Top Entries For Asian Tennis Champs
The official list of player entrants for the 2002 Asian Tennis
Championships to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan October 14-20 has been released with plenty of talent from 15 different Asian nations.
One of the players to watch out for is Pakistan's Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi who at age 22 is currently ranked 266 in singles and 97 in doubles. Qureshi has excelled in challengers so far this year with three doubles titles to his credit and reached the third round of Wimbledon doubles.
In the women's entries Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei is another good prospect at 16 years old she is currently ranked 223 in singles and 195 in singles. Hsieh was ranked as high as 143 earlier in 2002. She has Chia-Jung Chuang as a fellow Taipei player ranked at 429.
The male players from Chinese Taipei are also strong with Yen-Hsun Lu a semifinalist last year and Yeu-Tzuoo Wang ranked at 189 and 224 respectively.
Korea will be another top nation with 140th ranked Mi-Ra Jeon who reached the semifinals of the tournament in 2001 likely to be one of the top seeds in the women's singles.
Japan have the experienced pair of Goichi Motomura at 186 and Michihisa Ondoa along with the likely seeds of Akiko Morigami (125) and Rika Fujiwara (162).
India have their national singles No 1 Rohan Bopanna at 359th while China has some young talent in the form of Peng Sun in the men and Yanze Xie at 374 in the women's tournament.
Indonesia has its two regular international players Suwandi Suwandi and American college student Peter Handoyo as its representatives.
Iran have two players, Andoosha Shahgholi and Ashkan Shokoofi entered while Tajikistan also have two players as do the United Arab Emirates.
Home town heroes Oleg Ogorodov at 148th and Vadim Kutsenko 162nd will be seeded players on their home courts and will want to show their fans they can produce top tennis as well as earn a place in the Australian Open.
Other nations with players entered are Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Philippines and Turkmenistan.
A place in Australian Open singles main draw is one of the rewards for winning the US$100,000 Asian Tennis Championships.
The winner of the men's singles title and the women's singles title is
awarded a wildcard entry into the Australia Open in January which can prove to be a big bonus for a players ranking.
Last year second seed Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand won the men's tournament singles title when it was held in Hong Kong. Srichaphan was then ranked 120 in the world and defeated the top seed of Korea Hyung Taik Lee ranked 116th in the final.
In 2001 the women's draw was won by Korea's Yoon-Jeong Cho who was ranked 115 but has gone on to improve her ranking to its current position of 84. The top seed last year was Indonesia's Wynne Prakusya then 89 in the world followed by Japan's Saori Obata at 94.
1. CHINA SUN PENG - 647 PLAYER
LU HAO - 1045 PLAYER
LIU JINGJING - 609 PLAYER
XIE YANZE - 374 PLAYER
WAN JIANBIN CAPTAIN
WANG JINLU COACH
PAN BING COACH
2. INDIA ROHAN BOPANNA - 359 PLAYER MUSTAFA GHOUSE – 511 PLAYER NIRUPAMA VAIDYANATHAN - 1019 PLAYER SANIA MIRZA - 834 PLAYER
NASIMA MIRZA OFFICIAL
SUWANDI SUWANDI - 497 PLAYER PETER HANDOYO - 530 PLAYER LIZA ANDRIYANI - 551 PLAYER WUKIRASIH SAWONDARI - 676 PLAYER
4. IRAN ANOOSHA SHAHGHOLI PLAYER ASHKAN SHOKOOFI PLAYER
NASSER MIRZAEI OFFICIAL
5. JAPAN GOICHI MOTOMURA - 186 PLAYER
MICHIHISA ONODA - 452 PLAYER AKIKO MORIGAMI - 125 PLAYER RIKA FUJIWARA - 162 PLAYER TAKEFUMI SATO OFFICIAL
D DOSKARAYEV - 517 PLAYER A KEDRYUK - 1382 PLAYER
7. KOREA KIM DONG-HYUN - 354 PLAYER CHUNG HEE-SEOK - 661 PLAYER JEON MI-RA – 140 PLAYER
CHOI JIN-YOUNG - 558 PLAYER KIM CHOON-HO OFFICIAL
CHOI JONG-HYUN OFFICIAL
ADAM JAYA PLAYER
DANNIO YAHYA PLAYER
SI YEW MING PLAYER
KHOO CHIN BEE PLAYER
R RAMACHANDRAN OFFICIAL
AISAM UL HAQ QURESHI - 266 PLAYER
JOSEPH VICTORINO PLAYER
ANNA PATRICIA SANTOS PLAYER CHRIS CUARTO COACH
11. CHINESE TAIPEI
LU YEN-HSUN - 189 PLAYER
WANG YEU-TZUOO - 224 PLAYER HSIEH SU-WEI - 223 PLAYER
CHUANG CHIA-JUNG – 429 PLAYER SHIH NENG-TUNG OFFICIAL
MANSUR YAKUYARV PLAYER
SERGEI MAKASHIN PLAYER
BAHRULLO RAJABALIEV OFFICIAL
DOVRAN CHAGYLOV PLAYER
JENNETA KHALLYEVA PLAYER
14. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
OMAR BEHROUZIAN PLAYER
MAHMOUD NADER PLAYER
OLEG OGORODOV – 148 PLAYER VADIM KUTSENKO - 162 PLAYER IVANNA ISROILOVA – 1163 PLAYER AKGUL AMANMURADOVA - 815 PLAYER