Started playing tennis at age 7 with father...Coached by father, Hiroshi, and Bill Conan...Father's name is Hiroshi; mother's name is Natsuko; brothers Cassio and Ciro are doctors...Graduated from the University of Tsukuba in March 1993 and will return for a master's degree in physical education in the future...Likes to read, especially Ryotaro Shiba and Jahann Wolfgang von Goethe...Enjoys cooking.
Has other career wins over Naoko Sawamatsu, Ai Sugiyama, and Pam Shriver Nominated for 1992 WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award Played on World Youth Cup Team
SINGLESWinner (1 WTA Tour): 1994 - Hobart; 1991 - ITF/Chiba-JPN; 1990 - ITF/Kuroshio-JPN, ITF/Nagasaki-JPN; 1989 - ITF/Matsuyama-JPN.Finalist (1): 1996 - Hobart.Semifinalist (3): 1997 - Hobart; 1994 - Osaka; 1993 - Tokyo [Japan Open].Quarterfinalist (5): 1996 - Beijing; 1994 - Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1993 - Sapporo, Strasbourg; 1992 - Brisbane.
DOUBLESSemifinalist (1): 1994 - Osaka (w/N. Sawamatsu).
ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team 1993-95.
1989 - Won first pro event at ITF/Matsuyama-JPN1994 - Won first WTA Tour title at Hobart; d. McQuillan in final; at US Open, d. No. 6 Davenport in 3r (previously d. Davenport in 1r of 1993 Eastbourne); Endo and Date marked first time two Japanese players reached 4r at US Open (Date went on to reach QF); world No. 32, upset No. 7 Date in 2r of Tokyo-Nichirei, a career-first win over her countrywoman (including juniors); reached SF of Osaka before falling to eventual tournament champion Man. Maleeva-Fragniere1996 - Unseeded, reached final at 1996 Hobart (her career-first title in 1994); 1996 - World No. 64 at Australian Open, upset fifth seed and countrywoman Kimiko Date in second round1997 - Upset No. 2 seed Dragomir in 1r of Hobart en route to SF finish1998 - As a qualifier at Japan Open, upset Kunce in 1r; competed in last tournament in April
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