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21 year old Aiko breaks into top 100 for the first time in her career.
1 Bali 2004 A Nakamura-Q - A Sugiyama(3) 6-4 7-6(1)
The most impressive win in her career is probably this one.
Good job.
 

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March 27 Aiko's message

Too bad!!

Hello everyone. It was too bad I couldn't get into MD as a LL in Miami (I was the first in the list!!). I was very tired of staying at the place for 4 days, but it was a good experience!
I'll move up to Hilton Head tomorrow, and practice for the next 4 days.
It'll be 7-hour drive tomorrow!! ahhh... long, but it'll be done...

 

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March 30 Aiko's diary

Days in Hilton Head

For three days after the Miami tourney, I went to Tommy (Thomas Shimada)'s house and practiced at the Van Der Meer there. Tomorrow morning, I'll do the last practice there and go to Amelia Island. It was really fun and I could practice really well and relax too. It was good to see Tommy and Mr. Yokobori.

Hilton Head is a really nice place. I like it! If possible, I'd love to come back here. The practice was a bit hard, but I had some lessons from Tommy as well.

My match starts from Saturday. First time on green clay!! I'll do my best!
 

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Apr. 10 Aiko's message

I'm Home!!

Everyone! Hello. Cherryblossoms are full blooming now in Japan! It's really a nice season!!
I already began some practice here. For the next tour, I'll see what I couldn't do and will aim to play better for the next!
So, please give me your support again!! :)



 

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Apr.7 Aiko's message

Yesterday, I came back to Japan. I had a day off. It's getting warmer here in Japan so it's very easy to spend. I woke up really early thanks to jetlag. In the morning, I went to have haircut. In America, my hair got so much damaged and got blonde hair!? and in the afternoon, I went to the dentist and drove to Utsubo Koen (Park) to make a reservation for a court tomorrow. Can't book a court by phone a day before!! Next tournament will be clay court...so I'll practice at Utsubo. They got red clay, not so many in Osaka... and went out to do grocery shopping for dinner!
mmm, been a long time to drove... a bit scary...but safely I could return anyway. I can't sleep well at night time...so now I am sleepy... nite!
 

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Aiko joins the Japanese fed cup team

This is her first time to be in the team.
Other members are Akiko Morigami, Rika Fujiwara and Saori Obata.

Ai and Shinobu will skip the fedcup for the tournaments.
Also, the captain would like to have these young generations to have experiences.

Czech players are all ranked 40s and 50s... so it'll be tough... but do your best!! :)

Aiko's message=
Everyone thanks for writing messages always.
I'd love to play my best tennis for the fed cup games.
This is my first, so I am really excited.

Hope to be in the top condition against Czech, will practice for a few more days here.

With other members, we'll do the best!!
 

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Apr. 26 Aiko's comment

I came back from Czech yesterday. It was my first Fed, was a very good experience. We could team up and find well. The result was unfortunate, but we'll try again.

It had been a while since the last time I played in a team. It was really fun and sad, but I was really proud to play as a representative of Japan.

I flew to Paris from Praha, and came back to Narita today...and flew back to Itami... I am tired!!!
I'll start practicing from tomorrow for Gifu... I can't sleep cuz of the jetlag... My eyes r so open!!
I need to sleep!!!
 

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May 8 Aiko's message

Gifu is done! (S best 4, D best 8)

The Gifu tournament is just done. It was a bit unfortunate.
I'll switch my feeling and will do the best in Fukuoka.
My match was finished yesterday, and I went back to Osaka. I took a day off today and will get some massage and relax.

I'll go to Fukuoka tomorrow, and my matches go on. It's been a while to play in Japan, so I am really enjoying it. so, next week, I hope to be in Fukuoka on the final day.

Please give me lots of supports!!
 

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May 10 Aiko's Message

Today, I had my first round at Fukuoka Int'l. My match was the second match of the day. I woke up at 7 and took a 8:15 shuttle bus to the tournament. I did a morning warmup from 9 to 10. My match began at 11:30. The opponent is Mayumi Yamamoto. I got the first set 6-1, but the second set started with 0-3, and went far to 2-5, but I could catch up to 5-5. I had a point for 6-5, but lost it...and kept my serving game for the tie breaker, and won the tiebreaker 8-6.
In the evening, I practiced with Ayumi Morita. She's only 15 and very cuuuute!
I took a 4:30 shuttle back to hotel. I wandered around Canal City and ate dinner. I have no match tomorrow, just practice... I'll do my best!
 
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