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ex hopman
May 6th, 2003, 09:12 PM
Whatever you know, I want to know!! :)

ex hopman
May 9th, 2003, 11:17 PM
Ai, you need a few wins before the French!!
Good luck!

Libertango
May 12th, 2003, 07:54 AM
Woohoo Japanese tennis looking pretty good at the mo: Ai up a place to 16 (and up a place in dubs aswell to 5) Shinobu at 82, Akiko at 87 and Saori at 89 (up ten places!) So thats four Japanese in top 100 (well top 90 actually ;) ) at one point there was only Ai! :D

Rising Sun
May 12th, 2003, 04:33 PM
If I'm correct, the last time there've been 4 Japanese players in the Top 100 (let along the Top 90) is more than 4 years ago in 1998. :eek:

Let's hope that it keeps getting better. :cool:

Libertango
May 12th, 2003, 04:48 PM
At the start of 1996, in top 100 were:

Kimiko Date :angel:
Naoko Sawamatsu
Ai Sugiyama :kiss:
Yone Kamio
Mana Endo
Kyoko Nagatsuka
Naoko Kijimuta
Nana Miyagi

Eight players in the top 100, ahh the good ole' days! ;) :D

ex hopman
May 12th, 2003, 09:48 PM
A few weeks ago, I happened to be in Tokyo...so I went to see Fed Cup (was FREE!! admission).
The Japanese team (Ai, Shinobu, Saori, and Rika) seemed to enjoy practicing together. They played well too.
Facing a Swedish team... I think we have a chance to go back to the World Group next year.

in 96 Date beating Graf is a legend!!

ex hopman
May 17th, 2003, 01:26 AM
Ai's in Semi- @ Roma!!
Good luck

ex hopman
May 20th, 2003, 06:13 AM
Congrats Akiko getting into MD at RG!!!

Libertango
May 20th, 2003, 11:45 AM
Ooh great pics, thank u! :D Akiko in kimono! :hearts:

ex hopman
May 20th, 2003, 07:23 PM
Ai, Shinobu, Akiko, and Saori are in MD!! Yey!
Takao just won his Q1R today. Satoshi Iwabuchi lost.

Good luck, Japanese players!!

ex hopman
Jun 13th, 2003, 10:20 PM
Shinobu is playing Maria. Good luck, Shinobu!
:bounce:

Rising Sun
Jun 21st, 2003, 02:47 PM
I've decided to keep an update on Miho Saeki's European tour, since we know what Ai & co. have been up to lately:

Tentative Schedule
Week of 9 June: Tier III Vienna, AUT (clay) Q1 loss
Week of 16 June: $25K Gorizia, ITA (clay) 2R loss
Week of 23 June: $25K Fontanafredda, ITA (clay)
Week of 30 June: OFF
Week of 7 July: $25K Darmstadt, GER (clay)
Week of 14 July: $25K Valladolid, ESP (hard)
Week of 21 July: $25K Les Contamines, FRA (hard)

Good luck to her, and hopefully she'll be able to play US Open qualies. :)

ex hopman
Jun 24th, 2003, 07:02 PM
thanks, danker!
good luck, miho!

seems like japanese players have been playing good so far at Wimbledon!

Libertango
Jun 26th, 2003, 08:52 AM
Yea great win for Shinobu yesterday especially the type of match it was! (Makes up a bit for Saori!) Ai was really close to going out but came through :)

Good luck today to Takao, Akiko :D and Kim/Ai :worship: