Woohoo Japanese tennis looking pretty good at the mo: Ai up a place to 16 (and up a place in dubs aswell to 5) Shinobu at 82, Akiko at 87 and Saori at 89 (up ten places!) So thats four Japanese in top 100 (well top 90 actually ) at one point there was only Ai!
A few weeks ago, I happened to be in Tokyo...so I went to see Fed Cup (was FREE!! admission).
The Japanese team (Ai, Shinobu, Saori, and Rika) seemed to enjoy practicing together. They played well too.
Facing a Swedish team... I think we have a chance to go back to the World Group next year.
I've decided to keep an update on Miho Saeki's European tour, since we know what Ai & co. have been up to lately:
Week of 9 June: Tier III Vienna, AUT (clay) Q1 loss
Week of 16 June: $25K Gorizia, ITA (clay) 2R loss
Week of 23 June: $25K Fontanafredda, ITA (clay)
Week of 30 June: OFF
Week of 7 July: $25K Darmstadt, GER (clay)
Week of 14 July: $25K Valladolid, ESP (hard)
Week of 21 July: $25K Les Contamines, FRA (hard)
Good luck to her, and hopefully she'll be able to play US Open qualies.