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She asked for challenge, but the electric system judged that the ball has bounced slightly outside of the baseline. Point Challenge System ... It allows a player to challenge the line (or chair) umpire's call of a point. Players have unlimited opportunities to challenge provided the challenges made are correct. However, once three incorrect challenges are made in a set, they cannot challenge again until the next set. If the set goes to a tie break, players are given one additional opportunity to challenge the call. (wikipedia) [NOTE] The wikipedia says three, but I think now players have only two chances in a set. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Kirilenko

Made it! Kirilenko Defeats US Open Champion Stosur!

Made it! Kirilenko Defeats US Open Champion Stosur!
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That's amazing. US Open champion Samantha Stosur lost the first set by Maria Kirilenko in 2-6, but in the second set, Kirilenko lost the set by her double faults. Kirilenko seemed to be very upset and left the court for a toilet break. Most of the audience must have thought Stosur beats Kirilenko as she did about 2 weeks ago at the 4th round in US Open 2011. The result was not the same. Kirilenko got focused on the play and kept devoted to the win, and finally she made it! She screamed. I was so impressed by her concentration and her desperate efforts to win. Congratulations, Maria!! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Kirilenko

Caroline Wozniacki - Service

Caroline Wozniacki - Service
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When I saw her 2 years ago, I believed she would be the top player, and now, her WTA tour ranking is 2!! The day she will be the number 1 is approaching... Caroline Wozniacki WTA Tour Ranking: 2 (as of Oct. 4, 2010) Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco DOB: July 11, 1990 Birthplace: Odense, Denmark Height: 5' 10 (1.77 m) Weight: 128 lbs. (58 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (July 18, 2005) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/caroline-wozniacki_225... www.carolinewozniacki.dk/ IMG5_15676

Ana Ivanovic - Warming Up

Ana Ivanovic - Warming Up
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She was the No.1 singles player in June, 2008. Currently her ranking is 36. She is still young, so I guess she can come back to the top 10 player! Ana Ivanovic WTA Tour Ranking: 36 (as of Oct. 4, 2010) Residence: Basel, Switzerland DOB: November 6, 1987 Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia Height: 6' 1 (1.86 m) Weight: 152 lbs. (69 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (August 2003) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/ana-ivanovic_2257889_1... www.anaivanovic.com/ IMG5_15377

Kimiko defeated Daniela on her 40th birthday!!

Kimiko defeated Daniela on her 40th birthday!!
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Can you believe that? Yesterday, she defeated Maria Sharapova, who was the defending champion of Toray PPO tennis tournament. And today, it's her 40th birthday!! She battled against Daniela Hantuchova, and won the game again!! 2-6, 6-0, 4-0(ret.). I was so happy to see her incredible match and to cerebrate her birthday after the win. We sang a birthday song at the center court. Congratulations and happy birthday, Kimiko!! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimiko_Date_Krumm IMG5_15497

Wozniacki and Wozniak

Wozniacki and Wozniak
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The right side player is Caroline Wozniacki. She comes from Denmark and her WTA ranking is No.5. I saw her last year at the same tournament, and I was so amazed at her powerful play. I took a lot of pictures of her. This year, unfortunately, her play was bad because she was sick. She retired at the game count 0-5. The other player, Aleksandra Wozniak, is the top Canadian player. Her WTA ranking is No.32. She is also a great player, and I heard they're very good friends each other. I hope I could see their game again! IMG5_6978

Tsvetana Pironkova

Tsvetana Pironkova
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I was asked by my colleague to upload her pictures. Yes, I heard she is one of the hottest tennis player. To tell the truth, I didn't know about her before watching her play at the tournament. Now I know why she is so popular. She's not just a good-looking woman player. I found a video on YouTube. www.wtatennis.com/player/tsvetana-pironkova_2257889_10365

Daniela Hantuchova - practice

Daniela Hantuchova - practice
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Daniela Hantuchova WTA Tour Ranking: 29 (as of Oct. 4, 2010) Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco DOB: April 23, 1983 Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia Height: 5' 11 1/4 (1.81 m) Weight: 137 lbs. (62 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (May 1999) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/daniela-hantuchova_225... www.danielahantuchova.com/ IMG5_15338

Vera Zvonareva defeated Errani at the 2nd Round

Vera Zvonareva defeated Errani at the 2nd Round
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Vera Zvonareva defeated Errani by 6-3, 6-3 at the 2nd round of Toray PPO tennis 2010. Vera Zvonareva WTA Tour Ranking: 4 (as of Sep. 27, 2010) Residence: Moscow, Russia DOB: September 7, 1984 Birthplace: Moscow, Russia Height: 5' 7 3/4 (1.72 m) Weight: 130 1/2 lbs. (59.1 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (September 2000) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/vera-zvonareva_2257889... IMG5_15239

Maria Kirilenko

Maria Kirilenko
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I had a day off to see Toray PPO Tennis tournament at Ariake, Tokyo, Japan. This is the biggest tennis tournament in Japan, and all of the top 40 players joined this tournament this year. This is great! Maria Kirilenko is one of my favorite players. Last year, I saw her play at the same tournament. I'm so happy to see her play this year again! www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/maria-kirilenko_225788... IMG5_6653

Yaroslava Shvedova - Forehand Stroke

Yaroslava Shvedova - Forehand Stroke
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Yaroslava Shvedova WTA Tour Ranking: 36 (as of Sep. 27, 2010) Residence: Moscow, Russia DOB: September 12, 1987 Birthplace: Moscow, Russia Height: 5' 11 (1.80 m) Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (2005) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/yaroslava-shvedova_225... www.yaroslava-shvedova.com/ IMG5_15300

Elena Dementieva - warming up just before the match

Elena Dementieva - warming up just before the match
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Elena Dementieva WTA Tour Ranking: 10 (as of Sep. 27, 2010) Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco DOB: October 15, 1981 Birthplace: Moscow, Russia Height: 5' 11 (1.80 m) Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (August 25, 1998) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/elena-dementieva_22578... www.dementieva.ru IMG5_15257

Maria Kirilenko / Elena Vesnina

Maria Kirilenko / Elena Vesnina
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Both Maria and Elena are aggressive players. Their play is very attractive for me. I believe they go well together. www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/maria-kirilenko_225788... www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/elena-vesnina_2257889_... IMG5_6617

Ana Ivanovic - Practice at Toray PPO Tennis Tournament

Ana Ivanovic - Practice at Toray PPO Tennis Tournament
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Today, I had a day off to watch Toray PPO Tennis tournament. I bought a ticket at the front row of the center court!! I have still many pictures in New York and Boston, but today I wanted to show you some of my today's pictures. I'm going to upload travel pictures and tennis pictures in turn. :)) Toray PPO Tennis www.toray-ppo.co.jp/en/tournament/

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova
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Lucie Safarova WTA Tour Ranking: 30 (as of Sep/ 27, 2010) Residence: Brno, Czech Republic DOB: February 4, 1987 Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic Height: 5' 9 (1.77 m) Weight: 137 lbs. (62 kg) Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (2002) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/lucie-safarova_2257889... IMG5_15082

two-handed forehand stroke by Aiko Nakamura

two-handed forehand stroke by Aiko Nakamura
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Aiko Nakamura is the best woman tennis player next to Ai Sugiyama in Japan. She is a right-handed player, but she plays two-handed both sides. The above is the two-handed forehand stroke! 中村 藍子 / Aiko Nakamura (WTA TOUR) TORAY PPO TENNIS HP IMG_33396

Sara Errani - Forehand Stroke

Sara Errani - Forehand Stroke
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Sara Errani WTA Tour Ranking: 40 (as of Sep. 27, 2010) Residence: Bologna, Italy DOB: April 29, 1987 Birthplace: Bologna, Italy Height: 5' 4 1/2 (1.64 m) Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Status: Pro (2002) www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/player/sara-errani_2257889_10077 IMG5_15179

Maria Kirilenko

Maria Kirilenko
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I thought Maria Kirilenko was a singles player, but in fact she also plays a doubles game. She surely has a remarkable ability for playing doubles such as volley. Maria Kirilenko (WTA TOUR) TORAY PPO TENNIS HP IMG_33421

Energetic Two-handed backhand stroke by Aiko Nakamura

Energetic Two-handed backhand stroke by Aiko Nakamura
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Aiko Nakamura is the best woman tennis player next to Ai Sugiyama in Japan. She is a right-handed player, but she play two-handed both sides! 中村 藍子 / Aiko Nakamura (WTA TOUR) TORAY PPO TENNIS HP IMG_33303

Next Generation EOS 1D Series !?

Next Generation EOS 1D Series !?
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I found this strange covered camera at Toray PPO Tennis Tournament. One of the cameraman was taking pictures with this black box, which has a small glass hole (must be a finder), and a button (must be a shutter button). Sometimes he opened the box to check the photos... I believe it must be a prototype of Canon's next generation camera for sports photographer.



Nearest places of interest:

East Promenade
TOC Ariake
Kokusai-Tenjijo Station
Sunkus, Kokusai-Tenjijo-Ekimae
  Galleria Grande Condo
Shinonome canal
Differ Ariake
Ariake Tennis no Mori Station

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