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Martian KC
Nov 24th, 2001, 08:00 PM
Can anyone give me info on early Asian success...before the 1990s... and also can anyone update players from the 90s that have retired like Kimiko, Naoko, etc. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Thanks.

Nov 26th, 2001, 10:58 AM
My tennis knowledge isn't very vast but Kimiko Date was probably the most successful Asian player in the 90s.

A semi-finalist at the Australian Open in 1994 - losing only to Steffi Graf who just blitzed the field [beating ASV 6-0 6-2 in the final]

A semi final showing at Roland Garros in 1995 [if i remember correctly] losing to ASV.

Semifinals at SW19 in 1996 - to one of the best grass-courters in the 80s/90s - Steffi Graf. And took a set off Graf - i think she was the only player to take a set off Steffi in the tournament.

Not so sure about the USO - i think she's reached at least the QFs.

And she retired while she was still at the top of her career...

Nov 26th, 2001, 11:02 AM
My first memory of Kimiko was when she beat Gabriela Sabatini in the Virginia Slims event in LA.

Kimiko went on into the finals of that event - which i think she lost to Monica Seles. And her ranking just soared after that week...

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Nov 26th, 2001, 11:04 AM
I think that was in 1991 - can someone anyone confirm that?

Nov 26th, 2001, 11:07 AM
Naoko Sawamatsu - first remembered her when she won an event held in Singapore back in 1990. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

I think her best GS result was at the AO in 1995, just when her hometown in Kobe was rocked by a serious earthquake. Brave girl played on...

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Nov 26th, 2001, 11:12 AM
As for the men...hmmmmmm mmmmm ermmmm...

I can only think the Japanese dude - the one who cramped so badly at USO one year and couldn't get up from the court...the officials weren't allowed to assist him.

They changed the ruling of medical asisstance on cramping immediately after that...

Oh yes!!! </font color=blue>SHUZO MATSUOKA! </font>The last i heard - he was doing some sports commentary...but that was a while ago!!!

Nov 29th, 2001, 04:32 PM
Kimiko Date<br /> [quote] After her retirement in November 1996, became involved in a Japanese initiative to<br />introduce tennis to children ages 5-15

Announced on September 24, 1996 that she would retire from the COREL WTA TOUR at the<br />end of 1996 season; three days earlier she held three match points on world co-No. 1<br />Monica Seles in the semifinals of Tokyo-Nichirei before falling

In 1995, became first Japanese woman to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros; first<br />Japanese woman to reach Wimbledon semifinals in 1996; at 1994 Australian Open, was<br />first Japanese woman in 21 years to reach Grand Slam singles semifinal; last done at<br />73 Australian Open by Kazuko Sawamatsu (Naoko Sato/Pam Whytcross were in 78 Australian<br />Open doubles final)

In the first round of Fed Cup play in 1996, led Japan to victory over Germany by<br />defeating Steffi Graf (then ranked co-No. 1) 7-6, 3-6, 12-10; also defeated Anke Huber

En route to 1996 Wimbledon semifinal, upset third seed and 1994 champion Conchita<br />Martinez in fourth round, defeated 13th seed Mary Pierce in quarterfinals and stretched<br />eventual champion Steffi Graf to three sets in semifinals

Ranked ninth, continued her 1996 roll by upsetting No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 3-<br />6, 6-3, 6-0 to win San Diego, her first win over Sanchez Vicario in their last nine<br />matches, since winning their initial meeting in 1992; the win also avenged her loss to<br />Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 Olympics, which went to 10-8 in the third set; Date<br />defeated defending champion Conchita Martinez in the San Diego semifinals

Won sixth career major-tour singles title and first doubles title at 1996 Japan<br />Open; record fourth singles title at the event

In 1995, became first Japanese player to reach Lipton final - in semifinals, trailed<br />Gabriela Sabatini 6-1, 5-1 before eventually saving three match points to win 1-6, 7-6,<br />7-6; lost to second seed Steffi Graf in final; in 1993, became first-ever<br />Japanese player, male or female, to reach Lipton semifinals - trailing 5-2 in first set<br />against Mary Joe Fernandez, rallied for 7-6(7-4), 6-3 quarterfinal victory

One of 16 players to qualify for season-ending 1996 Chase Championships; in the 1995<br />championships, defeated Jana Novotna to advance to quarterfinals; as a first-time<br />participant in the 1994 championships, fought off five match points in third set and<br />went on to win a tie-break to upset Conchita Martinez 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-1) in<br />quarterfinals; lost to eventual tournament champion Gabriela Sabatini 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Won 200th career singles match at 1996 Sydney, defeating Irina Spirlea in second<br />round

Surpassed $1 million in career prize money at 1995 Pan Pacific; won title over<br />Lindsay Davenport and upset No. 4-ranked Conchita Martinez in quarterfinals

In 1994, Date and countrywoman Mana Endo marked the first time two Japanese players<br />reached the fourth round at the same U.S. Open (in open-era); Date was stopped in<br />quarterfinals by eventual tournament champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Earned first title outside native country at 1994 Sydney; defeated then No. 4-ranked<br />Conchita Martinez and No. 7-ranked Mary Joe Fernandez; own ranking vaulted to No. 9<br />(first Japanese player ever in the Top 10)

Made a three-peat performance at 1994 Japan Open, winning third consecutive title

In 1993, defeated Julie Halard in semifinals to become first-ever Japanese player to<br />reach Tokyo-Nichirei final

At 1992 Japan Open, upset top two seeds, Amy Frazier and Sabine Appelmans, to win<br />first major title

Upset Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-4 in semifinals of 1992 Pan Pacific

Recipient of 1992 COREL WTA TOUR Most Improved Player Award

Ranking jumped from No. 112 (August 12) to No. 32 (August 19) after upsetting then-<br />No. 3 ranked Gabriela Sabatini 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 1991 Los Angeles semifinals

First appeared on rankings November 21, 1988 at No. 321

Hitting partner is Katsuhori Nishijima; Japanese Federation coaches travel with her<br />to tournaments

Started playing at 6 years of age through introduction by parents<br />Actually left-handed; was encouraged to play right-handed to follow Japanese custom... <br />COREL WTA TOUR RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)<br />1996-8; 1995-4; 1994-9; 1993-13; 1992-21; 1991-32; 1990-78; 1989-120; 1988-321<br />CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES<br />WINNER (7): 1996 - Japan Open, San Diego; 1995 - Pan Pacific; 1994 - Sydney, Japan<br />Open; 1993 - Japan Open; 1992 - Japan Open; 1989 - Futures/Sutton-GBR, Futures/Lee-on-<br />Solent-GBR, Futures/London-GBR; 1988 -Futures/Matsuyama-JPN, Futures/Kyoto-JPN<br />FINALIST (6): 1995 - Lipton, Japan Open, Strasbourg; 1993 - Osaka, Tokyo [Nichirei];<br />1991 - Los Angeles<br />SEMIFINALIST (13): 1996 - Wimbledon, Tokyo [Nichirei], Sydney, Indian Wells; 1995 -<br />Sydney, Roland Garros; 1994 – Australian Open, Virginia Slims Championships,<br />Strasbourg, Canadian Open; 1993 - Lipton; 1992 - Pan Pacific, Osaka

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Nov 29th, 2001, 05:34 PM
Okay...they haven't retired yet but they are Asia's and one of the world's best doubles teams.

<font size=4.4>Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati. </font>They have won the French and Wimbledon and reached the finals of AO and USO.

Nov 29th, 2001, 06:14 PM
Yayuk Basuki is half retired. She is playing doubles only now. And she has been quite succesful in the 90's with a 19th ranking spot in 1997 (QF in Wimbledon).

She has an excellent touch. It was fun seeing her hit half volleys. She looks like John Mc Enroe in such cases. High on her legs, nearly not looking at the ball. But hitting perfectly well <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> .

Here are her career highlights - singles :<br />WINNER (6 Sanex WTA TOUR): 1994 - Beijing, Jakarta; 1993 - Pattaya, Jakarta;<br />1992 - Kuala Lumpur; 1991 - Pattaya, ITF/Jakarta-INA [February]; 1990 -<br />ITF/Jakarta-INA [Jan.], ITF/Jakarta-INA [Aug.]; 1989 - ITF/Bangkok-THA,<br />ITF/Jakarta-INA [Aug.]<br />FINALIST (2): 1997 - Birmingham; 1996 - Jakarta

And here are her career highlights - doubles :<br />WINNER (9): 2001 - Dubai (w/Vis); 2000 - Pattaya (w/Vis); 1997 - Los Angeles<br />(w/Vis), Canadian Open (w/Vis); 1996 - Hobart (w/Nagatsuka), Strasbourg<br />(w/Bradtke); 1994 - Surabaya (w/Tedjakusuma); 1993 - Sapporo (w/N. Miyagi),<br />Taipei (w/Miyagi)<br />FINALIST (8): 1998 - Strasbourg (w/Vis), Canadian Open (w/Vis); 1997 - Leipzig<br />(w/Sukova), Moscow (w/Vis); 1994 - Japan Open (w/Miyagi), Pattaya City<br />(w/Miyagi); 1992 - Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Miyagi); 1991 - Nashville (w/Vis)

Nov 30th, 2001, 01:05 AM
i don't like Yayuk's service motion <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

but her groundstrokes look very smooth

Nov 30th, 2001, 07:01 AM
i still remeber in 1997 wimbledon. she played againest the 1998 wimbledon champion jana novotna in the QF...

Dec 1st, 2001, 01:45 AM
She's played Steffi @ SW19 as well...might have been a couple of times there as well.

Grass seems to suit her game very well.

Where does she base herself for her training? Does indonesia have grass courts?

Dec 8th, 2001, 03:58 PM
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Yu-lun Wang
Dec 10th, 2001, 06:14 AM
Oh my god !!!!<br />SHUZO MATSUOKA !!!!<br />I remember him !!!!!!<br />He is gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" /> <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" />