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PointBlank
Jan 4th, 2004, 03:46 AM
Ai Sugiyama(1) vs bye
Emilie Loit vs Tamarine Tanasugarn
Denisa Chladkova vs Magdalena Maleeva
Maria Sanchez Lorenzo vs Francesca Schiavone (6) :sad:

Meghann Shaughnessy (4) vs Samantha Stosur (WC)
Karolina Sprem vs Silvia Farina Elia
Qualifier vs Tina Pisnik
Casey Dellacqua (WC) vs Magui Serna (7)

Patty Schynder (8) vs Jelena Jankovic
Katarina Srebotnik vs Nathalie Dechy
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Elena Likhovtseva
Qualifier vs Vera Zvonareva (3)

Conchita Martinez (5) vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs Dinara Safina
Lina Krasnoroutskaya vs Nicole Pratt
bye vs Nadia Petrova (2)

PointBlank
Jan 4th, 2004, 03:49 AM
In Ai's quarter she should only have trouble against Francesca

Greenout
Jan 4th, 2004, 11:02 AM
Happy New Year's!!

Ok. Get back to work AI!. Enuff with the
Soba already. Ok.. from today on..no carbo. :)

Steveg
Jan 6th, 2004, 04:36 AM
What a beautiful picture of Ai with a white tiger :

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos_rx/sugiyama_tiger-crop_2790_rx.jpg

PointBlank
Jan 6th, 2004, 06:15 AM
Ai vs. Loit :)

I voted Ai for PAW ;) :p

ex hopman
Jan 6th, 2004, 07:02 AM
Ai won the 2R!
Now, against Maggie!
Hope she gets thru it! Francesca is gone now! Has a good chance here!

Go Ai!!

crazillo
Jan 6th, 2004, 09:14 AM
maggie is a tough one, don´t undererstimate her!!!!

ex hopman
Jan 6th, 2004, 04:46 PM
I like maggie too!
will be close for sure!

oaki
Jan 7th, 2004, 11:14 AM
go....Ai :D

ex hopman
Jan 8th, 2004, 12:34 AM
If she beats Maggie today, she'll pass Chanda to become WORLD NO. 9!!
If she wins the tournament, she'll pass Elena D to become WORLD NO.8!!
If so, without any top players withdrawal at AO, she'll be top 8 seed!! Wow!

Another chance to advance to GS's quarterfinal here!!

Good luck, Ai! :bounce:

Libertango
Jan 8th, 2004, 09:02 AM
Go Ai, good luck against Maggie :)

Libertango
Jan 8th, 2004, 12:26 PM
YAY, Ai wins 4-6 7-6 6-3 :woohoo:

Onto the semis now against Stosur, good luck! :)

TartarVicario
Jan 8th, 2004, 01:12 PM
C'mon Ai! you can win this :D

PointBlank
Jan 8th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Come on Ai :woohoo: THis sucks :( HEr vs. Sam Man :sad:

PointBlank
Jan 8th, 2004, 09:02 PM
http://www.wtatour.com/newsroom/stories/NewsArticle_2821_rx.asp

Gold Coast Semifinal Showdowns

Ai Sugiyama fiercely held on to her top seed status, defeating Magdalena Maleeva 46 76(4) 63 to advance to the semifinals of the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts.
Sugiyama got off to a slow start but was able to scoop out the win over her tough opponent. She stated, "It was hard to get into the match. She (Maleeva) wasn't giving me enough time to set up the points, and it was hard to be aggressive. After a while, I started to get a better rhythm and my footwork improved."

Sugiyama endured almost two and a half hours on court and finished late into the evening, while her next opponent will face a similar obstacle. Wildcard and hometown favorite Samantha Stosur (right) was due on court for doubles following Sugiyama's singles match.

Stosur is recording her career-best Tour event to date and feeding off her hometown crowd. The Australian has taken down two seeds in Gold Coast, including a first round win over No.4 seed Meghann Shaughnessy, followed by an impressive win over young Croatian Karolina Sprem.

Stosur secured her first Tour semifinal appearance battling No.7 seed Magui Serna before walking away the 76(1) 75 victor. Both players consistently held serve in the second set until the eleventh game, where Stosur broke Serna’s deceptive left serve. Stosur held serve the following game, giving her the match win.

"This win means a lot to me. Everyone likes to play at home, and the crowd really got me going. It was great to get the crowd excited, and they really helped me out, so that was nice. This was such a big win for me. Hopefully, this is just a start for me."

Stosur may be entering new territory, but defending champion Nathalie Dechy has made winning in Gold Coast rather routine. Dechy found her way back into the semifinals for the second straight year with a straight sets victory against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Dechy, who received a second round bye when No.8 seed Patty Schynder pulled out of the tournament with a right ankle sprain, has now won six straight matches at the event.

It's the Frenchwoman's first tournament back since the US Open last August, having been sidelined since then with left wrist tendonitis. She is feeling confident in her quest to defend her title, stating, "If I play my game like my first matches, I have a very good chance."

Dechy's toughest test could come in the semifinals where she'll face No.2 seed Nadia Petrova, a 61 64 winner against fellow Russian Dinara Safina. Petrova came back from a three game deficit at 0-3 in the second set before clinching her eighth Tour semifinal appearance.

Following her match, Petrova said, "I'm very pleased with how I played today, especially in the first set. My chances looked great, but she picked up her game and the rallies got long so I had to work my way back."

ex hopman
Jan 9th, 2004, 07:08 AM
Yey!
Ai advanced to the final!
playing Nadia again!

Hope she can manage the win tomorrow again!

Go Ai!!

Now, she's no.9 in the world!!

Sammm
Jan 10th, 2004, 12:13 PM
Ai won!!!!! The score was 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. Nadia had a buttock injury or something in the second set, but she said that Ai played tennis of a really high standard, Congrats, Ai!!!!

This was her 6th title, I think.

kfh_9118
Jan 10th, 2004, 12:25 PM
Congrats on your 6th title, Ai :worship:

I saw the match on TV. Both players played a high quality of tennis, with lots of long rallies. And it really shows how tough Ai's mental can be. She played really calm although she lost easily in the first set. Nadia on the other hand, got upset sometimes when missing easy shots. Ai really took the opportunity well.

In the third set again, Ai came back from 1-4 down to close the match 6-4 :) Although Nadia's injury in the third set was one reason to that, Ai really deserves a credit for chasing every ball and make Nadia played an extra shot.

Well done Ai, and hopefully she can continue her great form in Sydney and esp in Melbourne :D