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Coached by father, Murray (Canadian/American), who works for a military base in Okinawa; mother, Miki, loves to take care of her two dogs, a poodle and a shihtzu; has a half sister who is full Japanese and works for a computer company...Born in Seattle, Washington, USA, and moved to Okinawa, Japan, at age 13...Favorite number is 7 because in Japanese, her name translates to that number.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2001 - ITF/Mt. Pleasant-USA; 1999 - ITF/Dallas-USA; 1992 - ITF/York-USA.
Finalist (1): 1996 - Surabaya.
Semifinalist (3): 1995 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1994 - Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1992 - Taipei.
Winner (10): 2002 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Asagoe); 1998 - Auckland (w/Tanasugarn), Japan Open (w/Kijimuta); 1997 - Gold Coast (w/Kijimuta), Hobart (w/Kijimuta), Oklahoma City (w/Hiraki); 1993 - Sapporo (w/Basuki), Taipei (w/Basuki); 1991 - Pattaya City (w/Wibowo); 1990 - Schenectady (w/May).
Japanese Fed Cup Team 1989-90, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2000. Japanese Olympic Team 2000.
Career in Review
1994 - Upset seeds Davenport (world No. 8) and Hack back-to-back before losing to Top 10 player Sanchez-Vicario in a 3s SF at Tokyo [Nichirei]
1996 - Reached first WTA Tour final at Surabaya; as a world No. 101 LL at Miami, upset No. 16 Hingis in 2r
1997 - After not winning a doubles title since 1993, won three in the first two months and reached the doubles QF of the Australian Open; then, playing for first time w/McQuillan, reached the final of World Doubles Cup in Edinburgh, losing to top seeds and defending champions Arendt/Bollegraf in the final 61 36 75; w/Kijimuta, just missed qualifying for season-ending Championships as one of the eight best teams of the year, finishing ninth
1998 - Won eighth career doubles title on WTA Tour in Auckland in first week of season w/Tanasugarn; picked up ninth title later in year at Tokyo [Japan Open] w/Kijimuta
1999 - Unseeded, won second career pro singles title and first in seven years at ITF/Dallas-USA, with wins over No. 7 seed Nejedly in SF and No. 8 Shaughnessy, who ret. in third set of final; upset No. 2 seed Nejedly to reach SF at ITF/Salt Lake City-USA
2000 - Was doubles quarterfinalist at Australian Open with Graham, and finalist at Tokyo [Princess Cup] w/Suarez
2002 - Reached Miami QF in doubles w/Hiraki; competed in Wimbledon doubles w/Asagoe, upsetting the No. 8 seeds in 1r before falling to Rodionova/Weingartner 16 76(10) 61; in mixed doubles with Huss, fell 1r to top seeds Stubbs/Palmer; won her 10th career doubles title, and first in four years, at Tokyo [Japan Open] w/Asagoe, d. top seeds Sanchez-Vicario/Kuznetsova in final
2003 - In first singles effort of season, l. 1r of qualifying at Memphis; reached Miami doubles final w/Asagoe; at Sarasota, reached second consecutive doubles final w/Asagoe; as No. 3 seed, reached SF at Quebec City w/Reeves, l. to No. 1 seeds Callens/Tu; won ITF/Fukuoka-JPN (w/Dekmeijere) and ITF/Surbiton-GBR (w/Asagoe)