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Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:29 PM
I think the stats speak for themselves.

Dahveed
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Who? :confused:

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Who? :confused:
Saori Obata, she's a great champ! :confused:

eck
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:34 PM
:lol:
What stats?

Drake1980
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:36 PM
maybe the greatest with the name Saori Obata!:p
I do miss her.

Kart
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Greatest what ?

tucker1989
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:38 PM
That Port Pirie title in 2001 definitely puts her in the running

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:39 PM
:lol:
What stats?
Wimbledon and US Open champion. And her H2H against Graf is something else.

Harvs
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:40 PM
lame


:)

tennisbear7
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:41 PM
Progress in education was slow but steady throughout the colonial era until the end of World War II. By 1950 the country had developed a three-tiered system of primary, secondary, and higher education based on the British model of wide participation at the bottom, sorting into academic and vocational training at the secondary level, and higher education for a small elite destined for leadership. On the eve of independence in the late 1950s, Nigeria had gone through a decade of exceptional educational growth leading to a movement for universal primary education in the Western Region. In the north, primary school enrollments went from 66,000 in 1947 to 206,000 in 1957, in the west (mostly Yoruba areas) from 240,000 to 983,000 in the same period, and in the east from 320,000 to 1,209,000. Secondary level enrollments went from 10,000 for the country as a whole in 1947 to 36,000 in 1957; 90 percent of these, however, were in the south.

Source: http://www.onlinenigeria.com/education/index.asp

Dahveed
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:42 PM
maybe the greatest with the name Saori Obata!:p
I do miss her.
Oh so she's real? :o

lympyisthebest
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:43 PM
5 ITF titles :worship:

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:46 PM
Dahveed is a well-known Obata hater-troll, ignore him. He's still bitter that Obata defeated his favourite Vento-Kabchi so many times.

Rising Sun
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:46 PM
I really miss Saori. It's too bad she had to retire prematurely. :sad:

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:49 PM
I really miss Saori. It's too bad she had to retire prematurely. :sad:
Yes, it's hard to think that I'll never see her blistering serve again :sad: I'm sure Serena once said that it was the only one she feared.

Adal
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:50 PM
:worship:

Dahveed
Jul 6th, 2008, 06:53 PM
I really miss Saori. It's too bad she had to retire prematurely. :sad:

So what is she doing nowadays? I bet she's a superstar in Japan? Does she comment on TV? Is she dating popstars? I'd love to know cos she beat my fave so many times, you know..

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:04 PM
So what is she doing nowadays? I bet she's a superstar in Japan? Does she comment on TV? Is she dating popstars? I'd love to know cos she beat my fave so many times, you know..
She is rumoured to be dating Rafael Nadal and she was sitting next to the other former champions in the Royal Box yesterday :)

Dahveed
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:11 PM
She is rumoured to be dating Rafael Nadal and she was sitting next to the other former champions in the Royal Box yesterday :)
Are you sure? I thought Nadal was a homosexual? :confused:

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Are you sure? I thought Nadal was a homosexual? :confused:
No, she is definitely pregnant with his baby :o

Andreas
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Only thing I know about her, is that Ana once double bagelled her :)

mapaliey
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:34 PM
who's she???...tennis player???....is she real?????...i only know japan player: date,sugiyama,fujiwara,morigami,miyagi.....

égalité
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:43 PM
Saori's middle name is "peak" :D :D

Willam
Jul 6th, 2008, 07:53 PM
:confused: Tennis means nothing without her :awww:

Slumpsova
Jul 6th, 2008, 08:06 PM
she played well in US hard courts :)

Dahveed
Jul 6th, 2008, 08:21 PM
She played well on grass. She once won a match. I hear her idol and mentor was Nathalie Tauziat. :)

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 08:32 PM
She certainly wasn't modelling that rockin' bod on Tauziat, she was a dish :drool:

njnetswill
Jul 6th, 2008, 08:47 PM
I miss the days of Obata and Asagoe. And Sugiyama in the top 10. :lol:

Freakan
Jul 6th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Yeah, she is. My favorite of her results:
Fukuoka 2004 A Ivanovic (Q; ranked 299th) def. S Obata(1; ranked 43th) 6-0 6-0

LCS
Jul 6th, 2008, 10:47 PM
:worship:

guapogreg08
Jul 6th, 2008, 10:55 PM
That Port Pirie title in 2001 definitely puts her in the running

BAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAH HAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHH

Grachka
Jul 6th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Yeah, she is. My favorite of her results:
Fukuoka 2004 A Ivanovic (Q; ranked 299th) def. S Obata(1; ranked 43th) 6-0 6-0
:rolleyes:

Saori had a broken leg and a bad case of smallpox that day.

vadin124
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:39 AM
i am in agreement Grachka...

am I right in saying Roger Federer was once quoted as saying the only player he would consider playing mixed doubles with is Obata?

Obata's results speak for themselves, no need to explain yourself...a true legend of the game

Darop.
Jul 7th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Saori :sad:

I miss her so much :hysteric: Are there any videos of hers for download?

Harju.
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:05 PM
:rolleyes:

Saori had a broken leg and a bad case of smallpox that day.
Not to mention she was playing with a blindfold :sobbing:

thomas.chung
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:06 PM
:rolleyes:

Saori had a broken leg and a bad case of smallpox that day.

Are you on crack? I would runaway from this woman if I am Ana.

:bolt:

Mana
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:21 PM
Saori :sad: I do miss her :worship: On;y fans that follow the challeger circuit will know her :sobbing:

Wojtek
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:52 PM
Obata :devil:

ce
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:26 PM
Ivanovic Obata 6/0 6/0 :hearts:

Rising Sun
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Saori :sad: I do miss her :worship: On;y fans that follow the challeger circuit will know her :sobbing:
Why? She had been in the Top 40...

lympyisthebest
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:32 PM
:rolleyes:

Saori had a broken leg and a bad case of smallpox that day.

:spit:

Smallpox has been eradicated. :rolls:

Boreas
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:38 PM
Obata:worship: She was one of the greatest in her generation.

And yeah she was TOP 100 for quite a long time, there was no need to follow her career in challenger section;)

Grachka
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:52 PM
:spit:

Smallpox has been eradicated. :rolls:
Erm, Wertheim said in his blog about it. :rolleyes:

An indictation of Obata's greatness:

"Her [Obata's] movement is something else, she can run down any ball and return it with interest. Her serve is second only to Serena's at the moment, and you feel like you are suffocating when you play her." - Lindsay Davenport, at the Pan Pacific Open.

Grachka
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:55 PM
i am in agreement Grachka...

am I right in saying Roger Federer was once quoted as saying the only player he would consider playing mixed doubles with is Obata?

Obata's results speak for themselves, no need to explain yourself...a true legend of the game
That is actually true, Federer did express an interest, but Saori was so busy with her singles that she had no time to fit him into her schedule.

She has previously said that if she were to make a return to the doubles circuit, she would play with Serena, and would play with Nadal in the slam mixed tournaments.