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ex hopman
Aug 9th, 2003, 05:28 PM
I thought I should keep our Japanese tennis update thread. :)

ex hopman
Aug 9th, 2003, 05:29 PM
Kim lost lots of points from last year's Los Angeles...
and Vivi/Paola lost to Mary/Stubbs...
Ai is the new no.1 doubles player!!!

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Libertango
Aug 10th, 2003, 11:57 AM
Kim lost lots of points from last year's Los Angeles...
and Vivi/Paola lost to Mary/Stubbs...
Ai is the new no.1 doubles player!!!

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

:D :yeah: :yippee: :bounce:

Its just Shinobu so far in Rogers MD :) , Saori is in the qualies. No Akiko I don't think. She seems to have lost a little bit of form since her great Wimby, hope she can get it back together for US Open. Go Akiko!

Rising Sun
Aug 10th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Akiko is playing $50K Bronx this week. Hopefully she can start winning some matches again...

Neither Shinobu nor Akiko will be playing New Haven next week... :rolleyes: :(

Saori will be though. :)

Libertango
Aug 10th, 2003, 10:14 PM
Saori d. Tara Snyder 6-1 6-3 2nd round Toronto qualies :D

Plays Shinobu in MD :mad: Not the best draw for them, plays a compatriot again (lost to Ai last week). Good luck to both players! :)

Rising Sun
Aug 11th, 2003, 06:06 PM
Saori beat Shinobu 7-5 6-4... :) :sad:

Really unlucky these 2 had to face each other for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.

I'm really happy for Saori, but Shinobu's so close yet so far from the Top 50. :(

Dava
Aug 11th, 2003, 09:06 PM
Shinobu :sad:

I was really hoping she could get some good results this tournament, and break the top 50. Never mind. Good result for Saiori though, she too needs a break through event and pretty quick. Her career has been going nowhere for about a year.

Libertango
Aug 11th, 2003, 10:51 PM
Shinobu :mad: :sad: :(

Saori :) Good for her, I saw her at Wimby and she played very well and was unlucky not to beat Bovina

oaki
Aug 12th, 2003, 04:05 PM
i really wanna know that is saori plays really weak? i mean her stroke.....
or which style she plays? so she can win over an agressive player like Stevensson.... :D

ex hopman
Aug 13th, 2003, 04:10 AM
Her service is weak... I guess it's a typical of Japanese women players... but she has good backhand angles! She's not hitting that hard, but could be consistant, and she moves quick, and she's lefty!!
Stevenson... if she's making lots of errors, yes, Saori has a chance.

I saw her playing a set with Maria S. at Carson.
Maria was crushing Saori's service all the time, but once the rally began, Saori could dominate time to time.

Saori just lost to Amanda today... but she's getting points every week! that's good!!! :)

Dava
Aug 13th, 2003, 01:43 PM
Saoiri :sad:

ex hopman
Aug 13th, 2003, 07:15 PM
Toronto
1R
Shinobu lost to Saori
2R
Saori lost to Amanda

Doubles
Shinobu&Nana won the 1R

Bronx
1R
Akiko Morigami def. Sunitha Rao 6-1 6-3

1R dubs
Akiko/Yuka vs Chinese pair

Libertango
Aug 13th, 2003, 11:20 PM
I saw Saori at Wimbledon against Bovina. She started slowly because it took her a while to get used to the power I think maybe she has this problem alot. But once she gets used to it and into a rhythm she is very effective, especially when passing or on the run. Her groundies are flat and solid and very effective. Like you say her serve probably is her weakness but good to see she's getting some good results, from what I saw of her at Wimby it's no surprise :)

Go Akiko!

oaki
Aug 14th, 2003, 06:12 AM
go Akiko...glad to see u win some match :D :bounce:

and Saori...i believe that u have ability to break in to top 50 :D go

Dava
Aug 14th, 2003, 09:27 AM
Go Akiko.

Saoiri is just in a loop hole, cos she keeps gettin bad draws, and can not beat the upper players yet.

ex hopman
Aug 15th, 2003, 02:14 AM
Toronto

Shinobu and Nana lost in dubs...
well, Maggie and Huber are a good team!

Bronx

Akiko's match was cancelled due to the blackout... well, the security ppl had to work in the city...
The bus was not running...so players had to walk back to the hotel in Manhattan!! Yicks!!

Hope Akiko/Yuka team could play well too!!

Good luck!!

Steveg
Aug 15th, 2003, 05:59 AM
I think that Akiko/Yuka team lost in the first round of the main draw against Tian-Tian / Ting, according to Aceman and the USTA websites :confused: .

oaki
Aug 15th, 2003, 08:59 AM
go in single Akiko :D:D:D

yucky
Aug 15th, 2003, 10:04 AM
C'mon, Akko!

Ganbattene... :D

Libertango
Aug 15th, 2003, 11:00 PM
Akiko d. Bethanie Mattek 6-2 6-1 :D

Libertango
Aug 16th, 2003, 10:01 AM
Akiko lost to Jie Zheng in the quarters of Bronx, 3-6 7-5 6-3 :sad: :( :mad:

Oh well, keep practising for the US Open Akiko! :)

ex hopman
Aug 17th, 2003, 06:38 PM
New Haven,

Ai is playing singles...
Saori is playing qual singles now...

Good luck!!

Rising Sun
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Saochin lost in the last rd of qualies but got in as a LL and will play Conchita Martinez in the 1st rd. Good luck! :)

Dava
Aug 18th, 2003, 10:26 PM
Saiori lost to Martinez, but Im glad she made the main draw, it shows how much she is improveing all the time.

I think Saiori decided not to play 100% if she knew she would have a LL spot.

ex hopman
Aug 19th, 2003, 10:03 AM
13 Japanese players are in New York!
Awesome!!!! :bounce: :clap2: :woohoo:

MD
Women

Ai Sugiyama [15]
Shinobu Asagoe
Akiko Morigami
Saori Obata

Qualifying
Men

Takao Suzuki
Gouichi Motomura
Takahiro Terachi
Satoshi Iwabuchi
Tasuku Iwami

Women

Yuka Yoshida
Miho Saeki
Rika Fujiwara
Shiho Hisamatsu

Dava
Aug 19th, 2003, 10:41 PM
I would be suprised if Rika q's, but she is a good doubles player, and could go far in that respect.

Libertango
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:49 PM
US Open qualies round one:

Yuka Yoshida d. Anoujska Van Exel 7-6 6-3
Kristina Brandi d. Miho Saeki 6-2 6-3
Alyona Bondarenko d. Rika Fujiwara 7-6 5-7 7-5 :mad:
Shiho Hisamatsu vs Jennifer Hopkins

Dava
Aug 20th, 2003, 08:55 AM
Rika :sad:

oaki
Aug 20th, 2003, 04:39 PM
Rika :mad: so close
Shiho? i never seen her play before? what's about her game does anyone can give me some info?? :kiss:

Dava
Aug 20th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Its counterpunching basically. She is very fast on foot and works hard to try and get every ball back. This is why she can beat players like Shrapova, Bovina and Hantuchova as she can get balls back that would normally be winners, and force errors. Also she can play very well at the net. I would say grass is her best surface.

Dava
Aug 20th, 2003, 05:15 PM
Heres a picture of Shino at birmingham where I saw her play, I cant remember if this is the semis or the final.

Libertango
Aug 21st, 2003, 08:39 AM
Hmmm, I think oaki is talking about Shiho Hisamatsu...........

Dava
Aug 21st, 2003, 10:44 AM
Oh sorry sometimes fans/coach calls her Shino or Shiho.

ex hopman
Aug 21st, 2003, 08:39 PM
http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/news/img/cm4.jpg

Ai's going to be on Asahi Beer TV commercial in Japan!!

duh, I didn't like Asahi Beer people in LA when I worked for adversiting... :( but great beer!

Steveg
Aug 22nd, 2003, 05:55 AM
An athlet advertising for alcool :eek: . I don't recall seeing Ai drinking a lot of beer during tournaments ;) .

Dava
Aug 22nd, 2003, 10:37 AM
Well its something diffrent to enforse aint it.

Dava
Aug 22nd, 2003, 03:59 PM
Ai lost to Momo 6-4 6-4 after being 4-1 up in the second :mad:

I think she could ahve a good Open as well as some of the other girls.

Steveg
Aug 23rd, 2003, 01:50 AM
Here is Ai found drinking beer at the Pilot Pen Tennis ;) .

Before :

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/sugiyamamyskinabar0821tn.jpg

After :

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/relaxation0821tn.jpg

jirobkk
Aug 23rd, 2003, 05:13 AM
Heres a picture of Shino at birmingham where I saw her play, I cant remember if this is the semis or the final.

Hello dava_russianrule, :worship:
I think the picture that you've been attaching is Shinobu Asagoe. Here below is Shiho Hisamatsu's picture that I've taken in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

http://www.thai.net/jirofromhunsa/Shiho%20Hisamatsu%201.jpg

Oaki san, :kiss: Konnichiwa,
I've seen her(Shiho) play so many time in Nonthaburi. She is a small girl ( 150 cm IMO ). She is consistent and her weapon is her speed. She is very fast and hitting the ball so well from side to side, the most important thing is she does not give any free points(unforce error) to her opponent. I'm looking forward to meet her again in December this year.

Miss you, Shiho :kiss:

ex hopman
Aug 23rd, 2003, 06:52 AM
Here is Ai found drinking beer at the Pilot Pen Tennis ;) .

Before :

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/sugiyamamyskinabar0821tn.jpg

After :

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/relaxation0821tn.jpg



LOL!!! :lol:

oaki
Aug 24th, 2003, 03:04 AM
thanks for info, P'Jiro

Dava
Aug 26th, 2003, 03:56 PM
Tough match for Akiko, she lost :sad:

Dava
Aug 28th, 2003, 03:45 PM
Wins for...

Asagoe
Sugiyama

Well hope these two can fly the Japanese flag!

Libertango
Aug 28th, 2003, 09:57 PM
Round 2:

Ai d. Razzano 1-6 6-3 6-3 :mad: :)
Shinobu d. Garbin 6-2 3-6 6-2 :D
Saori d. Mikaelian 7-5 6-4 :eek: :)

kku
Aug 29th, 2003, 03:46 AM
Now the going's gonna get tough. Ai's up against Nicole (who has a 4-1 lead in theri H-H record), Shinobu's taking on Mary (who played well against Jelena) and Saori's drawn Justine (who, IMO, right now is the no.1 player in terms of success). I think out of those three, Shinobu's got the biggest chance to make it to the 4th round b/c Mary's not as fit as before. Ai might beat Nicole, but everytime she goes up against a player who has a 4-1 record against her, instead of turning it around to 2-4, it becomes 1-5 :fiery: And Saori...well, I'll be doing a lot of praying these next two days :angel:

And if Ai makes it to the 4th round, I hope she annihilates Francesca (who's had a good hard court season) to make up for the 6-4, 6-0 loss she suffered a couple of years ago :o

Anyway, good luck to the Japanese girls :)

kku
Aug 29th, 2003, 03:48 AM
Round 2:

Ai d. Razzano 1-6 6-3 6-3 :mad: :)
Shinobu d. Garbin 6-2 3-6 6-2 :D
Saori d. Mikaelian 7-5 6-4 :eek: :)

The Ai/Razzano match was riddled with errors. Virginie played really well in the 1st set though. And not to mention that she hits the ball pretty hard and Ai's weak against hard-hitting players. Lucky for Ai, Razzano made a lot of errors in the second set (those drop shots were pathetic :tape: ) :)

ex hopman
Aug 30th, 2003, 12:07 PM
http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/hon-nama/cm/making_5.html

You can check some pics of Ai in Asahi Beer TV commercial (it starts today.). Man, I should've stayed with the advertising company which I worked til 2 years ago! Asahi Beer was my client!!! I should've worked with Ai again! :bounce:

Some good pics of Ai!
(text is written in Japanese only...)

ex hopman
Aug 30th, 2003, 12:10 PM
http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/hon-nama/cm/

and you can actually view her tv commercial!

You can see Ai in the top two versions... same story...but 30 secs and 15 secs...

Grachka
Sep 2nd, 2003, 12:23 PM
Where will all the Japanese players be roughly in the rankings, with most doing well...Saori and Shinobu must jump up a bit?

Dava
Sep 2nd, 2003, 04:46 PM
Rough estimates

Shino= 42
Saiori =70

Akiko should be about the same as should Ai.

ex hopman
Sep 4th, 2003, 07:17 AM
Rough estimates

Shino= 42
Saiori =70

Akiko should be about the same as should Ai.

Now, Ai is 12...

If she beats Fran, 11?
If she beats Jen, 9 or 8??

Rising Sun
Sep 4th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Here are the schedules after the US Open:

Saori Obata & Akiko Morigami
- Bali (Tier III)
- Shanghai (Tier II)
~1 week off~
- Tokyo (Tier III)
- Tashkent (Tier IV)

Rika Fujiwara & Miho Saeki
- $25K Peachtree City, USA
- $50K Columbus, USA

Rising Sun
Sep 4th, 2003, 05:25 PM
In other news, Maika Ozaki received a WC into the Asian Championships. :D

Steveg
Sep 8th, 2003, 03:54 AM
Congratulations to Aiko NAKAMURA for her fantastic Q2 match in Bali :D . She fought on every point and it paid off.

I am so happy for her :) .

Grachka
Sep 8th, 2003, 09:14 AM
Latest Japanese Rankings: Top 350

12. Ai Sugiyama (+3)
42. Shinobu Asagoe (+13)
68. Saori Obata (+7)
78. Akiko Morigami (-2)
158. Yuka Yoshida (+9)
236. Shiho Hisamatsu (-5)
240. Miho Saeki (-31)
270. Rika Fujiwara (-22)
292. Aiko Nakamura (+4)
296. Seiko Okamoto (-1)
320. Maika Ozaki (+7)
329. Ayami Takase (=)
348. Kaori Aoyama (-4)

Shinobu Asagoe has a big jump, congrats! And, well done Saori and Ai!

Grachka
Sep 15th, 2003, 01:07 PM
Latest Japanese Rankings: Top 350

14 (12) Ai Sugiyama
39 (42) Shinobu Asagoe
55 (68) Saori Obata
78 (78) Akiko Morigami
154 (158) Yuka Yoshida
244 (236) Shiho Hisamatsu
272 (270) Rika Fujiwara
274 (292) Aiko Nakamura
286 (296) Seiko Okamoto
298 (240) Miho Saeki
330 (320) Maika Ozaki

Dropped Out of Top 350
352 (348) Kaori Aoyama
380 (329) Ayami Takase

Well done Saori for Bali SF, and top 60 rank, and Shinobu for cracking Top 40!

Greenout
Sep 17th, 2003, 02:15 AM
Is there any newer names that we should look out for?

ex hopman
Sep 17th, 2003, 09:28 AM
Is there any newer names that we should look out for?

Ryoko Fuda?

ex hopman
Sep 17th, 2003, 09:41 AM
1 Ai Sugiyama        47190 17 0 0 0 47190
2 Shinobu Asagoe     20247 18 574 0 0 19673
3 Saori Obata        15210 19 1050 0 0 14160
4 Akiko Morigami      14186 19 176 0 0 14010
5 Yuka Yoshida        5876 20 348 0 0 5528
6 Miho Saeki          4043 13 203 0 0 3840
7 Shiho Hisamatsu      3413 19 180 0 0 3233
8 Rika Fujiwara        3334 19 469 0 0 2865
9 Seiko Okamoto       2528 20 383 0 0 2145
10 Aiko Nakamura       2161 19 31 0 0 2130
11 Maika Ozaki         1882 19 157 0 0 1725
12 Remi Takase         1753 19 50 0 0 1703
13 Kaori Aoyama        1710 18 180 0 0 1530
14 Seika Inoue        1688 12 533 0 0 1155
15 Tomoko Yonemura    1667 20 264 0 0 1403
16 Remi Tezuka         1343 18 15 0 0 1328
17 Masako Kinebuchi     1116 20 178 0 0 938
18 Chisayo Ito        1013 12 248 0 0 765
19 Nana Miyagi          998 7 0 0 0 998
20 Ryoko Takemura       870 19 180 0 0 690
21 Sachie Umehara        815 10 627 0 0 188
22 Mayumi Yamamoto*     801 17 133 8 0 660
23 Shizu Katsumi*        717 20 117 0 0 600
24 Kumiko Iijima*          713 21 165 0 0 548
25 Yumiko Kitamura*       698 11 270 0 0 428
26 Ryoko Fuda*          672 10 57 0 0 615
27 Keiko Taguchi         648 16 123 0 0 525
28 Mai Arai     590 16 50 0 0 540
29 Maiko Inoue          566 11 101 0 0 465
30 Tomoyo Takagishi       537 14 145 24 0 368

*not professional

Libertango
Sep 17th, 2003, 04:22 PM
Akiko beat Conchita in second round at Shanghai! :eek: Looks like she getting back some of the form she had at Wimbledon!

Go Akiko! :)

Bероника
Sep 17th, 2003, 08:14 PM
wow Akiko.Impressive win! Congratulations!!!

Greenout
Sep 18th, 2003, 04:46 AM
Great win for Akiko. Nice. :)

ex hopman
Sep 18th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Shanghai
Tokyo
Filderstadt
Linz
Zurich
Philly
LA (doubles, and hopefully singles too!)

LeonHart
Sep 19th, 2003, 06:04 AM
This is a great run for Akiko!!! Continue ur run and win the title ;)

ex hopman
Sep 19th, 2003, 09:49 AM
Oh my, is Ai top 10 player now??

oaki
Sep 19th, 2003, 01:06 PM
i think Ai will be in top 10 in next week ranking becoz after she deafeat Sun Tian Tian in the second round she already gained 51 point ( around ) and that's make her jump to no.12 with 1680 points while no.11 Maleeva has 1685 point and no.10 Myskina has 1702 point...but after she beat Safina to semi final she can add about 40 point which can leads her to 1720 points good enough to be in top 10

oaki
Sep 19th, 2003, 01:08 PM
oopsss...sorry i gave wrong info....this points are already included win over Safina ..she need to win tomorrow in order to break in to top 10 :sad: sorry :wavey:

Rising Sun
Sep 19th, 2003, 06:31 PM
Is there any newer names that we should look out for?
Yes, Maika Ozaki & Tomoyo Takagishi who both turned pro this year. :)

Ryoko Fuda is talented, but she won't be regularly making waves anytime soon in the pro circuit.

Libertango
Sep 19th, 2003, 06:45 PM
C'mon Ai you can beat Elena!! She deserves to be top ten :)

Good luck Akiko (even if she does play Chanda ;) :p )

oaki
Sep 20th, 2003, 04:12 AM
come on Ai...win the semi final today :banana:

Bероника
Sep 20th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Congrats Akiko for a great tournament!!!

Grachka
Sep 25th, 2003, 11:50 AM
Latest Japanese Rankings: Top 351 :)
12 (14) Ai Sugiyama
38 (39) Shinobu Asagoe
55 (55) Saori Obata
63 (78) Akiko Morigami
152 (154) Yuka Yoshida
228 (272) Rika Fujiwara
247 (244) Shiho Hisamatsu
271 (274) Aiko Nakamura
281 (298) Miho Saeki
285 (286) Seiko Okamoto
351 (330) Maika Ozaki

Congrats for Akiko and Rika for big moves this week!

Libertango
Sep 27th, 2003, 02:28 PM
WOW, what did Rika do to move so high??! I'm guessing she won a challenger?

Good luck to everyone at Tokyo this week! :D

Steveg
Sep 29th, 2003, 10:00 AM
The AIG Japan Open must have a lot of free space / bandwidth. I noticed that there are some interesting VOD :) . I am currently downloading the one on Aiko Nakamura :D .

Grachka
Sep 29th, 2003, 04:00 PM
Latest Japanese Rankings

12 (12) Ai Sugiyama
39 (38) Shinobu Asagoe
61 (55) Saori Obata
64 (63) Akiko Morigami
154 (152) Yuka Yoshida
229 (228) Rika Fujiwara
244 (247) Shiho Hisamatsu
271 (271) Aiko Nakamura
282 (281) Miho Saeki
297 (285) Seiko Okamoto
362 (363) Remi Tezuka
365 (351) Maika Ozaki
378 (379) Ayami Takase
379 (415) Mayumi Yamamoto
393 (417) Ryoko Takemura
394 (361) Kaori Aoyama

No huge movers, but Mayumi Yamamoto and Ryoko Takemura moved up a lot. Mayumi in particular is doing really well, after winning Fukuoka recently!

ex hopman
Oct 6th, 2003, 06:58 PM
According to her website, Akiko won't play for a few weeks...

She's injured... resting now...

Steveg
Oct 6th, 2003, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the news :) .

What kind of injury is it :confused: . Looks like it is serious if she can't play for a few weeks.

Grachka
Oct 7th, 2003, 12:52 AM
Latest Japanese Rankings

11 (12) Ai Sugiyama
40 (39) Shinobu Asagoe
60 (61) Saori Obata
62 (64) Akiko Morigami
164 (154) Yuka Yoshida
209 (229) Rika Fujiwara
245 (244) Shiho Hisamatsu
259 (271) Aiko Nakamura
264 (282) Miho Saeki
312 (297) Seiko Okamoto
332 (362) Remi Tezuka
372 (365) Maika Ozaki
381 (393) Ryoko Takemura
382 (379) Mayumi Yamamoto
384 (416) Tomoko Yonemura
395 (378) Ayami Takase
405 (394) Kaori Aoyama

Nice moves for Rika, Miho and Remi this week!

ex hopman
Oct 7th, 2003, 06:21 AM
Thanks for the news :) .

What kind of injury is it :confused: . Looks like it is serious if she can't play for a few weeks.


Her elbow...
She has been taping there for the last few weeks...
She said she practiced too much... and her doc said she would keep playing unless he told her to stop.

well, get better soon.

ex hopman
Oct 7th, 2003, 06:21 AM
Saori and Seiko Okamoto are playing at UZB

Ai is at Germany now.

Good luck!!

oaki
Oct 9th, 2003, 04:19 AM
good luck Saori chan...and Ai

they both will play today
Ai vs Davenport :banana: make it 2:8
Saori vs Zheng :kiss:

Libertango
Oct 9th, 2003, 01:05 PM
Saori d. Jie 6-1 6-1 :bounce:

Now just waiting for Ai to win! ;) :D

Saori d. Kostanic 5-7 6-0 6-4, into the semis! :bounce:

kku
Oct 11th, 2003, 12:49 PM
Ai lost 6-2, 6-4 to Lindsay!!! :eek: :crying2: :shout:

But...still, at least she lost to a great champion :hearts: :bounce: ;)

Saori-chan, Gamdabe!!! :bounce: :worship: :D

Grachka
Oct 11th, 2003, 01:07 PM
Saori defeated Kostanic 5-7 6-0 6-4 in QF

and today beat Gagliardi 7-5 6-3!

Saori now faces Ruano-Pascual for her first tour final! Go Saori! :banana: :yeah: :dance:

Greenout
Oct 14th, 2003, 03:25 AM
Congrats to Saori for moving up to number 52
this week. A career high. (clap,clap,clap!)

ex hopman
Oct 20th, 2003, 10:58 PM
Ai needs to play well this week and next week!
Top 10 and YEC are right there!!

Go, Ai!!!!!!!!!!!1

Grachka
Oct 20th, 2003, 11:49 PM
Latest Japanese Rankings
11. Ai Sugiyama
40. Shinobu Asagoe
50. Saori Obata (Career High!)
63. Akiko Morigami
164. Yuka Yoshida
214. Rika Fujiwara
248. Shiho Hisamatsu
260. Aiko Nakamura
265. Miho Saeki
301. Seiko Okamoto
336. Remi Tezuka
378. Maika Ozaki
387. Ryoko Takemura
388. Mayumi Yamamoto
391. Tomoko Yonemura

I have been told Ryoko Fuda has done well in a $25K? If so, she will have a big move next week. Well done to Saori for reaching Top 50, and good luck Ai for coming tournies to see you in YEC!

ex hopman
Oct 21st, 2003, 01:13 AM
Her website updated she took out her plaster bandage from her elbow.
She said she wants to play in Pataya so she hasn't withdrawn from the tournament yet, but it seems too soon to play...

Hope she can play the year end (?) tournament there!!

Go, Saori!! yey, career high!! She'll play at Pataya too! Good luck!
Win the title now!

oaki
Oct 21st, 2003, 06:15 AM
can't wait to see japanese players at Pattaya..tht would be very great....:bounce:

wish I can play single at the championship :D

ex hopman
Oct 21st, 2003, 07:19 PM
Date: December 6

Three lucky participants could have tennis clinic and lunch with Ai!
The cost is 5,000yen.
To qualify, you need to send your information (Name, Address, Phone number, Email, and message to Ai) by November 10th to info@bbutton.co.jp.

oaki
Oct 26th, 2003, 11:28 AM
is it possible for foreigner? ;) :bounce:
if yes.i will have a try...:D

Libertango
Oct 26th, 2003, 06:05 PM
Ai won Linz over Nadya! :worship: :woohoo:
She took the doubles as well (with Huber) thats the 2nd time this year she has won both singles and doubles!

She played really well and looked so happy when she won and with that trophy. She is now 8th in YEC race! :)

ex hopman
Oct 26th, 2003, 06:52 PM
is it possible for foreigner? ;) :bounce:
if yes.i will have a try...:D

I am sure it's no problem!! GOod luck. :)

ex hopman
Oct 28th, 2003, 01:34 AM
pics

ex hopman
Oct 30th, 2003, 11:54 PM
(sorry for the "too" rough translation)

Hello, everyone. How are you? I am fine, of course...
cuz I have good news to report!!
I did it! It's the second title of the year!
Not only that, following the one at Scottsdale, I won both singles and doubles. It feels good... that about winning!

At Zurich, I had some weird feeling (about losing to Tina Pisnik), but it did go away. I could spend a good week.
At Lintz, I just didn't want to have matches that I would regret so I just tried my best on court.

Looking back at the last few months, the result just came along later, but maybe I was looking for the (good) results too.
That way, I just keep hitting the ball in, couldn't have any rhythm.
Rhythm and timing are the most parts of my tennis. Lucking any of those causes losing the whole pattern (in her tennis).

One more thing.
The most important thing is just to enjoy and believe in myself.
This is not only for tennis, but it's the same as wheatever I do.
It's just impossible if you don't think it's going to be possible.
Whatever you do depends on the matetr of how you think. I hope I could think positive all the time.

Now, I am in the States. for the last tournament, Philladelphia!
The championship points for everyone looks amazing.
still can't tell who's going to play there til the end of this week!
This tournament is the one!
Since Venus pulled out from the tournament, I got bye, and will play from the second round.
My oppornent is Garbin, but I just need to do my best.
I'll do it!!
I'd love to do my best, so please send me lots of power(!?).

Okay, I'm going to practice now.
Take care of yourself!

With Love, Ai

Steveg
Oct 31st, 2003, 08:26 AM
Thanks for the translation :D . I can feel some stress in Ai's message :sad: .

I hope she will be positive as she says and will do well :) .

Greenout
Oct 31st, 2003, 09:05 AM
Hi Everybody,

It's been a fabulous year for Japan tennis. It was
as much fun for me as it has been for everybody.

Has it been offficial yet? Did Ai-chan qualify for
the YEC? It's interesting to note that if everything
goes according to plan the debut of the round of 8
format will feature a very nice international group.
Japan, France, Belgium, Russa and the USA!!

:)

Steveg
Nov 1st, 2003, 03:52 AM
Ryoko Fuda is in WTA Volvo Open qualies. She's playing 4th match this Saturday.

ex hopman
Nov 1st, 2003, 06:21 PM
Nov 17-24

1. Shinobu Asagoe
2. Akiko Morigami
3. Yuka Yoshida
4. Rika Fujiwara
5. Miho Saeki
6. Seiko Okamoto
7. Seika Inoue
8. Maika Ozaki 

Ai, the def. champ-Saori don't seem to participate this year.
Nana/Shinobu don't seem to play doubles here.
For mix doubles, Thomas Shimada and Ryoko Fuda are paired up as the no.1 seed.

Grachka
Nov 2nd, 2003, 04:15 PM
I'll update again when new rankings come out tomorrow.

Latest Japanese Rankings
11 (11) Ai Sugiyama
43 (40) Shinobu Asagoe
49 (50) Saori Obata
60 (63) Akiko Morigami
150 (164) Yuka Yoshida
212 (214) Rika Fujiwara
238 (248) Shiho Hisamatsu
260 (265) Miho Saeki
276 (301) Seiko Okamoto
293 (260) Aiko Nakamura
347 (336) Remi Tezuka
381 (391) Tomoko Yonemura
384 (378) Maika Ozaki
388 (387) Ryoko Takemura
389 (388) Mayumi Yamamoto

452 (538) Ryoko Fuda

Nice moves for Seiko and Ryoko!

Libertango
Nov 2nd, 2003, 07:14 PM
YAY for Ai reaching YEC :yeah: (lets forget that SF against Momo :eek: :sad: :mad: )

Good luck Ryoko in Pattaya

Steveg
Nov 3rd, 2003, 02:09 PM
Ryoko qualified for the main draw in Pattaya. She was a bit tense today but managed to pull through :D .

I did not follow her career in detail and I can't really search on internet with a 21kbps connection :( : is this the first time she qualifies in the main draw of a WTA tourney or has she done it before?

ex hopman
Nov 3rd, 2003, 05:34 PM
Ryoko qualified for the main draw in Pattaya. She was a bit tense today but managed to pull through :D .

I did not follow her career in detail and I can't really search on internet with a 21kbps connection :( : is this the first time she qualifies in the main draw of a WTA tourney or has she done it before?

Yes! This is her first main draw of WTA!!

ex hopman
Nov 3rd, 2003, 05:35 PM
YAY for Ai reaching YEC :yeah: (lets forget that SF against Momo :eek: :sad: :mad: )

Good luck Ryoko in Pattaya

Yea, Ai at SF... but she must've been really tired after those consecutive weeks of playing lots of 3 setters...
O well, another tournament this week! and it starts on Wed...hope she could rest and one win brings her top 10 ranking!!!!!!

Go Ai!

Go Saori!

Go Ryoko!

Go Maki Arai! (in the pics of her from Pattaya's party... doesn't she kinda look like Nadia Petrova??) She has huge serve

Greenout
Nov 9th, 2003, 03:05 AM
Ai Chan is the new Year End number 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ex hopman
Nov 11th, 2003, 11:48 PM
Singles A -women

1 Chie Nagano vs Erika Takao
Yuko Kurata vs Yuki Hayakawa
Anri Kanazawa vs Akiko Kato
Miyako Toyota vs 12 Kanako Ito

2 Hiroko Komori vs Komugi Matsui
Ayumi Baba vs Satoko Hokujo
Mami Morioka vs Kasumi Aiko
Yuko Uehara vs 10 Ayaka Maekawa

3 Naoko Ishikawa vs Chiho Kobayashi
Sue Uchida vs Haruka Nakamura
Minori Takemoto vs Iriko Mizuno
Shiho Mochida vs 7 Eri Ohmi

4 Ryoko Watanabe vs Reiko Suwa
Yumiko Tani vs Masako Yanagihara
Misa Imakoga vs Kaori Ishikawa
Sayaka Kanno vs 9 Chiaki Nakajima

5 Hiromi Okazaki vs Mitsuko Ise
Sachiko Mizuda vs Megumi Todoroki
Nana Makita vs Hiroko Yasuda
Yuko Nishikawa vs 8 Etsuko Yamada

6 Kazusa Ito vs Emi Fukui
Ikuko Hirata vs Nozomi Arakawa
Madoka Suzuki vs Juri Namikata
Hiroko Ishizaki vs 11 Reiko Ino


Singles C- women

1 Azusa Konishi BYE
Yasuka Takahara vs Akemi Hasegawa
Junko Ando vs Mami Yoshida
Naoko Sato vs Maiko Ohmi
Miyoko Takahashi vs Yuki Kususe
Saori Yoshida vs Erika Miyamoto
Minami Yuzukisaki vs Mayumi Ohashi
Rie Funami vs 4 Emi Sakurai

2 Emi Kane BYE
Mari Komai vs Nanae Tanabe
Yuka Hosoya vs Ayumi Morita
Momoe Takaya vs Etsuko Honjo
Satsuki Tanahashi vs Rei Ishigaki
Eri Matsuo vs Moe Hanaya
Yuka Azuma vs Yoshika Yamabe
Saori Hosogai vs 5 Kaori Goto

3 Erina Akimame vs Yuki Sugano
Saeko Kojima vs Katsuko Nishimura
Akiri Inoue vs Saori Takahara
Yui Nishikai vs Masayo Hosokawa
Atsumi Koga vs Yoshiko Kobayashi
Chinatsu Ito vs Miki Ueda
Chisato Noguchi vs Kana Watanabe
Saori Kariire vs 6 Saori Kato

ex hopman
Nov 11th, 2003, 11:49 PM
Shinobu Asagoe withdrew
Rika Fujiwara withdrew

Akiko Morigami is no.1 seed now.

Veritas
Nov 12th, 2003, 07:36 AM
Ai is only no.3 in doubles :eek: :crying2: :sobbing: :hysteric: :tears: :sad: :shout: :mad: :o :fiery:

Libertango
Nov 14th, 2003, 08:15 PM
Ai is only no.3 in doubles :eek: :crying2: :sobbing: :hysteric: :tears: :sad: :shout: :mad: :o :fiery:

Lol, yes and it was an unfortunate way for them to finish their great partnership :sad: But think of the past year. Two singles (tier II's) titles, eight doubles inc. 2 GS, a place in YEC and a top ten finish :eek: :worship: :banana: So proud of Ai and hope 2004 is just as good! :D

ex hopman
Nov 15th, 2003, 07:42 PM
1 Akiko Morigami BYE
Mitsuko Ito vs Juri Namikata
Keiko Taguchi vs Kumiko IIjima
7 Kaori Aoyama BYE

12 Ryoko Fuda BYE
Mari Tanaka vs Nana Wada
Kokoro Takehara vs WC Kaori Onishi
8 Haruka Inoue BYE

3 Miho Saeki BYE
Utako Suzuki vs Erina Akimame
Emi Kane vs Natsumi Hamamura
13 AKiko Kinebuchi BYE

11 Tomoyo Takagishi BYE
Kiyo Ikeda vs Keiko Fujiwara
Nami Urabe vs Tomoko Dokei
5 Tomoko Yonemura BYE

7 Ryoko Takemura BYE
Komugi Matsui vs Erika Takao
Tomoko Sugano vs Yukiko Yabe
10 Remi Takase BYE

16 Maki Arai BYE
Haruka Fujishiro vs Naoko Horikawa
Reiko Suwa vs Moe Kawatoko
4 Seiko Okamoto BYE

6 Maika Ozaki BYE
Tomoko Taira vs Ai
Iriko Mizuno vs Etsuko Kitazaki
9 Chisayo Ito BYE

15 Shizu Katsumi BYE
Akiko Yonemura vs Yurika Sema
Shiho Tanaka vs Erika Miyamoto
2 Yuka Yoshida BYE

ex hopman
Nov 15th, 2003, 07:43 PM
Miho/Yuka are no.3 seeded in dubs

Ryoko Fuda/Thomas Shimada are no.1 seeded in mix

ex hopman
Nov 18th, 2003, 07:46 AM
Akiko Morigami [1] def. Mitsuko Ise 6-2, 6-3
Yuka Yoshida [2] def. Erika Miyamoto 6-0, 6-0
Miho Saeki [3] def. Erina Akimame 6-2, 6-0
Seiko Okamoto [4] def. Moe Kawatoko 6-3, 6-1
Tomoko Doukei def. Tomoko Yonemura [5] 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(1)
Ai Takeda def. Maika Ozaki [6] 6-0, 6-3
Ryoko Takemura [7] def. Erika Takao 6-3, 6-2
Haruka Inoue [8] def. Kaori Onishi 6-3, 6-2
Sachiyo Ito [9] def. Etsuko Kitazaki 6-3, 6-0
Remi Takase [10] def. Yukiko Yabe 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-2
Tomoyo Takagishi [11] def. Kiyo Ikeda 6-3, 6-2
Ryoko Fuda [12] def. Maki Tanaka 7-6(2), 7-5
Megumi Kane def. Akiko Kinebuchi [13] 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Kaori Aoyama [14] def. Keiko Taguchi 7-5, 6-0
Akiko Yonemura def. Shizu Katsumi [15] 6-1, 6-3
Maki Arai [16] def. Haruka Fujishiro 6-4, 4-6, 6-4


4 seeds upset on 2R.

Rising Sun
Nov 20th, 2003, 06:26 AM
3rd Rd

1-Akiko Morigami d. 14-Kaori Aoyama 6-3 6-0 :) :sad:
12-Ryoko Fuda d. 8-Haruka Inoue 6-3 6-3

3-Miho Saeki d. Hye-Mi Kim 6-0 6-0 :D :o
11-Tomoyo Takagishi d. Tomoko Doukei 6-2 6-1 :D

10-Ayami Takase d. 7-Ryoko Takemura 4-6 7-5 6-2
4-Seiko Okamoto d. 16-Maki Arai 6-1 6-1 :sad:

9-Chisayo Ito d. Ai Takeda 6-0 6-4
2-Yuka Yoshida d. Akiko Yonemura 6-3 6-2 :D

Rising Sun
Nov 20th, 2003, 06:28 AM
Just for the record. The past champions were:

1996 - Ai Sugiyama
1997 - Mana Endo
1998 - Saori Obata
1999 - Shinobu Asagoe
2000 - Haruka Inoue
2001 - Rika Fujiwara
2002 - Saori Obata

I'd like the winner this year to be either Akiko, Yuka or Miho. :D

ex hopman
Nov 20th, 2003, 06:04 PM
QF (the roof was closed due to the rain)...

1-Akiko Morigami d. 12-Ryoko Fuda 6-3, 7-6(8)
ryoko came back from 1-5 in the 2nd set.

3-Miho Saeki d. 11-Tomoyo Takagishi 6-1, 6-1
this match was much tighter than the score.

4-Seiko Okamoto d. 10-Ayami Takase 6-0, 6-1

2-Yuka Yoshida d. 9-Chisayo Ito 7-5, 6-3

Top 4 seeds advanced.
I heard Akiko/Ryoko match esp. 2set was really awesome.
They used to belong to the same tennis club.

Steveg
Nov 20th, 2003, 07:31 PM
I was hoping Ryoko could pull an upset :( . Anyone has the score :confused: ?

I'd like Yuka to win that one this year :) . it would be equally nice if Miho could win it, but I am afraid it would be tough for her :sad: .

ex hopman
Nov 20th, 2003, 08:46 PM
Hi Steveg! :wavey:

Scores updated on my prev. message.

Akiko's comment after the match (extracted roughly):
-I've known her from childhood at the same tennis club we belonged to. She was really cute and we often talked. I was suprised how she played today. She improved a lot. I knew she was going to be really aggressive. She had nothing to lose. Even I could dominate many points, she had great backhand slice and was playing very smart. She has a variety of shots. Her backhand down-the-line was unpredictable. She plays her tennis with lots of thinking. If I have to pick someone who's coming to top100 from Japanese players, I think that'd be her. For today's match, it should've been 6-1 in the 2nd. For tomorrow's match (against Miho Saeki), I've never beaten her, so I will be a challenger, but I'd like to win the tournament.

Ryoko's comment after the match:
It felt kinda weird to be on the same count with her. I was always looking at her at the tennis club, where she was the best junior player there. I was way too excited to play her. She is very talented. She got tons of different shots.

ex hopman
Nov 20th, 2003, 11:16 PM
Shinobu Asagoe
Saori Obata
Akiko Morigami
Yuka Yoshida
Rika Fujiwara
Shiho Hisamatsu
Aiko Nakamura
Miho Saeki
Seiko Okamoto
Maika Ozaki
Mayumi Yamamoto
Kaori Aoyama
Ryoko Takemura
Tomoko Yonemura
Chisayo Ito
Kinebuchi Masako
Tomoyo Takagishi
Kumiko Iijima
Shizu Katsumi
Ryoko Fuda
Moe Kawatoko
Yurika Sema
Yukiko Yabe

ex hopman
Nov 21st, 2003, 07:47 AM
Yuka Yoshida [2] def. Seiko Okamoto [4] 6-4, (5)6-7, 6-2
Miho Saeki [3] def. Akiko Morigami [1] 6-3, 6-1 :eek:

Doubles partner's final!!

oaki
Nov 21st, 2003, 11:00 AM
Akiko :sad::bigcry:

ex hopman
Nov 21st, 2003, 04:45 PM
Japan is going to play Argentina for 2004 Fedcup 1st round in Argentina.

Ai vs Paola!! :bounce:

Steveg
Nov 21st, 2003, 07:50 PM
Thanks for all the updates ex hopman :wavey: .

Glad Yuka and Miho are in final :D . I hope this will give some confidence to Miho for her future tournaments :) .

Tight score for Yuka. Is she still with the same coach as in the 1st quarter of the year or have they split :confused: .

ex hopman
Nov 22nd, 2003, 03:49 AM
Yuka is 2004 singles champion!!

Yuka Yoshida [2] def. Miho Saeki [3] 6-4, 6-2

:bounce: Congrats, Yuka and good run, Miho!

Ryoko Fuda/Thomas Shimada [1] advanced to the mix doubles final defeating the opponent 6-0, 6-1

oaki
Nov 23rd, 2003, 01:47 AM
congrats Yuka :kiss::bounce:

oaki
Nov 23rd, 2003, 01:50 AM
i heard from someone here that Yuka had change her coach since the middle of this year, and no wonder why her result has been improving so far.

Steveg
Nov 23rd, 2003, 05:08 AM
i heard from someone here that Yuka had change her coach since the middle of this year, and no wonder why her result has been improving so far.
Thanks for the news :) . Have Yuka results improved since the middle of the year :confused: .

She started the first quarter by reaching the final in Bendigo, winning the $25K in Hochiminh City, with what would be her former coach. And went on to reach Fukuoka SF. Still in the first half, she played the main draw in Birmingham and reached the final round of qualifyings in Wimbledon.

Then she appears to have average results until Bali in September. In Bali, I did not see Yuka with her former coach.

Since then, Yuka results are more according to expectations.

I would suspect that Yuka needed some time to adjust from the separation with her former coach. And maybe she focuses more on tennis now ;) .

Libertango
Nov 23rd, 2003, 11:07 AM
Akiko :eek: :sad: :(

Rising Sun
Nov 23rd, 2003, 06:19 PM
Congrats Yuka. She should get a WC into Tokyo next year. :D

Here's a pic taken at Haibara in October. I don't know if the guy next to Yuka is the same coach from the beginning of the year... :confused:

http://www2.tokai.or.jp/takase.tennis.p/gosencup02-phpto/10,16-1.JPG

Oaki, where did you hear that Yuka changed her coach? :confused:

ex hopman
Nov 23rd, 2003, 07:45 PM
Men's Singles
Goichi Motomura [1] def. Takahiro Terachi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Women's Singles
Yuka Yoshida [2] def. Miho Saeki [3] 6-4, 6-2

Men's Doubles
Takahiro Terachi/Thomas Shimada 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-4

Women's Doubles
Miho Saeki/Yuka Yoshida def. Seiko Okamoto/Ryoko Takemura 7-5, 6-1

Mix Doubles
Thomas Shimada/Ryoko Fuda def. Kensuke Goto/Kaori Goto 6-4, 6-2

Steveg
Nov 23rd, 2003, 10:06 PM
Here's a pic taken at Haibara in October. I don't know if the guy next to Yuka is the same coach from the beginning of the year... :confusedLooks to me like the same coach / boyfriend I had seen in Vietnam :confused: . Apparently, no change :) .

Steveg
Nov 23rd, 2003, 10:07 PM
Here's a pic taken at Haibara in October. I don't know if the guy next to Yuka is the same coach from the beginning of the year... :confused:

Looks to me like the same coach / boyfriend I had seen in Vietnam :confused: . So no change, though I had not seen him in Indonesia :) .

oaki
Nov 24th, 2003, 01:55 AM
i have heard from someone in this board. ;)

Steveg
Nov 30th, 2003, 06:49 PM
Confirmed Yuka still has the same coach. Is he a former pro or did he work in another field before :confused: .

Rising Sun
Dec 1st, 2003, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the confirmation. Hope she continues her good form the next couple of weeks. :)

ex hopman
Dec 5th, 2003, 12:36 AM
Ryoko Fuda just turned pro.

:)

Steveg
Dec 5th, 2003, 09:56 AM
That's a good news for her :) . She just lost today in Chengsha. But reaching the quarter-finals coming all the way from the qualifyings is already a good performance. I wonder what her new ranking next week will be :) :confused: . Should be a huge leap forward.

ex hopman
Dec 15th, 2003, 08:31 PM
Izawa Xmas Open 2003 at Kobe, Japan

Singles

[1] Shinobu Asagoe def. Kazusa Ito 6-3, 6-1
[8] Ryoko Fuda def. Reiko Ino 6-2, 7-6(3)
[2] Saori Obata def. Hiromi Okazaki 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

[1] Akiko Morigami/Saori Obata and [2] Shinobu Asagoe/Shiho Hisamatsu advanced to the 2nd R.

Steveg
Dec 16th, 2003, 12:44 AM
Thanks for the results :) .

Is there a full draw available by chance :) ?

Yoshi
Dec 16th, 2003, 01:13 AM
Singles Main Draw

1-Shinobu Asagoe d. Kazusa Ito 63 61
Tomoyo Takagishi d. Chisayo Ito 62 76(6)
WC-Yukiko Yabe d. Yurika Sema 62 67(4) 63
6-Seiko Okamoto d. Q-Maki Arai 61 63

4-Shiho Hisamatsu d. Moe Kawatoko 61 63
Q-Natsumi Hamamura d. Su-Wei Hsieh 36 61 62
Q-Tomoko Dokei d. Natsumi Tsubo 60 60
5-Aiko Nakamura d. Kumiko Iijima 75 75

8-Fuda Ryoko d. Q-Reiko Ino 62 76(3)
Q-Haruka Fujishiro d. Q-Chiaki Nakajima 61 61
Mayumi Yamamoto d. LL-Naoko Ishikawa 61 62
3-Akiko Morigami d. LL-Kokoro Takehara 62 62

7-Tomoko Yonemura d. Maika Ozaki 63 61
LL-Hiroko Komori d. LL-Ryoko Watanabe 60 62
Q-Arisa Ito d. LL-Utako Suzuki 62 62
2-Saori Obata d. LL-Okazaki Hiromi 61 60

Yoshi
Dec 16th, 2003, 01:26 AM
Doubles Main Draw

1-Saori Obata / Akiko Morigami d. Q-Kazusa Ito / Bo-Ra Choi 64 64
Q-Hiroko Ishizaki / Megumi Todoroki d. Utako Suzuki / Naoko Horikawa 64 63

3-Seiko Okamoto / Aiko Nakamura vs Nami Urabe / Keiko Taguchi
LL-Tomoko Taira / Natsumi Hamamura d. Mari Inoue / Akiko Yonemura 62 64

Kumiko Iijima / Su-Wei Hsieh d. Q-Etsuko Kitasaki / Eriko Mizuno 62 63
4-Mayumi Yamamoto / Tomoko Yonemura d. LL-Arisa Ito / Ai Tomiyama 61 64

Hiroko Komori / Tomoko Sugano vs Maki Arai / Ryoko Fuda
2-Shinobu Asagoe / Shiho Hisamatsu d. Q-Moe Kawatoko / Tomoyo Takagishi 64 61

Steveg
Dec 16th, 2003, 03:20 AM
Thanks Yoshi :wavey: .

Interesting to see Su-Wei in the draws :) .

Steveg
Dec 18th, 2003, 05:39 PM
Anyone having some updates on the scores :confused: .

Rising Sun
Dec 18th, 2003, 06:23 PM
QF

1-Shinobu Asagoe d. 6-Seiko Okamoto 6-1 7-5
5-Aiko Nakamura d. 4-Shiho Hisamatsu 6-3 7-6(3)
3-Akiko Morigami d. 8-Ryoko Fuda 6-4 6-4
2-Saori Obata d. 7-Tomoko Yonemura 6-2 6-2

Steveg
Dec 18th, 2003, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the updates Luke :) .

Congrat to Aiko :D . Too bad for Shiho :sad: .

Good performance from Ryoko. She will win the same match next year ;) .

Good fight from Tomoko.

Rising Sun
Dec 19th, 2003, 06:16 PM
SF

1-Shinobu Asagoe d. 5-Aiko Nakamura 6-2 4-6 6-4
2-Saori Obata d. 3-Akiko Morigami 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3

Steveg
Dec 19th, 2003, 06:48 PM
Even if she lost, Aiko can be extremely proud of her performance :D . That's a good sign ahead of the Australian Open.

I'll be checking if she can make it :) .

:bounce: .

TartarVicario
Dec 19th, 2003, 06:51 PM
QF3-Akiko Morigami d. 8-Ryoko Fuda 6-4 6-4

:( Ryoko :mad: :fiery: :sad:

ex hopman
Dec 22nd, 2003, 06:15 PM
Shinobu won both singles and doubles!

Rising Sun
Dec 30th, 2003, 07:33 PM
Saori & Akiko have not yet added their schedule for 2004, but here they are based on entry lists so far:

Saori
Week of 12 Jan: Canberra, AUS (Tier V)
Week of 19 Jan: Aus Open, AUS (GS)
Week of 02 Feb: Tokyo, JPN (Tier I)

Akiko
Week of 05 Jan: Auckland, NZL (Tier V)
Week of 12 Jan: Hobart, AUS (Tier V)
Week of 19 Jan: Aus Open (GS)
Week of 02 Feb: Tokyo, JPN (Tier I)

Just like with Shinobu, it should be interesting to see if they've decided to go to India/Gulf or the Americas. :cool:

ex hopman
Dec 30th, 2003, 09:22 PM
Saori & Akiko have not yet added their schedule for 2004, but here they are based on entry lists so far:

Saori
Week of 12 Jan: Canberra, AUS (Tier V)
Week of 19 Jan: Aus Open, AUS (GS)
Week of 02 Feb: Tokyo, JPN (Tier I)

Akiko
Week of 05 Jan: Auckland, NZL (Tier V)
Week of 12 Jan: Hobart, AUS (Tier V)
Week of 19 Jan: Aus Open (GS)
Week of 02 Feb: Tokyo, JPN (Tier I)

Just like with Shinobu, it should be interesting to see if they've decided to go to India/Gulf or the Americas. :cool:

I guess they are going to Memphis ? since they are doubles defending champion together?

Hope they are doing great again this year (oops, 2004)!! :bounce:

Greenout
Jan 4th, 2004, 12:00 PM
ROLE CALL 2004!

Ok. You can stop stuffing your face with Soba! :)
New Year's is over. Where is everyone playing
at?

Rising Sun
Jan 5th, 2004, 05:45 PM
btw, Shinobu is nowhere to be seen, and Saori/Akiko will be at Bogata and Memphis separately it seems.
Shinobu. Surprise, surprise, surprise... :rolleyes:

Yeah, Saori will play India & Akiko at Memphis. Good decision as I feel Akiko is capable of getting good results on clay at Bogota & Acapulco. Saori is definitely better off playing on hardcourts.

ex hopman
Jan 12th, 2004, 07:16 AM
Saori lost at Canberra 3-6, 0-6...and Yuka lost...

but Akiko won! Shinobu won!

ex hopman
Jan 16th, 2004, 11:17 PM
■Ai Sugiyama (8) ranking 9
2004 results: [Singles]Gold Coast W (def. Petrova) / Sydney 1R (l. to Dechy) W/L: 4/1
[Doubles] Sydney (w/ L. Huber) 2R W/L: 1/1

1R: Tatiana Panova RUS -ranking 185(injury ranking 33)-
H2H: first meeting
2004 result: Auckland Q1/ Canberra 1R-as Q (W/L: 4/2)
Even though Panova is ranked this low now, she's been on her come back track after mental illness last year. She used to be top 30 player. She often advanced 2, 3R at GSs. Ai's loss at Sydney shows that she could be still inconsistent once in a while, or was that just a fluke to take some time before AO? (let's hope so).
Panova isn't the easy 1R opponent, but as Ai has improved so much recently, we'd love to see Ai to get thru.
Prediction: Ai d. Panova 6-4, 7-5

2R: Saori Obata JPN -ranking 53 or Casanova Myriam SUI - raking 100
I hope Saori overcomes the bad 2004 season start after losing 1R (winning only 3 games) at Canberra by winning her 1R against Myriam here.
Saori gave Ai a tough three set match at Los Angeles last year, but Ai could be still too strong for Saori yet. I wish Saori was not in Ai's section. :(
Prediction: Ai d. Saori 6-3, 7-6(2)

3R: Natalie Dechy (29) FRA - ranking 32 or Jelena Kostanic CRO ranking 64
Martina Sucha SVK is in this section too, but I assume either of these two might advance to 3R. Natalie easily defeated Ai at Sydney's 1R, but Jelena is a very talented player, I think. There might be an upset there.
Anyhow, I wouldn't worry about the Sydney's result for re-match setup at 3R against Natalie here. Remember last year at Wimbledon? Ai could manage the win over Natalie after losing to her the week before.
Prediction: Ai d. Natalie 3 tough sets. or still think...Ai d. Kostanic 6-4, 6-4

4R: Paola Suarez (12) ARG - ranking 14 or Patty Schnyder (22) SUI -ranking 24
Angie is in thie section to play Patty at 1R. I really hope Angie breaks through this year. Either Paola and Patty could be players to beat for her, but not sure how bad Angie's injury is (was). Besides my hope of Angie, Paola has been playing really good lately, and has decent results from last year. Later this year, Japan will play Argentina for Fedcup 1R!!
Prediction: Ai d. Paola 7-5, 6-2 (come on, Angie!!)

QF: Oh yea, Venus Williams (3) USA -ranking 11
Oh yeah, Venus should be here unless she got injured of tired of playing tennis again. I hope Ai shows great tennis against Venus if they play each other. As long as Venus advances to QF, that means her form should be good. That means it should be really tough for Ai, but who knows. Ai has suprised us last season so many times, but...
Prediction: Ai l. to Venus 6-3, 5-7, 2-6


■Shinobu Asagoe ranking 49
2004 results: [singles]Hobert F (l. to Frazier) / Auckland 1R (l. to Brandi) W/L: 4/2
[doubles] Hobert (w/ S. Okamoto) W, Auckland (w. Y.Yoshida) 1R W/L: 4/1
1R: Fabiloa Zuluaga (32)COL -ranking 36
H2H: Asagoe leads 1-0 04 Hobert QF 6-2, 6-4
2004 result: Hobert QF (W/L: 2/1)
They just met at Hobert QF, where Shino defeated Zuluaga in two sets. Zuluaga plays well on clay (she has a few claycourt titles at her homeland.), but hasn't performed really well on other surfaces, I thought? Regardless the ranking, I think Shino has the edge for this match.
Prediction: Shinobu d. Zuluaga 6-4, 6-4

2R: Alina Jidkova RUS -ranking 95 or qualifier
Alina is Akiko's doubles partner. I haven't watched her play...so hard to predict... but based on the ranking and past results, Shinobu should be ok to past Alina?
Prediction: Shinobu d. Jidkova 7-5, 6-3

3R: Elena Dementieva (7) RUS -ranking 8
Elena has weak serves especially her 2nd, but Shinobu's servive isn't the strongest weapon as well. Elena's stroke is really good. When she's on, it could be tough to beat for Shinobu. If Elena shows some inconsistency in games, of course Shinobu's great footwork and toughness bring together to do some upset. It'll be a good test for her on 3R.
Prediction: Shinobu l. to Elena 5-7, 5-7


■Saori Obata ranking 53
2004 results: [singles]Canberra 1R (l. to Zuzana Ondraskova) W/L: 0/1 [doubles] Canberra (w. T. Musgrave) QF W/L: 1/1

1R: Myriam Casanova SUI -ranking 100
H2H: first meeting
2004 result: Sydney 1R as Q, Goald Coast Q3 (W/L: 5/2) d. Safina
Casanova has beaten A.S.V., Justine Henin, and other few top players. I am not sure what kind of games she has. From what I saw at U.S. Open a few years ago, I thought she didn't move really quick? She just defeated Dinara at Sydney's qualifying. That could be a threat. Also, Saori only won 3 games at Canberra 1R. She showed very strong tennis from the summer to the end of last season. I hope she didn't leave her strong results there to start 2004 season.
Prediction: Saori d. Casanova 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5

2R: Ai Sugiyama (8) JPN- ranking 9
mentioned above.


■Akiko Morigami ranking 62
2004 results: [singles]Hobert QF, Auckland 1R W/L: 2/2
[doubles] Hobert/Auckland (w. Alina Jidkova) 2R W/L: 2/2

1R: qualifier
H2H: ?
As the 2002 Asian Champion, Akiko entered 2003 AO as a wild card receipient, and won a match. After that, her ranking junmped up. She defeated Tammy and Petrova, and showed up two semifinals at India and Shanghai. Even though she showed some disappointing results at Japan regardless her top seed position at the end of last season, her injury should be ok by now, and she's ready to take another jump up this year.

2R: Meghann Shaughnessy (17) USA -ranking 20 or Nicole Pratt AUS -ranking 50
I really think Nicole could be a tricky opponent. For Akiko, there might be more chance to do well against Meghann. Personally, I like Meghann, and she's a great player, but she often loses easy matches to show inconsistency. If Nicole advances here, it might be tough, but Akiko should bring an upset against Meghann here.
Predicition: Akiko d. Meghann 6-4, 6-2

3R: Vera Zvonareva (11) RUS -raking 13 or Maria Vento Kabuchi VEN? -raking 42
I was suprised Maria's ranking is still this low after her great performances everywhere. Maybe her injury sliden down her raking. I think Vera should advance here. She has a good looking draw to 4th R against Lindsay (if Lindsay's healthy.) Vera should be very tough for Akiko, but if Akiko advances this far, she should have a good experience at GS again.
Prediction: Akiko l. to Vera 2-6, 3-6


Too bad Yuka and Aiko lost in Q.

What do you guys think of their predictions?

ex hopman
Jan 19th, 2004, 06:01 AM
Akiko def. Marie-Eve Pelletier 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4

tough three set match!! :)

Greenout
Jan 19th, 2004, 06:24 AM
Well done Akiko! Onto round 2! GO!! :)

Chai
Jan 19th, 2004, 08:13 AM
Asagoe lost 3-6, 2-6 :bigcry:
Better luck next time :rolleyes:

Libertango
Jan 19th, 2004, 11:14 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040119/capt.mel14301190654.australian_open_mel143.jpg

YAY for Akiko! :bounce: Sounds like a tough, tough match!
Poor Shinobu, thought she had a great chance, esp. after beating Fabiola just last week :sad:

Greenout
Jan 19th, 2004, 11:57 AM
Drats! Shinobu. I was hoping for big things too. Oh well. We must move
on and just lift our heads up high. Still got doubles, right? :)

ex hopman
Jan 20th, 2004, 08:04 PM
Saori won! 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 playing Ai next!!
Ai just passed Elena by ranking now?? so she's no. 8 ranking for now!!

Akiko is playing Pratt today.
Ai, Nana, Ryoko Takemura/Seiko Okamoto, Nana are playind doubles today!!

Good luck!!

Veritas
Jan 21st, 2004, 10:08 AM
Akiko lost to Nicole, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 :sad:

But she played admirably, and the crowd really liked her, b/c she was just so nice :)

ex hopman
Jan 22nd, 2004, 01:28 AM
Saori got the 1st set over Ai!!!

Libertango
Jan 27th, 2004, 04:13 PM
I've just noticed that Ryoko Fuda has a ranking of 348. I didn't even know she'd turned pro?! :confused: Anyone know what she's been up to to get this ranking?? :)

Nippon_UK
Mar 14th, 2004, 05:14 PM
Good luck to Shino and Akko at Miami!

Libertango
Mar 14th, 2004, 06:30 PM
So everyone (Shin, Akiko, Saori) is out of IW :sad: It was poor showing, but oh well. I presume they'll all be off to Key Biscayne, hope Ai is there! :)

Nippon_UK
Apr 4th, 2004, 11:09 PM
Come on girls!!!!!!

HieuTran
Apr 21st, 2004, 08:50 AM
Hello everybody!
HISAMATSU, SHIHO and YOSHIDA, YUKA were the players I like because the way they perform at the court.Anyone knows their websites or email please supplys it to me.Thanks a lot......

Nippon_UK
Apr 21st, 2004, 05:58 PM
Hello everybody!
HISAMATSU, SHIHO and YOSHIDA, YUKA were the players I like because the way they perform at the court.Anyone knows their websites or email please supplys it to me.Thanks a lot......


Yup, Yuka has her own website:

http://yuka3.fc2web.com/frame.html

HieuTran
Apr 22nd, 2004, 05:54 AM
Hello Nippon UK!

Thank you very much for your attention.You know I like the Japanese tennis players because of what they perform at the court,about their advance ,cleverness, and intelligence.
Last year Yoshida and Shiho came HOChiMinh to attend the Toyota Cup and they performed so impression.

Nippon_UK
Apr 24th, 2004, 11:05 PM
Hello Nippon UK!

Thank you very much for your attention.You know I like the Japanese tennis players because of what they perform at the court,about their advance ,cleverness, and intelligence.
Last year Yoshida and Shiho came HOChiMinh to attend the Toyota Cup and they performed so impression.

No probs , glad to be of some help! :bounce:

CJK
Jul 16th, 2004, 03:07 AM
Haruka Inoue wa doko desuga?:). Cant type Jap lol.

pcrtennis
Jul 19th, 2004, 05:13 AM
How come Rika Fujiwara's ranking didn't move at all in the new rankings after her win in Kusatsu???????????? EXPLAIN!!!!!

Greenout
Jul 19th, 2004, 11:34 AM
North America hardcourt season. :)


GANBARE GANBARE!!!!!!!!

Druidia
Jul 22nd, 2004, 09:20 AM
Miho Saeki has disappeared from entry lists in challengers coming up in US :O(
I know she and Nakamura retired during a doubles match in Kusatsu last week, does anyone know the extent of the Injury, I assume she is the one unfortunate getting injured yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please let it not be anything serious , Please!!!
If anyone knows any information on Miho's condition I would greatly appreciate it, please and thank you.

Impiro
Aug 12th, 2004, 07:10 AM
Does anyone know if Seiko Okamoto has a website/e-mail? If so please let me know. She is a fascinating athlete, and I want to learn more about her.

pcrtennis
Sep 19th, 2004, 06:50 PM
Does anyone know anything about Maki Arai???? PLease explain what she's like and how she plays....she seems reallly tall!

pcrtennis
Sep 27th, 2004, 01:25 AM
When are the All Japan Tennis Championships?????????

Yoshi
Sep 27th, 2004, 03:51 AM
When are the All Japan Tennis Championships?????????Nov 14-21
http://www.jta-tennis.or.jp/alljapan/index.html

ex hopman
Oct 13th, 2004, 02:15 PM
Naoko Sawamatsu is engaged to a Japanese businessman living in NY!
Congrats!!

ex hopman
Oct 13th, 2004, 02:20 PM
Does anyone know anything about Maki Arai???? PLease explain what she's like and how she plays....she seems reallly tall!
Yes, she's very tall.
She used to have Ai's mom as her coach.
I saw her practice in Tokyo once... she had 100+ mph service.
I dunno if she's coming up inside top 100... maybe? :p

Sugiyama=#1
Oct 24th, 2004, 06:26 AM
When are the All Japan Tennis Championships?????????
I dont think Ai or Shinobu played last year.
If Akiko enters this time, it should be hers to win.

pcrtennis
Oct 24th, 2004, 06:18 PM
But it should have been Akiko's to win last year and she lost tamely to Miho Saeki...

I love that Ai's playing with Ayumi Morita in the doubles this year!!!

Sugiyama=#1
Oct 24th, 2004, 11:49 PM
But it should have been Akiko's to win last year and she lost tamely to Miho Saeki...

I love that Ai's playing with Ayumi Morita in the doubles this year!!!
Hmmm...Hope the same thing wont happen this year. She should be top seed again.

ex hopman
Oct 25th, 2004, 05:35 PM
Hmmm...Hope the same thing wont happen this year. She should be top seed again.
Akiko won't play the champinoship this year.

Mm... Yuka Yoshida might be the top seed and she's the defending champion.

ex hopman
Oct 25th, 2004, 05:36 PM
Good luck Ai in Linz,
Shino in Lux!! glad to see Shino plays some amounts of tourney this year!!

pcrtennis
Oct 25th, 2004, 10:00 PM
WHY did Ryoko Fuda's ranking drop so dramatically?? She's ranked like 320 something. That's a frusterating setback. She needs to start getting mroe good wins, this week against Yuka in the first round would be a start!

Nochi
Nov 8th, 2004, 08:28 AM
i like jp tennis players but i also wanna c men japanese players also ....there r too few of them !!!

ex hopman
Nov 8th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Saori

She'll be a guest for the Tokyo's FM station on 23rd.
3pm or so... on FM Edogawa (84.3).
If you have questions to her, you can send her some questions... not sure if you can hear the answers tho!! www.fm843.co.jp (http://www.fm843.co.jp)

Akiko

She's in Florida...enjoying her some vacation.

Shino

Not sure...but u can see her cool pics
http://www.h2.dion.ne.jp/~jama/photograph%20report/usopen04/index.html
Shino's trainer's page

Ai

She'll play doubles at All Japan next week with Ayumi Morita.
She's only 14... and she's won the under-18 tournament... she's good... japan's next hope!


There will be an announcement for Izawa Xmas Open... The defending champ is Saori, and the last year's r/u was Akiko... Shino has won this tournament for 4 or 5 times!
The players will be announced tomorrow... I'll keep it posted when available.

:p

Sugiyama=#1
Nov 11th, 2004, 08:24 AM
Oh wow, Ayumi:). I wonder if Ai played doubles with Fuda before?
Cant wait for the All-Japan to start:D. Winner gets a WC to Pan Pacific next year right?

ex hopman
Nov 11th, 2004, 01:11 PM
Winner gets a WC for TPO, yes!

Ah, bad news. Ai is sprained her ankle...and won't play dubs with Ayumi...
Ah, I was going to watch the games!!

I don't think Ai has played doubles with Ryoko before tho...

Sugiyama=#1
Nov 11th, 2004, 04:22 PM
Oh....:(. AT least this is at the end of the season, so she can still recover before going down under.
RECOVER SOON AI... :angel:.

pcrtennis
Nov 11th, 2004, 09:43 PM
When someone has an ENTRY LIST/DRAW CAN YOU PLEASE POST IT HERE!?? THNKSS!

For the Japanese Championships!

Sugiyama=#1
Nov 12th, 2004, 09:26 AM
It's out http://219.99.160.89/~all_japan/draw.htm
But they are in Japanese.

pcrtennis
Nov 13th, 2004, 08:41 PM
Can someone translate the draws?????

ex hopman
Nov 15th, 2004, 01:29 AM
79th All Japan Tennis Championship at Tokyo-Ariake

Aiko Nakamura (1)
Bye

Haruka Fujishiro
Ai Takeda

Mami Morioka
Kaori Goto

Bye
Kumiko Iijima

Kaori Aoyama
Bye

Yurika Sema
Tomoko Taira

Megumi Kin
Seika Inoue

Bye
Tomoko Yonemura

Remi Takase
Bye

Yuka Hosoya
Arisa Ito

Mitsuko Ise
Ayaka Maekawa

Bye
Shizu Katsumi

Mami Arai
Bye

Maya Kato
Natsumi Hamamura

Yukiko Yabe
Moe Kawatoko

Bye
Mayumi Yamamoto

Tomoyo Takagishi
Bye

Emi Fukui
Kasuga Aiko

Yuko Kurata
Komugi Matsui

Bye
Remi Tezuka

Juri Hagata
Bye

Etsuko Kitazaki
Iriko Mizuno

Ikuka Yamagata
Kanako Ito

Bye
Miho Saeki

Tomoko Dokei
Bye

Kaori Onishi
Moe Tsufuku

Kanae Hisami
Keiko Taguchi

Bye
Akiko Yonemura

Maika Ozaki (15)
Bye

Shiho Tanaka
Ayumi Morita

Erika Takao
Mari Tanaka

Bye
Rika Fujiwara (2)

ex hopman
Nov 15th, 2004, 01:37 AM
1R Results:

Haruka Fujishiro def. Ai Takeda 6-2, 6-3
Kaori Goto def. Mami Morioka 6-4, 6-2
Yurika Sema def. Tomoko Taira 6-2, 6-1
Yuka Hosoya def. Arisa Ito 6-2, 6-3
Ayaka Maekawa def. Mitsuko Ise 6-1, 6-0
Natsumi Hamamura def. Maya Kato 6-3, 7-6(5)
Yukiko Yabe def. Moe Kawatoko 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Kasuga Aiko def. Emi Fukui 7-6(5), 6-3
Iriko Mizuno def. Etsuko Kitazaki 6-2, 6-2
Ikuka Yamagata def. Kanako Ito 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Kaori Onishi def. Moe Tsufuku 6-3, 6-2
Ayumi Morita def. Shiho Tanaka 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Erika Takao def. Mari Tanaka 6-4, (4)6-7, 7-6(5)

Ayumi Morita (14 year-old) adnvanced to the 2R, and will play Maika Ozaki (15)
Erika Takao and Yurika Sema (17 year-old) also advanced to the 2R.

pcrtennis
Nov 15th, 2004, 03:21 AM
Go Ayumi, Erika, Rika, Aiko, Tomoyo, Remi, Miho, Tomoko D, and Kumiko!

ex hopman
Nov 15th, 2004, 03:51 PM
2R:
Yurika Sema def. Kaori Aoyama (11) 6-4, 6-2 :eek:
Remi Takase def. Yuka Hosoya 6-2, 6-1
Ayaka Maekawa def. Shizu Katsumi 6-3, 6-1
Maki Arai def. Natsumi Hamamura 6-3, 7-6(5)
Juri Namikata def. Iriko Mizuno 6-3, 6-1
Ayumi Morita def. Maika Ozaki (15) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 :eek:
Erika Takao def. Rika Fujiwara (2) 6-4, 6-4 :eek:

Whoa!! :eek: Those young generations!! impressive!!

14yo Aymi will play 17yo Erika tomorrow!!

pcrtennis
Nov 15th, 2004, 08:34 PM
How did Rika lose to Takao???????????? Isn't Takao like a cardbon copy of Rika?? GO AYUMI!!!!!!!! Go Maki!!!!!!!!1

ex hopman
Nov 16th, 2004, 05:23 AM
How did Rika lose to Takao???????????? Isn't Takao like a cardbon copy of Rika?? GO AYUMI!!!!!!!! Go Maki!!!!!!!!1
lol!!
Takako looks like a tank... :tape:
Well, she'll play Ayumi tomorrow!!

ex hopman
Nov 16th, 2004, 07:20 AM
2R (Nov. 16)

Aiko Nakamura (1) def. Haruka Fujishiro 6-0, 6-2
Kumiko Iijima def. Kaori Goto 6-1, 6-1
Haruka Inoue def. Tomoko Yonemura 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Yukiko Yabe def. Mayumi Yamamoto (3)6-7, 6-4, 7-5
Tomoyo Takagishi def. Kasuga Aiko 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Remi Tezuka def. Komugi Matsui 7-5, 7-5
Miho Saeki (3) def. Ikuka Matsui 6-2, 6-0
Tomoko Dokei def. Kaori Onishi 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Akiko Yonemura def. Kanae Hisami 6-1, 6-3

1R/Doubles:
Emiko Ito/Ayumi Morita (WC) def. Arisa Ito/Ai Toyama 7-6(3), 6-1
Mari Inoue/ Yurika Sema def. Yukari Ochiai/Naoe Nabetani 6-4, 6-2
Kaori Goto/Iriko Mizuno def. Shiho Tanaka/Mari Tanaka 6-2, 6-1
Shizu Katsumi/Akiko Yonemura def. Erina Akimame/Ayaka Maekawa 7-5, 6-3
Hiroko Ishizaki/Megumi Todoroki def. Reiko Ino/ Keiko Fujiwara 6-0, 7-6(5)
Mami Arai/Remi Tezuka def. Yuko Uchida/Ayano Takeuchi 6-2, 6-2

pcrtennis
Nov 17th, 2004, 12:14 AM
Ex Hopman, last year the JTA had VOD videos of players and mathces, do they have any of that this year or not...it was really nice last year...

ex hopman
Nov 17th, 2004, 02:54 AM
Ex Hopman, last year the JTA had VOD videos of players and mathces, do they have any of that this year or not...it was really nice last year...
mmm... doesn't seem like it this year...
I am going to check the tournament tomorrow to Ariake!!

Oh, btw, I took some pics of Sharapova, Davenport and Serena at Staple Center last week... I'll update them somewhere soon! :)

ex hopman
Nov 17th, 2004, 02:58 AM
3R (Nov. 17) Update:

Aiko Nakamura leads Kumiko Iijima 7-5, 5-4
Mami Arai leads Yukiko Yabe 7-5, 3-2
Miho Saeki leads Juri Hanami (college champion) 6-3, 6-6
Tomoko Dokei ties with Akiko Yonemura 6-4, (5)6-7

Ayumi Morita vs Erika Takao match's coming up next.

pcrtennis
Nov 17th, 2004, 04:20 AM
Nakamura def Iijima 7-5, 7-6(16) :eek: :eek:
Inoue def Sema 6-1, 6-3
Takase def Maekawa 6-1, 6-1
Arai def Yabe 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7-5) Wow, Maki choked but fought it out! ;)
Tezuka def Takagishi 6-3, 6-2
Saeki def Hanami 6-3, 7-6(8)
Doukei def Yonemura 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3
Morita def Takao 6-3, 6-3 :eek: :bounce:

CONGRATS AYUMI!!!!!!!!! Also, congrats to Remi, Maki, Aiko (what a tiebreak), Tomoko and Miho

pcrtennis
Nov 17th, 2004, 04:22 AM
Ex Hopman, can you please watch Ayumi Morita if you have a chance? Thanks! And maybe Maki too? Thanks!

ex hopman
Nov 17th, 2004, 03:32 PM
Ex Hopman, can you please watch Ayumi Morita if you have a chance? Thanks! And maybe Maki too? Thanks!
If I can wake up early enuf!! :)
I'd love to go say hi to Ai's mom too. :wavey:

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:39 AM
Morita leads Doukei 6-2
Arai leads Takase 3-1

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:53 AM
Arai leads Takase 6-1
Morita leads Doukei 6-2, 4-2

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 02:08 AM
Morita leads Doukei 6-2, 5-4
Arai leads Takase 6-1, 3-0.....woah...

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 02:13 AM
Morita choked!! She's at 6-2, 5-6.....
Arai leads Takase 6-1, 4-0

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 02:21 AM
Doukei leads Morita 6-2, 6-7(1), 5-3 :sad: A little fight left?

Arai def Takase 6-1, 6-1
Saeki leads Tezuka 2-1

oaki
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:51 PM
Morita :(

ex hopman
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:12 PM
Man, Ayumi... on her match point, she had a chance to finish up by smashing the ball!! and she missed it!!

Well, but over all, her play was very impressive. Her attitude is not like 14yo one. She was too rough after the 5-4 lead... and the middle of the third set was terrible...but she was being aggressive all the time. She has more to improve... so I am sure she'll be better and better each time. She'll get lots of advice from Ai's mom. :) She did pretty good this week, I think. Tomoko played very patiently...

Maki played unbelievable too. Her service is excellent! She's tall and she's aggressive too.

Miho played very consistantly.

but I expect Miho and Aiko's final!!

It was nice to see some tennis.

novotnaquinton
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:48 PM
any results of the Quarter-final?

pcrtennis
Nov 18th, 2004, 10:31 PM
Quarterfinal Results:

Nakamura def Inoue 6-4, 7-6(5)
Arai def Takase 6-1, 6-1
Saeki def Tezuka 6-2, 6-3
Doukei def Morita 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4


Semi Final Matches:

Nakamura vs Arai
Saeki vs Doukei

ex hopman
Nov 19th, 2004, 05:58 AM
Miho def. T. Dokei 6-1, 6-1

Nochi
Nov 19th, 2004, 11:53 AM
better luck next time Ayumi ...u will be the new hope of japan !!

ex hopman
Nov 19th, 2004, 02:11 PM
Aiko def. Maki Arai 6-0, 6-2

Miho and Aiko Final!!

Yeah, Ayumi did a good job!!

novotnaquinton
Nov 21st, 2004, 06:53 AM
I guess the match is over...
who's the winner?

sante
Nov 21st, 2004, 12:48 PM
Final:

Miho Saeki def. Aiko Nakamura 7-6(12) 6-4

Congrats Miho! She gets a WC for Toray PPO next year.

pcrtennis
Nov 21st, 2004, 05:15 PM
Good job Miho! I wanted Aiko to win but I like Miho alot too! I hope she gets her ranking back up where it belongs, she's got some nice talent!

Nochi
Nov 27th, 2004, 01:38 PM
nice show Saeki ...congratulations

ex hopman
Nov 30th, 2004, 01:43 AM
Saori and Miho were on TV last Sunday... and they will be on this coming Sunday again!
They teach tennis to some comedians!! (and those comedians will play doubles against Shuzo soon.)

Old_Folk
Nov 30th, 2004, 05:49 PM
Wow.....Miho won? I wanted Aiko to win too. Too bad and Yoshie didnt show up as well.

ex hopman
Dec 1st, 2004, 04:51 AM
Izawa Christmas Tournament is coming up in a few weeks!! (@ Kobe)

Aiko will play there...
I am wondering whether Ayumi is playing there or not...

Greenout
Dec 5th, 2004, 11:23 AM
Saori and Miho were on TV last Sunday... and they will be on this coming Sunday again!
They teach tennis to some comedians!! (and those comedians will play doubles against Shuzo soon.)


:haha:

What tv show was this? On what network? I'll have to check
the network websites!

ex hopman
Dec 5th, 2004, 03:33 PM
:haha:

What tv show was this? On what network? I'll have to check
the network websites!
It's TBS (Ch 6).
The program was Sanma no Karakuri TV.
Sanma is a comedian...he and some other co-stars will challenge the match against Shuzo in doubles soon.
He invites tennis players as an instructor/coach and get a lesson.
So far, we've seen Kimiko, Ai, Yone Kamio/Naoko Kujimuta, A few weeks ago Ryoko Fuda was on this... and this time Saori and Miho were the instructors.

It was fun!!

This Sanma guy is a good tennis player.
He has played a set against McEnroe before.

Greenout
Dec 6th, 2004, 10:05 AM
It's TBS (Ch 6).
The program was Sanma no Karakuri TV.
Sanma is a comedian...he and some other co-stars will challenge the match against Shuzo in doubles soon.
He invites tennis players as an instructor/coach and get a lesson.
So far, we've seen Kimiko, Ai, Yone Kamio/Naoko Kujimuta, A few weeks ago Ryoko Fuda was on this... and this time Saori and Miho were the instructors.

It was fun!!

This Sanma guy is a good tennis player.
He has played a set against McEnroe before.


Yeah, I know who Sanma is. He's the guy with the "teeth". :lol:
I don't understand all that he says because of the "kansai/osaka"
slang; but he's pretty funny. You know who I like? Those guys
99 and Downtown. Again, I can't catch everything they say because
they speak so fast, and use so much Osaka slang; but they're
hysterical.

Oh- no Shuzo! :lol:

It was on TBS? Too bad- that their website do not give preview
vid clips like on the FUJI site.

Nochi
Dec 6th, 2004, 12:08 PM
can u tell me what time what day and what channel surely coz i quite not turn on TV much !!!!

ex hopman
Dec 6th, 2004, 04:19 PM
can u tell me what time what day and what channel surely coz i quite not turn on TV much !!!!

It's on Sundays... on Ch. 6 (TBS), and starts at 7pm or 7:30pm...

I don't know if the tennis special is on every single week... but in Spring, they will play Shuzo in dubs. :)

ex hopman
Dec 19th, 2004, 03:35 PM
Miho Saeki (2) def. Tomoko Yonemura in 3 sets
Aiko Nakamura was defeated by Tomoko in SF.

Ryoko Fuda and Seiko Okamoto won the doubles defeating Aiko and Maki Arai in F.

ex hopman
Dec 25th, 2004, 03:08 PM
Shinobu Asagoe (37)
Auckland
Hobart
Australian Open

Akiko Morigami (67)
Auckland
Hobart
Austrian Open
Tokyo-Indoor
Memphis

Saori Obata (109)
Canberra Q
Australian Open

Aiko Nakamura (134)
Auckland Q
Canberra Q
Australian Open Q

Yuka Yoshida (159)
Auckland Q
Hobart Q
Australian Open Q

Miho Saeki
Tokyo-Indoor (WC)

Rika Fujiwara (162)
Auckland Q
Hobart Q
Australia Open Q

Shiho Hisamatsu (221)
Australian Open (Q???)


Ai Sugiyama (17)
Gold Coast
Sydney
Australian Open
Tokyo-Indoor
Qutar
Doha
Indian Wells
Miami
Berlin
Roma
French Open
Eastbourne
Wimbledon
Cincinati
Stanford
San Diego
Los Angeles
Toronto
New Haven
US Open

Ryoko Fuda (315)
$10,000 Tournaments in America

Nochi
Dec 26th, 2004, 07:29 AM
thankz a lot exhopman im still waiting for Tokyo indoor on February !!!

ex hopman
Jan 15th, 2005, 12:22 AM
Chinese tennis is more fun to watch nowadays...
but good luck, J-girls!!!

Akiko got a tough draw... ask Shino how to defeat Dani and some tips!! :p

Ai, you need to reach at least to 4th R!!!

Rising Sun
May 9th, 2005, 06:57 PM
Does anybody know what's happened to Kaori Aoyama? :confused:

She's not played at all yet this year. I hope it's not another injury. :sad:

ex hopman
May 12th, 2005, 04:35 AM
You can take a look at some Japanese tennis matches (mostly domestic matches tho) from here:

Step 1:
http://www.tennisonline.jp/user/member/MemberRegist.jsp
Get a membership. It's free.
Name
Name again (well, in your case, you can't write in other ways... so name again)
Male or Female
Years you play tennis... (i.e. 10 years= 10)
Birthday (Y/M/D)
Mail address
Mail address again
If you want to receive mails from JTA, press "check".

Hit the left button for the registration.

Step 2:
Check the contents, and press the left button again.

Step 3:
You'll receive an email from JTA with your userID and password.

Step 4:
From Log In page:
http://www.tennisonline.jp/user/login/login.jsp

Write your Login ID and password, and press the "login" button to enter.

then, you can watch some matches...
well, everything is written in Japanese...
On the leftside, the first button of the green color is "top page"
Maybe you can browse from pictures...

This page features Ayumi Morita (vs Erika Takao) match, and Saori vs Rika match from Japan Open (very frastrating match point tho...)
and others!!

I personally have enjoyed this so far...

Enjoy!! :bounce:

pcrtennis
May 12th, 2005, 04:51 AM
Coool thanks!

ex hopman
May 12th, 2005, 04:56 AM
Coool thanks!

welcome!
Ayumi's backhand is awesome! and she's very quick!

pcrtennis
May 12th, 2005, 05:06 AM
Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the specified protocol is not supported. In the Open URL dialog, try opening the file using a different transport protocol (for example, "http:" or "rtsp:"). THis is what it says win the videa screen comes up....any ideas?

Nochi
May 12th, 2005, 10:28 AM
Second Round
1-NAKAMURA Aiko JPN d. WEBLEY-SMITH Emily GBR 7-6,7-5
OKAMOTO Seiko JPN d. 8-FERGUSON Sophie AUS 3-6,6-3,6-4
WC-MORITA Ayumi JPN vs DELL'ACQUA Casey AUS
O'DONOGHUE Jane GBR d. TAKASE Ayami JPN 2-6,6-3,6-1

ADAMCZAK Monique AUS vs BORWELL Sarah GBR
CHAN Yung-Jan TPE vs 4-JEON Mi-Ra KOR
6-VIRATPRASERT Suchanun THA d. BEDANOVA Daja CZE 6-2,6-3
Q-ERAKOVIC Marina NZL vs Q-NAMIGATA Junri JPN

hope Ayumi and Suchanun will meet in Final !!!

B_KABAN
May 13th, 2005, 08:00 AM
I couldn't still open the video using windows media player..can u tell me again how to see them?

ex hopman
May 13th, 2005, 08:27 AM
mmm... so many people r having problems viewing this...
not sure why...

after log in, did you press "試聴" button?
mine's always working (I bought my PC in the states...so i dont think this program was made for Japanese users...)

mmmm... i wish i could save the file and send them to ya all... but the file is just too d. big...

pcrtennis
May 16th, 2005, 07:12 AM
I GOT IT TO WORK! I downloaded it which takes (for the Morita match) about an hour and 20 minutes...IT'S WORTH IT!!! The picture is perfect. Push the far right button when you get to the video you want, then when a small box pops up with a bullet list, right click the button on the bottom and go to save target as.....It's great! Thanks Ex Hopman! Ayumi is verrrry talented!

oaki
May 16th, 2005, 03:23 PM
btw. in the cideo who's playing with Morita? she seems pretty good as well
and andbody can tell me where's the Aiko match is? in the site? Thanks

ex hopman
May 16th, 2005, 05:11 PM
btw. in the cideo who's playing with Morita? she seems pretty good as well
and andbody can tell me where's the Aiko match is? in the site? Thanks

That's Erika Takao. She's another youngster too.

Aiko's match. That's a main court Ariake, where Japan Open is held.

prctennis, the middle button, u don't even need to download files tho... it's a "preview" button...but u could check all matches.

pcrtennis
May 17th, 2005, 02:55 AM
It only works if I download which isn't a big deal. Can you tell me if the match I am downloading is Mayumi Yamamoto? Who is she playing if it is?

ex hopman
May 17th, 2005, 06:14 AM
Tables

Akiko Morigami vs Ryoko Fuda (04 All Japan QF)

Aiko Nakamura vs Haruka Fujishiro (04 All Japan 2R)

Ayumi Morita vs Erika Takao (04 All Japan 3R)

Saori Obata vs Rika Fujiwara (04 Japan Open 1R)

Rika Fujiwara vs Junri Namigata (04 Sekisho Int'l QF)

Yoon-Jeong Cho vs Ayami Takase (04 Sekisho Int'l QF)

Megumi Kim(Kane?)/Keiko Taguchi vs Mayumi Yamamoto/Tomoko Yonemura


Hope these work out!!

ex hopman
May 20th, 2005, 04:51 PM
05 French Open 1Rs for Japanese players

Aiko Nakamura (95) vs Ludmila Cervanova SVK (97/ 3R-02)
First Meeting

Akiko Morigami (76) vs Angela Haynes USA (107)
First Meeting

Shinobu Asagoe (22/ 4R-04) vs Julia Schruff GER (86/ 1R-03&04)
First Meeting

Rika Fujiwara (110) vs Maggie Maleeva BUR (24/ 4R-93&96&03&04)
First Meeting

Ai Sugiyama (25/ 4R-95&00&03) vs Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP (44/ 3R-01)
H2H: Ai leads 1-0
Wimbledon 01 7-5, 2-6, 6-2

Seems like Rika has a tough opponent.
Ai... mmm, considering her results, her oppo is tough!!
Saori!! come back at Wimbledon!

Saori, Yuka, Shiho, Ryoko, Seiko!!
Good luck at Wimbledon Q!!

pcrtennis
May 20th, 2005, 06:56 PM
I think Aiko has a great shot at the second round! Cervanova is not that great. Rika Has a great shot as well agaisnt Maleeva as Maleeva is prone to upsets and Rika will play freely and without pressure, she has a great chance. Ai's opponent is tough but I think she'll get through, her form has slowly come bakc and Vives isn't a powerful player. Shinobu has a tricky first round but should get through and Akiko has a very good first round which I expect he rot get though. Great draws for the Japanese!