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Saori Obata

Saori Obata
  • Residence: Tokyo, Japan
  • Date of Birth: 23 Apr 1978
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Height: 5' 5'' (1.65 m)
  • Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (April 1996)
  • Pronounced: SOW-ree OH-ba-tah

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Saori Obata Biography

Prefers hard courts ... FatherÆs name is Noriyuki; motherÆs name is Masako; has two older sisters, Mayumi and Miyo ... Most memorable experience was winning first pro tournament ... In the tennis community, admires former coach Kimiyo Hatanaka and Steffi Graf ... Favorite tournament is Wimbledon ... Enjoys karaoke ... Favorite actor is Kevin Costner.

Official Web site: www.saori-obata.com
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YTD Career
WTA Singles Titles - 0
WTA Doubles Titles - 1
ITF Women's Circuit Singles Titles - 6
ITF Women's Circuit Doubles Titles - 12
Prize Money $0 $652,031
W/L - Singles - - - 281 - 222
W/L - Doubles - - - 118 - 102
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Results

INDIAN WELLS

WTA // USA // 08-Mar-2006 // $2,100,000 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 128M/64Q/32D // Rank: 103 // Seed/Entry: /MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
R128 Loss [Q] Camille Pin (FRA) 118 6-2 6-2

WTA Rankings PTS

+1

Prize Money

$2,325
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Rankings

Singles Road to Singapore Doubles
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Career-high Singles Career-high Doubles
09-Feb-2004 (39) 09-Feb-2004 (98)
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JANUARY - Fell 1r at Australian Open (l. to No.17 seed Hantuchova in 3s), then reached 2r at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (as qualifier, d. Peschke in 1r before falling to No.5 seed Vaidisova).

MARCH - Fell 1r at Indian Wells (l. to qualifier Pin).
1992 - Debuted at ITF/Bangkok-THA.

1993 - Played first Tour qualifying at Tokyo [Japan Open] and Sapporo.

1994 - Reached qualifying 2r of Tokyo [Nichirei].

1995 - Reached two ITF Circuit QF.

1996 - Qualified for first Tour events at Beijing and Pattaya City; won first singles title at ITF/Jakarta-INA.

1997 - Qualified for Surabaya; finalist at ITF/Mont-de-Marsan-FRA.

1998 - WC at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. 1r).

1999 - At Tokyo [Japan Open], reached third Tour doubles QF (w/Asagoe).

2000 - Reached first Tour QF at Shanghai as qualifier.

2001 - QF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Tanasugarn); won two straight ITF Circuit titles in Australia to end season; broke into Top 100 on December 3 at No.96.

2002 - Debuted at all four Grand Slams and won first Grand Slam match at Wimbledon (d. No.29 Stevenson in 1r; l. 2r to Daniilidou); reached first QF of 2002 and third of career at Bali (l. to Sßnchez-Vicario in 3s).

2003 - Best season to date, reaching first Tour singles final at Tashkent (l. to Ruano Pascual) and earlier, first Tour SF at Bali (l. to Rubin); best Grand Slam finish at US Open, reaching 3r (l. to eventual champion Henin-Hardenne); QF at Memphis (won career-first Tour doubles title there w/Morigami); on October 28, broke into Top 50 at No.50; won ITF/Fukuoka-JPN.

2004 - Notched career-first Top 10 victory at Australian Open (d. No.9 Sugiyama in 2r, then l. in 3r to Dechy to equal best Grand Slam performance); QF at Birmingham (l. to Schnyder); l. in 2r at Wimbledon to No.12 seed Zvonareva 61 64 (led 4-2 second set); at Olympics, l. 1r in singles and 2r in doubles (w/Morigami); after 2r appearance at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], reached career-high No.39 in singles (February 9).

2005 - Season highlighted by five 2r finishes, incl. Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to No.1 Davenport 64 63), Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Golovin) and Bangkok (l. to Petrova); 1r at Australian Open, Wimbledon (as qualifier), and fell in qualifying at Roland Garros and US Open; captured fifth and sixth career ITF Circuit singles titles at $25K ITF/Augusta, GA-USA and $50K ITF/Gifu-JPN, also collecting 11th and 12th career ITF Circuit doubles titles; in Fed Cup play, was 0-1 in JapanÆs 3-2 loss to Czech Republic in 1r action.
SINGLES
Winner: 2005 - ITF/Augusta, GA-USA, ITF/Gifu-JPN; 2003 - ITF/Fukuoka-JPN; 2001- ITF/Port Pirie-AUS; 1996 - ITF/Jakarta-INA.
Finalist (1): 2003 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2003 - Bali.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2004 - Birmingham; 2003 - Memphis, Pattaya City; 2002 - Bali; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Shanghai.

DOUBLES
Winner (1): 2005 - ITF/Gifu-JPN, ITF/Surbiton-GBR (both w/Fujiwara); 2003 - Memphis (w/Morigami).
Semifinalist (2): 2004 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Fujiwara); 2003 - Pattaya City (w/Tanasugarn).

ADDITIONAL
Japan Fed Cup Team 1999, 2001-05. Japan Olympic Team 2004.

Overall Stats

YTD Career
WTA Singles Titles - 0
WTA Doubles Titles - 1
ITF Women's Circuit Singles Titles - 6
ITF Women's Circuit Doubles Titles - 12
Prize Money $0 $652,031
W/L - Singles - - - 281 - 222
W/L - Doubles - - - 118 - 102

Grand Slam History

Singles

W/L   2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
2 / 4 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1r 1r 3r - 1r - - -
0 / 3 FRENCH OPEN - - 1r 1r 1r - - -
2 / 4 WIMBLEDON - 1r 2r 1r 2r - - -
2 / 3 US OPEN - - 1r 3r 1r - - -

Doubles

W/L   2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998
1 / 1 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - 2r - - - - - -
0 / 2 WIMBLEDON 1r - 1r - - - - -
0 / 1 US OPEN - - 1r - - - - -

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Saori Obata Results

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    Doubles

INDIAN WELLS

WTA // USA // 08-Mar-2006 // $2,100,000 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 128M/64Q/32D // Rank: 103 // Seed/Entry: /MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
R128 Loss [Q] Camille Pin (FRA) 118 6-2 6-2

WTA Rankings PTS

+1

Prize Money

$2,325

LAS VEGAS

ITF // USA // 28-Feb-2006 // $75,000 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 32M/32Q/16D // Rank: - // Seed/Entry: 6/MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
R32 Win Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 131 6-4 4-6 6-2
R16 Win Hanna Nooni (SWE) 181 6-3 6-2
Q Loss Angela Haynes (USA) 177 7-6 (9) 6-3

WTA Rankings PTS

+14.5

Prize Money

$1,900

PATTAYA CITY

WTA // THAILAND // 06-Feb-2006 // $170,000 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 32M/32Q/16D // Rank: 101 // Seed/Entry: /MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
Q-R32 Loss Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 129 6-4 6-2

WTA Rankings PTS

+1

Prize Money

$185

TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC)

WTA // JAPAN // 31-Jan-2006 // $1,340,000 // Carpet (Indoor) // Draw: 32M/32Q/16D // Rank: 107 // Seed/Entry: /Q

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
Q-R32 Win [W] Angelique Widjaja (INA) 0 6-2 6-2
Q-R16 Win [W] Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (NED) 0 6-3 7-5
Q-Q Win Shiho Hisamatsu (JPN) 170 6-2 6-2
R32 Win Kveta Peschke (CZE) 37 6-2 6-1
R16 Loss [5] Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 14 6-4 6-4

WTA Rankings PTS

+60.5

Prize Money

$16,370

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Grand Slam // AUSTRALIA // 16-Jan-2006 // $6,137,580 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 128M/128Q/64D // Rank: 101 // Seed/Entry: /MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
R128 Loss [17] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 17 3-6 6-3 6-0

WTA Rankings PTS

+2

Prize Money

$12,713

CANBERRA

WTA // AUSTRALIA // 08-Jan-2006 // $145,000 // Hard (Outdoor) // Draw: 32M/32Q/16D // Rank: 103 // Seed/Entry: /MD

Round Result Opponent Rank Score
Q-R32 Loss Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) 157 6-4 6-4

WTA Rankings PTS

+1

Prize Money

$175

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Current WTA Rankings

Singles Road to Singapore Doubles
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Rankings Breakdown

Grand Slams

Date Tournament Round Points
16/01/2006 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
29/08/2005 US OPEN Q - R128 2
20/06/2005 WIMBLEDON R16 47
23/05/2005 FRENCH OPEN Q - R128 2
17/01/2005 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
30/08/2004 US OPEN R128 2
21/06/2004 WIMBLEDON R64 40
24/05/2004 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
19/01/2004 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 150
25/08/2003 US OPEN R32 90
Date Tournament Round Points
23/06/2003 WIMBLEDON R128 2
26/05/2003 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
13/01/2003 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q - R32 29
26/08/2002 US OPEN R128 2
24/06/2002 WIMBLEDON R64 62
27/05/2002 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
14/01/2002 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
27/08/2001 US OPEN Q - R64 14
25/06/2001 WIMBLEDON Q - R32 20
28/05/2001 FRENCH OPEN Q - R64 12
Date Tournament Round Points
15/01/2001 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q - R32 26
28/08/2000 US OPEN Q - R128 2
31/08/1998 US OPEN Q - R64 8
Complete Rankings Breakdown

Rankings History

Year Season-ending Singles Season-ending Doubles
2006 282 -
2005 108 201
2004 107 174
2003 49 119
2002 108 301
2001 116 690
2000 169 206
1999 511 206
1998 210 176
1997 221 152
1996 300 279
1995 608 317
1994 624 755
Career-high Singles Career-high Doubles
09-Feb-2004 (39) 09-Feb-2004 (98)

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Ranking Points
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Rankings Breakdown

  • Singles
    Doubles

Grand Slams

Date Tournament Round Points
16/01/2006 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
29/08/2005 US OPEN Q - R128 2
20/06/2005 WIMBLEDON R16 47
23/05/2005 FRENCH OPEN Q - R128 2
17/01/2005 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
30/08/2004 US OPEN R128 2
21/06/2004 WIMBLEDON R64 40
24/05/2004 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
19/01/2004 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 150
25/08/2003 US OPEN R32 90
Date Tournament Round Points
23/06/2003 WIMBLEDON R128 2
26/05/2003 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
13/01/2003 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q - R32 29
26/08/2002 US OPEN R128 2
24/06/2002 WIMBLEDON R64 62
27/05/2002 FRENCH OPEN R128 2
14/01/2002 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R128 2
27/08/2001 US OPEN Q - R64 14
25/06/2001 WIMBLEDON Q - R32 20
28/05/2001 FRENCH OPEN Q - R64 12
Date Tournament Round Points
15/01/2001 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q - R32 26
28/08/2000 US OPEN Q - R128 2
31/08/1998 US OPEN Q - R64 8

Fed Cup

Date Tournament Round Points

Tier 1-5

Date Tournament Round Points
08/03/2006 INDIAN WELLS R128 1
06/02/2006 PATTAYA CITY Q - R32 1
31/01/2006 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) S 61
08/01/2006 CANBERRA Q - R32 1
10/10/2005 BANGKOK S 35
03/10/2005 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R16 20
26/09/2005 SEOUL S 27
19/09/2005 BEIJING Q - R16 6
15/08/2005 TORONTO Q - R32 10
08/08/2005 LOS ANGELES R16 5
Date Tournament Round Points
01/08/2005 SAN DIEGO Q 13
06/06/2005 BIRMINGHAM Q 7
09/03/2005 INDIAN WELLS Q - R64 1
01/02/2005 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) R16 43
09/01/2005 CANBERRA Q - R32 1
04/10/2004 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
27/09/2004 SEOUL R32 1
20/09/2004 BEIJING R32 1
13/09/2004 BALI R32 1
02/08/2004 MONTREAL R64 1
Date Tournament Round Points
25/07/2004 SAN DIEGO R64 1
19/07/2004 LOS ANGELES R64 1
14/06/2004 EASTBOURNE Q - Q 19
07/06/2004 BIRMINGHAM Q 44
17/05/2004 STRASBOURG R32 1
24/03/2004 MIAMI R64 20
10/03/2004 INDIAN WELLS R64 1
23/02/2004 DUBAI Q - R16 6
16/02/2004 HYDERABAD R32 1
03/02/2004 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) R16 46
Date Tournament Round Points
11/01/2004 CANBERRA R32 1
03/11/2003 PATTAYA CITY Q 30
06/10/2003 TASHKENT F 91
29/09/2003 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
08/09/2003 BALI S 88
17/08/2003 NEW HAVEN R16 17
11/08/2003 TORONTO R16 46
04/08/2003 LOS ANGELES R32 22
28/07/2003 SAN DIEGO Q 9
16/06/2003 EASTBOURNE S 95
Date Tournament Round Points
09/06/2003 BIRMINGHAM R64 1
07/04/2003 CHARLESTON Q - R16 7
31/03/2003 SARASOTA Q - R16 4
19/03/2003 MIAMI Q - R64 1
05/03/2003 INDIAN WELLS Q - R32 8
16/02/2003 MEMPHIS Q 57
03/02/2003 HYDERABAD R16 16
28/01/2003 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) R32 1
05/01/2003 CANBERRA S 33
04/11/2002 PATTAYA CITY R32 1
Date Tournament Round Points
30/09/2002 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
23/09/2002 BALI Q 49
16/09/2002 TOKYO (TOYOTA) R32 1
09/09/2002 SHANGHAI R32 1
18/08/2002 NEW HAVEN Q - R64 1
12/08/2002 MONTREAL R16 26
17/06/2002 EASTBOURNE Q - R16 8
10/06/2002 BIRMINGHAM R64 1
20/03/2002 MIAMI Q - R64 1
17/02/2002 MEMPHIS R32 1
Date Tournament Round Points
29/01/2002 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) S 37
06/01/2002 CANBERRA S 11
05/11/2001 PATTAYA CITY R16 14
08/10/2001 SHANGHAI R16 19
01/10/2001 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN Q 51
17/09/2001 TOKYO (TOYOTA) R16 27
10/09/2001 WAIKOLOA R32 1
05/08/2001 LOS ANGELES Q - Q 6
30/07/2001 SAN DIEGO Q - R16 1
11/06/2001 BIRMINGHAM R16 5
Date Tournament Round Points
21/03/2001 MIAMI Q - R64 1
07/03/2001 INDIAN WELLS Q - R64 1
26/02/2001 ACAPULCO Q - R32 1
29/01/2001 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) S 64
07/01/2001 HOBART S 6
06/11/2000 KUALA LUMPUR Q - R16 4
09/10/2000 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
02/10/2000 TOKYO (TOYOTA) Q - R32 1
01/02/2000 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) Q - R32 1
12/04/1999 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
Date Tournament Round Points
01/02/1999 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) Q - R32 1
21/09/1998 TOKYO (TOYOTA) Q - R32 1
06/07/1998 MARIA LANKOWITZ Q - Q 5
13/04/1998 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN R32 1
02/02/1998 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) Q - R32 1
17/11/1997 PATTAYA CITY Q - R32 1
22/09/1997 SURABAYA S 7
15/09/1997 TOKYO (TOYOTA) Q - R32 1
14/07/1997 PALERMO Q - R32 1
14/04/1997 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN Q - R16 2
Date Tournament Round Points
27/01/1997 TOKYO (PAN PACIFIC) Q - R32 1
18/11/1996 PATTAYA CITY S 8
14/10/1996 BEIJING S 6
07/10/1996 SURABAYA Q - R16 1
18/09/1995 TOKYO (NICHIREI) Q - R16 0
10/04/1995 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN Q - R32 0
19/09/1994 TOKYO (NICHIREI) Q - R16 0
27/09/1993 SAPPORO Q - R32 0
05/04/1993 TOKYO - JAPAN OPEN Q - R32 0

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