i don't know about her playing singles! maybe she could ask for a wildcard here and there in asian tournies in singles!
does yayuk have a family? i know she intended to raise a family with her hubby after her first retirement in 1999 but i'm not sure if she gave birth to any children!?
how many tournaments did she play this year...9??? maybe she thinks she can't handle playing singles and she might not be able to handle it even though she is only 30 (31 in 10 days)
you can't just decide you want to play competitive singles tennis again! you'd have to work hard, train hard, put in lots of hours into it and i don't think yayuk is prepared to do that... especially having to train in indonesia for 4-5 hours per day as it is stinking hot there! <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
but back to the topic... i don't think she'll be retiring! remember one of the main reasons she came back on the tour was to help be a mentor for prakusya! plus she isn't embaressing herself on the tour! her performances have been quite good! i hope she plays wimbledon singles next year! that would be great! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I asked her at Pattaya if she still be in the tour. She siad she will play only double bot not too often. The reason is she still want to meet her friends in the tour. She have already gave birth ( I did not ask her, boy or girl).
She still be a dangerous player in doble, please believe me. I watched she played double with Tammy VS Asa/Iroda.
Yes Vixen, I thing she is pretty well set up. I read an aritcle where it was mentioned that Yayuk was sponsoting Wynne (for her to get a coach and a physical trainer), whic is extremely kind of her, isn't it.
For Jiro : where were you sitting for the match of Yayuk / Tamarine against Iroda / Isa. It is not possible we were both at so many matches and did not see each other. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
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Yes.... she really seems to care about Wynne <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Did Yayuk seem feisty or even nasty to you steve? because when you said she was hitting Ka-Po i never expected her to do that?! ...How did Tammy react? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
No, Yayuk seemed obviously to be a very nice person. She was very often with Wynne and Tammy.
I was quite surprised too to see that she hit Ka Po. She obviously apologised and seemed sorry but... she could have done it a third time during the match I felt. Ka Po was however too scared at that time and moved slightly away. Yayuk had then only to conclude the point easily. She managed very well to intimidate her opponent at the net.
Tammy was as sorry as Yayuk. Sunday morning by the way, she was at a tennis clinic for local kids. It was fun to see her looking after all these kids.
I think both Yayuk and Tammy extremely nice, but when it comes to a match, some players seem to get carried away at some stages...
I totally agree with The Pea that it is double game. When play double you must have good strategy and good game plan with your partner. Most of good double players like Yayuk have great volley and know how to win the point. I think Yayuk know ( I did not see Yayuk/Tammy VS Ka-Po/Su-Wei match. I saw Ka-Po played Patricia Wartusch . She missed easy volley a lot. ) Ka-Po could not play volley well so she try to hit the ball to Ka-Po to force her to play volley. That is the way she should do to win the point. The ball may hit her because she feel too scared.
Yayuk also hit the ball to Asa in Tammy/Yayuk VS Asa/Iroda match. After that Yayuk apologized for that. I think in double game if your opponent at net play great volley every time when you return service with cross court. You should give variety return shot ( down the line, lob, cross court and hit directly to their body ) to your opponent at net to force to guess to play the point. I am sure Ka-Po and Asa did not angry for that shot because that is double game.
For Steveg : I was not sitting at audience's stand box during Tammy/Yayuk VS Asa/Iroda match. I was standing at the fence. I also have taken Tammy/Yayuk's pics from the fence when they gave interview to Local TV after the match. After that I went to inside the court to take Tammy/Yayuk's pics and talk to them. <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
I just come back from Hanoi where there was an ITF $10,000 tourney. Excellent quality for doubles matches. But players did not aim at their opponent at the net (I mean when all players were at the net). They were rather looking for angles <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> . When you have a volley to play very close to the net, you do not necessarily aim at your opponent...
I am not so sure that Ka Po and Hsu Wei were not a little bit upset. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
danker, it just happened that I had to go on a business trip in Hanoi as I had one guest coming from Europe <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> .
And it so happened that there was this ITF tourney. I could see only the 1/2 singles semi finals and final (there was not really a doubles final because Yen-Hsun Lu had injured himself (back injury).
The player among all of them who impressed me most was obviously Yen-Hsun Lu. He has been playing great tennis from the back of the court against James Auckland in semis. Excellent backhand passing shots. Solid forehand, though sometimes a bit short. Great angles most of all. His opponent was really moving everywhere.
Some weaknesses on his first serve, and in particular many foot faults. This is most probably the area of his game he can improve most in the weeks / months to come.
In final, his forehand has been just fantastic : huge accelerations and winners against Qureshi. His backhand was a bit weak during the final (several mistakes from the back of the court), though his passings were deadly. I guess however it was partly due to his back injury that might have prevented him from good hop rotation.
It is really a pitty he was injured (I think it happened in the first set actually) as it could have been much tighter than this. I just hope it is not much and he will be better soon.
Another point that struck me was his calm on the court. No real sign of excitement. Great mental. Just a little bit of fist pumping, but understandable given the points he played.
<br />This is the third time I see Qureshi play. He is quite good but I do not see much progress in his game. Huge serve of course (he was measured at over 190km/h during Hochiminh Challenger). Good volley. Solid game. But not enough of all this I think.
I see a much better future in Yen-Hsun Lu. As I said, huuuge impression.
Toshihide Matsui made also a rather good impression in his semi final against Qureshi. I did not enjoy the match much however as it was at 09:00 and I had had a very late night before <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> . But I remember it was tight in the first set and Toshihide had a solid game.
The doubles final was fun actually. Since Yen-Hsun Lu could not play, we had a doubles exhibition instead, Qureshi replacing him as partner of Frank Moser.
This time, there was not much of a crowd as the facilities in Hanoi are quite small. I checked how many persons were there <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> and my guess was around around 200 to 300 persons only. the reason for such a small number is because there was not enough seats (some persons climbed in the trees to watch the matches <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> ).
There were a total of 4 tennis courts located in 2 different areas. No fitness centre on site.
Nothing compared to Hochiminh complex (7 tennis courts, one spa / fitness centre). I do hope next events (men and hopefully women challengers) will be in Hochiminh City. The crowd in Hochiminh City is much larger. I reckon the central court can accept around 600-700 persons minimum. It is around 75% full as from the quarter finals. It is full for the finals. Court one can accept around 250 persons.
BTW, I guess there are not many events where they charge ticket prices for ITF tourneys (not to mention Challengers). Well, Vietnam is one of them (tickets were free in Pattaya...).