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Mr. Pro
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:18 PM
not Eleni Danillidou, coz she has too much to defend...

Ai is only a couple of hundred points away from Dokic.....but
she is actually less than 100 points away from Dokic
in safe points next week.........

with only 4 points to defend considering 18th best,
she only has to win couple of matches to get where she is.....

SO GOOD LUCK TO AI FOR MAKING HER 1ST TOP 10..... :D :D

kyk710
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:19 PM
Wow! Ai in the top ten! That would be incredible, and she really deserves it. Keep it up Ai!

ex hopman
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:35 PM
Oh wow!
She'll be ranked 12th after the RG?
Good luck! Make it to Top 10!
It'll be awesome! tennis will be popular in Japan again!! :bounce:

england_rules
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:09 PM
I'm so happy for Ai! She's such a nice girl and would deserve a top 10 spot!!!!

▀coene
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:10 PM
Go Ai, you can do it. :bounce:

Rtael
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:26 PM
Go Ai!

Jippo McScally
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:48 PM
C'Mon Ai! :D

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:52 PM
come on ai!! get all the hard work and big matches to pay off!!

Halardfan
Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:30 PM
It would be great to see Ai in the top 10..go Ai! :)

tyk101
Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:40 PM
i hope she makes it.. she's had a few top ten wins this yr. also she made serena work hard for her win.

Also, Ai is no slack on grass.. she took Monica to three sets last yr in the 4th round!

QUEENLINDSAY
Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:20 PM
Nice to see for the first time an Asian in the top 10.

ex hopman
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:05 AM
Dont forget about Kimiko Date used to be no. 4 in the world. ;)

propi
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:16 AM
Dont forget about Kimiko Date used to be no. 4 in the world. ;)
Kimiko, what a great competitor she used to give Conchi tons of troubles....
It's nice to see Ai and Asian tennis players improve more and more.....

LeonHart
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:18 AM
That would be great!!! Long time since an asian has been in the top 10!

vaiva
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:29 AM
Go for it Ai, if the numbers are correct :)

kournikovafan13
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:24 AM
not Eleni Danillidou, coz she has too much to defend...

Ai is only a couple of hundred points away from Dokic.....but
she is actually less than 100 points away from Dokic
in safe points next week.........

with only 4 points to defend considering 18th best,
she only has to win couple of matches to get where she is.....

SO GOOD LUCK TO AI FOR MAKING HER 1ST TOP 10..... :D :D

Dokic is not ranked No.10.....Myskina is.

tennisIlove09
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:24 AM
Go Ai!!!!

Greenout
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:55 AM
Checked her schedule for the summer from the Ai website.
She's doing Eastbourne, and WImbledon for the grass season.
Ai lost in rd 2 at Eastbourne, and rd 3 to Monica at Wimbledon.
There's not much points to defend. :)

From there Ai is back in Japan for Fed Cup. She'll be doing
the entire North American hardcourt tour. She lost in rd 2
to Lisa Raymond at Stanford so still not much to defend.
Got to the semi's at Los Angeles; so I think the entire hardcourt
season will balance out, and Ai should be still be in at somewhere from
9-10 during the US Open.

~CANUCK~
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:58 AM
Go Ai :)

kournikovafan13
Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:16 AM
Checked her schedule for the summer from the Ai website.
She's doing Eastbourne, and WImbledon for the grass season.
Ai lost in rd 2 at Eastbourne, and rd 3 to Monica at Wimbledon.
There's not much points to defend. :)

From there Ai is back in Japan for Fed Cup. She'll be doing
the entire North American hardcourt tour. She lost in rd 2
to Lisa Raymond at Stanford so still not much to defend.
Got to the semi's at Los Angeles; so I think the entire hardcourt
season will balance out, and Ai should be still be in at somewhere from
9-10 during the US Open.

She also lost in the third round of Birmingham last year. And to be honest I can't see her ranked any higher than 10, if she gets there. She has a ton of points to defend during the hard court season, especially in San Diego & Los Angeles.

DiZZiA
Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:49 AM
It's good to see her getting up there... but I don't think she will!!! Never know though....

BTW, is #12 her career highest singles ranking?

skanky~skanketta
Jun 3rd, 2003, 05:55 AM
good luck ai!you toally deserve it!finally, a player who DESERVES to be in the top 10!god knows dokic and hantuchova and myskina dont!

get well soon monica!i'd really like to see you back in there as well!(GAWD!so much to defend at wimby and she;s in a slump!)

1jackson2001
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:26 AM
That would be awesome.

Greenout
Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:33 AM
I think it's quite a big event if she does
make it in the top 10 even for 1 week.

I for one had written Ai off as a cheap VCD compared to
the gloss and quality of Kimiko Date for years now.
Only until recent times has Ai come close to the sort of
excitment, and succcess that was Kimiko Date. I'm
glad Ai is proving myself, tennis critics, tennis followers,
and the Japanese media wrong by proclaiming her right
to be heir to Kimiko. The wta is better for it. :)

ex hopman
Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:42 AM
dokic, myskia and hantuchova have a few to defend...
so i guess depends on how they do and how ai can do... she could be up to #10 or hopefully 9, maybe??
but chanda, jen are still far away.
it'd be cool if she can make it to top 10...

yes, 12th would be her highest ranking ever. :bounce:

Experimentee
Jun 3rd, 2003, 09:02 AM
Good luck to Ai! Everyone was talking about Eleni or Bovina getting there earlier this year, but turns out Ai has more of a chance! I hope Bovina can pick up and get there too!

F-R-E-A-K
Jun 3rd, 2003, 09:18 AM
Go Ai!

ex hopman
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:14 PM
Yey, Ai is no.12 now! (ah, unless Nadia beat Serena in final... well, that'd be kinda cool too!)

Anyway, Go Ai!!
Ai's website looks nicer now...

mboyle
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:44 PM
I think Ai has been the 10th best player this year:wavey: . Hantuchova can't win, Dokic can't win, Myskina can't win.....

kku
Jun 4th, 2003, 05:09 AM
Oh, I don't mean to be skeptical, but I've got a feeling that after a few good tournaments, Ai will go back to losing several early round matches.

Proof? Yr 2000 - reached AO QF, 4th round at RG, QF at Statefarm. Then went spiralling down at many first round defeats and eventually was ranked 33 :(

Then in 2001 - improved a bit, but only slightly at 30 - not a spectacular year.

Then in 2002, made it to 17 after SF at Stanford (someone correct me here), where she beat JCap 6-3, 6-3. But lost 2nd rd US Open (she still has yet to pass 3rd round there) and had 1st round losses in Switzerland and Austria. Eventually settled for nos 24.

Now, this year's a bit confusing. She's lost 1st rd at Goldcoast and Sydney, then 2nd round at AO and Pan Pacific Open and Paris Indoors. It got a bit better when she reached QF in Belgium then won Statefarm (WOO HOO!!!), 4th round at Indian Wells and 3rd round in Miami. Then lost 1st round in Sarasota, Berlin before reaching Semis in Rome and 4th round in RG.

Like I said, I don't mean to put anyone off (b/c Ai's currently my fave player), but anyone see a pattern? Like Elena D, once she looks as if she's gonna take over the world, she suddenly posts many early round losses and makes big drops in rankings. So even if she does make it to top ten, what would it matter? It's highly likely she'll then have disappointing results and loses her position.

I just think Ai's inconsistency (read: "serve") will let her down.

Greenout
Jun 4th, 2003, 05:45 AM
kku,

True it could just be a streak; but technically
Ai isn't a clay courter. This isn't her best nor most
confident surface to play on. Many of us assumes
that she'll go on a good run again because traditionally
the North American hardcourt tournaments
have always been good to Japanese players.

just_once
Jun 4th, 2003, 05:47 PM
Oh, I don't mean to be skeptical, but I've got a feeling that after a few good tournaments, Ai will go back to losing several early round matches.

Proof? Yr 2000 - reached AO QF, 4th round at RG, QF at Statefarm. Then went spiralling down at many first round defeats and eventually was ranked 33 :(

Then in 2001 - improved a bit, but only slightly at 30 - not a spectacular year.

Then in 2002, made it to 17 after SF at Stanford (someone correct me here), where she beat JCap 6-3, 6-3. But lost 2nd rd US Open (she still has yet to pass 3rd round there) and had 1st round losses in Switzerland and Austria. Eventually settled for nos 24.

Now, this year's a bit confusing. She's lost 1st rd at Goldcoast and Sydney, then 2nd round at AO and Pan Pacific Open and Paris Indoors. It got a bit better when she reached QF in Belgium then won Statefarm (WOO HOO!!!), 4th round at Indian Wells and 3rd round in Miami. Then lost 1st round in Sarasota, Berlin before reaching Semis in Rome and 4th round in RG.

Like I said, I don't mean to put anyone off (b/c Ai's currently my fave player), but anyone see a pattern? Like Elena D, once she looks as if she's gonna take over the world, she suddenly posts many early round losses and makes big drops in rankings. So even if she does make it to top ten, what would it matter? It's highly likely she'll then have disappointing results and loses her position.

I just think Ai's inconsistency (read: "serve") will let her down.
which means she'll have chances to make up for the points
in the beginning of next yr to defend her Scottsdale title,
plus, she should be seeded in all Tier II events to come,
so she'll be seeded for SF/QF on her fav surface, HardCourt
i'm just hoping for her to reach TOP 10, that's all,
hopefully she can......:).....i believe you Ai...:D

ex hopman
Jun 4th, 2003, 11:18 PM
According to her website, she said she didnt play really well in 2000 at all, but she reached QF at Aus, and had some good results in the late of 1999. Her ranking got up to 15th.
Last year, she mentioned she was looking for her own form. Last summer she starts finding her rythm, and during the practice last off season, she could practice really well... so she had some pressures at the beginning of the year. During the match she lost to Seles at Tokyo-indoor, she felt she finally found her rythm, and came to one of the top form at Scottsdale. After two losses on clay, she learned a lot how to play on clay this year. In fact, she mentioned she has enjoyed playing on clay this year for the first time in her career.
Yeah, she'll be seeded higher...so hope she can keep it up. At the same time we'll have to see how it goes. Tennis is not a sport that you can do by yourself. If the opponent is better, she can still lose.
This grass court season, she should have good results if she wants to reach top 10. After that, LA and SD, she has lots points to defend, and again towards the end, she can earn lots of points!

Good luck, Ai!!!

12= singles/ maybe 4= dubs now?

Monica_Rules
Jun 4th, 2003, 11:27 PM
She has a shot but maybe shes a little too inconsistant in her results!

kku
Jun 5th, 2003, 12:26 AM
WOW!!! u guys know lots more than I do :)

I agree. If she loses early, then it's good in a way b/c next year, she doesn't have much to defend LOL.

Ai's OK on grass (only made it to 4th round in 1995).

I think it's just that Japanese players are generally inconsistent. Look a Date Kimiko. Sure, she was world no 4, but that was rather brief compared to the time she spent struggling to keep her place in the top ten (hovered somewhere b/w 9 and 11). And Naoko Sawamatsu could've been top ten (reached no 14), but inconsistency took her over.

One question: Does anyone remember Naoko's mother "Akiko" or something? I think she made it to world number 8 in the 70s...

ex hopman
Jun 5th, 2003, 12:32 AM
One question: Does anyone remember Naoko's mother "Akiko" or something? I think she made it to world number 8 in the 70s...

I think that was Kazuko Sawamatsu? She was Naoko's aunt. Not sure about her ranking, but she won the dubs @Wimbledon in 70s.

Japanese players are inconsistant?
Yeah, that sounds like me! :bounce: oh yea, I am japanese! ;)

Ambrosia
Jun 5th, 2003, 12:33 AM
That's terrific and for her top ten debut to come late in her career is even sweeter. I noticed that she's playing much more like Kimiko Date this year. She's not as court savvy and inventive but Ai is showing as much guts as Kimiko always did.

kku
Jun 5th, 2003, 12:35 AM
Japanese players are inconsistant?
Yeah, that sounds like me! :bounce: oh yea, I am japanese! ;)

LOL

No, I'm sure there was a Japanese player at world number 8 in the 70s...I just can't really remember her name.

ex hopman
Jun 5th, 2003, 12:52 AM
LOL

No, I'm sure there was a Japanese player at world number 8 in the 70s...I just can't really remember her name.

yeah, I think that's her. Kazuko Samawamatsu... I found out... she was ranked no.7 once in '73.

can't think of any other top 10 ranker from Japan except for Date... or some guys from old days...

Aussie_Kim
Jun 5th, 2003, 02:07 AM
Good luck to Ai.
I think she is an excellent player (esp. in doubles with Kim) & has had great results this year)
I hope she makes it. :)