Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
18 year old Taiwan native Kai-Chen Chang is ascending the WTA ranks quickly as she continues her first season out of juniors. Chang overshadowed by other juniors like Junior Wimbledon champion Noppwan Lertcheewakarn, KCC has begun to find her form, culminating in a 2R upset of World #1 Dinara Safina this week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. After her 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 victory Chang has become the first player from Chinese Taipei to defeat a world #1.
Chang has a strong baseline game, hitting out and aggressively like many players coming up in her generation. She appears to have one key ingredient many of her Asian comrades lack, a fearless killer instinct. In her 2R match against Safina she was on the ropes on many occasions, but never stopped playing her game. She was down a couple set points in the opening set, but fought them off to tough out a tiebreak victory against a struggling Dinara Safina. Then after losing the second, and going down a break in the third she continued her strong fight.
KCC has a killer forehand, and that’s definitely her best asset. She’s a great mover, and a lot taller then the other Asian players on tour. Her serve could use some work, and her net game is atrocious. These are two things she can certainly work on, and should be in the top 100 very, very soon.
KCC has won once on the ITF tour, in 2008 in Kurume a $50K event. She has had her most success in the last few months. In July she made a semifinal of another 50K event in Lexington, then a few weeks later she qualified for her first grand slam main draw at the U.S. Open. In the opening round she beat 25th seed Kaia Kanepi for her then biggest win in her career, before falling in three sets to Magdalena Rybarikova.
She’s followed that up for qualifying in her next three WTA events in Guangzhou, Seoul, and this week in Tokyo. She takes on Iveta Benesova in the 3R.