View Full Version : When will the next Kimiko Date emerge from Asia?

Jan 11th, 2007, 06:59 AM
From Sharapova, to Myskina, Kuznetsova, Petrova, and on and on. Maybe their personality is lost in the translation but they are not exciting. They aren't like other Eastern European players like Monica Seles or Martina Navratilova or even Martina Hingis whose real last name is Hingisova.
These Russian girls I acknowledge are talented. I am just hoping some more Western European, American or Asian women can come on the scene and start winning some slams. I was really hoping Na Li could of knocked off Clijsters today. She's definitely the best Chinese WTA player I have seen she has serious potential to be top 10. Although not totally consistent she doesn't seem afraid playing top players and she can beat them. Sania Mirza I can't believe I am saying this but Austin may have a point. She's good but she's got to start winning big time or else she's just hype. Na Li is the top Asian woman at the moment on the WTA. But she doesn't have Kimiko Date's consistency. Date almost beat Graf a decade ago at Wimbledon but Steffi ever the shrewd player claimed it was too dark. Even though it was only 8:00pm prior to the third set. Date didn't complain although she should of. It was clear Steffi was trying to disrupt Kimiko's rhythm and it worked. Graf won the final set 6-3 the next day. Date really was on the verge of winning a slam but she got bored with the game and retired at the ripe old age of 26. I have not seen an Asian woman since as good as Date. Naoko Sawamatusu and Ai Sugyiama were good. Sugiyama reached the top 10 but Ai doesn't have that something extra special that Kimiko had. Kimiko was not just fast she was powerful and Ai is not. Hopefully soon some woman from Asia will be a grand slam champion. Women's tennis needs this badly. Because right now the WTA is not the so called "global" sport the WTA claims it is.

Jan 11th, 2007, 07:03 AM
I hope it would be Ayumi Morita!!

Jan 11th, 2007, 08:43 AM

jimbo mack
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:46 AM
kimiko was great, if only she coulda played a couple more years :sad: i would have loved to see her play venus or serena

Jan 11th, 2007, 09:01 AM
Give it another ten years before we see a grandslam champ come out of asia.

Jan 11th, 2007, 09:04 AM
From what I hear, Ayumi Morita is regarded as the next best thing in Japan.

Jan 11th, 2007, 09:32 AM
I gotta go with Ayumi like everyone else.

Jan 11th, 2007, 10:16 AM
Ksenia Palkina antone? :lol:

Jan 11th, 2007, 10:25 AM
no need to wait for Morita. she hasn't even turn pros.
i said Yung-Jan Chan will be new Kimiko Date.

Jan 11th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Technically Sharapova is Asian ...

Jan 11th, 2007, 12:16 PM
First of all I have to say Myskina has loads of personality. I can't believe anyone could miss that but going back to the primary question, there will never be another Kimiko Date. She had a unique style and feel for the game the likes of which I haven't seen in any female player from any region since.

That said Asia is undoubtedly going to produce players with as good and ever better results than Date before too long. Na Li could be a future Grand Slam winner and Sania Mirza is as exciting and charismatic as anyone in the game so the future looks pretty bright for Asian women's tennis right now.

Jan 11th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Morita turned pro in 2005
i would like to see a girl go further than Kimiko and win a slam
prove that asians can be the best of the best

Jan 11th, 2007, 08:03 PM
Definetely Ayumi.

Japan has a lot of young players coming up in the ranks, like Erika Takao, the Sema sisters, Chiaki Okadaoue, Ryoko Fuda and the list goes on, but the only one who could be as big and the talent that Kimiko had is Ayumi Morita.