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Feb 18th, 2003, 09:05 AM
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:kiss: I hope you know how much I :hearts: you guys to be putting up with this b.s. at 1:30 in the morning! :kiss:

"Tammy Ka" Column from 9 February Matichon Newspaper

Even though I was seeded 2nd in the Indian Open tournament in Hyderabad, India, I admit that I was very pleased to reach the final round because coming into the tournament, I didn't have many expectations because I knew there were many things in my game that still needed adjustment and I didn't think I was prepared enough to get that far into the draw.

As I began this week's column, I had just won my semifinal match against the 15-year-old rising star from Italy, Flavia Penetta to set up a final match against Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbhekistan to whom I had just lost in the gold medal round of the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

As fans of tennis well know, by the time I was able to get past Penetta, I was hyperventilating (or does she mean that all of us fans were hyperventilating?) because she led me 5-2 in the first set before I was able to turn things around and win it (7-5). Other than good serves, I was able to recognize and take opportunities that came up in each point. In other words, I got better at knowing my opponent's style and how to adjust my game accordingly.

Flavia is truly a rising star. Her strokes were powerful, and like most newcomers on the tour, she played like she had nothing to lose. Veteran players like me and many others have to be careful when facing these underdogs. We have to try to play our own game and not follow their game plan. We also have to use our experience to our advantage and look for our chances in every point. I was able to practise various strategies beforehand with my coach "Pi Tum" Panomkorn Pladchurnil and more effectively use these strategies during the match.

In the finals with Tulyaganova, I tried to play without putting too much pressure on myself and I tried not to think about the title because I believed I had already surpassed the goals I set for myself coming in. I was just going to go out there and enjoy myself and not think about the championship. By enjoying myself, I would be able to have a good result, whether I was able to win my first professional title or not.

I told myself during the whole match, "Don't push yourself." I wanted to concentrate on my technique as much as possible and fight my hardest, and as long as I could do that, I would not be unhappy with the results, no matter what the outcome.

I want to thank all the tennis fans very much for the support you have given me. Thank you.

Feb 18th, 2003, 01:13 PM
You did a great job. :worship: :worship: :worship:

I'm also posting "Tammy Ka" in Thai Tennis Webboard every Sunday morning. I should do the same here before but you know my English ability is not enough to do that. From now all Tammy's fan are waiting "Tammy Ka" in English version every Sunday from you.

Khob Khun Mak Krub.

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

BTW, I was back home (from office) when Tammy was down 5-7,3-4 against Angie. And finally she came back and won the match. I'm so happy. I hope she will be making an upset the next round against Myskina.

:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

King Aaron
Feb 18th, 2003, 03:20 PM
Thanks a lot Rose! :D

Wow, I didn't know Flavia is only 15.

Rising Sun
Feb 18th, 2003, 06:05 PM
Actually, Flavia's 21 this year. :o

Thanks Rose for the translations, it means a lot to those who are "Thai Illiterate" including myself. ;)

Feb 18th, 2003, 07:28 PM
I'll let you in on a little secret...players lie about their age A LOT! And "Tammy Ka" is not entirely Tammy's handiwork, but don't tell the folks at home! ;)

King Aaron
Feb 19th, 2003, 01:19 PM
No wonder I felt something fishy ;)

Feb 24th, 2003, 09:13 AM

Mar 5th, 2003, 07:17 AM
Leaving to Tackle the Tour in America

After returning to Thailand to rest and practice for a week, I'm scheduled to travel to the US to play in at least two tournaments.

The first tournament is the $2.1 million Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California from March 3-16. After that is the $2.96 million Nasdaq-100 Open from March 17-31 in Miami, Florida.

Both tournaments are very big, almost as big as the Grand Slams, and they will take two weeks to complete like the Grand Slams.

Since my world rank has fallen to 34, I'm not sure I will be among the 32 seeded players or not. If I'm not seeded, it will be difficult because I may have to play a seeded player as early as the first round and may not be able to get to the next round.

I was able to get pretty good results in both tournaments last year by reaching the third round in both. I have to get to at least the third round in both tournaments to keep the points I earned last year. Otherwise, my ranking may drop even further.

The most important match in both tournaments will be the first round match. I think it is the most dangerous match because every player will have prepared well to be match-ready. They will be fresh and eager to do all they have to in order to win the first match. In other words, everyone's determination is very high. Other than that, the other important point thing that can't be overlooked is how well I will be able to deal with jet lag and the change in climate, especially jet lag since there is a great difference in time between Thailand (and California [15 hours]). If I can get past the first round, I think my chances of equaling my results from last year or bettering them will be greatly improved.

I'm going to wait and see how I do in these two tournaments to see what will come next. If I do well, I won't play in the three other tournaments in America I commited to at the beginning of the year because after consulting with my coach Panomkorn Pladchurnil, we decided that I shouldn't play 5 tournaments in a row over 7 weeks because it would take too much out of me.

It's like I've said before in the column that since the beginning of the year, I've hardly had any time off to rest. I've been on the road competing the entire year. After I won the Indian Open, I didn't do so well in the following two tournaments (Doha and Dubai) because I felt that I had used up a lot of physical and mental energy. Even though I tried hard to jump start myself while I was in those tournaments, it didn't do any good because I was out of gas.

But if I don't do as well in those first two tournaments as I am aiming to, I may have to play the remaining tournaments, but I'm not sure how many yet.

I'll be reporting to you tennis fans in this column.

Please don't forget to continue sending your encouragement to me!

Thank you very much!

Mar 5th, 2003, 07:25 AM
Hope you and Dani/Mikey have a good time with Tammy. I met her one day before she leave for USA and I aked her to say "Hello" to you too.

Wta_amanda was very kind for putting Tammy's first title trophy (I've sent to her) in the avatar list.

Thank you so much wta_amanda.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Mar 5th, 2003, 07:55 AM
Hello, Tennis Fans! I've returned to Thailand. I didn't do as well as I should have in the two tournaments following my victory in the Indian Open. In the Dubai tournament I played before returning to Thailand, I only got to the second round where I lost to Myskina, the world number 11 from Russia.

I admit that my opponent played very well, while I also admit that I was a bit worn out after my victory in India.

As I said in my previous column, I haven't had any rest since the year started. Plus, all the travel to play in last four tournaments was gruelling and contributed to my fatigue.

I understand that many Thai tennis fans eagerly cheered me on and hoped for better results in the tournaments after my victory in India. However, since I wasn't in top shape, the results showed that. It wasn't that I was satisfied with the win in India and didn't try at all in my matches in Doha and Dubai.

But my first championship has allowed me to step up another level. The most important thing is that it gave me encouragement to continue forward on my tennis journey which will be filled with difficult challenges. Tennis players each have their peak and each have their down points. Winning my first tournament allowed me to set a reference point about my peak, because before the win, I admit that I had no idea where I was.

Even Venus Williams, who won in Belgium and planned to play the tournament in Dubai, withdrew from the tournament because she was too exhausted to be able to play well in back to back tournaments.

A player's form and technique is like a graph that has peaks and valleys.

While I'm home in Thailand this time, I will have one week to rest and practice before I have to travel again to America. I'm going to try my best to get myself ready to achieve better and better results.

I'm going to try my best to answer the encouraging fan e-mails I received before I leave for America.

Thanks again, everyone.

King Aaron
Mar 5th, 2003, 02:08 PM
Thanks Rose. :D

Rising Sun
Mar 5th, 2003, 02:18 PM
Thanks again, Rose! :wavey:

Reading player columns really puts things into a different perspective. :)

Mar 5th, 2003, 10:28 PM
I don't know about you guys, but Tammy sounds really defensive in these columns. I think she started the column in response to the negative press she gets in Thailand. They can be really merciless when she doesn't live up to THEIR expectations! I'm surprised they think Tammy will move to the US permanently because she seems 110% Thai to me, but I guess they will find anything they can to exploit and take issue with.

The columns seem really basic to me, but I guess this is to help educate Thai tennis fans about how the game is played, how ranking is determined, etc.

Mar 5th, 2003, 10:30 PM
Khun Jiro,

Do you know how I can access the 16 February "Tammy Ka"? Matichon's archives don't go that far back. Do you also have access to the previous columns? Please let me know so that I can do some more translations for everybody.

Kob khun mahk ka! :wavey:

Mar 6th, 2003, 01:31 AM
I think you've already tried to access the back issued on "Tammy ka" in Matichon homepage but it seems like they are keeping the old data only two week. Don't worry I'm keeping it from the first issue. I'm also posting in Thai Tennis webboard every Sunday. Here below is the link of the 16 February "Tammy Ka". (Please let me know if you need that far back.)


Once again thanks for translation.
Have fun,

Mar 7th, 2003, 01:13 AM
Thank you for the link, Khun Jiro!

I Accept My Condition

My easy loss in the first round of the Qatar Open to Venezuelan Maria Vento Kabachi probably left many Thai tennis fans confused, right? My new victory in the Indian Open in Hyderabad, India probably gave everyone greater hopes for more success to follow.

I'll tell you honestly that I felt tired and worn out after playing so many tournaments in a row. Since the beginning of the year, I have had almost no days off. After I came back to Thailand from the Australian Open, I only had a few days to practice before I had to leave for a tournament in Japan. Then I came home to Thailand again for only one day before having to leave for India.

The most important factor in my loss was that I was unable to adjust to the conditions in Qatar because the courts were totally different from the courts in India, which were faster and which I am more comfortable playing on. The courts in Qatar were very slow and sticky. I only had one chance to practice on those courts for two hours.

The slow courts plus my fatigue added together and I gradually grew more and more tired. My timing was off. In each rally, after only 8 or 9 shots, I was already out of breath, and Maria was really in a zone that day and played really well. Even if her ranking is lower than mine, she outplayed me that day. Nothing I tried worked, and she won the match rather easily.

Although it was a disappointing loss, I accepted it and took the next 2-3 days to work out in the gym and practice a little meditation. I feel better now and will try my best at the Dubai Open in Dubai, UAE. I travelled to Dubai on the 14th of February and will have 3-4 days to practice on the courts here, which are slow like the ones in Qatar, but I am trying to get accustomed to it in order to get a good result.

I would like to thank the many fans who have sent me good wishes and congratulations on my first championship by e-mail. I have answered some of the e-mails, but there are many more that need to be answered. I am sorry that I cannot answer them all now, but I promise that I will upon my return to Thailand.

Thank you all once again for your all support and praises.

Mar 11th, 2003, 08:20 AM
1:18 a.m.

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I just lost 1/2 of the March 9 "Tammy Ka" column! Sorry guys...I'll have to try again tomorrow afternoon!
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Good night! :rolleyes:

Rising Sun
Mar 11th, 2003, 04:19 PM
Too bad... :sad:

Looking forward to it! :wavey:

Jun 22nd, 2003, 10:40 AM
"Ready to Tackle Wimbledon"

I have just traveled from Eastbourne to London to prepare for Wimbledon.

Before I start telling you about my readiness and preparations for Wimbledon, I will tell you the details about the Eastbourne tournament.

As you tennis fans already know, the best I could do was to reach the second round at Eastbourne, losing to 2nd seeded Chanda Rubin of the US in straight sets 0-6, 3-6.

I am willing to admit that this match was really tiring because Rubin was playing so well. Luck was also on her side. Although I was playing well, the first set score does not show it. It makes it seem like I wasn't even in the set, but each game was so close. Two games on my serve, I was up 40-0, but in both games, Rubin got a lot of let-cord shots that threw my off my game. I was even serving well--I remember serving several aces.

After I got bageled in the first set, I tried even harder in the second set and became really tired. As you can see by the score, the result was better because of my extra effort.

I just have to accept that I wasn't able to beat her that day. [Nobody else was able to beat her either!--R.T.]

So now let's talk about Wimbledon. I was lucky to be the last of the 32 seeded players. I play Akiko Morigami of Japan in the first round, whom I've played once before at the Volvo Open in Pattaya at the end of last year, and I was able to pull out a close match with her.

Before the draws were announced, I had a strange feeling that I would be playing Morigami in the first round because while we were in Eastbourne, she was practicing on the court next to mine, and moreover, her coach was really analyzing my practice. They were even watching my match, which made me feel even stranger, so when the draws were announced the next day, I was a bit shocked (that my premonitions came true)

As for Morigami, she is a good player who has solid strokes and a playing style similar to mine, namely baseline groundstrokes, especially flash (?) shots. For this reason, I can't be overconfident, especially because this is the first round and every player will be ready to do their absolute best. I have to put 100% concentration into this match and be as focused as possible and try to get this first round victory.

I believe that the first match has importance to every tennis player who comes to compete here.

As for this year, my goal is to reach at least the 4th round as I have done for the past several years, although this year's draw seems to be tougher than in years past. I still have to try my hardest, and my highest aim all along has been to get further than the 4th round this year.

I would like to achieve the best Wimbledon results that I can because I believe that this is the tournament that I have the best history with and the most positive feelings about.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Go, Tammy, go! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Shine On Silver Moon
Jun 22nd, 2003, 10:47 AM
Thanks Rose for sharing it wiht us! :wavey:

Choke Dee, Tammy...u can do it! :) :wavey: :kiss:

Jun 22nd, 2003, 11:39 AM
:) :)
Rubin was unstoppable. no shame for tammy. :)

I hope she can continue her great wimby form :)

Rising Sun
Jun 22nd, 2003, 05:33 PM
Thanks Rose for the translations! :D

Akiko Morigami posted on her site that she was really looking forward to the match against Tammy. Too bad they have to face each other in the 1st rd because they're both playing well. :(

Go Tammy!!! :bounce:

Jun 23rd, 2003, 06:11 AM
No worries, mate! It's about time I got back to translating!

I'm going to try to do a few while I'm recuperating from a cold. I'll have to see if I can dig them up from Khun Jiro's posts at Thai Tennis!

Catch you later!

Jun 23rd, 2003, 07:39 AM
"The Greatest Disappointment (Really!)" (Or "A Terrible, Terrible Pity"?--need help, Khun J!)

There's probably nothing better to say than the title of this column to describe the feeling of my tennis fans when it comes to the match I just lost a few hours ago to Greek tennis player Eleni Daniilidou in the quarterfinals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.

After analyzing this loss a bit, I realized I had fewer weapons than my opponent, most obvious of which is the serve and the slice, especially the slice. Daniilidou has an amazing slice that is different from most players. Most players have a slice that makes the ball bounce lower, but hers has an extreme spin that gives off a weird bounce that is difficult to play.

Aside from these strokes, I only have myself to blame for not being detail-oriented enough.

I won the first set 6-3, probably because my opponent was not fully "on" yet, but in the second set, it was my turn to be "off," letting her get to a 5-2 lead before I was able to shake myself up and lead 6-5, but ended up losing in the tiebreaker. I tried to fight as hard as I could at the beginning of the third set but she led throughout. Yet somehow, I was able to catch her and force another tiebreaker. I was praying to the angels and using what energy I had left, but came up short as you all know.

After the end of the match, many of my friends on the tour said that my match with Daniilidou should have been the final because the rest of the draw had players not known for their grass court ability (Note from RT: Both Tammy and Eleni have remarkable grass court records. Eleni's grass court percentage is something like 84% and Tammy's is about 73%).

With the match being finished, I admit I completely ran out of energy because I put everything I had into it. There were also many Thai fans in the stands who used all their energy to cheer me on during the match.

Before this tournament, I had bad back pains. I had to wrap my back before going to bed at night. The tournament doctor suggested that I might have injured myself by using the wrong form or it might be a problem with the way I sleep. Whatever the cause, my back is much better now.

Getting to the quarterfinals and beating a higher ranked player like Lisa Raymond will earn me 55 points and will most likely raise my world ranking a bit, but it's still not certain whether it will be high enough for me to get into the top 32 that determines the seedings for Wimbledon, which starts in next week.

As for this week, I will be going to Eastbourne to play in the $585,000 Hastings Direct International. It takes about 4 hours by car to get from Birmingham to Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne tournament is one last warm up before Wimbledon, so I am going to try my best, but I won't overexert myself because Wimbledon is the bigger target.

Please read the column next week when I will share the details of this week's matches with you. Bye for now.

Jun 23rd, 2003, 07:56 AM
Hi Rose,
Thank you for your great effort (translation).

Tammy said in the topic that " She feels very sorry for the loss "

In Japanese = " Hontoo ni zannen deshita "

I have to leave my office early today because I will be supporting Paradorn on TV (LIVE). So talk to you later after I'm home.

Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:51 AM
Rose, :worship:
Here below is the link of Tammyka on:
23 Feb 2003: http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6048 (http://)
2 Mar 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6112 (http://)
9 Mar 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6218 (http://)
16 Mar 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6309 (http://)
23 Mar 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6389 (http://)
30 Mar 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6496 (http://)
6 Apr 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6578 (http://)
13 Apr 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6654 (http://)
20 Apr 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6713 (http://)
27 Apr 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6805 (http://)
4 May 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=6905 (http://)
18 May 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=7054 (http://)
25 May 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=7122 (http://)
1 Jun 2003 : http://www.thaimisc.com/freewebboard/php/vreply.php?user=thaitennis&topic=7190 (http://)

I don't expect you will do translate all but please try before you leave for Japan. :hearts:

King Aaron
Jun 23rd, 2003, 03:42 PM
Thanks. :)

Jun 29th, 2003, 04:07 PM
Trying to Forget My Disappointment

"I couldn't play at all. (I was lousy)."

Starting the column with this sentence pretty much directly sums up my feelings about my last loss to Akiko Morigami of Japan at the beginning of this past week in the first round of Wimbledon in London, England.

I really don't know what happened. You could say it was pressure. You could say I didn't have enough focus. These things happened because of the stress of the first round, which I've said all along is probably the most important round in the Grand Slam. I think almost every player out there faces these pressures and the fear of losing in the first round.

Every player has prepared well before getting ready to play his/her first match in an old grand slam like Wimbledon. Therefore, when playing the first round, you're bound to face someone who is ready and raring to go with their A game. It puts everyone under a lot of pressure with anticipation.

Even Lleyton Hewitt, the #1 player in the world who has won many championships, crashed out in the first round quite unexpectedly.

Aside from this, I have to say that Morigami played very well. She gave me no chance to get back in the match and kept her unforced errors down. On the other hand, I hit unforced errors often and wasn't able to play my usual game.

I am really disappointed because the last 5 years I have always played well here and felt most at home here. This loss will probably drop my world ranking to 50.

But it doesn't matter. I am going to try to forget my heartbreak and disappointment as soon as I can and start from square one in the coming tournaments.

As for this year's Wimbledon, I'll just have to say that this is the year of the Japanese players, as many of them were able to get deep into the draw.

After the loss, I decided to stay in England for a little while. I am staying with some Indonesian players, some of my closest friends on the tour, as we shared a flat together this year. I will work on my game and my fitness with some weight training. At the beginning of July I will return to Thailand and stay for a while. I will be doing a clinic for Thai junior players before going to the US to play in tournaments and get ready for the US Open in August.

I want to thank all my fans who sent comiserations by e-mail and who have given me encouragement all along. Even if I lost this time, I still have my fans at home that give me the inspiration to continue fighting. In return, I promise to practice hard and get ready to do my best so as not to disappoint my fans further.

Thank you all again, and see you in next week's column.

King Aaron
Jun 29th, 2003, 04:23 PM
Thank you Rose. :)

Jun 29th, 2003, 04:30 PM
Thank you Rose. :)

Mai pen rai ka, King Aaron! :wavey:

Are you near Fayetteville? That's the birthplace of my sorority (Chi Omega).

Jul 1st, 2003, 04:44 AM
Thank you so much for the columns Rose:worship::wavey:
They are a great read:D!

Curtis F
Jul 1st, 2003, 11:24 AM
Thank you so much for the columns Rose:worship::wavey:
They are a great read:D!

Great read indeed! Thanks you so much for the "behind the scenes" look at Tammy's world! :D

Rising Sun
Jul 1st, 2003, 05:04 PM
Thanks again, Rose. :)

I'm pretty sure Tammy's ranking will remain in the Top 40. I wonder why she thought it'll drop to about 50? :confused:

Hope she comes back to the tour refreshed and refocussed. Go Tammy! :bounce:

Jul 2nd, 2003, 03:29 AM
Thanks again, Rose. :)

I'm pretty sure Tammy's ranking will remain in the Top 40. I wonder why she thought it'll drop to about 50? :confused:

Hope she comes back to the tour refreshed and refocussed. Go Tammy! :bounce:

I think perhaps Tammy is more like me than I imagined...our worst case scenarios are often MUCH worse than the reality of our failures to accomplish our goals/tasks. She probably thought that the loss of the Wimbledon points would send her on a freefall. I thought the same about her 1st round RG loss, but it was not that many spots.

She called me this morning and is still concerned about her ranking, but she plans to do a bit of training in Miami, fly home to Thailand to do a junior tennis clinic, and then return to L.A. around the 24th of July to get ready for the San Diego tournament.

I assured her that players ahead of her didn't do that well at Wimbledon this year, and there aren't that many players behind her that are going to make huge strides in the rankings. She's got to learn to focus on herself and not be too concerned about others! (Too bad I'm not good at taking my own advice!)

Jul 6th, 2003, 10:38 AM
"The Lessons Learned from Losing in the First Round"

Hello, tennis fans and readers of "Tammy Ka."

The owner of this column has traveled back to Thailand this past week after being eliminated in the 1st round of Wimbledon.

In reviewing the aftermath of the my round loss, even if I am disappointed about it, isn't all negative. There are a many positive things that I was able to develop within myself after analyzing the event that happened.

The first thing that I could see clearly is that losing early at Wimbledon made me more mature. In the past when I would lose in the first round at various tournaments, I admit that besides being disappointed, I would also cry, but this past Wimbledon loss was strange in that nothing like that happened. After I had a chance to think about it, I think it was because I became emotionally stronger.

Aside from this, I also gained a strange new power within myself. At the same time, I am ready to make the changes necessary to become even better. This resulted in really good and hard practice sessions and a fiestier attitude toward my tennis.

I feel like I have been working 100% harder than before, or if not quite 100% sometimes, at least I feel like from now on, I will work twice as hard as I did in the past.

I think that tennis players that have competed professionally in the world tour for a long time must have inner strength and dedication that exceeds 100%. This is especially true for the Top Ten players in the world who have been there for a long time. They must be better than everyone else, especially when it comes to inner strength and dedication.

Fans of tennis will notice that in women's tennis, the players that get far in the big tournaments seem to be the same 6 or 7 players that do well every tournament. These are the players that I have noticed have something different from everybody else on the tour.

As to whether I can develop myself to the same level or not, that's a very difficult question to answer, but I can promise all my fans that I want to develop into a better player than I am now, even if I am getting older and don't have that many years left in my professional career.

As for the next tournaments on my schedule, I am going to play in the US and Canada with the main goal being the US Open. The four tournaments I will play in include:

August 4-10 $635,000 JP Morgan Chase Open in Los Angeles,
August 11-17 $1,325,000 Rogers AT&T Cup in Toronto, Canada,
August 18-24 $625,000 Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament in New Haven,
and the US Open, which is the final Grand Slam tournament for this year.

Right now I am in the middle of preparations for the next leg of the tour. Next week, I will share my progress report and more observations of the world tennis tour.

Jul 6th, 2003, 10:48 AM
I don't know why she didn't mention her plans for training in Miami or the San Diego tournament, unless she's saving something for next week. It might also be that she doesn't know if she has to qualify or not for San Diego, but isn't that the case with the Pilot Pen tournament, too?

Anyway, do your best, Tammy!

Shine On Silver Moon
Jul 6th, 2003, 11:38 AM
Thanks, Rose! :wavey:

Go, Tammy...great performance in ur birth city! and all the best in North America! :cool: :wavey:

Jul 6th, 2003, 12:34 PM
Tammy is in the entry list of San Diego. I'm surprising that why she doesn't play.

Main draw: San Diego Committments

Rising Sun
Jul 6th, 2003, 04:06 PM
Thanks Rose. :wavey:

I'll be disappointed if Tammy doesn't end up playing San Diego. She lost in the 1st rd last year, so it would have been a great opportunity to get some points, and a better chance to get a US Open seeding. :devil:

Whatever her decision, all the best to Tammy! :cool:

Aug 31st, 2003, 08:37 AM
I think Rose is now very busy teaching in Japan plus she still don't have internet at home so I just try to translate "Tammyka". (Sorry for my bad English) :worship:

"Tammy Ka" Column from 31 August Matichon Newspaper

"Thai people's dream, Tammy's dream"

I knows everybody happy for my latest victory over the number 9 seeded, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia which made my new Grand Slam US Open record by reaching the 4th round for the first time.

Before the match, I thought that I will try my best, keep fighting until the end and not thinking about the victory. Still more than that I also was informed by my mom (Sunattra) that the King Bumipol Adulyadej is following my matches, that news encourage me having great spirit for my next match. I felt thankfulness of royal grace.

As soon as I was infromed the news from my mom, I told Alexandra Laws , personal trainer of Australia, a former world tri-athlete champion.(my personal physical fitness trainer). Alexandra Laws was exciting for that great news because I used to tell Alexandra that I'm Thai and Thai people love and respect the King. And my highest dream is just this once in my life to meet the King.

Back to tennis, I will tell the detail and my feeling in the match against Daniela Hantuchova, especially I made "embarrassing story" which happen to me in Center Court.

The first set, I played with my game plan which I tried to attack my opponent first and it's worked. It suited my game and Hantuchova made many unforced errors. The second set, Hantuchova started playing better and it was not going to be easy which I have done in the first set because I have to focus more and I can well continue my rhythm. The last game when I was leading 5-4 and serving for the match. At 30-30, I had service ace on the right time that give me the match point 40-30. That service ace made me a confident and I thought that I have to win this game. And I did it.

But before that I made "embarrassing thing" in Center Court. I was leading 4-3 and serving to take a leads 5-3. As soon as I hold my service and I thought that I won the match because I thought that I was leading 5-3. I was very happy, screamed, jumped and was walking toward the net for shake hand with Hantuchova. I felt someting wrong happened when I was walking at the middle of the court, the fans from the stands laughed. So I knew that the match was not over yet. I was really laughing about myself. I just said that, "Oh, if I gonna finish this match and won it, I'm gonna jump more than the one before."

Many tennis fans asked about who is Alexandra laws.

Alexandra Laws was a a Australian nation former world tri-athlete champion who is a specialist in physical fitness training. She used to train Ai Sugiyama, current top 20 player before. I'm working with her more than 3 weeks on physical fitness training and nutrition program. She help me a lot and also my coach, Pee Tum (Pranomkorn Pudchuenil).

Next match is Amelie Mauresmo which will be tough because Mauresmo is in great form. I will play nothing to lose, not put pressure on myself because I have reached my goal. I will try my best, doesn't matter win or lost.

Once again, sorry for my bad English. :worship:

Rising Sun
Aug 31st, 2003, 04:53 PM
Thank you Jiro :worship:

King Aaron
Aug 31st, 2003, 06:52 PM
Thanks Jiro. :D :)
Her improved fitness will only do her good. Good luck Tammy! :D

Sep 7th, 2003, 03:18 AM
Correction Alexandra Laws' name in my last post "Tammyka".

Alexandra Laws is Tammy's short period Australian physical fitness trainer, a former world tri-athlete champion.

Feb 20th, 2004, 12:34 AM
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! Got too greedy! Almost got finished translating the whole article when my touch keypad decided to backspace for me DAMMMMMMMMMMIT!

Sorry! Will try to do it again when I have sufficiently calmed down.

Note to self: Baby steps, baby steps. Small bites, small bites...

คอลัมน์ แทมมี่ ค่ะ

โดย แทมมารีน ธนสุกาญจน์ tammyka@2002@yahoo.com

"แทมมี่" กลับมาพบกับแฟนๆ อีกครั้งค่ะ
I'm back again, fans!

หลังจากหายไปหลายสัปดาห์ ซึ่งสาเหตุหลักมาจากการติดภารกิจทางด้านการแข่ง ขัน ทำให้ไม่สะดวกต่อการติดต่อสื่อสาร
After disappearing for many weeks due to matters related to competitions, which made it inconvenient to be in contact.

ผลงานรายการล่าสุดที่ผ่านมาในรายการ "แพน แปซิฟิก โอเพ่น" ที่กรุงโตเกียว ประเทศญี่ปุ่น ซึ่งแทมมี่ตกรอบแรกนั้น ยอมรับว่าทำให้ตัวเองรู้สึกเบื่อ และเหนื่อยพอสมควร
My performance in the past week's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan made me feel pretty bored and tired, I admit.

แต่พอมานั่งทบทวนผลงานตัวเอง ที่เริ่มต้นไม่ดีในปีนี้คงมาจากความยุ่งเหยิงในภารกิ จส่วนตัวมากเกินไป ทำให้ไม่มีสมาธิและอารมณ์กับการทำหน้าที่ในสนามแข่งข ันเท่าที่ควร
However, after thinking about the reasons for my poor performance and bad start to the season, I realised that I have too many things to handle off the court. Such matters keep me from having the proper concentration and motivation to do my job on the court.

เมื่อมาคิดทบทวนแล้ว แทมมี่ก็คิดว่าเป็นธรรมดาที่ในชีวิตต้องมีอุปสรรคผ่า นเข้ามาเป็นระยะๆ แต่ไม่ว่าจะเจอกับอุปสรรคขนาดไหนก็ตาม หากเราพร้อมที่จะสู้กับมัน สักวันเราก็ต้องกลับมาได้
After this assessment, I thought that it is normal for us to face obstacles in our lives from time to time, but no matter how large or how many, if we are ready to face them head on, we will one day be able to come back.

ส่วนเรื่องอันดับโลกที่ตกลงไปหลายอันดับในเวลาน ี้ แทมมี่ไม่ได้ซีเรียสอะไรมาก เพราะตัวเลขในอันดับโลก มันก็เหมือนกับเกมกีฬา มีแพ้ มีชนะ หากเราไปแคร์มาก ก็จะทำให้ไม่มีความสุข
Regarding my recent fall in the rankings, I am not taking it too seriously because the ranking is a number, and like in any sport, you win some, and you lose some. If we become obsessed with the number too much, we can find no peace.

แทมมี่เคยเจอภาวะอย่างนี้มาแล้วหลายครั้ง ครั้งล่าสุดก็คือ เมื่อประมาณ 3-4 ปีก่อน ซึ่งอันดับโลกตกลงไปถึง 70 กว่าๆ ตอนนี้รู้สึกท้อมาก แต่ก็พยายามจะกลับมาสู้ใหม่ และจุดเปลี่ยนที่ทำให้แทมมี่กลับมาได้อีกครั้งในตอนน ั้นก็คือ การโชว์ฟอร์มได้ดีในการแข่งขันรายการ "ฮอพแมนคัพ" ที่แทมมี่จับคู่กับ "บอล" ภราดร ศรีชาพันธุ์ คว้ารองแชมป์ได้อย่างเหลือเชื่อในการเล่นที่ประเทศออ สเตรเลีย และหลังจากฮอพแมนคัพ แทมมี่ก็ทำผลงานในรายการทัวร์ได้ดีขึ้น จนทำอันดับโลกขึ้นมาอยู่ 1-30 ของโลกได้
I was in this situation before, the last time being 3 or 4 years ago when my ranking was in the 70s. I also seemed to be in a slump at that time, but I kept struggling to get back to where I was. The turning point was my effort at the 2000 Hopman Cup in Australia with Paradorn Srichaphan where we were the Cinderella team and runners-up. After the Hopman Cup, I was able to improve my performance on the tour as well, until I made it to the Top 30.

แต่ก็ไม่ใช่ว่าครั้งนี้จะเป็นเหมือนครั้งนั้น แทมมี่อาจจะกลับมาได้ หรือไม่ได้...ก็ได้ แต่เราก็ต้องพยายาม
But that doesn't mean that this time will be like last time. I may or may not be able to make it back to my former rank, but I have to try my best.

แทมมี่รู้สึกซาบซึ้งแฟนเทนนิสทุกคน ที่คอยให้กำลังใจ ส่งอีเมล์มาพูดคุยและให้กำลังใจตลอด แม้ว่าผลงานจะ "แย่" ขนาดไหนก็ตาม
I want to thank all of my fans who have always been there and who have been sending e-mails to support me, no matter how badly I do.

สำหรับรายการต่อไป แทมมี่จะเดินทางไปป้องกันแชมป์ที่เมืองไฮเดอราบ ัด ประเทศอินเดีย ระหว่างวันที่ 16-22 กุมภาพันธ์นี้ ซึ่งแทมมี่รู้ตัวเองดีว่า ฟอร์มการเล่นในเวลานี้ ไม่ดีเหมือนกับเมื่อปีที่แล้ว แต่จะพยายามทำให้ดีที่สุด จะไม่นึกว่าตัวเองไปป้องกันแชมป์ จะคิดว่าเป็นการแข่งขันรายการหนึ่ง
As for the next tournament, I will be traveling to Hyderabad, India to defend my title from February 16-22. I know my form isn't as good as it was last year, but I am going to do my best and I won't think of defending the title. This is just another tournament...

so that I don't put too much pressure on myself.

Rising Sun
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the translations Rose. Really appreciate it. :wavey:

Nice to see Tammy get out of her mini-slump this week.

Onto Dubai. :cool:

Feb 23rd, 2004, 07:19 AM
Hello, Dedicated Fans, who always follow my progress and give me encouragement.
สวัสดีค่ะแฟนๆ ที่ติดตามและให้กำลังใจ **"แทมมี่"** มาตลอด

You probably know well that I am in the middle of the tennis tour in Asia.
แฟนเทนนิสคงทราบดีนะคะว่า ตอนนี้แทมมี่อยู่ในระหว่างการทัวร์แข่งขันในเอเชียอย ู่

The first country on the current tour is India, where I am the defending champion. And you probably know already that I was unable to defend my title, as I lost to Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the semifinals.
ประเทศแรกในการทัวร์ก็คือ ที่อินเดีย ซึ่งแทมมี่เป็นแชมป์เก่าอยู่ และแฟนเทนนิสก็คงทราบแล้วว่า แทมมี่ไม่สามารถป้องกันแชมป์ได้ หลังจากแพ้ในรอบรองชนะเลิศให้กับ **มาเรีย คิริเลนโก้** จากรัสเซีย

I'm really disappointed because I felt like my form was continually improving, ever since the first round, but I wasn't in proper condition quite yet. During my second round match with Jie Zheng from China, I lost my balance and fell hard on my right knee. However, for the rest of the match and later that afternoon, it seemed to be all right. I even practiced serving until it became dusk.
แทมมี่รู้สึกเสียดายมาก เพราะมีความรู้สึกว่าฟอร์มการเล่นของตัวเองเริ่มดีขึ ้นเรื่อยๆ ตั้งแต่การแข่งขันรอบแรกมา แต่เป็นเพราะร่างกายไม่เอื้ออำนวย เนื่องจากในการแข่งขันรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศในระหว่างที่ เล่นกับ **จี เช็ง** นักเทนนิสจากจีน ปรากฏว่าแทมมี่เสียหลักล้มลง เข่าขวาด้านข้างไปกระแทกกับพื้น ซึ่งในขณะที่แข่งขันและหลังเกมจบก็ไม่มีอาการบาดเจ็บ อะไร แทมมี่ยังไปซ้อมเสิร์ฟจนถึงค่ำๆ อยู่เลยค่ะ

But during my warm-up before my match with Kirilenko, I began to feel a sharp pain around my knee, but I thought to myself that it would be OK. It was when she was leading 3-2 that the symptoms became worse. I asked for a trainer to come and got some medication, so I played on, but I wasn't able to run very well and couldn't stay in the points and just tried to end them however I could. In the end, I lost by a score that wasn't so competitive.
แต่ในช่วงวอร์มอัพก่อนแข่งขันกับคิริเลนโก้ ก็มีอาการเสียวแปล๊บที่บริเวณเข่า แต่ในใจก็คิดว่าไม่เป็นไร ในระหว่างที่ถูกนำไป 3-2 ในเซตแรก อาการเริ่มไม่ดี แทมมี่ต้องขอให้แพทย์สนามมาดูอาการ และแพทย์ได้ให้ยามาทาน แทมมี่ก็ลงไปเล่นต่อ และเล่นแบบตีเสี่ยง ไม่ยืดเยื้อ เพราะวิ่งไม่ถนัด แต่ก็ทำได้ตามสภาพ ก็เลยแพ้ไปแบบค่อนข้างขาดลอย

After the match, I went to see the doctor to have a more thorough examination. The doctor told me that the tendons around my knee are bruised and inflamed, but it's not a serious injury. I got some medication and the pain should be gone in 2-3 days. I phoned the organisers of the Dubai Duty Free tournament to request a Tuesday match to give my injury as much time to heal as possible.
หลังเกม แทมมี่ได้ไปพบแพทย์ เพื่อให้ตรวจดูอาการอย่างละเอียดอีกครั้ง แพทย์บอกว่าเส้นเอ็นเข่าบริเวณดังกล่าวที่ยึดติดกับก ระดูกช้ำและบวม แต่ไม่ร้ายแรงมากนัก แพทย์เลยจัดยามาให้ทาน และบอกว่าอาการจะทุเลา หรือหายได้ภายใน 2-3 วัน ทำให้แทมมี่ต้องโทรศัพท์ไปแจ้งกับฝ่ายจัดการแข่งขันใ นรายการ "ดูไบ ดิวตี้ ฟรี" ที่ประเทศสหรัฐอาหรับเอมิเรตส์ ซึ่งแทมมี่จะเดินทางไปแข่งขันต่อจากรายการนี้ว่ า ขอลงเล่นรอบแรกในวันอังคาร เพื่อจะได้รักษาอาการบาดเจ็บให้ทุเลาให้มากที่ส ุด

I'm not sure myself how my injury will be during the next two tournaments in the UAE and Qatar, but I am going to try my best. On the bright side, I didn't do so well in these tournaments last year, so I don't have many points to defend and don't have to worry so much about the effect on my ranking.
ก็ไม่รู้เหมือนกันว่า การแข่งขันอีก 2 รายการที่สหรัฐอาหรับเอมิเรตส์ และที่กาตาร์ อาการบาดเจ็บจะดีขึ้นมากน้อยแค่ไหน แต่แทมมี่จะพยายามทำให้ดีที่สุดค่ะ และก็เป็นโชคดีเล็กน้อยที่ผลงานเมื่อปีที่แล้วใ น 2 รายการดังกล่าว แทมมี่ทำได้ไม่ค่อยดี คือตกรอบ 2 ที่สหรัฐอาหรับฯ และตกรอบแรกที่กาตาร์ เลยไม่ต้องซีเรียสในเรื่องของคะแนนที่จะถูกตัดม าก

I'm going to try to improve my results over last year's. Bye for now!
***แทมมี่จะพยายามทำผลงานให้ดีกว่าปีที่แล้วค่ะ...สว ัสดีค่ะ***

Feb 23rd, 2004, 07:50 AM
Thanks TammysBigSis (http://www.wtaworld.com/member.php?u=745) :hearts:

Feb 23rd, 2004, 07:52 AM
Mai pen rai ka! Good Thai practise for me.

Rising Sun
May 9th, 2006, 12:55 PM