywDo4fq8Hd4 (walking on to the court)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RW0fhw-Qj0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGmb2R70qrY

martin white
Feb 12th, 2007, 08:45 PM
thanks for the great pics and reports of erika's matches! great job sugi:) it was great you saw her good win over woerle:) tough luck erika against karolina!:sad: and im sure your happy to have a pic with erika!:yeah:

WaltV
Feb 12th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Ahem I don't 'scream' , haha , I shout . and it was ' Come on Erika' , but yeah , next time , be brave, come sit with the coach. That's what I like about Court 2 . You get to sit next to players, coaches. Most like to be left alone , some won't be bothered if you ask 'em a few polite questions without imposing.

(Most female players make eye contact with their coaches all through the entire game and you don't want to interfere with that.)

That's how I found out he also trains Akiko Morigami and has trained Erika for the past 2 and a half years.

So Kyoko is her female coach, damn, now I still don't know his name :)

I love the pictures
but you cut yourself out, hmmm.. Aaah you're shy !!!

She played well against Woerle, coming back from 0-3 down to win the first set. And the second match even better, because she was in front all the way up until the tiebreak.

I'm not an Erika fan though , I just love to support what I estimate to be the underdog in each match .

-sugi-
Feb 13th, 2007, 05:49 AM
ohhh :sad: A shame, It would have been nice to see more fans here :sad:
Was Erika there on Monday?

-sugi-
Feb 14th, 2007, 08:06 PM
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_001.jpg
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_003.jpg
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_004.jpg
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_005.jpg
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_006.jpg
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/images/takao_007.jpg

Williamsser
Feb 17th, 2007, 08:04 PM
Erika looks great! :hearts: Thanks for the pics and vids.

-sugi-
Feb 17th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Another fan :rocker2:

-sugi-
Feb 18th, 2007, 05:17 PM
http://www.40love.jp/tanaka_m/img/27/WTk1MFFXMVRCOUZQUjg0Mikl.jpg

-sugi-
Feb 18th, 2007, 05:18 PM
http://www.40love.jp/tanaka_m/img/19/MDYxMDI0XzE2NDU1M8ZB.jpg

ex hopman
Feb 18th, 2007, 06:23 PM
her male coach is Yasutomo Nakase.
Was that him?? (his website in japanese tho) http://www.yasutomotennis.com/photo.htm

-sugi-
Feb 18th, 2007, 07:06 PM
yep thats him :)

-sugi-
Feb 20th, 2007, 05:50 PM
http://www.40love.jp/fujiwara/img/105/MjAwN5ROjIiPn4OKgVuDTyAwMTFhdg.jpg

WaltV
Feb 21st, 2007, 09:03 PM
Yasutomo Nakase!? Aha, Yes, that's the one from the pictures. Bottom picture : the guy in the middle.
Did you know he has two small silver rings on his left ear ?

Thanks for the info ex hopman.

Hope I'll meet the pair of them again next year.

-sugi-
Feb 26th, 2007, 09:53 AM
Erika has been playing team tennis :)

Her team won :yeah:

http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/6573486.jpg
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/6562671.jpg

-sugi-
Mar 5th, 2007, 05:38 AM
Erika is playing Indian Wells Qualifying

R1 vs Alberta Brianti

Ganbatte Erika :)

:inlove:
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:02 PM
She lost 2 & 1 :confused: :weirdo: :crying2:

-sugi-
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:23 AM
Erika :sad:

I expected a much better scoreline.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:50 AM
Better luck next time Takky i really like her!!

martin white
Mar 6th, 2007, 11:39 AM
tough luck erika!:sad: thought she had a shot in that one!:( erika will play the 25k event in orange next week!:)

-sugi-
Mar 6th, 2007, 02:32 PM
More fans :yeah:

I personally guess its the same old story, Erika was overpowered. :sad:

-sugi-
Mar 7th, 2007, 06:01 PM
My new avatar :hearts:

-sugi-
Mar 9th, 2007, 03:04 PM
http://www.40love.jp/nakamura_a/img/34/MDcwMzA2LTAwMvDC.jpg
Wow. :hearts:

dybbuk
Mar 11th, 2007, 04:53 AM
love your avatar -Sugi :hearts:

-sugi-
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:17 PM
thank you psalt :) I like yours too :)

Are you an Erika fan? Would nice to see more people here :D

dybbuk
Mar 12th, 2007, 02:08 AM
yes I am :)

-sugi-
Mar 12th, 2007, 04:11 PM
:yippee: More fans :) :rocker2:

Erika in her diary today mentioned driving to Orange. They took a rented car and she sang a song along the way :awww: Ican't remember much else from when I read it.

-sugi-
Mar 12th, 2007, 04:17 PM
video

Fukuoka - Takao vs Morita I think this was taken in like 2004 :)

http://219.118.179.78/updir/program/mov/Q9RVZyQ2dkXHzcCch0OQ_dl.wmv