1. Ai<br />2. Tammy<br />3. Wynne<br />4. Su Wei (though she will still be limited to 8 tourneys during the year because of her young age. So we should have to wait before she can get enough points to really make it big)
I leave one spot blank for a possible surprise (Obata / Asagoe / Widjaja or a new contender?).
I give an edge to Wynne over Widjaja. Though Widjaja is younger and has achived so far better results on spot cases (by winning a WTA tourney and Wimbledon Junior), I have been far more impressed by Wynne improvements since the beginning of the year.
Her serve is far better. Her second ball more offensive. She has made extraordinary progress on her backhand side. And she still has some margin for improvement in this field of the game.
Her ranking has improved this year to be in the top 90, though she did not play all the tourneys she should have (SEA Games, Fed Cup). I hope this year she will give priority to her own career over Fed Cup match. It would be a pitty for Indonesia but I just saw for instance that the Asia / Oceania groups are right in the middle of the Indian Wells.
Besides, she is a more complete player, given her results in both singles and doubles.
She has also matured a lot and gained quite some confidence that she was lacking at the beginning of the season.
I saw Widjaja play only twice : once in Hochiminh City (April) and once in Pattaya (November). She really failed to impress me on these two occasions.
Wynne made on the other hand a big impression, even when she lost against de los Rios. Rossana really played an amazing tennis this day to beat Wynne. She was just bashing the ball on her forehad, hitting amazing winners (which she failed to do on such a regular basis in her other matches, in particular against Patty Schnyder. She was certainly more stressed. She had beaten Wynne twice already in the past. But the next time, I do not guarantee the outcome...).
I remain confident that Wynne can break in the top 50 the coming season. She will mostly need to work on her mental condition. She can not afford to have a negative attitude on court before the match is over.
Maybe she would also need to work on her reflexes or eyes coordination. She seems to start a bit late to run to the ball. But on the other hand, she has excellent reflexes at the net. Which is why she is such a good doubles player.
She has shown anyway in North America this Summer she could get good results (Toronto for instance) and I am certain she can make it again.
I am just a bit surprised that she is not in the initial commitment list at the Gold Coast : she has points to defend there. But on the other hand, she'll be the Aus Open, where she was not last year. So a lot of points to grab there...
Ai Sugiyama - always had the talent to beat ALL top players... just loses focus and motivation. needs to focus on singles and go back to the top 15 in the world...Ai was getting very good towards the end of the season... this year, despite her inconsistency .... she had wins over - <br />Clijsters,Schett,Coetzer,Testud.... nothing compared to her other years... i feel she can return to them! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Tamarine Tanasugarn - every year i get scared that she can't defend her points at Wimby, now she has to defend points and Doha, Dubai... this year was nothing compared to 2000 for tamarine... win/loss record much less impressive <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> .... just not sure if she can puick it up next year <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Saori Obata ( on her way up up up .... showing consistency and real talent ... won 25k challenger... took Testud to 2 in Japan) <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
1) Tammy - i think she knows the things that have to change, and she won't let us down. I really think some thing big will happen in tammy's career. We have not reallly seen it in one tournament, but just flashes of it, like when she beat mauresmo and tauziat. Then again if she plays like she did this year, I think Ai may take her over, but I think she will only improve <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
2) Ai - Ai has really impressed me in the later half of the year. She has consistantly improved her ranking, and with some good results, I can see her in the top 20 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
3) Su - Wei Hsieh - She looks like a great up and comer, who is beating players ranked higher than her , along with Angelique, but what I have heard and seen of her, I think she is a little more consistant that Widjaja. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
4) Widjaja - Another great up and comer who can cause major upsets, and certainly can play. I see a future top ten for her, but not by the end of next year, she needs a little more experiance <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
5)Wynne Prakusya - She is a little inconsistant, but has done ok in some tournaments. I think she can hold a solid persition in the top 100, maybe a possible top 50 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
1. Ai <br />2. Tammy<br />3. Angie- (I've seen 4 matches of her play including her win over Tammy, Su-Wei, Jo, and Dinara, and from what i have seen, she has the talent to be in atleast top 50)<br />4. Asagoe<br />5. Wynne
Su-Wei will make it big in 2003 where she will be atleast top 50. I think expecting her to be so good at such a young age is a littlt to much.
i'd be happy to see 6 asians in the top 100 by the end of next year! i can't believe i left out wynne! <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> i think 3,4,5,6 will be fought out tough by obata, widjaja, hsieh and wynne! hopefully it will be a battle reminiscent of the top 4 aussies that battled it out for the 4 positions this year! and even more hopefully they will be around the same positions that the aussies are in now. (that being around 50-70)
i believe Ai and Tammy CAN be in the top 25 maybe even top 20 by years end! CAN being the operative word of course! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
i didn't take into account the fact that su-wei will be restricted to 8 tournaments because of her age! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
does widjaja have the similar restrictions? how many can she play next year?
I have seen that one of your favourite players was Anastasia Myskina. I have been quite disappointed to learn that she had canceled her participation at the Volvo Open in Thailand; I really wanted to see her and take a few pics at the same time.