Ai love you long time.
Some warmfuzzies amidst all this brouhaha.
The Fabrice Santoro of women’s tennis, Ai Sugiyama, has officially announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 34 at a press conference in Japan.
She will play her last tournament in Tokyo later this month.
“I cannot imagine a life without tennis. I feel sad, forlorn. It will be a completely different life after the retirement. I can stay in Japan for a long time. I can still enjoy tennis.”
Ai was a former doubles No 1, current No 5 who achieved the highest singles ranking of No 8 in the world. She has 3 doubles grand slam titles, and reached the final of the Australian Open this year, losing to the Williamses.
Ai with her mum
With Ai Sugi and Nathalie Dechy both retiring this year, the WTA has lost some of its best smiles.