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Tamarine's brush with death

[TENNIS] Tamarine Tanasugarn almost died after falling victim to food poisoning during a tournament in Mexico last month.

The Kingdom's No 1 player said she is taking a three-week break from tennis due to a bizarre headache she developed after her "kiss of death" in Coatzacoalcos where she had to forfeit her second round match against Ukrainian Estefania Craciun.

"I don't know what it is but I am getting pain on the left side of my brain since then. It hurts when I get up in the morning,'' said the world No 149.

"I was given an injection by a tournament's therapist but I didn't get better. I was admitted to a hospital and the doctor there said I would have gone if I was a fraction late. I felt numb all over my body and had cramps around my stomach,'' Tamarine told The Nation.

The sickness hampered her progress and she stumbled in the opening rounds of three of the five tournaments she had entered in the USA and Mexico. Her best result came in a US$25,000 Challenger in Roza Rica where she made the quarter-finals.

"I was unlucky. When I started playing well again, I got sick and had to stay in the hospital. My body was very weak,'' disclosed Tammy, who is very concerned about her condition.

"I'm scared now. I'm trying to see a specialist for a thorough examination of my condition. It might take some time,'' said the former top 20 player and winner of one WTA title.

Tamarine said the illness is not career threatening and she has no plans to hang up her racquet in near future. "I'm still able to practise and compete. But I'm taking time off to have a check-up and heal the symptom. There is no plan to retire and I still love to play for a couple of years more,'' she said.

Tamarine said she will not make the trip to Roland Garros and also abstain from all clay court events this year. It will be her first no show at the French Open in nine years. She will resume her tour at the end of this month by competing in two hard court Challengers in China before heading to her most favourite surface, the grass in Surbiton and Wimbledon where she will have to qualify.

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Tamarine on road to recovery

[TENNIS] Thailand's leading women's player Tamarine Tanasugarn felt relieved yesterday when doctors at the Siriraj Hospital gave her a clean bill of health after concerns about a nagging headache which has bothered her for a month.

Tamarine, who fell ill with food poisoning last month in Mexico, had a full check-up by doctor Theerawat Kulathanun, who told her there is nothing to worry about.

"I took a blood test and had a general check-up and the results indicate I am healthy," she said. "The doctor prescribed some medicine for me and we will see if things improve in a week,'' said Tamarine, who has been waking up every day with headaches.

"According to the doctor, the pain is supposed to have something to do with neuritis. But there is no clear explanation at this time, and the doctor will tell me next week after all the results from the tests are analysed,'' added Tamarine, who pulled out of two tournaments to give herself a rest.

However, she resumed training for the first time in two weeks yesterday. She was advised by the doctor to only have light training and avoid the hot sun.

"It'd be better to train in the late afternoon and start things slowly so that it won't aggravate the symptoms. But I feel better and better every day and should be fit in time for my next tournaments by the end of the month,'' said Thailand's No 1 women's player.

Tamarine has skipped all her clay court events including the French Open which she has played in for nine consecutive years. She will kick off her campaign again in two hard court challenger events in China before heading for Surbiton and Wimbledon in England

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Top birthday present for Tamarine

[TENNIS] Birthday girl Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand gave herself a nice present by defeating Slovakia's Lenka Tvaroskova 6-2 6-2 to cruise into the second round of the US$50,000 (Bt1.9 million) Chinese Women's Circuit tournament in Beijing yesterday.

The top seed, who turned 29 yesterday, moved beyond the first round of a tournament for only the third time this year.

Born on May 24, 1977, in Los Angeles, Tamarine returned to competition for the first time after taking a one month break to get over bout of food poisoning.

Ranked No 146 in the world, Tamarine will play either Veronika Chvojkova of the Czech Republic or China's Chun-Mei Ji in the second round.

Three other Thais followed Tamarine into the second round. Second-seed Suchanan Viratprasert ousted China's Song Shan-shan 6-4 6-3 and set up a second round match against countrywoman Monthinee Tangphong, a 6-4 6-1 winner over Antonia Matic of Germany.

Napaporn Tongsalee, fresh from winning a doubles trophy in Ho Chi Minh last week, ended her losing streak by scoring a 5-7 6-3 6-2 victory over Sarah Raab of Germany. She had crashed out in seven first-round matches before this tournament.

Two Thais did not survive the opening round - Nudnida Luangnam went down to Brazil's Larissa Carvalho 7-5 6-2, while qualifier Wilawan Chobtang lost to Slovak Katarina Kachlikova.


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Thai twins win their first match

Tamarine Tanasugarn and the Ratiwatana twins kept the Thai flag flying at Wimbledon with the former reaching the third round and the latter winning the first Grand Slam match of their career.

Tamarine put behind her frustration about bad light the previous night to win the delayed second-round match against Japanese Shinobu Asagoe 6-3 7-5.

After play was suspended at 6-3 5-5 on Wednesday due to failing light, Tamarine got into an argument with umpire Fiona Edwards. Her plea for a suspension of play earlier had fallen on deaf ears.

Things were different yesterday as bright sun greeted the players and Tamarine took just 10 minutes to close out the match 6-3 7-5 to reach the third round at the All England Club for the eight time.

The Thai fought a long duel at deuce with the Japanese in the 12th game and when she hit a difficult running forehand past Asagoe to set up the fourth match point, the Japanese looked completely worn out and thoroughly intimidated. She gave up the match easily with a double fault.

"I achieved what I had targeted. My ranking will not improve unless I reach round three. It's a relief to win the match because we were both a bit tense,'' said Tamarine, who apologised for getting a bit carried away on Wednesday.

"I'd never been in such a situation before. I really couldn't see the balls from 2-2 in the second set. I feel bad to have done that and I'm sorry that fans at home had to bear that on TV,'' said Tamarine, who also cleared the air with Edwards after the match.

In today's fourth round, Tamarine will take on last year's Wimbledon junior champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. The Thai expects a very physical challenging match from the teenager.

"It's hard to play someone you have never seen before. But she's the junior champion and must be really good. Young players come into a match with a nothing-to-lose attitude,'' said Tamarine, who will be attempting to reach the fourth round for the seventh time.

Meanwhile, Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana made the draw of a Major for the first time when Luis Horna of Peru and Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina withdrew due to injuries. They made the most of the occasion by beating American Kein Kim and Filipino Cecil Mamiit 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 8-6 and got revenge for their loss in the final qualifying round last week.

"It's nice to win the match after waiting to play for more than a week. We are so glad to play our first match in a Grand Slam event and particularly in Wimbledon. It's unbelievable,'' said Sanchai, who had to hang around as "lucky losers" for eight days.

In the Tamarine-Asagoe match on Wednesday, the Thai won a breakthrough in the fifth game when Asagoe double faulted and then pounded a forehand into the net. Serving for the match at 5-3, Tamarine saved a break point by sending a shot to the backhand of her rival. Lady Luck smiled on the Thai as Asagoe mishit a bad bouncing ball and conceded the set.

The normally mid-mannered Tamarine displayed her emotions on court, disagreeing with the chair umpire who turned down her request for play to be delayed because of bad light. She missed shots, yelled at herself and smacked the ball high into the air after dropping her service game to fall 2-3 behind.

The Thai tried to keep her cool but to no avail. She played with pent-up anger and at times glared at the umpire and her opponent with what looked like resentment whenever she won points.

The more furious she was, the more aggressive and focused she became. She traded exciting shots with the Japanese and frantically chased the balls to escape a set point at 4-5. Asagoe then sprayed a backhand wide to drop serves and let Tamarine back in the match at 5-5 before play halted.

Andre Agassi, playing his 14th and last Wimbledon, advanced to the third round yesterday with a 6-4 7-6 (2) 6-4 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi.

The 36-year-old American, the oldest player in the men's draw, dropped serve only once - in the first game of the second set - and broke three times to subdue the 68th-ranked Seppi.

Agassi will next face the winner of yesterday's match between French Open champion Rafael Nadal and American qualifier Robert Kendrick.

Maria Sharapova, the 2004 women's champion, overpowered Ashley Harkleroad 6-2 6-2 in 67 minutes. The match was slightly tougher than her 51-minute 6-2 6-0 win the previous day over Anna Smashnova.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer looked untouchable on Tuesday as he routed four-time semi-finalist Tim Henman 6-4 6-0 6-2 on Centre Court to reach the third round, extending his grass-court winning streak to 43 matches. He dropped only seven games in his previous match against Richard Gasquet, who was coming off a grass-court tournament win in Nottingham.

Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
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Tamarine's flushed with success
Sonchat and Sanchai march on in doubles

London _ Thais still have something to cheer for at Wimbledon after Tamarine Tanasugarn and twins Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana won yesterday. Tamarine lifted the lid on her success, putting her run to the third round down to a lucky toilet. She sent Shinobu Asagoe's victory plans down the pan when she defeated the Japanese number four 6-3, 7-5 on Court 17.

And now Thailand's top women's tour player is determined to commandeer the same toilet again before her clash with Polish wild card Agnieszka Radwanska _ the French Open and Wimbledon junior champion.

''I'm using the same toilet from the first day so that's my lucky toilet,'' Tamarine said. ''The same shower room too, I stick to the same one in the locker rooms.

''It seems the toilet's worked,'' she revealed.

Tamarine has reached the Wimbledon fourth round six times in her career and the 29-year-old is ready to gamble on her adaptability to defeat Radwanska to get there again.

''I don't really know her. I haven't seen her play,'' the world number 164 said.

''She won junior Wimbledon last year so I guess she's very tough.

''It's hard when you don't know how they're playing and how they're hitting. You have to gamble. I have to find out during the match and maybe change but I'll stick to my plan first.

''I just want to go out there and play my game.''

After she defeated Asagoe, Tamarine dashed off to watch fellow Thais Sonchat and Sanchai win their men's doubles first round match against American Kevin Kim and Cecil Mamiit of the Philippines.

The Ratiwatana brothers edged past Kim and Mamiit 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the first round of the men's doubles.

''I'm very happy for them because it's their first time in a Grand Slam. I hope they do well. They are both very funny guys,'' Tamarine said.

Tamarine and the Ratiwatanas are the only Thais left still competing at Wimbledon after Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke lost in the men's singles first round.

''This is the first year that we have five Thai players. It's a very good feeling,'' Tamarine said.

Wimbledon has been Tamarine's favourite Grand Slam. The 29-year-old has advanced to the fourth round on six occasions in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Sanchai and Sonchat, who are playing in their first Wimbledon, lost to Kim and Mamiit in the qualifying round but the Thais earned a spot in the main draw following the withdrawal of Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina and Luis Horna of Peru.AFP

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Injured Tammy loses to young Pole

When Thai star Tamarine Tanasugarn asked for a trainer during her match against Wimbledon junior champion Agnieszka Radwanska, it was a sign that her time at the All England Club was running out.

Time after time the Thai scrambled to reach drop shots from the sly 17-year-old from Poland and ended up losing points. It was clear to the crowd how the match was going to end.

Although Tamarine gritted her teeth and fought off two match points at 6-3 5-1 to hold serve, her resistance did not last. The precocious Radwanska mixed lobs with short balls to serve out the match 6-3 6-2.

The injury to Tamarine's her right knee that she picked in qualifying was aggravated and pain spread to her thigh.

"It's been bothering me since the qualifying rounds, but I tried to play and take my chances. But after five matches, my condition became worse," said Tamarine, who played three qualifying matches and three more in the main draw.

A seventh fourth round birth at Wimbledon would have been much better for the 164th ranked Thai, who has been struggling to return to the top 100.

"It's disappointing to lose when I could have won the match and climbed up the rankings," she said. "If I had not been injured and had made fewer mistakes, I believe I could have beat her."

The loss was bitter-sweet for Tamarine. She was relegated to challenger level tournaments and did not win a match on the main WTA tour this year until she upset the 36th ranked Catalina Castano of Columbia here at Wimbledon in the opening round.

"The confidence is coming back," she said. "I'm glad that I proved I still can play good tennis. I just have to be really tough physically to challenge these young players," added Tamarine, who was asked if it was time to hang up her racquet.

"Not in the next two years. Before Wimbledon, I came to the crossroads and didn't know what to do next. I almost went home after I could not qualify at Birmingham.

"Now that I've reached round three, I can say that retirement is not going to happen in the near future."

Tamarine put in the best performance of the record five Thais taking part at Wimbledon this year. Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke had to pack their bags after the first round.

Also sharing the limelight were Thai twins and doubles specialists Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana, who managed to win their first match in their Grand Slam debut before losing 6-4 6-4 6-2 to the highly experienced eighth-seeds Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Todd Perry of Australia in the second round.

"There are so many good memories here. We played our first Grand Slam at Wimbledon and we won a match," said the older Sonchat, after they defeated American Kevin Kim and Cecil Mamiit of the Philippines in the first round in five thrilling sets.

"That was the first time we won a five-set match. The green grass is classy and we could not get enough of the strawberries and cream. We will leave here with plenty to remember," the younger Sanchai added.

The twins also learned a valuable lesson - that they have to work very hard if they want to stay close to the top doubles teams.

"Physically we could not recover from the tough first round. As the second match proceeded, we became more and more tired. This is one of the aspects of our game we have to fix," said Sanchai.

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Thai No 1 Tamarine to miss the Fed Cup match

Thailand's Fed Cup team suffered another big blow yesterday when their No 1 player Tamarine Tanasugarn withdrew from the World Group 2 play-off tie against the Slovak Republic.

Tamarine withdrew due to knee and thigh injuries, which resulted in her elimination in the third round at Wimbledon by Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on Friday.

Her decision to skip the tie, which will be played in Bratislava from July 15-16, was more bad news for the Thai squad after doubles specialist Napaporn Tongsalee withdrew to focus on her personal goals.

"I really cannot play because of the injuries and I feel sorry for that. I have been playing for several weeks and my body needs to recover," said Tamarine. She sustained her knee injury during her match against the Polish teenager, who defeated the Thai 6-3 6-2.

Thailand is now in a vulnerable situation, being forced to rely on No 2 Suchanan Viratprasert and No 4 Monthinee Tangphong. Nudnida Luangnam, a Fed Cup rookie, is also in the team, but it is not yet known who will take the final spot.

The Slovak Republic, meanwhile, will be spearheaded by 18th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova. They also have two other top 100 players in Martina Sucha (No 64) and Jarmila Gajdosova (No 86).

Thailand hosted April's tie against the Czech Republic and lost 4-1 in the first round. Without Tamarine and Napaporn, the team is not in a good position to challenge the powerful Slovaks and if the Thais lose they will be relegated to the qualifying zone next year.

But Tamarine hopes her younger team-mates will turn things around. "The Slovak team might be under pressure as they are the hosts and people expect a lot from them. Anything can happen," she said.

She said she would return to the team when she is fully fit next season.

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Thailand's Tamarine banks on Wimbledon 'wow' factor

LONDON (AFP) — Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn hopes the Wimbledon 'wow' factor will help her reach the second week at the All England Club.

Tamarine, 31, has always been inspired by the historic atmosphere of the grasscourt Grand Slam and those positive vibes helped her stun Russian 13th seed Vera Zvonareva in the second round.

Now the world number 60 has a chance to reach the fourth round for the seventh time if she can defeat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.

Tamarine will be a slight under-dog against the in-form Kiwi but she admitted it was hard to stop thinking about the possibility of a run to the quarter-finals for the first time.

"I think it's my favourite tournament. When you come here you have the 'wow' feeling because it's the most historic," she said. "All the great champions have been here and England was the first country to play this sport.

"It's a real honour. It's every player's dream to be here at Wimbledon. I still have the feeling every year. I don't know why. I'm just always happy to be here. This is the real tennis.

"I would be so happy to make it to the quarter-finals. Everytime I lost in the first round I've been so disappointed, but this year I just thought I should be happy to even get to the second week.

"To go further than that would be amazing. But I just want to concentrate on my game in each match. As you get further in the tournament everyone you play is going to be good on grass."

Erakovic, ranked 53rd in the world, has been in good form on grass this year and beat Tamarine in their only previous meeting. But the 20-year-old is in her first Wimbledon and Tamarine hopes her extra experience will prove decisive.

"I played her once before in a Challenger indoors and lost in three sets," Tamarine said. "She's been playing very well on grass. She won Surbiton and was in the semi-final in Birmingham.

"She's a young one and very talented. It's going to be a tough match. She's got a big serve and good strokes. I just need to use my experience."

While Tamarine will give plenty of consideration to her next opponent, she knows how important it is to relax between matches and cure her home sickness.

"I like to sit back in my couch and watch movies when I'm not playing," she added. "I brought some Thai television series with me because I miss home!"

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<H2>Tammy reveals how good show on grass in 2006 saved her career

If it was not for Wimbledon, local sweetheart Tamarine Tanasugarn would have already turned her back on tennis two years ago.

Plagued with injuries and depressed by bad performances, Tammy was mulling about quitting tennis before she bounced back on the surface she loves the most: at the grass of the All-England Club where she reached the third round in 2006 as a qualifier.

"When you practice hard and still play bad, you wonder about the purpose of going on. So I rolled my last dice at Wimbledon. It turned out that my career was not over," said Tammy who received a celeb-rity welcome on her return yesterday amid huge attention from fans and the media.

And it was on the Wimbledon lawns where she climbed to the zenith of her career by reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. Her name was also recorded in the Wimbledon Hall of Fame as the first ever Thai quarter-finalist.

"Unquestionably being in the last eight at Wimbledon is the peak of my career. Two years ago when I was at a low, I wouldn't have imagined this," added Tamarine who returned home Bt7 million richer from prize money won in Holland, where she won her second trophy, and from Wimbledon.

At 31, her best tennis has arrived unusually late compared to fellow players who display their best tennis in their early 20s. Despite being counted as the oldest among the last-16 players in the grass Major this year, Tamarine considers herself the wisest of them all.

"When you are older, you have been through a lot of things more than other girls."
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