1. Ai<br />2. Tammy<br />3. Wynne<br />4. Su Wei (though she will still be limited to 8 tourneys during the year because of her young age. So we should have to wait before she can get enough points to really make it big)
I leave one spot blank for a possible surprise (Obata / Asagoe / Widjaja or a new contender?).
I give an edge to Wynne over Widjaja. Though Widjaja is younger and has achived so far better results on spot cases (by winning a WTA tourney and Wimbledon Junior), I have been far more impressed by Wynne improvements since the beginning of the year.
Her serve is far better. Her second ball more offensive. She has made extraordinary progress on her backhand side. And she still has some margin for improvement in this field of the game.
Her ranking has improved this year to be in the top 90, though she did not play all the tourneys she should have (SEA Games, Fed Cup). I hope this year she will give priority to her own career over Fed Cup match. It would be a pitty for Indonesia but I just saw for instance that the Asia / Oceania groups are right in the middle of the Indian Wells.
Besides, she is a more complete player, given her results in both singles and doubles.
She has also matured a lot and gained quite some confidence that she was lacking at the beginning of the season.
I saw Widjaja play only twice : once in Hochiminh City (April) and once in Pattaya (November). She really failed to impress me on these two occasions.
Wynne made on the other hand a big impression, even when she lost against de los Rios. Rossana really played an amazing tennis this day to beat Wynne. She was just bashing the ball on her forehad, hitting amazing winners (which she failed to do on such a regular basis in her other matches, in particular against Patty Schnyder. She was certainly more stressed. She had beaten Wynne twice already in the past. But the next time, I do not guarantee the outcome...).
I remain confident that Wynne can break in the top 50 the coming season. She will mostly need to work on her mental condition. She can not afford to have a negative attitude on court before the match is over.
Maybe she would also need to work on her reflexes or eyes coordination. She seems to start a bit late to run to the ball. But on the other hand, she has excellent reflexes at the net. Which is why she is such a good doubles player.
She has shown anyway in North America this Summer she could get good results (Toronto for instance) and I am certain she can make it again.
I am just a bit surprised that she is not in the initial commitment list at the Gold Coast : she has points to defend there. But on the other hand, she'll be the Aus Open, where she was not last year. So a lot of points to grab there...
Nov 19th, 2001, 04:09 PM
1.Ai Sugiyama(let's hope she is mentally stronger)<br />2.Tamarine Tanasugarn<br />3.Wynne Prakusya<br />4.Su-Wei Hsieh(She will make noise in the grand slams)<br />5.Angelique Widjaja(So will Angie)
Nov 19th, 2001, 10:08 PM
Ai Sugiyama - always had the talent to beat ALL top players... just loses focus and motivation. needs to focus on singles and go back to the top 15 in the world...Ai was getting very good towards the end of the season... this year, despite her inconsistency .... she had wins over - <br />Clijsters,Schett,Coetzer,Testud.... nothing compared to her other years... i feel she can return to them! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Tamarine Tanasugarn - every year i get scared that she can't defend her points at Wimby, now she has to defend points and Doha, Dubai... this year was nothing compared to 2000 for tamarine... win/loss record much less impressive <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> .... just not sure if she can puick it up next year <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Saori Obata ( on her way up up up .... showing consistency and real talent ... won 25k challenger... took Testud to 2 in Japan) <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
OMG, i forgot about Iroda and Selyutina, but i guess it is for an old countries in Asia....
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Nov 20th, 2001, 10:00 AM
1) Tammy - i think she knows the things that have to change, and she won't let us down. I really think some thing big will happen in tammy's career. We have not reallly seen it in one tournament, but just flashes of it, like when she beat mauresmo and tauziat. Then again if she plays like she did this year, I think Ai may take her over, but I think she will only improve <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
2) Ai - Ai has really impressed me in the later half of the year. She has consistantly improved her ranking, and with some good results, I can see her in the top 20 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
3) Su - Wei Hsieh - She looks like a great up and comer, who is beating players ranked higher than her , along with Angelique, but what I have heard and seen of her, I think she is a little more consistant that Widjaja. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
4) Widjaja - Another great up and comer who can cause major upsets, and certainly can play. I see a future top ten for her, but not by the end of next year, she needs a little more experiance <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
5)Wynne Prakusya - She is a little inconsistant, but has done ok in some tournaments. I think she can hold a solid persition in the top 100, maybe a possible top 50 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Blessings And Aloha
Nov 21st, 2001, 01:36 AM
1. Ai <br />2. Tammy<br />3. Angie- (I've seen 4 matches of her play including her win over Tammy, Su-Wei, Jo, and Dinara, and from what i have seen, she has the talent to be in atleast top 50)<br />4. Asagoe<br />5. Wynne
Su-Wei will make it big in 2003 where she will be atleast top 50. I think expecting her to be so good at such a young age is a littlt to much.
If you consider Iroda asian then she will be #1
Nov 21st, 2001, 05:59 AM
My Pick :<br />1.Tanasugarn<br />2.Sugiyama<br />3.Su-wei Hsieh<br />4.Prakusya<br />5.Janet Lee
If Tulyaganova could be counted as an Asian, she would surely be no.1.
best of luck to all,specially to ANGIE!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Nov 21st, 2001, 10:27 AM
i'd be happy to see 6 asians in the top 100 by the end of next year! i can't believe i left out wynne! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> i think 3,4,5,6 will be fought out tough by obata, widjaja, hsieh and wynne! hopefully it will be a battle reminiscent of the top 4 aussies that battled it out for the 4 positions this year! and even more hopefully they will be around the same positions that the aussies are in now. (that being around 50-70)
i believe Ai and Tammy CAN be in the top 25 maybe even top 20 by years end! CAN being the operative word of course! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
i didn't take into account the fact that su-wei will be restricted to 8 tournaments because of her age! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
does widjaja have the similar restrictions? how many can she play next year?
Nov 21st, 2001, 03:44 PM
Actually, Su-Wei is restricted to 10 tourneys next year, plus 4 Grand Slams, so 14 in total.<br />8 tourneys was this year.
For Angie, she's allowed 13 tourneys plus 4 Grand Slams. She's restricted until her 18th birthday in Dec next year.
You guys have totally left out poor old Shinobu Asagoe! This year has been so bad for her after a good start. I want to see her make the Top 50, she came so close!!! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Nov 21st, 2001, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the details Danker. Then she should be OK and make it easily in the top 100.
As for Shinobu, she is in my list as potential No. 5 <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> .
She has had some good match against Wynne in Bali if I remember correctly (very tight 3rd set match) that she won. And another tight match in AIG Japan Open... that she lost this time.
[ November 21, 2001: Message edited by: Steveg ]</p>
Nov 21st, 2001, 04:41 PM
Su Wei will turn 16 in January and as her rank is good enough for her to get directly into SLAM fields ( qual does count) she can play 14 events in 2002.
10 WTA/ITF plus 4 SLAMS.
Nov 21st, 2001, 04:57 PM
Thanks for the additional details TheBoiledEgg.
I have seen that one of your favourite players was Anastasia Myskina. I have been quite disappointed to learn that she had canceled her participation at the Volvo Open in Thailand; I really wanted to see her and take a few pics at the same time.
Maybe next time.
Nov 21st, 2001, 05:05 PM
Anastasia got selected for FED CUP and she was the alternate and in Russia playing for your country comes before any individual achievement.
Nov 21st, 2001, 08:36 PM
Shinobu had like 10 losses in a row this year! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> - just not acceptable.... i am really unsure as to how she will fare next year (?)
Nov 22nd, 2001, 01:48 AM
Shinobu was doing so well....but she has lost her confidence and her concentration on court. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
Blessings And Aloha
Nov 22nd, 2001, 02:50 AM
I didnt exclude Asagoe... i put her on #4. Hehehe
Nov 22nd, 2001, 07:15 AM
i'd have shinobu at no. 7 asian! she has the potential to be higher but she was just too disappointing this year!
hopefully she can put this year behind her and move on to next year and get back well in tho the top 100 like she SHOULD be!
Aug 4th, 2002, 04:43 AM
Current top 5 asians look like this:
Aug 4th, 2002, 06:21 AM
Hi :wavey: b8beEbLu3
My picks :
1. Tammy --- top 20
2. Angie --- top 30
3. Ai ---- top 30
4. Wynne ----- top 50
5. Lee --- top 80
Aug 4th, 2002, 08:38 AM
Saori or Shinobu or Angie or Janet
Aug 8th, 2002, 09:36 AM
Aug 12th, 2002, 10:49 AM
3. Iroda ( If she is regarded as an Asian )
5. Mi-ra ( You may say I'm a dreamer,.... but I'm not the only one... ;) )
Aug 13th, 2002, 09:34 AM
They are my picks:)
Aug 13th, 2002, 09:46 AM
Sep 1st, 2002, 01:05 PM
1.Ai she has wonderful moment right now
and seem like can carry her form through
the rest of the year
2.Tammy(sadly) from the great start this
year she can't carry it through the end
of the year ,hopefully she can do well in
the late of the season
3.Widjaja has shown some great performance
this season ,i think she'll be in top 30 in 2yr
4.Wynne she has the ability to do
better but seem like some inconsistant prob
maybe asagoe if she can call back her confident
or fujiwara some more experience imo
or obata,su wei
Ai and Tammy both have chance to be
in top20 this year while widjaja wynne
should be in top100