November 27, 2001 - Vancouver's Yuka Chokyu will take a well-deserved two months off from wheelchair tennis with a world ranking of number four in doubles and 12 in singles. The Paralympian will look forward to the Australian Tour in January 2002.
"I have lots of room to improve," says the Paralympian. "I need to work on a more solid backhand slice with depth and penetration, mobility, endurance, and mental toughness".
Chokyu puts mental toughness as her number one priority for next season. "I would like to decrease the ups-and-downs in my on-court performance. This is so much related to the mental aspect of my game."
That consistency has taken Chokyu up the World rankings in short order. 1998 was a break-through year for Chokyu. She is the only Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Player (male or female) to ever reach Top 10 in the world (she was ranked 6th in July of 1998). She is also the only Canadian to represent Canada at the NEC Masters advancing to the semi-finals. Chokyu was part of the highest ranked Canadian Team ever at the Invacare World Team Cup (equivalent to Davis Cup and Federation Cup in able-bodied tennis). The team placed fourth.
Also in 1998, she was named Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Female Athlete of the Year and was the National Women's Singles Champion in 1998, 1999 and 2001. She was the BC Wheelchair Sports Association Athlete of the Year and ranked number one on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis tour. Yuka won the Tennis Canada Excellence Award for Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 as well.
"My next season's goals are to get into top eight in singles and to play at the Singles Masters (a tournament that is by invitation only). I also hope to maintain my top five doubles ranking and to play at the Doubles Masters".
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