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GoGoMaggie
Feb 12th, 2003, 04:43 AM
This is from http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html (Ai's offical website) Here is the rough translation.

2/5/2003

Hi, everyone!!! Today I had a big win for the first time in a loooong time!!! Pleeeeeeeeeese listen!!!!
Im now in Antwarp, Belgium and despite my travelling around the world so long, this is my first time to land on the Belgian soil!!
But the crowd here is warm n nice thanks to my partnership with Kim!!
Especially because last week I was playing in the atmosphere where I had to play against two french players in front of their home crowd, I could play feeling really great today.

Today my opponent was Dokic. Despite her ranking, no.10, she was seeded no.6 and so didnt recieve a first round bye in this tournament where so many top 10 players are playing. (the top 4 seeds receive a first round bye)
As I'd carried the recent good form into this tourny, this tough draw (facing Jelena in the first round) gave me some mixed feeling. To be honest, I felt like there were many other easier sections where I could have been drawn!! that was my honest impression. But I just can't afford to keep grumping like that.
So, I took it as positive n stepped on the court talking to myself "Let's snatch the bonus points!!!" As that was my third time to take on a top 10 player in as many weeks, I had more than enough mental and lessons and preparation for this match.
During the match I managed to get thru many difficult situations thinking "Let's not make the same old mistakes!!"

In tennis, there is little difference in skills among all of us, so it's the key how tough you can play. How long you can stay focused n concentrated is pretty much all that matters.
I really feel like I'm learning great lessons through playing tennis. Tonight I will sleep having the dream of today's win and keep on trying hard from tomorrow on.

I have no match to play tomorrow, so I will just practice.
Everyone, please keep on cheering for me so I can put on my best performance again in the next match!!!

dewa matane (C ya)

With Love, Ai

mishar
Feb 12th, 2003, 05:06 AM
She's so sweet. She's right about the difference being so mental. Hope she keeps getting good wins!

V.Melb
Feb 12th, 2003, 05:54 AM
:kiss: Ai

GoGoMaggie
Feb 12th, 2003, 06:08 AM
I think the date of the diatry is wrong.. I just copied it from the web..

Messenger
Feb 12th, 2003, 06:21 AM
"In tennis, there is little difference in skills among all of us, so it's the key how tough you can play. "

This quote may not be true as such, but I like her positive attitude - and it's good she enters every match believing she can win. I remember her match against Venus at Wimbledon which she lost in straight sets, but I was impressed with how focused and determined she looked throughout. She gave every point 100%.

Greenout
Feb 12th, 2003, 06:38 AM
I like that attitude. Why can't it happen? Who's to
say it really won't happen despite the reputations and
historical match records?

I really detest when Tv commentators drag down matches
by saying out right before the first set is even over ...

"Henin should win this- no problems".

I feel like saying why am I sitting here watching this on
TV if it's a boring nothing match anyway?

We've been getting Euro Sport delayed coverage of events
and that British commentator Sam Smith is always giving
no player any chance against a big star or a Williams. I
couldn't believe when during the exhibition event the
Collins Cup she went on to say Daniela will never be a
Grand Slam winner???

I digress- getting back to Ai-Chan. Thank god somebody
believes in themselves. Good to see a positive attitude.
As I said before Asian tennis is getting back the sort of
respect it had during the Kimiko reign. :)

Libertango
Feb 12th, 2003, 09:48 AM
Gotta love her attitude!!! :D

Go Ai!! :hearts:

spiceboy
Feb 12th, 2003, 09:55 AM
Ai rules!!!

Please gogomaggie, keep us informed...

kfh_9118
Feb 12th, 2003, 10:57 AM
Ai :D

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 12th, 2003, 12:45 PM
I love this post!!! GO AI!!!! Great attitude and a great game will help her have a great year in 2003!!!! This could be Ai's best year on tour!!!

Shedevil
Feb 12th, 2003, 03:11 PM
She todally deserved that win! I wonder how she'll play from here. Let's hope for at least...a quarterfinal.

Experimentee
Feb 12th, 2003, 03:16 PM
Its nice of her to keep updating a diary for her fans. I wish her well for the tournament. She seems like she has a good positive attitude.

Beat
Feb 12th, 2003, 03:28 PM
i always wondered if there were any web-diaries from players. nice to read this, love the section about "Let's snatch the bonus points!!!" :)

GO AI!

raquel
Feb 12th, 2003, 04:18 PM
Congrats AI!:D

She has a great attitude - admitting she would rather have been in another part of the draw, but taking the positives from it, and determined not to make the same old mistakes - really honest:)

So let's all cheer for Ai as she requested!

Good Luck Ai!

:bounce:

GoGoMaggie
Feb 12th, 2003, 05:03 PM
This is the Q&A with Ai from the official web.
(http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/answer/index.html)

Q. How did you start playing tennis?

A. I first picked up a racquet at 3 and by the time I turned 5, I was already hitting with my parent on the court for fun. I like(d?) hitting into the wall. For some reason since I was very little, there's been a picture of the Wimbledon Center Court in my house and so I'd always wanted to play tennis someday. It was when I was entering (senior) high school when I really felt like turning pro with realistic thoughts.


Q. I'm assuming your biggest weapon is your backhand, right?

A. Well, I certainly feel comfortable with my backhand, but I think in my game, the balance as a whole is the key. I think I'm the kind of player that sets up each point by hitting a variety of shots (unlike power players), so the balance as a whole is very important. I also consider my footspeed and timing to take the ball as my strengths.


Q. What do you usually do in off-days?

A. Playing golf, relaxing with aroma-massage and when I'm back in Japan I go to hot springs. Relaxing in the hot spring n eating exquisite food makes me forget about the fatigue from the tour.

graf630
Feb 12th, 2003, 07:15 PM
Good win Ai !I hope you can keep it up.

Yes I wish more players would keep diary's. It would give us the feeling we know them a little better.

V.Melb
Feb 12th, 2003, 11:32 PM
Ai :kiss:

▀coene
Feb 13th, 2003, 02:11 AM
She seems to be a very nice person.

I knew she could run fast, but still when I saw her match irl I was impressed by her speed.

1jackson2001
Feb 13th, 2003, 03:15 AM
Love ya Ai. Wish you well. :)

Jordan.
Feb 13th, 2003, 03:21 AM
She seems nice :) :D GO AI!

GoGoMaggie
Feb 13th, 2003, 03:41 AM
You can see an old photo of Ai's here.
http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/profile/index.html

Greenout
Feb 13th, 2003, 05:35 AM
Checked out the web site. I enjoyed the photo with
Julie and her baby. I didn't know Julie Halard-D
had a baby? Cute baby. :)

Kuilli
Feb 13th, 2003, 05:38 AM
Thanks for translating, gogomaggie! :)

Great attitude! She seems very nice. Good luck, Ai!!! :D :D

GoGoMaggie
Feb 17th, 2003, 09:56 AM
Hi everyone. Her diary has been updated today. So, like last time, I would like to give you the translation of the latest. My translation may not be perfect, but I will do my best anyway.

This is again from Ai's official website (http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html)


2/17/2003

Hi Everyone!!!! I made it!!!!
I've won the second doubles title of the season!!
In this tourny, we were as invincible as hell!!!(I'm very frightened to say this, hehe)
The first round match took us only 38 minutes, double-bagelling our opponents and the second round match was to 2 n 1.
We baked another two bagels in the semis and finals.
Kim was like she always has been, in great form hitting winners from anywhere on the court and I attacked the net following the chance balls that were created by Kim's shots. So I think we played great with our nice combinations.

Owing to the fact that it was Kim's home country, the atmosphere of the venue was fantastic.
Thanks to Kim's and Justine's sucess, tennis is huge in Belgium right now.
In the Saturday, during the day the crowd attendance was 12000 and the night session attracted 12000 people. And today, 14400 people showed up for the finals.
I felt very happy to be playing where so many people cheered on us.
I could play well in both singles and doubles here in Belgium and so I got a lot of positives.

The event itself was also well organized and took good care of the players. I think as a result all the players had a very comfortable week.
I was impressed that not just the people working for the tounament but everyone like hotel workers and restaurant clerks was sooo nice.
I felt like everyone here was relaxing and could afford to care about others. I think that's a great thing.
We tend to get pissed by a small thing when stressed out, so I learned how important it is to live more or less relaxed in an atmosphere like here.

Tonight I have to do the packing, which I always hate and will depart for the U.S. I'm having a week off next week, so first I will rest my body and mind to get recharged and start traning to get ready for the event in Scottsdale that comes in two weeks' time.
I will try my best so that I can report you guys great news again!!

Finally but not the least, I really want to thank you all for your heart-warming cheering messages.
Your messages always give me a lot of courage and as long as there are your warm cheers for me, I will keep on fighting for a looooooooooooong time!!!
My best regards!!!

With Love, Ai




Some of the Japanese expressions she used there were a bit difficult to translate accurately as they are very cultural and would have taken so many words.. anways enjoy it!!

Lynx
Feb 17th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Thanks gogomaggie! Ai is great - great personality and great game - I like her a lot. :)

As a Belgian tennisfan I'm also very happy Ai is Kim's partner in doubles again. She's very complimentary towards Kim here (:worship: thank you, Ai-sama) but I think in doubles she's the key player of the two! She's awesome at the net!!


Wish more players kept an internet-diary. Thanks again for translating. :)

GoGoMaggie
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:16 AM
You are welcome, Lynx

gentenaire
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:21 AM
Arigato, gogomaggie.

I agree with Lynx, Ai is the key player in doubles. She's very impressive. And it's wonderful to see that she's enjoying herself on court.

CamilleVidann
Feb 17th, 2003, 03:43 PM
Thanks for your translation, gogomaggie (though I could read the original one hehe) domo domo
I've always known she s got a great personality.
Ai rocks!!!

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:23 PM
Thanks Kaz :) She is so genuinely sweet....gotta love her!

starr
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:28 PM
I love Ai so much! She is the sweetest girl. And she is so determined and brave. She is always trying to think and learn out on the tennis court.

She has the heart of a lion!

Rocketta
Feb 17th, 2003, 11:34 PM
Hi Everyone!!!! I made it!!!!
I've won the second doubles title of the season!!
In this tourny, we were as invincible as hell!!!(I'm very frightened to say this, hehe)
The first round match took us only 38 minutes, double-bagelling our opponents and the second round match was to 2 n 1.
We baked another two bagels in the semis and finals.
Kim was like she always has been, in great form hitting winners from anywhere on the court and I attacked the net following the chance balls that were created by Kim's shots. So I think we played great with our nice combinations.

Was this bragging??

If so.......Way to Go Ai!! Be proud of your accomplishments.;)

starr
Feb 18th, 2003, 12:19 AM
I think it's reporting.

She didn't say... only Kim and I can beat Kim and me. :)

Rocketta
Feb 18th, 2003, 12:24 AM
no but she did say they "baked another two bagels" and excuse me but a reporter might say we won easily or we won love and love. "baking bagels" is now officially a tennis term, huh? Does the umpire say "Game, Set, Match! Miss <whoever> she baked two bagels on Miss <whoever>? However, that would be pretty funny. :)

Aphrodite
Feb 18th, 2003, 03:26 AM
Ai is such a sweet and lovable girl, now I know why i often find my self rooting for her, the confident japanese fighter is a great star:)

kiwifan
Feb 18th, 2003, 04:20 AM
Talking about "baking bagels?"

She may be gaining a Kiwifan.

I like her attitude, admitting she didn't like her draw but vowing to make lemonaide out of those lemons and pick up some bonus points.

Good work Gogo. I wish more people would post personalized info on their faves...







...instead of focusing so much negative energy on my faves (ha ha).

As long as Monica and two other wonderful players aren't on the other side of the net, kick ass Ai!!!

CamilleVidann
Feb 18th, 2003, 05:27 AM
as for "baking bagels", she didnt exactly say so in the original script. She said she and Kim bagelled their opponents in the semis and finals once respectively in a rather humorous way. so I think gogmaggie tried to make it sound as humourous as Ai did in different words n obviously gogomaggie got screwed up.

Libertango
Feb 18th, 2003, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by gogomaggie
In this tourny, we were as invincible as hell!!!(I'm very frightened to say this, hehe)

Teehee, love you Ai!!!! :hearts: :kiss:

arn
Feb 18th, 2003, 09:06 AM
she's sooooo nice! And I'm sure she wasn't cheered for only because Kim was her partner but more for her great personality and fighting spirit :)

spiceboy
Feb 18th, 2003, 07:48 PM
Thanx 4 the effort, gogomaggie!!!

Rocketta
Feb 18th, 2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by CamilleVidann
as for "baking bagels", she didnt exactly say so in the original script. She said she and Kim bagelled their opponents in the semis and finals once respectively in a rather humorous way. so I think gogmaggie tried to make it sound as humourous as Ai did in different words n obviously gogomaggie got screwed up.

really doesn't matter cause the word bagelled is a bragging term, in my opinion. I like it and don't see anything wrong with it. I don't think there is a problem with using the term. I just pointed out that it sounded a little braggadocio. Just a little not a lot but I enjoyed it.

V.Melb
Feb 18th, 2003, 10:16 PM
Ditto Rocketta. :)

Steveg
Mar 4th, 2003, 04:12 PM
gogomaggie :wavey: ,

Ai has been posting in her diary after her fantastic week in Scottsdale :) (diary No. 53 dated 2003.03.04)

If you happen to have some time, could you please post a translation? I am extremely curious to know what she has posted :D .

GoGoMaggie
Mar 5th, 2003, 08:42 AM
Sorry guys. I'd like to have got back and given you her updated diary on her victory in Scottsdale. I've been unable to access the internet for the last few days (I was away in Seoul where I had a great time). Anyways, here's the translation of her updated diary.

This is again from Ai's official website (http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html).

2003/03/04

Hi everyone!!! I made it!!!
I won my first title in five years!! On top of that, this is my first time winning both singles and doubles titles in the same tournament (I think she did it in Gold Coast years ago didn't she??)
I'm feeling as if I were dreaming. I still can't believe it.
You know, I beat four higher ranked players, two of whom are top ten players. No wonder I'm feeling this way.

When I think all the hard work I've been putting in in the past has finally paid off, I'm almost too happy to fight back my tears. Guess God has rewarded me.

This tournament has been bothered by the bad weather. I heard there are only ten rainy days or so a year in Arizona but during the tournament it rained every day but the first day, Monday.
My singles and doubles semifinal matches were scheduled in the Satruday night session but it started raining around 4 p.m. and they were both cancelled after all.
As a result, I had to play these matches on Sunday and if I won them, would have to play the finals in the same day.
My opponent in the singles semifinal was Stevenson who had been playing well throughout the week, so as I expected, it was a very tough match, where I had to save three match points. But to my surprise I managed to stay calm.
I think this is exactly called "zone". Of course you always have such feelings as a desire to win but when you are really focused, you really don't think about winning or losing but keep on fighting, feeling great.
I ended up winning the thrid set tiebreaker, 9-7 and advancing to the final.

The opponent in the final was my doubles partner, Kim.
She has lost few matches since last fall and while playing doubles with her, I always thought she was at a different level from other players. To be very honest, before the match, I couldn't imagine beating her. So I stepped on the court thinking "Let's just do my best and see how well I can match her!!". That was my first singles final in a long time, so I was feeling a bit uneasy and nervous but at the same time excited since I always enjoy challnges.
Once the match started, Kim controlled the first set. There were many close games but I simply couldn't translate points into games.
Even when the second set started, I was struggling and the match went on that way. Obviously this was my second match of the day, so I started feeling the fatigue, but from the game where she served for the match, I sensed her serve was breaking down little by little. Anyway, all I could do was try not to look too far ahead and concentrate on the point we were playing, telling myself "one point at a time".

Something good often happens when you are hanging in there without giving up doesn't it?
A few points after the final set started, it started raining for the first time in the day. As I had won the second set and was on the right track, I felt like "Gee, what a timing!!" but anyway the match was suspended for 45 mintutes.
Despite my frustration, the rain break gave me a good rest. The rest gave me an excellent time to have the blister on the right foot re-taped, get some energy supply and relax.

After the match resumed, I got off to a 4-1 lead, but then she leveled at 4-4. I was almost in awe like "Gee, that's the Kim", but since my body was feeling good and moving well and I was adequately nervous so I could play concentrate on each point. I held my serve to go up 5-4 and then that Kim's service game came. I myself really can't remember how I played that game.... I was just incredibly relaxed even when I got a match point and felt no nerves at all.
Come to think of it now, it was a real wierd feeling.
That's why I still can't believe what happened.

A few years ago, when I wasn't playing the kind of tennis I liked to play, there were days when I felt sick and tired of standing on the court. I would have never dreamt a day like this would come.
I really thank my mom here for helping me go up here from the bottom. She would sometimes push me from behind and other times walk along with me. She would always encourage me.
Plus, I wouldn't be where I am without help from "Team Ai".
I have reached where I am thanks to incredible support from so many people.
I can't thank them enough.

Last, not in the least, let me say "thank you" to you guys, my fans who have always been cheering for me!!! I will keep on trying hard to go further. Your support is the source of my energy!!!

OK, this is getting long, so let me talk about the doulbes thing next time.
Oh, wait.. Just one more thing.
In the Sunday, I ended up playing four matches (2 singles, 2 doubles). I spent 6 hours and 14 minutes(!!) in total on the court. 103 games!!!!
Therefore, I'm dead tired....
I'm now recovering and getting petrol supply (to get rechaged).
Everyone, take care!!

With Love Ai

Jordan.
Mar 5th, 2003, 08:50 AM
Awwwwwwe Ai, how sweet.

Messenger
Mar 5th, 2003, 09:06 AM
Ditto Rocketta. :)

Thanks gogomaggie.

Chance
Mar 5th, 2003, 09:25 AM
thanks gomaggie

Steveg
Mar 5th, 2003, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the translation gogomaggie. I had seen Ai lost in Thailand in 2001 and I was feeling so sad for her. Her frustration on court was obvious :sad: .

I am pleased to see that she seems to have put these dark days behind and is now back to her top form :D .

Rtael
Mar 5th, 2003, 09:33 AM
thanks maggie!

Messenger
Mar 5th, 2003, 09:33 AM
I have no idea why I quoted V.Melb lol. By the way I went to her site, and it looks pretty well done.

gorecki
Mar 5th, 2003, 12:47 PM
Ai! :bounce: :worship:

Best of Luck to her @ Indian Wells!

Lynx
Mar 6th, 2003, 02:52 AM
Domo gogomaggie-sama. Can't wait for her "doubles"-entry... :)

(Kim is my n░ 1 fave - but I've really come to love Ai too, so I was happy for her while being sad for Kim. It was a very weird feeling.)

xcrtbckhnd
Mar 6th, 2003, 03:05 AM
Wow, just reading this for the first time, and Ai is so great!! Thanks for the post gogomaggie, I just love AI so much!! She's got to be one of my faves right now!!! I was so happy to see her win that match. I think Pam Shriver or whoever was commentating said at the beginning of the 2nd set something like, "If Ai somehow manages to get this win, it will be one of the most impressive accomplishments of the year." I've got to agree!!! GO AI!!!!!

treufreund
Mar 6th, 2003, 05:57 AM
WOW I LOVE AI!!!!!! She is soo cool and honest and she does appears to respect Alex's game. Funny how she thought she had no chance against Kim. :D

Zhao
Mar 6th, 2003, 06:01 AM
she is quite good actually
beating renowed players like Jenn n Graf
she should be in top15 soon
all the best to her!

1jackson2001
Mar 6th, 2003, 06:17 AM
Yup, I love Ai's personality and her never-say-die fighting spirit!

Libertango
Mar 6th, 2003, 07:53 AM
:hearts: Ai! :hearts:

Thanks gogomaggie, and good luck to Ai at Indian Wells!!! :)

oaki
Mar 6th, 2003, 09:05 AM
Wuuu ai.... :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:

u r alway great ...love u and keep on showing us some fantastic result

Come-on-kim
Mar 6th, 2003, 05:43 PM
Still nothing about doubles?

GoGoMaggie
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:48 PM
Ai updated her diary a few days ago.
Here's the translation all.
The original one is from Ai's official web (http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html).

3/14/2004

Hi everyone.
I had little time to savour my victory in Scottsdale and this is Indian Well's week.
Seems it's getting warmer in Japan. How are you all doing?

Unlike in Scottsdale, the weather here has been great for tennis.
It's actually a bit too hot to be honest, but could be worse... luckily it's not humid here.
Miami comes next week. It will be really hot there, I'm afraid.

Anyways, I was physically terribly tired after the Scottsdale event. It was as if I had used up all the muscles of my body, so I had to deal with the fatigue and muscle swelling I had never experienced.
But fortunately a docotor was coming from Japan and I spent the next two days after the tournament on nothing but treatment of my body.
I had the doctor get rid of one fatigue source to another and three days before the start of the Indian Wells, I was totally recovered.

There were 32 byes in IW so I didn't need to play a first round match, and so I entered the venue on the Wednesday of the first week.
Every player I bumped into congratulated and worried about me like "Congratulations!!"," Is your body alright?","Super Woman!!".
Playing together on the tour, we share a lot of things and so can understand each other well. I have so many precious friends on the tour.
We have so much respect for each other that we are really good friends except for when we face off on the court.

Anyways, I had another good tourny.
Unfortunately I lost a close match to Chanda Rubin in the fourth round but it was so close that it could have gone either way.
Oh well...but there's still a lot of room in my game to be improved.
I made some mistakes I should not have so I will try not to make them again.

As for doubles, it's been great.... My partner is seriously mentally reliable. And her tennis is also really great! This is exactly something called "having the right partner".
We have a great combination. Kim hits powerful shots creating chances and I move around the net taking the chances.
Today's our semifinal opponents were no.1 seed, Vivi and Paola. Paola was not feeling well so they retired with us leading 6-1,1-1.
For some reason there have been many players who got diarrhea or got sick this week. I wonder it's because it's easy to get attacked by germs when we are tired.. I have to be careful.

The double final will be played on Saturday so I have no match to play in the next two days. So I'm thinking about taking the first day off in a long time!!
I wanna go for the double-header of shopping and golf (simile).

Please give me your power on Saturday, every one!!!

With Love Ai.

Come-on-kim
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:07 PM
Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:15 PM
i wish venus and serena would do an online diary journal.

Glenn
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:45 PM
OhMyGod, Ai is so witty and sweet!
Keep updating your diary Ai, it's a great read! :D

Doraemon
Nov 12th, 2003, 03:53 AM
This is a great thread! Let me make some contribution here.
I'm gonna give you the translation of her most recent diary that was written before the Philly tourny.

This is from Ai's official website( http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html ).

10/30/2003
Hi everyone. How are you doing? I'm of course happy, cuz I've got great news to report to you guys!! I made it! I won the second title of the year! To make it sweeter, I won in both singles and doubles again. It feels great to win the first prize, you know.

I managed to put behind the mental uneasiness I had beeing having in Zurich, Switzerland, and I could have a mentally fullfilling week here.
In Linz I really didn't wanna play a match which I would regret later and so I stepped on the court determined to give everything I had.

Looking back on the recent past, it always seems obvious that good results come about when you're not thinking too about them, but looks like I was putting them first somehow.. then I would just focus only on keeping the ball in play and have no flow in my game.
In tennis rhythm and timing play such a big part that without them the whole game can break down.
And one more thing. More important than anything is enjoy what I believe in. I think this is not just in tennis but can be said about anything. Nothing can be done if you don't believe you can do it. Anything can be different depending on the way you feel and think.
It would be nice if you could always think positively, wouldn't it?

This week, I'm heading to the U.S. The final event, Philadelphia. The champions race is getting real complicated. Looks like the final few berths won't be decided until the very last minute! So everything will be up to the result of this week!
Thanks to Venus pulling out, I was given a first round bye and can start my campaign from the 2nd round. My 2nd round opponent is Garbin. Given this can be the final tournament of the season, I will just go all out!
I will just give my best shot and please send me your power!

Well.. I'm gonna go practice..
Take care everyone.

With Love Ai