Dementieva, Petrova win at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Elena Dementieva and fifth seed Nadia Petrova won their opening round matches Monday at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Calif.

Williams sisters win Australian doubles

MELBOURNE, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Serena and Venus Williams rolled to their eighth grand slam doubles title Friday, winning the Australian Open final over Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.
Serena rallies to reach Sydney semis

Serena rallies to reach Sydney semis

SYDNEY, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams saved two match points and outlasted Caroline Wozniacki Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Medibank International in Sydney.

Serena coasts into semifinals

STANFORD, Calif., July 18 (UPI) -- Serena Williams rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Patty Schnyder Friday to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

Serena Williams avoids upset

STANFORD, Calif., July 17 (UPI) -- Serena Williams survived a slow start Wednesday to win her second-round match at the Bank of the West Classic.

Bartoli advances at Bank of West Classic

STANFORD, Calif., July 15 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli defeated qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-3 Monday at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Calif.
Chakvetadze a rare French upset victim

Chakvetadze a rare French upset victim

PARIS, May 29 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams notched straight-set victories Thursday in second-round play at the French Open.
Kuznetsova, rain win at French Open

Kuznetsova, rain win at French Open

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- No. 4-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova posted a win Tuesday in the women's half of the French Open, where rain again forced postponement of dozens of matches.

Bacsinszky a surprise semifinalist

STRASBOURG, France, May 22 (UPI) -- Swiss teen Timea Bacsinszky pulled off an upset Thursday at the Strasbourg International and will have a chance Friday for another.
Medina Garrigues wins again in Strasbourg

Medina Garrigues wins again in Strasbourg

STRASBOURG, France, May 19 (UPI) -- Anabel Medina Garrigues opened defense of her $175,000 Strasbourg International tennis tournament title with a tight win Monday in France.
Zvonareva, Szavay win at Italian Open

Zvonareva, Szavay win at Italian Open

ROME, May 12 (UPI) -- Vera Zvonareva and Agnes Szavay took solid victories Monday in first-round play of the $1.34 million Italian Open tennis tournament.

Serena Williams advances in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 15 (UPI) -- American Serena Williams advanced in the second round Tuesday at the $1.34 million Family Circle Cup.

Teen claims first-round win in Miami

MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- Tamira Paszek, who at 17 is one of the emerging prospects on the WTA circuit, won her opening round match Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Ivanovic breezes at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- Top seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia easily dispatched No. 31 Tathiana Garbin of Italy Monday in third-round action of the $2.1 million Pacific Life Open.
Morigami cashes in on late entry

Morigami cashes in on late entry

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Akiko Morigami, a last-minute substitute for Maria Sharapova, collected a first-round win Tuesday at the $1.5 million Dubai Tennis Championships.
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Ai Sugiyama
NYP2003082610 - NEW YORK, AUG. 26 (UPI) Ai Sugiyama of Japan in first round action at the 2003 US Open on Aug. 26, 2003 against Conchita Martinez Granados of Spain. Sugiyama advances to the 2nd round. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Ai Sugiyama (杉山愛, Sugiyama Ai?, born July 5, 1975, Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is a former world no.1 in women's doubles, and currently ranked world no. 5 in doubles, she is considered to be one of the best doubles player in the WTA Tour. In singles as of April 6, 2009 , she has a career-high singles ranking of world no.8 achieved on February 9, 2004. She is currently Asia's no. 4 (behind Zheng Jie, Li Na and Peng Shuai), and Japan's no. 1, ranking world no. 34 in the tour. She turned professional in 1992. In her career so far, she has won 6 singles titles and 37 doubles titles, including three Grand Slam women's doubles titles (1 with Frenchwoman Julie Halard-Decugis and 2 partnering Belgian Kim Clijsters). Ai has the all-time record, for both male and female players, for the most consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances which currently stands at 61 making her one of the most consistent tour players . Ai is coached by her mother and plays a game based on her fitness and speed, utilizing an aggressive serve and volley whenever feasible.

In 1993, when she was only 17, Sugiyama had the honour to play against tennis legend Martina Navratilova in her native city, losing in three sets. The same year, she made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon but lost in the first round to world number 30 Gigi Fernández in three sets.

In 1994, Sugiyama again reached the main draw at Wimbledon but lost in her first round to world number six and compatriot Kimiko Date. Later that year she reached her first WTA Tour singles final in Surabaya but was forced to retire against Elena Wagner. She went on to win the Japan Open doubles at Tokyo, her first tour title. Later that year, she broke into the WTA Top 100.

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