Congrats I have to say.... she won 4 matches in total and i'm really impressed...
Mar 3rd, 2003, 09:56 AM
a great fighter Ai, welldone! :D
Mar 3rd, 2003, 09:57 AM
Incredible inspired performance ...Well done Ai , best of luck for the rest of the season!!!
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:04 AM
Great Photo. :kiss:
She deserves every bit of this....she worked hard for it. It seems she is the player of the week for shure. :) :kiss:
Now go have a couple of drinks Ai....and relax.. Hope you can continue this form :)
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:18 AM
I think wins like this bring a sense of wonder and
excitement back into the WTA. It's really interesting
how everyone feels good about this win for Ai. There's
not much back biting nor bitterness on the forum today.
Even among the tour giants like LD, had to give Ai her
This is just pure inspirational tennis. It's just not about
big serves, gloating, and power hitting.
I wonder what Martina Hingis would make of this? Counter
punching tennis is alive and well..just ask Ai, Maggie, Patty
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:24 AM
I am really happy for Ai. A memorable achivement.
BUT THOSE TROPHIES SUCK!! ;)
Mar 3rd, 2003, 11:11 AM
Congrats to AI
I see they still have that same ugly trophy from last year :eek: :eek: :eek:
Mar 3rd, 2003, 11:30 AM
i was surprised (i thought she'd be too depleted) but congratulations to sugiyama for demonstrating the best of tennis attributes yesterday.
Mar 3rd, 2003, 11:45 AM
Congrats Ai on a great tournemant and on a great last day. :worship: :worship:
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:04 PM
Great tournament Ai :D Congrats :worship:
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:12 PM
Congrats Ai! Those trophies look like glass flowerpots of something, they are really horrible! I could get one at the local $2 shop!
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:20 PM
Definitley the most inspiring play Ive seen in a long time.. Good for you Ai, enjoy the multiple victores, you definitley deserve them!!!
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ai Sugiyama put in a full day of work and then some at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, and her reward was two titles.
Sugiyama played four matches at the rain-delayed tournament Sunday, winning her semifinal match and then beating Kim Clijsters 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Sugiyama and Clijsters then turned around and won their doubles semifinal before beating Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 6-4 to end the night.
''I don't know how I did it,'' Sugiyama said. ''Now I'm feeling good after winning all of my matches, but I don't know, maybe tomorrow I will be feeling really tired. But I just want to enjoy my winning today.''
Sugiyama, a 27-year-old Japanese player ranked 25th in the world, played a total of 10 sets Sunday. She could have elected to play the doubles final Monday, because WTA rules don't require players to participate in more than three matches in one day.
''After winning the first doubles we were feeling good, and we thought that tomorrow we might be feeling tired, so I wanted to play today,'' Sugiyama said. ''Kim was playing good and we both wanted to play, so we went back out on the court.''
Sugiyama's grueling day began with a 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (7) victory over Alexandra Stevenson in a semifinal that had been rained out Saturday. Sugiyama then advanced to play Clijsters, the Belgian who's ranked No. 3 in the world.
That match was delayed 45 minutes by rain and hail that arrived just before the start of the third set. Leading 2-1 in the third, Sugiyama broke service to take control.
''I felt tired when I was playing,'' she said. ''Actually, it worked good, because I didn't feel pressure because I was too tired. I just focused on every point.''
Sugiyama and Clijsters breezed through the doubles semifinal, which also had been held over because of bad weather. They beat Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France 7-5, 6-0, then dispatched the American team of Davenport and Raymond for the title.
Sugiyama last won a singles title in 1998, when she captured the Gold Coast in Australia and the Japan Open.
''Last time I won a tournament was Tier III,'' Sugiyama said. ''This is Tier II, a big tournament. I just couldn't believe it. Today's tennis was maybe my best match ever.''
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:43 PM
I won't care how the trophies look as long as the check can be cashed......and is not just fo sho..
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:49 PM
I think wins like this bring a sense of wonder and
excitement back into the WTA.
I agree 100%!!! I almost turned off the tv, I was so sure the favorite would win, as is so drearily customary in late-round WTA matches. I have rarely been so happy to be WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!! :D:D:D
Hearty congrats to Ai! And welcome back to the world of WTA SINGLES TITLES CONTENDERS! You AMAZE ME!!!:) :) :) :kiss:
Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:53 PM
Congratulations Ai. This is an inspired win. You truly deserve a break. Good Luck in future tournamnets.
Mar 3rd, 2003, 01:08 PM
Inspired and inspirational :D And it couldn't have happened to a nicer player.
Mar 3rd, 2003, 06:06 PM
:) I was very impressed by her determination and will-power. She did not give up and kept playing until the end. I think her win is very positive and motivating for the other players.
I miss watching Martina H. playing. :)
Mar 4th, 2003, 05:27 AM
and who said that nice people always finish last????