Peaking at World No.19 in singles, she also reached the second week once at each of the Australian and US Opens, and it was at Arthur Ashe Stadium where Tanasugarn both endured and enjoyed one of her career’s most memorable moments.
Two games from knocking out former World No.5 Daniela Hantuchova back in 2003, Tanasugarn held serve for 5-3 and screamed in celebration, saluting her support team as she strolled to net, thinking she’d already won.
“Ohh,” she cringed, dissolving into nervous groans at the memory. “Wow. Wow, wow. I’m very embarrassed though, actually! Me, I just played point by point, but I sometimes miscounted the games. At that time I was only thinking, ‘Okay, I have to hold my serve to win the match,’ but I thought that was my last game.
“I jumped and everybody was quiet, and Daniela was looking at me strange. I was like, ‘Oh, what happened?’ I looked: ‘Oops, 5-3.’ And I was like, ‘Uhh.’ I was jumping, because we were on a center court.”