Tennis: Ex-doubles star Sugiyama aims to take Japan women to top


Former doubles world No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Ai Sugiyama is dreaming big after leading Japan to six straight wins since assuming captaincy of the women’s national tennis team in January.

Japan edged Colombia 3-2 on Nov. 11 in the Billie Jean King Cup playoff to earn a place in next year’s qualifying round of the premier women’s international team tennis competition.

The result followed wins over South Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan, India and China during Asia/Oceania regional pool play in April.

“Japanese tennis is definitely heading in the right direction,” said the 48-year-old ...

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