So was that her going away ceremony?? I hope there's a video...it's nice seeing all those players (veterans and young players) helping her say farewell! Huber, Black, Schiavone, Hantuchova, Safina, Dementieva, Srebotnik, Stubbs and others...they clearly like Ai.
Not my Sugi!!!! This makes me so sad to see her go. I always enjoyed watching her positive energy on court, and seeing how much fun she had out there playing. I hoped she would continue for as long as her body would let her, but I guess it just wasn't in her heart. Here's to a successful last tournament and to a wonderful future doing what makes her happy!
I'll miss this forum being here.... looks like Ai's Army will be moved after this week maybe. Might as well make use of it here.
Disappointing in a way, but I think it's not too bad for her career to end. This entire year has been a bit unfortunate and she'll probably finish 2009 out of the top 100. Overall, it was probably a good time to retire.
I wonder what she'll do afterwards. I always had the idea that she did everything with her mother around. Does that mean that after this, she can finally start exploring other interests and possibly romantic interests?
I look forward to hearing updates on how Ai's retirement.
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)
Status Pro (October 1992)
WTA Tour singles titles 5
WTA Tour doubles titles 28
Grand Slam titles 3 doubles, 1 mixed doubles...
Auckland Jan 7 1996
1 A Sugiyama - J Wiesner(3) 6-3 6-4
2 R Grande - A Sugiyama 6-3 6-3
Hobart Jan 14 1996
1 A Sugiyama(8) - A Fusai-Q 3-6 6-3 6-3
2 A Sugiyama(8) - K Godridge 7-5 6-2
QF M Endo - A Sugiyama(8) 6-1 7-5
Australian Open Jan 28 1996
1 A Sugiyama - R...