- Reply to Topic
Thread: Good luck, Akiko Morigami! your first semi-final!! Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
Feb 8th, 2003 07:55 AM
Libertango Yea, I'm really looking forward to seeing Akiko play as well, she's really been making headway recently, esp. as this time last year I'd never even heard of her!
I also really hope that Rika and Saori climb up the rankings too. I saw Rika play at DFS and definitely think she is better than where she's ranked now (about 175 or something)
Good luck to all the Japanese girls!
Feb 8th, 2003 07:13 AM
onebridgecafe Thanks everyone! Some of your comments remind me of Sawamatsu for some reason.

Maybe Akiko would not like clay like other Japanese players, but hope she will continuously give us some surprises this year. I am really looking forward to seeing her on TV soon!
Feb 8th, 2003 03:52 AM
SM I saw her beat Kandar at adidas quallies, she went on to beat Iva Majoli in the next round. I think she moved very well, had good anticipation, LOVES pace, keeps depth and doesnt miss much.

As some of you have said, she hits with deceptive feorcity and can finish a rally when you least expect it. She has top 50 potential atleast..
Feb 8th, 2003 02:00 AM
jirobkk I met her and Asagoe, Obata, in Pattaya last year. She is very nice when I asked for the pics. At welcome party the Japanese players enjoyed Thai dance very much.

Akiko has consistent ground stroke and does not make error, she can hit good angle winner shot when she has chance. I think she ready to be number 2 now.
Feb 8th, 2003 01:53 AM
ex hopman When I worked in Florida, she trained there at Palmer or something.
She should be 21 or 22 now...
I dunno if she could be the next Sugiyama or Asagoe...
After Kimiko Date retired from tennis, there are not many hopes in Japanese tennis...
so $$$ to play there!! Indoors? over $120/hr!! yeee haaaw!!
Feb 7th, 2003 08:53 AM
Steveg Saw Akiko win the Asian Championships. She had a tough match against Liu Jing-Jing (CHN) but except that, it was quite a smooth tourney for her.

She does play two-handed both sides. Good footwork. She does not commit many mistakes. Hits flat.

The thing is she can suddenly hit a killer during a rally at a moment you would not expect it. Her two-handed shots allow her to find good angles. However, I seem to remember she prefers to hit inside-out shots.

Her serve did not strike me, though it was regular. She can progress in this field .
Feb 7th, 2003 08:15 AM
TammysBigSis You're right, I Love Chanda. She's two-fisted on both sides.

She gave Tammy a tough match in Pattaya last November.

Maybe jirobkk can elaborate more on her style...I can't remember exactly what her strengths were, but I know there were some really good rallies.
Feb 7th, 2003 08:02 AM
Libertango Yea, good luck Akiko in your semi today!!
I THINK she plays double handed both sides, but I'm not entirely sure about that. She has been playing well. She won the Asian Champs last year (not the Asian Games) and at OZ open won her first round, then almost beat Panova
Go Akiko!!!
Feb 7th, 2003 07:27 AM
onebridgecafe It seems she is improving a lot recently. But I have never seen her play. Can anybody tell me her strength? How old is she? She can be the next Ai Sugiyama or more likely to be the next Asagoe?
Feb 7th, 2003 04:27 AM
ex hopman
Good luck, Akiko Morigami! your first semi-final!!

she'll be no.3 Japanese player next week!!

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome