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-Ph51-
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:20 AM
Says Ai's mother.She is disturbed because Kim is more and more retiring just before a tournament!Ai would now play with the South-African Huber!

crazillo
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:26 AM
sad, for kim and maggie!!!!!!!!!

Brαm
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:29 AM
Says Ai's mother.She is disturbed because Kim is more and more retiring just before a tournament!Ai would now play with the South-African Huber!
Ai's mother should also consider that Ai won 2 slams this year.

GoGoMaggie
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:29 AM
I don't think Maggie ever played with Huber regularly.. as far as I know..
they have played quite a few tournaments together but they never made it a rule to play together on a regular basis. So it's no loss for Maggie.
As for Kim and Ai, it's quite understandable that Kim doesn't want to enter doubles in every tournament as she always goes deep in the tournament in singles in the first place and Ai isn't that good in singles. For me, doubles is like a second priority or even less important for most of the players and as one of the top ten players, I think Ai better cut back on doubles in her schedule..

Veritas
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:33 AM
I don't think Maggie ever played with Huber regularly.. as far as I know..
they have played quite a few tournaments together but they never made it a rule to play together on a regular basis. So it's no loss for Maggie.
As for Kim and Ai, it's quite understandable that Kim doesn't want to enter doubles in every tournament as she always goes deep in the tournament in singles in the first place and Ai isn't that good in singles. For me, doubles is like a second priority or even less important for most of the players and as one of the top ten players, I think Ai better cut back on doubles in her schedule..

With all the success Ai's had in doubles, I'd doubt she'll disregard her trophies and start concentrating more on singles, especially when you consider that she'll be 29 in 2004.

pigam
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:36 AM
mmm... strange. They were such a great combo! Besides, Ai played so well in singles this year... so she shouldn't only concentrate on doubles?
Was there a bit of a 'fight' :confused: I hope not. Of course "het laatste nieuws" (Belgian 'quality newspaper') made it seem like that :rolleyes:

Veritas
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:39 AM
mmm... strange. They were such a great combo! Besides, Ai played so well in singles this year... so she shouldn't only concentrate on doubles?
Was there a bit of a 'fight' :confused: I hope not. Of course "het laatste nieuws" (Belgian 'quality newspaper') made it seem like that :rolleyes:

Well, I imagine Ai would've been a bit annoyed with Kim for the number of times she pulled out of their doubles matches, though I don't blame Kim b/c for her, singles is top priority.

GoGoMaggie
Nov 29th, 2003, 09:46 AM
Well, I imagine Ai would've been a bit annoyed with Kim for the number of times she pulled out of their doubles matches, though I don't blame Kim b/c for her, singles is top priority.

Precisely.
I think in a way it's good for Ai to team up with some double specialist like Lizel. If I remember correctly, Huber has retired from singles already so her only priority at the moment is double and that shouldn't bother Ai's schedule or her Mummy. I don't know if Ai should play doubles in every tournament she enters.. I know she loves playing..but doesn't it contradict her saying her tight schedule doesn't allow her to compete in Athen. Looks like she's got so much gus playing singles and doubles in everything even when her regular partner isn't available by replacing her with some other one. Well..maybe it's just me but winning a lot in doubles really doesn't impress me these days as those who are supposed to be great doulbe parters have stopped playing doubles in big events.. there used to be many players who were great at both singles and doubles: Hingis, Sanchez, Novotona, Zvereva, the Willy sisters, Anna K, Davenport..the list goes on and on...

Veritas
Nov 29th, 2003, 10:08 AM
Precisely.
I think in a way it's good for Ai to team up with some double specialist like Lizel. If I remember correctly, Huber has retired from singles already so her only priority at the moment is double and that shouldn't bother Ai's schedule or her Mummy. I don't know if Ai should play doubles in every tournament she enters.. I know she loves playing..but doesn't it contradict her saying her tight schedule doesn't allow her to compete in Athen. Looks like she's got so much gus playing singles and doubles in everything even when her regular partner isn't available by replacing her with some other one. Well..maybe it's just me but winning a lot in doubles really doesn't impress me these days as those who are supposed to be great doulbe parters have stopped playing doubles in big events.. there used to be many players who were great at both singles and doubles: Hingis, Sanchez, Novotona, Zvereva, the Willy sisters, Anna K, Davenport..the list goes on and on...

Personally, I reckon Ai should've participated in the Olympics because it's a great honour to have been chosen (in Ai's case, asked) to represent one's own country and also, the event occurs once every four years so in reality, 2004 Athens would most probably be Ai's last chance to play in the Olympics before she retires (unless she does what Nana Miyagi did: retire in singles, but continue playing doubles).

2003 showed everyone that Ai can be extremely successful in both singles and doubles - so I don't see why she should be dropping her doubles schedule anytime soon. It pays well, gives her quite a few trophies and gives her something to lean back on when she doesn't do as well in singles.

ans
Nov 29th, 2003, 10:49 AM
Huh? I don't even remember Kim pulling out that much except for the USOpen and those were really special circumstances.

Come-on-kim
Nov 29th, 2003, 10:54 AM
Says Ai's mother.She is disturbed because Kim is more and more retiring just before a tournament!Ai would now play with the South-African Huber!
:confused:

Strange.... Ai said at the YEC that she was agreeing with Kim because she wanted Kim to concentrate on single... She even said that maybe playing so much doubles hampered Kim to win GS

Come-on-kim
Nov 29th, 2003, 10:55 AM
Well, if it comes from "Het Laatste Nieuws".....

-Ph51-
Nov 29th, 2003, 11:02 AM
Well, if it comes from "Het Laatste Nieuws".....
And "Het Nieuwsblad".Originally from Nikkan Sports in Japan!

Come-on-kim
Nov 29th, 2003, 11:08 AM
And "Het Nieuwsblad".Originally from Nikkan Sports in Japan!
OK.... ;)

Experimentee
Nov 29th, 2003, 11:27 AM
She should keep doing whatever shes been doing this year, it worked for her and she improved so much in singles!

kim4eva
Nov 29th, 2003, 11:38 AM
well I'm miss Kim and Ai for sure :sad:...they made such a good team this year
I think if Ai is happy when Kim pulls out in doubles, it's allright. Who cares about what her mum says? Ai's the one who's playing, not her mum.

jenny161185
Nov 29th, 2003, 01:40 PM
awww I love seeing these two together - hope Ai's new partnership is successful :)

starr
Nov 29th, 2003, 01:47 PM
It was a great partnership!

But it was bound to breakup because Kim can't continue playing that sort of killer schedule. I believe that Ai got so much energy from the partnership that it helped her singles game.

But Ai needs to concentrate on doing as well as she can in the next few years. She is definitely in the twilight of her career and she needs to rake in as many titles and as much money as she can.

Good Luck, Ai. Here's hoping for a great 2004 for you. :)

Allez-H
Nov 29th, 2003, 01:55 PM
If Ai's mother really said that ,than it really isn't nice.Coz Ai won two slams this year and Kim did really everything she could to play as much as she can with Ai.She should also realise that Kim is probably the best partner she ever had and she ever is going to have.Their games are really suited to play with each other.I really hope that they will team up once and a while again,they just are such an enjoyable team to watch.And there always seem to have fun always laughing about everthing even if they are losing.

pigam
Nov 29th, 2003, 01:57 PM
Yeah, I agree.
IF (it's a big IF) Ai's mother said such a thing, I think she's wrong. She can't blame Kim one bit, IMHO...

-Ph51-
Nov 29th, 2003, 03:25 PM
Yeah, I agree.
IF (it's a big IF) Ai's mother said such a thing, I think she's wrong. She can't blame Kim one bit, IMHO...
Her mother is her coach!

maryjane
Nov 29th, 2003, 04:04 PM
disturbed???I don't think she said it.It's offensive towards Kim and Ai is her friend.But we already knew they would not play together coz Kim said in Los Angeles she wants to focus only on the singles during the GS and Ai said it too coz she wants Kim to win a major.there's an onterview about this somewhere.Maybe Ai's mother drank something before taking the interview :)

pigam
Nov 29th, 2003, 06:12 PM
Her mother is her coach!
Huh?
Et alors ;) Her mother (=coach) can't blame Kim she often retired at the last moment. On the contrary,; if you ask me. That's why I said I doubt (the big IF) Ai's mother (=coach) said such thing

2ace2
Nov 29th, 2003, 06:41 PM
mmm... strange. They were such a great combo! Besides, Ai played so well in singles this year... so she shouldn't only concentrate on doubles?
Was there a bit of a 'fight' :confused: I hope not. Of course "het laatste nieuws" (Belgian 'quality newspaper') made it seem like that :rolleyes:
Actually, Het Laatste Nieuws is the most unreliable of the big newspapers in Belgium. If you want quality, you'll have to get 'De Morgen', 'De Standaard' or 'De Tijd'. We've learnt in school about it ;)

Doraemon
Nov 29th, 2003, 06:47 PM
Well I know Ai's mom is oen of the most important persons in Ai's life and has played an important part in her tennis career but then these days, she (her mom) is crossing the line a bit.. I mean she shouldn't try to be a typical tennis parent like Alex's. She should continue supporting Ai from the backstage. She better not get too much involved or affect Ai's decision making or play a more-than-necessary role. No offense to her mom but she seems to have been a bit overly intrusive lately. She isn't her spokesperson is she?
By the way, did she say in English what she is reported to have said? I dunno how good her English is but there may have been some misinterpretation if that's the case.

pigam
Nov 29th, 2003, 06:51 PM
Actually, Het Laatste Nieuws is the most unreliable of the big newspapers in Belgium. If you want quality, you'll have to get 'De Morgen', 'De Standaard' or 'De Tijd'. We've learnt in school about it ;)
I know :eek: :rolleyes: ;) :)
That's why I put it between 'brackets' (aanhalingstekens - guillemets)
Although, IMHO there isn't one flemish newspaper with really good sportspages... (nor Walloon, as a matter of fact)

servenrichie
Nov 29th, 2003, 07:24 PM
Is it a coincidence that Ai has become a better singles player, since she regularly played doubles with Kim?

Filip!
Nov 29th, 2003, 07:27 PM
I think it would be an understandable decision from Ai. But press possibly blows it out of proportion, like they always do.