Ai's Best Moments
Ai Sugiyama thrilled fans for nearly 20 years with stellar results in singles and doubles.
Published October 03, 2009 12:00
Sugiyama won her first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles at the 1999 US Open with Mahesh Bhupathi.
Sugiyama won the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in 1999.
Sugiyama made her first major singles quarterfinal at the 2000 Australian Open, losing to Jennifer Capriati.
Sugiyama won her first Grand Slam women's doubles title at the 2000 US Open with Julie Halard-Decugis.
The greatest of Sugiyama's six Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles came at Scottsdale in 2003.
Sugiyama won her second Grand Slam women's doubles title at the 2003 French Open with Kim Clijsters.
Sugiyama won her third Grand Slam women's doubles title at 2003 Wimbledon with Kim Clijsters.
Sugiyama beat then-No.2 Justine Henin at the 2003 Sony Ericsson Championships, her biggest of 20 Top 10 wins.
Sugiyama reached her second career Grand Slam singles quarterfinal at 2004 Wimbledon, losing to Maria Sharapova.
Sugiyama won Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Fan Favorite Doubles Team with Daniela Hantuchova in 2006.
Sugiyama played the Sony Ericsson Championships in doubles seven times, twice with Katarina Srebotnik.
Sugiyama was the first Asian woman ever to rise to No.1 in the world, doing so in the doubles rankings.
A teary-eyed but always-smiling Sugiyama announced in September she would retire at the end of 2009.
Sugiyama was honored on court at the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open, which would be her last tournament.
Sugiyama made the doubles final of her last tournament alongside loyal friend Daniela Hantuchova.