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Top 500 - Japan, China, Korea, Chinese Taipei and India

seulCONTREtous
05-19-2010, 07:45 PM
Thought it would be interesting to follow the progress of japanese, chinese and korean (top500) players in one thread. I'll start of with Japan (chinese and korean players will be added soon). Feel free to add comments or further information about those players, if you're interested...


JAPAN


Go Soeda

Age: 25
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 109
Career high ranking: 106
Career high junior ranking: 20

Titles 2010: Manta Challenger, Japan F2 and F3
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Nottingham Challenger, SF at Busan, Baton Rouge and Granby Challenger
Outlook: might crack the top 100 someday

Kei Nishikori

Age: 20
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 148
Career high ranking: 56
Career high junior ranking: 7

Titles 2010: Sarasota Challenger, Savannah Challenger, Binghamton Challenger,
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: should be back in top 100 soon, has enough talent to reach the top 20

Tatsuma Ito

Age: 22
Height:
Current ranking: 189
Career high ranking: 189
Career high junior ranking: 75

Titles 2010: Brasilia Challenger, Guam F1
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Busan Challenger
Outlook:

Yuichi Sugita

Age: 21
Height:
Current ranking: 247
Career high ranking: 186
Career high junior ranking: 73

Titles 2010: Kyoto Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Burnie Challenger
Outlook: -

Takao Suzuki

Age: 33
Height: 175 cm
Current ranking: 308
Career high ranking: 102
Career high junior ranking: -

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: past his prime

Yuichi Ito

Age: 23
Height: 182 cm
Current ranking: 368
Career high ranking: 325
Career high junior ranking: 286

Titles 2010: Japan F1
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Japan F2, F3, F4 and F6
Outlook: -

Hiroki Kondo

Age: 27
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 386
Career high ranking: 358
Career high junior ranking: 23

Titles 2010: Japan F7
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Busan Challenger, F at Korea F2, Japan F2 and F6 and Thailand F2, SF at Japan F8
Outlook: -

Hiroki Moriya

Age: 19
Height: 168 cm
Current ranking: 434
Career high ranking: 382
Career high junior ranking: 17

Titles 2010: Japan F8
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Japan F1 and F5, SF at Japan F6
Outlook: -

Junn Mitsuhashi

Age: 20
Height: 163 cm
Current ranking: 447
Career high ranking: 295
Career high junior ranking: 78

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Guam F1, SF at Korea F1
Outlook: -

Toshihide Matsui

Age: 32
Height: 180 cm
Current ranking: 477
Career high ranking: 261
Career high junior ranking: 192

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances: F at Japan F7, SF at Guam F1
Outlook: -

others:

Shuichi Sekiguchi

Age: 18
Height: 160 cm
Current ranking: 703
Career high ranking: 687
Career high junior ranking: 5

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Japan F4, SF at Japan F1 and F3
Outlook: -

Yasutaka Uchiyama

Age: 17
Height: 183 cm
Current ranking: 723
Career high ranking: 709
Career high junior ranking: 12

Titles 2010: Japan F4
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: -


KOREA


Young-Jun Kim

Age: 30
Height: ???
Current ranking: 279
Career high ranking: 255
Career high junior ranking: 335

Titles 2010: Indonesia F1 and F3
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Fergana Challenger, 2nd round at Busan Challenger, F at Malaysia F1
Outlook: past his prime (well maybe not... he's about to top his career high ranking)

Yong-Kyu Lim

Age: 18
Height: ???
Current ranking: 317
Career high ranking: 298
Career high junior ranking: 49

Titles 2010: Busan Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: F at China F5, QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F4
Outlook: after the Busan CH win if he keeps the steam he can get to 150 this season

Kyu-Tae Im

Age: 29
Height: 185 cm
Current ranking: 349
Career high ranking: 160
Career high junior ranking: -

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Manta Challenger, QF at Leon Challenger
Outlook: come back to top 200 by any chance?

Woong-Sun Jun

Age: 23
Height: 190 cm
Current ranking: 365
Career high ranking: 230
Career high junior ranking: 4

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Busan and Beijiing Challenger, SF at Korea F1, QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F3
Outlook: he is still young so maybe he can reach top 200... he lost many points last season but it means this year he can win back

Daniel Yoo

Age: 24
Height: ?
Current Ranking: 422
Career high ranking: 362
Career high junior ranking: 165

Titles 2010: USA F15 and F16
Other noteable performances: F at USA F18, SF at USA F17
Outlook: -

others:

Soong-Jae Cho

Age: 19
Height: ???
Current ranking: 517
Career high ranking: 488
Career high junior ranking: 16

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at China F1
Outlook: still a young player but no achievements this year; no idea where it might head him

Suk-Young Jeong

Age: 17
Height: 180 cm
Current ranking: 796
Career high ranking: 796
Career high junior ranking: 55

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances: F at Thailand F3, SF at Thailand F2
Outlook: -


CHINA


Ze Zhang

Age: 19
Height:
Current ranking: 327
Career high ranking: 317
Career high junior ranking: 28

Titles 2010: China F2
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Fergana Challenger, F at Korea F3 and Israel F2, SF at China F5
Outlook: -

Mao-Xin Gong

Age: 22
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 341
Career high ranking: 341

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Beijiing Challenger, QF at Fergana Challenger, F at China F4 and F6, SF at Korea F3, SF at China F5
Outlook: -

Di Wu

Age: 18
Height: 171 cm
Current ranking: 394
Career high ranking: 391
Career high junior ranking: 25

Titles 2010: China F3 and F6
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Beijiing Challenger, SF at Israel F2
Outlook: -

Zhe Li

Age: 23
Height:
Current ranking: 492
Career high ranking: 478
Career high junior ranking:

Titles 2010: China F4
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Korea F3 and China F6
Outlook:


CHINESE TAIPEI


Yen-Hsun Lu

Age: 26
Height: 180 cm
Current ranking: 40
Career high ranking: 40
Career high junior ranking: 3

Titles 2010: Athens Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Wimbledon (GS) and Johannesburg (ATP 250), F at Busan Challenger, SF at Rhodes Challenger
Outlook: should be able to stay in the top 50 for some time

Tsung-Hua Yang

Age: 19
Height: 173 cm
Current ranking: 316
Career high ranking: 295
Career high junior ranking: 1

Titles 2010: Malaysia F1
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Samarkand Challenger, SF at China F2
Outlook: had a good 2009 season but has struggled lately; he's a former Junior world No. 1 and grand slam winner (Roland Garros) but hasn't done much on clay so far at futures and challengers


Chu-Huan Yi

Age: 22
Height: 182 cm
Current ranking: 537
Career high ranking: 489
Career high junior ranking: 4

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at China F2, SF at Korea F2, F4 and Malaysia F1
Outlook: -


INDIA


Somdev Devvarman

Age: 25
Height: 180 cm
Current ranking: 103
Career high ranking: 96
Career high junior ranking: 40

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Johannesburg (ATP 250), SF at Aptos Challenger,
Outlook: top 100 within reach

Prakash Amritraj

Age: 26
Height: 188 cm
Current ranking: 348
Career high ranking: 155
Career high junior ranking: 43

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Leon and Rimonski Challenger
Outlook: will peak at newport :-)

Vishnu Vardhan

Age: 22
Height: -
Current ranking: 393
Career high ranking: 355
Career high junior ranking: 479

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at India F3 and GB F12, SF at Uzbekistan F1, SF at GB F10
Outlook: -

Rupesh Roy

Age: 21
Height: 172 cm
Current ranking: 454
Career high ranking: 454
Career high junior ranking: 23

Titles 2010: India F3
Other noteable performances 2010: F at India F1, SF at Thailand F1
Outlook: -

Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan

Age: 24
Height: -
Current ranking: 455
Career high ranking: 417

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at India F2, F3, F5 and Malaysia F2
Outlook: -

Karan Rastogi

Age: 23
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 459
Career high ranking: 327
Career high junior ranking: 4

Titles 2010: India F2
Other noteable performances 2010: F at India F4 and F5, SF at GB F12
Outlook: just coming back from injury; shoud at least get back to his career high ranking

Rohan Gajjar

Age: 26
Height: -
Current ranking: 469
Career high ranking: 429
Career high junior ranking: 75

Titles 2010: Malaysia F2
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at India F3
Outlook: -

Yuki Bhambri

Age: 17
Height: -
Current ranking: 478
Career high ranking: 321
Career high junior ranking: 1

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at India F4
Outlook: former junior no. 1 and grand slam champion; has struggled this year but should have a bright future

Rohan Bopanna

Age: 30
Height: 190 cm
Current ranking: 480
Career high ranking: 213
Career high junior ranking: 601

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: focusing on doubles where he has a career high ranking of 33; still good for a couple of good DC results in singles :-)

others:

Sanam Singh

Age: 22
Height: 173 cm
Current ranking: 782
Career high ranking: 733
Career high junior ranking: 4

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: good us college player (currently ranked no. 14); promising results at Charlottesville Challenger last year where he reached the QF beating guys like Berankis, Zemlja and Jenkins

Nathaliia
05-19-2010, 08:01 PM
Very good idea :yeah: I like Asian players :lol: Maybe I can help you with this thread later on?

And as for Kei, he's the future top 5 :hearts:

seulCONTREtous
05-19-2010, 08:28 PM
yeah, sure. any help is welcome...

sky is the limit for kei. hopefully he'll stay injury free from now on

Nathaliia
05-19-2010, 08:30 PM
I can make a post about players from China now if you want :)

seulCONTREtous
05-19-2010, 08:41 PM
first post has allready been updated with the chinese players. you can go on with korea or maybe chinese taipei and india, if you want to

Nathaliia
05-19-2010, 08:42 PM
Oh ok will do Korea.

Nathaliia
05-19-2010, 09:06 PM
KOREA

Kyu-Tae Im

Age: 29
Height: 185 cm
Current ranking: 271
Career high ranking: 160

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Manta Challenger, QF at Leon Challenger
Outlook: come back to top 200 by any chance?

Yong-Kyu Lim

Age: 18
Height: ???
Current ranking: 334
Career high ranking: 334

Titles 2010: Busan Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F4
Outlook: after the Busan CH win if he keeps the steam he can get to 150 this season

Young-Jun Kim

Age: 30
Height: ???
Current ranking: 359
Career high ranking: 302

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: 2nd round at Busan Challenger
Outlook: past his prime

Woong-Sun Jun

Age: 23
Height: 190 cm
Current ranking: 410
Career high ranking: 230

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Busan Challenger, SF at Korea F1, QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F3
Outlook: he is still young so maybe he can reach top 200... he lost many points last season but it means this year he can win back

others:

Soong-Jae Cho

Age: 19
Height: ???
Current ranking: 509
Career high ranking: 488

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at China F1
Outlook: still a young player but no achievements this year; no idea where it might head him

seulCONTREtous
05-19-2010, 09:20 PM
nice work, Nathi. I've seen Jun play. 190cm should be correct. no way he's only 170 cm... :)

Nathaliia
05-19-2010, 09:25 PM
Corrected :D I saw him only on the stream. I saw Im playing live out of the KOR players.

gold4278
05-19-2010, 09:35 PM
I can make a post about players from China now if you want :)

What happened to Shao-Xuan Zeng? He won that first round match in Shanghai and jumped up to a respectable ranking and hasn't played a match since. He was doing well with Yu in doubles winning some challengers and then they stopped playing together as well. Anyone know what's going on, like maybe he retired or is injured?

*bunny*
05-20-2010, 04:13 AM
Nice thread! :yeah:

Here's what little I know about Japanese players.

Go Soeda

Age: 25
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 145
Career high ranking: 106

Titles 2010: Manta Challenger, Japan F2 and F3
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Busan and Baton Rouge Challenger
Outlook: might crack the top 100 someday
Soeda is coached by David Sanguinetti since January.
Sucks on clay. He has played only three challengers on the surface. Understandably he skipped RG qualies this year.

Yuichi Sugita

Age: 21
Height:
Current ranking: 202
Career high ranking: 186

Titles 2010: Kyoto Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Burnie Challenger
Outlook: -
In 2006, he won both singles and doubles in the U18 all-Japan junior championship. He also won the World Super Junior tournament in Osaka that year, the first Japanese player to do so since Takao Suzuki. (Recent winners of the event include Pimpim, Baghdatis, Harrison, Bhambri)
Currently studies at Waseda University while playing on the futures/challenger circuit.
Likes to hit flat and on the rise.

Kei Nishikori

Age: 20
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 244
Career high ranking: 56

Titles 2010: Sarasota Challenger, Savannah Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: should be back in top 100 soon, has enough talent to reach the top 20
Just come to Kei's forum. :)

Tatsuma Ito

Age: 22
Height:
Current ranking: 257
Career high ranking: 201

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Busan Challenger
Outlook:
Likes to hit flat, like many Japanese players. Played a tough three setter with Nishikori in Tallahassee.

Takao Suzuki

Age: 33
Height: 175 cm
Current ranking: 300
Career high ranking: 102

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: past his prime
But still the most popular player by far among tennis fans after Nishikori.
Serve and volley. Has a big serve for his height.

Yuichi Ito

Age: 23
Height: 182 cm
Current ranking: 333
Career high ranking: 333

Titles 2010: Japan F1
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Japan F2, F3 and F4
Outlook: -
Don't know much about him.

Hiroki Kondo

Age: 27
Height: 178 cm
Current ranking: 389
Career high ranking: 358

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Busan Challenger, F at Korea F2 and Japan F2
Outlook: -
A good doubles player. Touted as the heir to the retired Satoshi Iwabuchi in DC doubles.

Hiroki Moriya

Age: 19
Height: 168 cm
Current ranking: 423
Career high ranking: 382

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Japan F1
Outlook: -
Runner-up to Yuki Bhambri at World Super Junior tournament in 2008.

Junn Mitsuhashi

Age: 20
Height: 163 cm
Current ranking: 441
Career high ranking: 295

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Korea F1
Outlook: -
I have yet to watch him play but he is one Japanese player I'd very much like to see play. :) A little fighter who likes clay as well as serve & volley. Born in UK and grew up there and in Japan. Won All-Japan junior high school championship in 2004.
Based in Germany since 2009. A good doubles player too. Won four consecutive futures doubles titles in 2009. His blog is quite a good read as well. (In Japanese though.)

others:

Shuichi Sekiguchi
Age: 18
Height: 160 cm
Current ranking: 708
Career high ranking: 703

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Japan F4, SF at Japan F1 and F3
Outlook: -

Had a decent junior career. He was seeded #4 at RG junior singles last year.

Yasutaka Uchiyama

Age: 17
Height: 183 cm
Current ranking: 721
Career high ranking: 718

Titles 2010: Japan F4
Other noteable performances 2010: -
Outlook: -
Like Nishikori, he used to train at the Bollettieri's with funds from the Masaaki Morida Tennis Foundation. But he didn't join the academy's elite group like Kei did.
He is currently ranked #15 in the ITF junior ranking.

Other young players to note include Hiroyasu Ehara (b. 1991), who was runner-up to Jason Kubler at last year's Super World Junior championship; and 15-year old Yuki Muramatsu (b. 1994), who is currently training at the Bollettieri's and is funded by the Morita foundation. He's already very tall for a Japanese kid.

The thing about Japanese players who train in Japan is that many tennis courts in Japan are synthetic grass called omni courts, which is good for recreational players but hampers development of those aspiring to be a pro because such courts are only used at tournaments in
Japan and some parts in Australia. I think there should also be more clay courts in this country.

seulCONTREtous
05-20-2010, 10:37 AM
thanks for your input, bunny. moriya and ehara are playing f9 in italy this week. moriya seems to like clay. he managed to beat leandro migani who is a strong clay court player at this level. next up is giorgini, so good luck to him.

seulCONTREtous
05-20-2010, 10:40 AM
What happened to Shao-Xuan Zeng? He won that first round match in Shanghai and jumped up to a respectable ranking and hasn't played a match since. He was doing well with Yu in doubles winning some challengers and then they stopped playing together as well. Anyone know what's going on, like maybe he retired or is injured?

I can only guess that zeng is injured. yu played doubles with gao and zhang the last couple of tournaments.

seulCONTREtous
05-20-2010, 10:43 AM
Corrected :D I saw him only on the stream. I saw Im playing live out of the KOR players.

I had the pleasure of watching jun and the retired lee live at munich. can't rember if it was last year or 2 years ago.

chewy
05-20-2010, 01:55 PM
wow thanks for starting this thread seulCONTREtous, there's a lot of info here that's fresh to me. good job guys n gals :yeah:

chewy
05-21-2010, 01:35 PM
Ze Zhang is in the final of the Fergana challeger, this is pretty big for the young Chinese dude.

Btw, is he the guy as "Zhe Zhang" mentioned in the list above?

seulCONTREtous
05-21-2010, 03:55 PM
yes, great week for him. yep, it's supposed to be Ze Zhang. I'll correct it, so he won't get mixed up with Zhe Zhang, who acutally has a profile at itf too...

seulCONTREtous
05-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Chiniese Taipei and India added

Nathaliia
05-21-2010, 05:15 PM
Maybe we can also add Qureshi :lol:

seulCONTREtous
05-21-2010, 05:19 PM
yeah, india and pakistan used to be one country anyway :-) but Qureshi nowadays seems to be focusing on doubles only. he's about to drop out of the top 900 in singles :-)

gare315
05-22-2010, 03:39 PM
Chiniese Taipei and India added

I'm worry about Tsung-Hua's future. He had a 1st round lost Fergana whose draw is weak for a challanger and he did not grab the opportunity to earn more points

seulCONTREtous
05-22-2010, 05:50 PM
KOREA

Kyu-Tae Im

Age: 29
Height: 185 cm
Current ranking: 271
Career high ranking: 160

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Manta Challenger, QF at Leon Challenger
Outlook: come back to top 200 by any chance?

Yong-Kyu Lim

Age: 18
Height: ???
Current ranking: 334
Career high ranking: 334

Titles 2010: Busan Challenger
Other noteable performances 2010: QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F4
Outlook: after the Busan CH win if he keeps the steam he can get to 150 this season

Young-Jun Kim

Age: 30
Height: ???
Current ranking: 359
Career high ranking: 302

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: 2nd round at Busan Challenger
Outlook: past his prime

Woong-Sun Jun

Age: 23
Height: 190 cm
Current ranking: 410
Career high ranking: 230

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at Busan Challenger, SF at Korea F1, QF at Korea F2, QF at Korea F3
Outlook: he is still young so maybe he can reach top 200... he lost many points last season but it means this year he can win back

others:

Soong-Jae Cho

Age: 19
Height: ???
Current ranking: 509
Career high ranking: 488

Titles 2010: -
Other noteable performances 2010: SF at China F1
Outlook: still a young player but no achievements this year; no idea where it might head him

if you don't mind I'll copy and paste this, so we'll have all the info in one post and I can update rankings and noteable performances from time to time...

seulCONTREtous
05-22-2010, 05:52 PM
I'm worry about Tsung-Hua's future. He had a 1st round lost Fergana whose draw is weak for a challanger and he did not grab the opportunity to earn more points

he's struggling right now. he had much better results last year...

Nathaliia
05-22-2010, 05:52 PM
Yes of course, I was gonna suggest it :lol:

seulCONTREtous
05-22-2010, 06:07 PM
done, thanks

chewy
06-13-2010, 01:26 PM
Di Wu and Mao-Xin Gong are in the final in China F6. I can't remember if Futures points are updated every fortnight, but a few players from the list should get a little higher in their rankings soon.

seulCONTREtous
06-14-2010, 06:35 PM
2nd futures title for Di Wu in 2010. Some impressive results this week from Wu. For example easy wins against higher ranked players like Lim, Cho and Heliovaara. Wu reached the final without dropping a set.

Other results: F for Gong and SF for Li at China F6; SF for Moriya at Japan F5 ...

Also Christopher Rungkat wins Indonesia F2... perhaps the first Indonesian player to win an ITF title? Well, I don't know about that but I'm quite sure it hasn't happened in the last couple of years...

First post will be updated soon. I think the points from last weeks futures will be added next week.

chewy
06-16-2010, 10:36 AM
I didn't even check the other Futures event held in Asia.
Is it worth adding to the first post an "other" catergory? Are their players actively inside top 500 say from Indonesia, Thailand etc.?

seulCONTREtous
06-16-2010, 05:15 PM
Thailand currently has one player in the top 500 (Kittipong Wachiramanowong 481) and a couple of players between 600 and 800. Don't know what's going on with Danai Udomchoke he has only played one match this year. He's now ranked 623. Career high ranking was 77.

For Indonesia, there's only Rungkat in the top 1000. He's now rankend 980 but will improve when the points from last weeks victory will be added.

chewy
06-18-2010, 11:16 AM
Yeah I wonder whats going on with Udomchoke.
So I guess thats pretty much it with the active players from Asia.

*bunny*
06-18-2010, 01:21 PM
Go Soeda lost in the third round of Wimbledon qualies but he made in in the main draw as LL.
Two more Japanese played qualifying but Yuichi Sugita lost in R1 and Tatsuma Ito in R2.

Soeda will play qualifier Martin Fischer of Austria in the first round. Good luck! :)

seulCONTREtous
06-20-2010, 06:55 PM
this week:

F for Kondo and SF for Moriya and Yuichi Ito at Japan F6. Another Japanese player (Tasuku Iwami) took the title.

Also another title for Young-Jun Kim at Indonesia F3 and a SF for Wachiramanowong.

As mentioned by bunny Go Soeda qualified for Wimbledon. Good luck to him.

chewy
06-21-2010, 07:11 PM
Istomin from Uzbekistan is doing very well lately, reaching QF and SF respectively in recent ATP events, won a set against Nadal in the QF and his SF lost was also a 3 setter.

He just beat the 20th seed Wawrinka in their opening round at Wimbledon.

Great to see Soeda got thru btw!

chewy
06-25-2010, 04:55 PM
Don't know if there's any appreciation thread for Istomin so I'll post here...

He is playing so well lately, I've followed his matches since his debut at Australian Open.
He's kinda on FIRE!

seulCONTREtous
06-28-2010, 07:38 PM
last week:

Kondo (Japan F7) and Yang (Malaysia F1) took their first titles in 2010. Kim made the final and Yi the semis at Malaysia F1.

Also: Daniel Yoo took the title at USA F15.

First post has been updated...

seulCONTREtous
07-05-2010, 08:10 PM
last week:

Titles for Moriya (Japan F8), Gajjar (Malaysia F2) and Yoo (USA F16). Also SF for Virali-Murugesan (Malaysia F2) and Kondo (Japan F8). Furthermore players not mentioned in first post: Lee Hsin-Han from TPE made the final and Japanese Ryota Hisamatsu the SF at Japan F8.

Of course the most important performance was the Wimbeldon QF appearance for Yen-Hsun Lu

chewy
07-21-2010, 11:30 AM
These are pretty good results in the future circut, we could see more Asian players doing well in challengers soon.

seulCONTREtous
07-22-2010, 09:01 AM
Daniel Yoo has had a good run during the last couple of weeks: 2 titles (USA F15 and F16), 1 final (USA F18) and 1 semifinal (USA F17).

Other results: SF for Vardhan at GB F10, SF for Jun-Chao Xu (CHN) and N.V. Prashant (IND) at Iran F1 and a player from Kuweit - Abdullah Magdas - reached the final also at Iran F1

chewy
07-25-2010, 02:02 PM
Ze Zhang is also playing the quallies in LA this week, won his 1st match against a WC, I think he's facing yet another WC who beat a seeded player. I'm just glad to see some chinese players is in the mix.

chewy
07-26-2010, 11:51 AM
Sad to see its ended for my other fav Ze Zhang in LA, lost in 3 sets.
Somdev did well, beat Tursunov in straight sets so I hope he get to the MD.

chewy
08-06-2010, 06:18 PM
CHINA
Ze Zhang

Age: 19
Height:
Current ranking: 329
Career high ranking: 317
Career high junior ranking: 28

Titles 2010: China F2
Other noteable performances 2010: F at Fergana Challenger, F at Korea F3 and Israel F2, SF at China F5
Outlook: -

According to www.bjchallenger.com/challenger_star_en.html?id=2893 Ze Zhang's height is 188cm.

seulCONTREtous
08-12-2010, 10:44 AM
Thanks chewy, I'll update the first post later.

Yang is playing the Samarkand challenger this week. So far he has two impressive results (6:1 6:2 vs. Hernandez / 6:4 6:1 vs. Pashanski). Next up is Andrej Martin, so good luck Tsung-Hua!

In other news Danai Udomchoke seems to be back. He played Thailand F2 this week. Unfortunately he lost his 2nd round match vs. Karan Rastogi. But good to see him back...

*bunny*
08-17-2010, 12:19 PM
A good week for Japanese tennis as Nishikori won the Binghamton challenger in New York and Tatsuma Ito won the Brasilia challenger. :)
As a result, Kei is now ranked #148 and Ito #189.
With Soeda at #109, there are now three Japanese guys in top 200, which is probabaly the first time in history!

njnetswill
08-23-2010, 10:54 PM
Soeda and Sugita drew each other first round of USO quals.

Nishikori, Ito also in the draw. :D

Did I miss any other Asian players? :scratch:

*bunny*
08-28-2010, 04:33 PM
Three Japanese guys in the third round of USO qualies, which must be a record! :yeah:

Good luck to Kei, Ito and Sugita! :yippee:

(Too bad Soeda and Sugita had to meet in R1! :()

*bunny*
11-13-2011, 08:28 AM
3rd seed Hiroki Moriya (#321) upset top seed Tatsuma Ito (#121) 5-7 7-6 6-2 in the final of the All Japan National Championship today in Tokyo.
(Nishikori and Soeda did not participate)

Moriya, who is a year younger than Kei, has some very good returns and is not afraid of coming forward. He's a bit like poor man's Hewitt. Good court sense and point construction but lacks power. Ito edged the tight first set and was up a break in the second set but he managed to show his choking quality again.

I saw only the final on TV but this year's talking point was Shota Tagawa, who lost to Moriya in SF. Tagawa is a university student and unranked, but he beat the defending champion Yuichi Sugita (#192) in R3 and the up and coming 19-year-old Yasutaka Uchiyama (#479) in QF.
Another promising teenager, Kaichi Uchida, lost 1 and 2 to Ito in R2. Ito beat veterans Takao Suzuki and Toshihide Matsui in QF and SF, respectively.

raahaat7
11-23-2011, 02:59 PM
Very good thread. Shud be named all asian thread nd include all players from asia.

*bunny*
01-03-2012, 05:16 PM
4 Japanese players advanced to the second round in two ATP events. A record! :D
Nishikori and Ito won in Brisbane, Soeda and Sugita won in Chennai!

*bunny*
01-05-2012, 02:08 PM
Soeda and Sugita are in QF in Channai! :D

chewy
01-06-2012, 01:14 PM
This is great! especially for Sugita, a big moment for him that's for sure.

chewy
01-06-2012, 03:56 PM
Sugita played an epic match against a top 10 player, lost this battle but I wish him the best of luck for 2012 because he displayed his game with style today :yeah:

Ans Soeda defeated Wawrinka to reach the SF, well done. Overall it's a great first week for the Japanese guns.

james82
08-14-2012, 01:48 AM
with moriya and wu now both in the top 300 this year who do u guys think will be the first to crack the top 200 :P

james82
08-14-2012, 02:07 AM
btw theres a few players that are on there way up that im hopeing by the end of the year will be top 300
Jpn
335.Taro Daniel(19)
343.Yasutaka Uchiyama(20)
i think both are a real chance,also maybe a slight chance of a wc in qualifiers of some of the asians atp events coming up :)

chewy
08-16-2012, 02:41 PM
I was thinking of Ze Zhang...but he's already inside top 200

Based on recent performance, maybe Di Wu?

willoughby
08-20-2012, 10:33 AM
with moriya and wu now both in the top 300 this year who do u guys think will be the first to crack the top 200 :P

In my opinion, Wu Di is more talented than Moriya and Zhang Ze. Obviously talent is not everything in tennis, but if he keeps working hard, I see Wu getting to top-100 next year without any doubt. He was ranked around 500 few months ago and even Hewitt was surprised to see he was ranked so low when they faced each other at Hopman Cup. It's a pity he wasn't ranked high enough when entry list came out to play USO qualies :(
I think Wu will be the next male Chinese tennis star. Hopefully ZZ can reach the top-100 some day as well.

Moriya is a good player and should reach top-200 soon, but in the last four months, he's only won two matches in a row once (at An-Ning challenger). He was having a rough patch, but with not much to defend until the end of the year, he should get there with two or three good results at challenger level.

go_distance
09-14-2012, 02:59 AM
Christopher Rungkat - Indonesian player current ATP ranking 260

chewy
09-25-2012, 11:44 AM
with moriya and wu now both in the top 300 this year who do u guys think will be the first to crack the top 200 :P

Hiroki Moriya def. Robin Hasse in Bangkok, and ATP 250 event!
He won all 3 quallie matches in straights and I think this is his debut in to 2nd round of an ATP level tournament.

He's sitting at 204 now, his best ranking and should be in the top 200 very soon.

james82
09-28-2012, 07:12 PM
Hiroki Moriya def. Robin Hasse in Bangkok, and ATP 250 event!
He won all 3 quallie matches in straights and I think this is his debut in to 2nd round of an ATP level tournament.

He's sitting at 204 now, his best ranking and should be in the top 200 very soon.

183 after this weekend,good to see he got a atp win :)

next week will be great hopefully a few of the japanese players can make a decent run at Tokyo
Btw whats up with taro Daniel i thought he would of got a wc into Tokyo qualifiers at least

chewy
09-29-2012, 03:38 AM
That's great for Moriya, hope he can finish the season like this or better.

I love the Asian swing, but the lack of time difference to most Asian countries will mean I'd miss the matches cause of work. I hope they have night matches especially when Kei's playing.

Sorry James, I don't know much about Taro Daniel, I've only read about him here on MTF.

The Prince
10-01-2012, 08:10 PM
Taro Daniel qualified in Sacramento this week.

chewy
10-02-2012, 04:03 PM
Yeah he made it to the 1st round of a US challenger, up against James Blake.
I think it's a good experience for him and we'll see how he fares on this level.

james82
10-03-2012, 01:51 AM
good win for ito but it doesnt move his ranking up at all :(

zhang i think is playing today against Gasquet which wont be easy but with the way the seeds are getting knocked of latley i dont think u can write him of completely

chewy
10-04-2012, 10:55 AM
I hope Ito can continue his run, and on paper he should win but Tursunov is better than his current ranking though.

And you're right on about Zhang, to be honest I had written him off.
But then again Gasquet is one of those players more prone to allowing an upset.

Can't deny ZZ's performance though, he's a good slugger. I wonder if this win is made more significant with the Chinese national holiday.

james82
10-04-2012, 08:35 PM
Zhang now in the top 150,i think he can beat mayer too

chewy
10-06-2012, 03:33 AM
Well, Zhang lost in straights but apparently had many bps chances.
If he played well enough, I thought he'll have a shot at beating Mayer too, but Mayer brings more variety in his game.
Still a great run for Zhang, hope he can keep on rolling with this experience behind him.

james82
10-09-2012, 06:48 AM
Ze got Lu tonight should be good but for some reason ze and wu vs kei arent on the main courts :(

superganon
11-06-2012, 05:48 PM
whats up with somdev devverman?he was around 70-100 last year or so now he is 600+. is he injured on a long term?

chewy
11-09-2012, 02:12 PM
whats up with somdev devverman?he was around 70-100 last year or so now he is 600+. is he injured on a long term?
Yeah I think he was suffering from a shoulder injury.
But I'm pretty sure he has returned and is playing the lower tie tournaments, working his way back up.

james82
11-14-2012, 08:09 PM
Taro Daniel now the 3rd 93 player to enter the top 300 and the 6 japanese player

chewy
11-15-2012, 11:24 AM
Taro upsetted Ito this week in a Japanese challenger, hope he can go further!

james82
11-16-2012, 03:53 AM
Taro upsetted Ito this week in a Japanese challenger, hope he can go further!

and he wins again next up viola which is very winable and so are the matches against either sugita/Moriya or basic
though kinda hope sugita takes this out cause if he does he will be top 100 :)

Pratik
11-29-2012, 07:05 AM
OP needs to be updated

fran70
12-27-2012, 12:15 AM
Does anyone have any news about Junn Mitsuhashi plans for 2013? he could had been in Noumea's challenger list. :sad: