Ai won the 2R!
Now, against Maggie!
Hope she gets thru it! Francesca is gone now! Has a good chance here!
Jan 6th, 2004, 10:14 AM
maggie is a tough one, donīt undererstimate her!!!!
Jan 6th, 2004, 05:46 PM
I like maggie too!
will be close for sure!
Jan 7th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Jan 8th, 2004, 01:34 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:
Jan 8th, 2004, 10:02 AM
Go Ai, good luck against Maggie :)
Jan 8th, 2004, 01:26 PM
YAY, Ai wins 4-6 7-6 6-3 :woohoo:
Onto the semis now against Stosur, good luck! :)
Jan 8th, 2004, 02:12 PM
C'mon Ai! you can win this :D
Jan 8th, 2004, 09:59 PM
Come on Ai :woohoo: THis sucks :( HEr vs. Sam Man :sad:
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 Sernas 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."
Jan 9th, 2004, 08:08 AM
Ai advanced to the final!
playing Nadia again!
Hope she can manage the win tomorrow again!
Now, she's no.9 in the world!!
Jan 10th, 2004, 01:13 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.
Jan 10th, 2004, 01:25 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