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Nationality JPN
Residence Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Birth July 5, 1975
Birthplace Tokyo, Japan
Height 5'4 1/4'' (1.63 m)
Weight 121 lbs. (55 kg)
Plays Right-handed
Status Pro (October 1992)
WTA Tour singles titles 5
WTA Tour doubles titles 28
Grand Slam titles 3 doubles, 1 mixed doubles
ITF Womens Circuit singles titles 1
Prize Money 2002 $416,408
Career Prize Money End of 2002 $3,120,163
Win Loss Record 2002 - Singles 37-27
Career Win Loss Record End of 2002-Singles 295-244


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WTA RANKING HISTORY:
Season-Ending Singles: 2002-24; 2001-30; 2000-33; 1999-24; 1998-18; 1997-20; 1996-32; 1995-46; 1994-72; 1993-142; 1992-180; 1991-568
Career-High Singles (as of Nov. 16, 2003): No. 10 (Nov. 10, 2003-TBD)
Career-High Doubles (as of Nov. 16, 2003): No. 1 (Oct. 23-29, 2000; Dec. 25, 2000-Aug. 26, 2001; Aug. 11-17, 2003; Sept. 15-Nov. 9, 2003)

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
AUSTRALIAN 13-9 2r 3r 1r QF 1r 4r 2r 3r 1r -- -- -- --
ROLAND GARROS 13-9 4r 2r 1r 4r 2r 2r 2r 1r 4r -- -- -- --
WIMBLEDON 12-11 4r 3r 3r 2r 2r 1r 1r 4r 1r 1r 1r -- --
UNITED STATES 12-10 4r 2r 2r 2r 3r 2r 2r 2r 2r 1r -- -- --

CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
SINGLES 1-2 RR -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DOUBLES 2-5 F SF -- QF QF QF -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SINGLES — Winner (5 WTA Tour): 2003 - Scottsdale, Linz; 1998 - Gold Coast, Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1997 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1992 - ITF/Roanoke-USA. Finalist (5): 1999 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1997 - Gold Coast, Moscow; 1995 - Oakland; 1994 - Surabaya.
DOUBLES — Winner (28): 2003 - Sydney (w/Clijsters), Antwerp (w/Clijsters), Scottsdale (w/Clijsters), Roland Garros (w/Clijsters), Wimbledon (w/Clijsters), San Diego (w/Clijsters), Zurich (Clijsters), Linz (w/L. Huber); 2002 - Memphis (w/Tatarkova); 2001 - Canberra (w/Arendt), Indian Wells (w/Arendt); 2000 - US Open (w/Halard-Decugis), Sydney (w/Halard-Decugis), Miami (w/Halard-Decugis), Eastbourne (Tauziat), New Haven (w/Halard-Decugis), Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Halard-Decugis), Moscow (w/Halard-Decugis); 1999 - Sydney (w/Likhovtseva), Strasbourg (w/Likhovtseva); 1998 - Gold Coast (w/Likhovtseva), Luxembourg (w/Likhovtseva), Leipzig (w/Likhovtseva), Philadelphia (w/Likhovtseva); 1997 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Seles); 1996 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Date); 1995 - Hobart (w/Nagatsuka); 1994 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Donoshiro).
MIXED DOUBLES — Winner (1):1999 - US Open (w/Bhupathi).
ADDITIONAL: Japanese Fed Cup Team 1995-2000, 2003. Japanese Olympic Team 1996, 2000.


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2003 IN DETAIL
January - Seeded No. 3 at Gold Coast, upset in 1r by qualifier Sanchez Lorenzo 76 36 75; captured Sydney doubles title with Clijsters; as No. 21 seed at Australian Open, d. Widjaja in three sets before 2r upset by Petrova; reached doubles QF with Clijsters
February - At Tokyo-Pan Pacific lost to No. 1 seed Seles in 3s in 2r, saving four match points in 2s; reached doubles SF with Shaughnessy; at Paris Indoors, d. world No. 19 Dechy in 1r and led No. 3 seed Mauresmo 4-0 before l. 75 62; upset world No. 10 Dokic in 1r at Antwerp en route to QF, l. to world No. 4 Henin-Hardenne 62 64 and won doubles title with Clijsters; at Scottsdale, claimed fourth WTA Tour singles title (first at a Tier II event) by d. doubles partner and world No. 3 Clijsters, the No. 2 seed, 36 75 64 (Clijsters led 5-4 in 2s) and former world No. 1 Davenport in her opening round match (following a 1r bye); due to a rained out SF the previous day, played same-day SF and F (in both singles and doubles), fighting off 3 mp against Stevenson during 67(2) 62 76(7) SF win; last singles title was a 1998 Tier III in Japan; ranking improved from No. 25 to No. 18; w/Clijsters, d. Davenport/Raymond for doubles title
March - Seeded No. 21 at Indian Wells, fell to No. 8 seed Rubin in 4r and reached doubles final w/Clijsters; seeded No. 17 at Miami, was upset in 3r by WC Taylor and reached doubles QF w/Clijsters
April - Seeded No. 4, suffered 1r loss at Sarasota to former world No. 2 C. Martinez; withdrew from Charleston for rest and recovery
MayAt German Open, as world No. 17 and No. 13 seed, suffered straight-set 1r loss to world No. 36 Mikaelian; reached doubles final w/Clijsters, falling to No. 1 seeds; seeded No. 13, l. in Italian Open SF to No. 2 seed and eventual tournament champion Clijsters; after a near five-year absence, matched career-high ranking of No. 15 on May 26; seeded No. 16, took 8 games before l. to world No. 1 top-seed S. Williams in 4r at Roland Garros (equaling best performance there to date) and won doubles w/Clijsters by upending No. 1 seeds and defending champions Ruano Pascual/Suarez; following Roland Garros, ranking rose to a career-high No. 12
June - Seeded No. 7 and world No. 13, was upset in 2r at Eastbourne by No. 23 Dechy; in 11th appearance at Wimbledon, matched best performance (4r in 1996) before l. to No. 2 seed Clijsters and w/Clijsters, as No. 2 seeds, d. No. 1 seeds Ruano Pascual/Suarez to earn second Grand Slam doubles title of year
July - As world No. 11 and No. 8 seed, l. opening match at San Diego to world No. 30 Raymond (following a 1r bye), but won doubles w/Clijsters, their sixth title of season
August - As world No. 12 and No. 4 seed, reached Los Angeles SF, l. to former world No. 1 Davenport; following a two-year absence, recaptured No. 1 doubles ranking for one week (Aug. 11-17), upending doubles partner Clijsters, who held the spot Aug. 4-10 and would recapture it Aug. 18; at New Haven, as world No. 16 and No. 8 seed, l. in QF to world No. 6 and No. 2 seed Mauresmo; as world No. 15 and No. 15 seed, reached US Open 4r (best performance there to date) where she was eliminated 67(5) 75 62 by world No. 32 and No. 29 seed Schiavone
September - At Shanghai, as world No. 14 and No. 3 seed, l. in SF to world No. 8, top-seed and eventual tournament champion Dementieva and reached doubles final w/Tanasugarn, upending No. 1 seeds en route; surpassed $4-million in career prize money at Shanghai; as world No. 12 and No. 1 seed, was forced to retire in Japan Open SF vs. world No. 128 Kapros due to aggravating a left finger sprain sustained in 2r
October - - At Filderstadt, as world No. 11, d. world No. 16 WC Pistolesi before l. 2r to former world No. 1 Davenport (current No. 4 and No. 3 seed); as world No. 11 and No. 6 seed, d. world No. 24 LL Serna at Zurich before l. 2r to world No. 35 qualifier Pisnik and, as No. 1 seeds, won doubles w/Clijsters; swept singles and doubles at Linz - as world No. 11 and No. 2 seed, d. world No. 13 and No. 4 seed Petrova in singles championship match for fifth career title (second in 2003 and first-ever indoors), becoming the 12th player in 20 years to win a singles title while world No. 1 in doubles (Navratilova-45 titles 1984/1986-90; Shriver-1985 Filderstadt; Sukova-1991 Brisbane; Novotna-1991 Oklahoma City; G. Fernandez-1991 Albuquerque; Sanchez-Vicario-four titles 1995-1996; Davenport-five titles 1998-1999; Hingis-four titles 1998-2000; Raymond-2002 Memphis; Suarez-2003 Vienna; Clijsters-2003 Los Angeles), and as No. 1 seeds, won 28th doubles title (first w/L. Huber); reached singles and doubles SF at Philadelphia - as world No. 11 and No. 5 seed, l. to world No. 7 WC, No. 2 seed and eventual tournament champion Mauresmo in singles, and as No. 2 seeds w/Huber, l. No. 3 seeds Black/Stubbs
November - Became seventh woman to qualify for the eight-player season-ending championships (first time in singles) and notched best match-win of career, bettering 2002 win over world No. 3 Capriati and 2003 win over world No. 3 Clijsters, by d. world No. 2 Henin-Hardenne in straight sets (broke her serve five times) in one of three RR matches (l. the other two); w/Clijsters, as No. 1 seeds, l. doubles Championships final to No. 2 seeds Ruano Pascual/Suarez; ended season by breaking into the Top 10 on Nov. 10 at No. 10, and lost No. 1 doubles ranking to Suarez


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CAREER IN REVIEW
1991 - Made pro debut at Japan Open qualifying; reached QF at ITF/Taipei 2-TPE
1992 - Won first pro singles title at ITF/Roanoke, VA-USA; qualified for Osaka, her WTA Tour debut
1993 - Made Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon as a qualifier
1994 - At Surabaya, reached first WTA Tour singles final (l. to Wagner); won Japan Open doubles (w/Donoshiro), her first Tour title; broke into Top 100 on October 3 at No. 95
1995 - Won first Grand Slam matches to reach Roland Garros 4r; reached Oakland final (l. to Mag. Maleeva)
1996 - Reached Wimbledon 4r and Japan Open SF for first time; d. Hingis en route to 3r at Atlanta Olympics
1997 - Reached three finals, winning first WTA Tour title at Japan Open (d. Frazier in final); runner-up at Moscow (first Tier I final; d. world No. 9 Sanchez-Vicario, l. to No. 2 Novotna) and Gold Coast (l. to Likhovtseva in 3s); broke into Top 20 on November 24
1998 - Best year in singles to date, winning two titles (Gold Coast and Japan Open) and reaching career-high ranking of No. 15 on 24 August; d. world No. 4 Coetzer at German Open and No. 7 Graf at San Diego; won four doubles titles w/Likhovtseva, with whom she qualified for season-ending Championships for first time; surpassed $1 million in career earnings
1999 - Won US Open mixed doubles w/Mahesh Bhupathi for career-first Grand Slam title; as two-time defending champion, reached third consecutive Japan Open final (l. to Frazier); scored four Top 10 wins, over world No. 7 Novotna at Canadian Open, No. 8 Halard-Decugis at Tokyo [Princess Cup] and twice over No. 6 Pierce (San Diego and Moscow); in doubles, won Sydney and Strasbourg w/Likhovtseva and qualified for season-ending Championships with her for second straight year
2000 - On October 23, 2000, became first Japanese woman to rank No. 1 in the world in doubles; career-best year in doubles, winning seven titles (six w/Halard-Decugis, incl. US Open, Miami and Moscow, and Eastbourne w/Tauziat) and reaching the Wimbledon final (w/Halard-Decugis); qualified for season-ending Championships in doubles for third straight year, l. in QF (w/Halard-Decugis); in singles, reached career-first Grand Slam QF, d. No. 4 seed Pierce en route (l. to Capriati); reached Roland Garros 4r for first time in five years; earned a career-best $729,635
2001 - Sixth consecutive Top 40 season-ending ranking; reached fifth Japan Open SF second Wimbledon 3r; d. world No.5 Clijsters en route to San Diego QF; pushed Hingis to 3s in Tokyo [Pan Pacific] QF; in doubles, won titles at Canberra and Indian Wells (both w/Arendt) and reached Wimbledon final (w/Clijsters) and Australian Open SF (w/Arendt); at Shanghai, forced to retire in third set of QF vs. Grande with spine injury and heat illness
2002 - Reached Gold Coast QF, l. to V. Williams; seeded No. 1 in doubles w/Likhovtseva, l. in SF to No. 4 seeds and eventual winners Henin/Shaughnessy; after failing to qualify for Sydney, l. to Husarova in 3r of Australian Open; lost 1r to qualifier Callens at Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; reached SF of Memphis, l. to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Raymond, winning doubles title (20th of her career) w/Tatarkova; at Scottsdale, reached singles 2r and doubles SF w/Oremans; reached 4r at Indian Wells as No. 22 seed, l. to No. 4 seed Seles; at Miami, seeded No. 24, reached 3r, l. to No. 15 seed Tulyaganova 75 third set; seeded No. 7 at Sarasota, l. 1r to Pierce; in Charleston, d. Kremer in 1r in 3s, l. to No. 7 seed Testud in third set tie-break; reached 3r at Italian Open, d. world No. 15 Dementieva and No. 24 Mag. Maleeva; seeded No. 7 at Madrid, l. 1r to qualifier C. Fernandez; doubles semifinalist at Roland Garros w/Fujiwara; in singles, seeded No. 26, lost 2r to Husarova in 3s; seeded No. 11 at Birmingham, reached 3r, l. to Daniilidou; d. Pierce in 1r at Eastbourne, l. to eventual runner-up Myskina July - Reached Wimbledon 3r, l. to No. 4 seed Seles in 3s; another strong US hardcourt campaign with QF finish at San Diego (l. to Davenport); d. No.7 seed Hantuchova 75 third set in 2r when Hantuchova received a point penalty on match point for a time violation; w/Hantuchova, reached doubles final; at Los Angeles, recorded career-best win, d. world No. 3 Capriati in QF; l. to No. 9 Davenport in SF and reached doubles final w/Hantuchova for second straight week; at Canadian Open, reached 3r where she led Capriati 5-2 second set before losing 61 75; returned to Top 20 for first time in two years at No. 19; doubles runner-up for a third straight week (w/Fujiwara); seeded No. 18 at US Open (her 34th consecutive Grand Slam), l. 2r to Frazier; singles semifinalist and doubles runner-up at Shanghai (w/Fujiwara); seeded No. 5 at Tokyo [Princess Cup], l. 2r to Pratt in 3s; seded No. 1 at Japan Open, l. to QF to Talaja in 3s; l. 1r at Zurich and Linz; reached Linz doubles final (w/Fujiwara) to earn spot in season-ending Championships; at season-ending Championships (w/Fujiwara), reached SF by upsetting No. 1 seeds Ruano Pascual/Suarez in 1r (for first win in four appearances in event); l. in SF to eventual champions Dementieva/Husarova 46 75 64


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• Voted by the players to receive the 1999 WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
• Ranked No. 1 on world junior rankings in May 1991

PERSONAL
Coached by her mother, Fusako; trains at Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa, Florida, USA...Father’s name is Tadamasa; sister’s name is Mai...Graduated from high school in 1995...Enjoys playing golf (sometimes while at tennis tournaments), reading, and relaxing in hot springs...Part-owner of a company named Belly Button, which started a tennis academy and opened a cafe, a renewal sports shop and a flower shop in Chigasaki in 1998...Visit Web site at www.ai-sugiyama.com.


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Go Ai Im new and im a fan of Ai
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seems like Ai sold her house in Wesley Chapel (Florida).
She wants to stay in Japan as long as possible, I guess...

Not me!!

Go! Trojans!

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Re: Ai Info!

What year did she retire? I know she played well into the 2000s.
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seems like Ai sold her house in Wesley Chapel (Florida).
She wants to stay in Japan as long as possible, I guess...

Not me!!
Does she live back in the U.S now?
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Re: Ai Info!

For anyone who's interested, Ai has an Instagram account that she's regularly active on.

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