Parents introduced her to tennis at age 7...Coached by Ms. Yonezawa...Baseline player who prefers hard courts; backhand is strongest shot...Mother's name is Hiroko; father's name is Tetsuo...Graduated from high school in March 1994...Admires her parents as well as Kimiko Date...Self-described as optimistic...Favorite flower is the sunflower; favorite book is The Firm; favorite actor is Brad Pitt; favorite movie is My Girl; favorite musical group is Mr. Children...Other sports interests include soccer and baseball...Enjoys the atmosphere at the Grand Slam tournaments.
• Has earned several doubles titles on the ITF Circuit• In juniors, was runner-up in the 1993 US Open singles and doubles
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2003 - ITF/Ho Chi Minh-VIE, ITF/Haibara-JPN, ITF/Beijing-CHN; 2002 - ITF/Bendigo-AUS; 1993 - ITF/Ibaraki-JPN.Finalist (1): 1997 - Jakarta.Semifinalist (1): 1996 - Surabaya.Quarterfinalist (2): 2002 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1996 - Pattaya City.DOUBLESWinner (3): 2005 - Memphis (w/Saeki); 1996 - Pattaya City (w/Saeki); 1995 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Saeki).Finalist (2): 1999 - Kuala Lumpur (w/Hiraki); 1997 - Jakarta (w/Nemeckova).ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team 1998-2001.
1995 - Unseeded w/Saeki, won first WTA Tour doubles title at Tokyo [Japan Open], upsetting No. 2 and No. 3 seeds en route to title1996 - Breakthrough WTA Tour tournament came at Surabaya in October; unseeded, d. Ellwood, Hiraki and Inoue to reach first SF, falling to eventual winner S. Wang; at Pattaya City, ousted No. 2 seed S. Wang in 2r to reach QF and won doubles title, again unseeded with Saeki1997 - Reached career-first WTA Tour final at Jakarta, d. top seed S. Wang en route1998 - As a WC, ranked No. 77, upset No. 39 Grzybowska in 1r of Tokyo [Pan Pacific]1999 - As a world No. 159 qualifier at Tokyo [Princess Cup], d. world No. 33 Talaja in 1r; w/Saeki, upset No. 4 seeds Halard-Decugis/Mauresmo to reach the doubles SF2002 - Won ITF/Bendigo-AUS, for first singles title since 1993; as a WC at Tokyo [Japan Open], ranked No. 269, upset No. 57Black 62 61 in 1r and No. 133 Cargill 67 75 64 to reach her fourth QF and first in five years2003 - Seeded No. 2, was finalist to No. 1 seed McQuillan at ITF/Bendigo-AUS; won ITF/Ho Chi Minh-VIE; qualified at Birmingham, l. 1r to fellow qualifier Tu; at Japan Open, as world No. 154, d. world No. 77 Widjaja before l. 2r to world No. 12 and No. 1 seed Sugiyama; won two more ITF Circuit events, both as No. 1 seed: ITF/Haibara-JPN and ITF/Beijing-CHN2004 - Reached 2r at Hyderabad (as world No.134, upset No.39 and top seed Obata 64 62 in 1r, l. to eventual finalist No.148 Kirilenko) and Seoul (l. to No.115 Talaja in 3s); l. in 1r at four events and failed to qualify at all four Grand Slams and six Tour events; reached one singles final on ITF Circuit.2005 - Season highlighted by capturing first Tour doubles title in nine years at Memphis, qualifying for main draw with Saeki and then running through field to final, defeating No.3 seeds Granville/Spears in championship match; contested Tour-level qualifying six times, reaching main draws at Auckland (l. 1r), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. 1r) and Memphis (reached 2r, falling to Linetskaya).
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