Started playing at age 6...Baseliner, who considered groundstrokes her strength...Father, Koichi, works for Japan Airlines; mother, Noriko, is a homemaker; older brother, Yasuchika, graduated from the University of Tokyo and is now a pilot with Japan Airlines...Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University, majoring in International Politics...Works as a Systems Manager for telephone company NTT, completing all her work from the road via computer modem while at tournaments...Hobbies include reading and working with computers...Likes to visit London...Favorite movie is Beaches; favorite color is red...Enjoys swimming and listening to music.
• Nominated for 1998 WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship• Nominated for 1991 WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award• Elected to the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors for 1996/97 and 1997/98• Reached SF at 1989 Wimbledon junior doubles
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 1990 - ITF/Matsuyama-JPN.Semifinalist (2): 1991 - Tokyo [Japan Open], Pattaya City.DOUBLESWinner (6): 1997 - Oklahoma City (w/Miyagi), Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Dechaume-Balleret), Surabaya (w/Guse); 1996 - Jakarta (w/Kijimuta); 1992 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Frazier); 1991 - Puerto Rico (w/Labat).Finalist (7): 1999 - Kuala Lumpur (w/Yoshida); 1998 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Frazier), Pattaya City (w/Olsza); 1995 - Nagoya (w/S. Park) 1994 - Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Frazier); 1992 - Kuala Lumpur (w/Langrova); 1991 - Pattaya City (w/Nishiya).MIXED DOUBLESWinner (1): 1997 - Roland Garros (w/Bhupathi).ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team 1993, 1998.
1991 - Reached SF at Tokyo [Japan Open] as a qualifier and at her next event in Pattaya City1996 - Was only qualifier to reach 3r at Australian Open; ranked No. 109, continued good run at Jakarta, upsetting world No. 43 Werdel Witmeyer to reach QF; won doubles title with Kijimuta; at Surabaya, upset No. 3 seed Fusai in 1r1997 - Won Roland Garros mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi; upset No. 10 seed Schultz-McCarthy to reach 3r at Australian Open; ranking improved to No. 72; unseeded, reached QF at Auckland after ousting No. 6 seed Van Roost in 1r2000 - Suffered an ankle sprain during a mixed doubles match at Roland Garros2002 - Competed in Wimbledon doubles with Freye, falling to eventual champions Williams/Williams in 1r; doubles semifinalist at the Tokyo [Japan Open] w/Neffa-de los Rios, l. to No. 2 seeds Asagoe/Miyagi 76 76
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