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Coached by Natsuki Harada ... Introduced to tennis at age 8 by parents; father is Masaaki, mother is Masako; brother is Teppei; no other family members play tennis; has dog named Mac ... Favorites include the movie Pearl Harbor and Japanese pancakes ... Other sports interest is skiing ... Enjoys shopping; lists favorite cities as Paris and New York because of good shopping there ... Relaxes by shopping with friends and watching movies.
Winner (1): 2007 - Prague, ITF/Taoyuan-TPE; 2004 - ITF/Surbiton-GBR; 2003 - ITF/Dothan, AB-USA; 2001 - ITF/Saga-JPN, ITF/Home Hill-AUS; 2000 - ITF/Warrnambool-AUS, ITF/Wodonga 3-AUS.
Finalist (2): 2007 - Cincinnati; 2005 - Cincinnati.
Semifinalist (3): 2005 - San Diego; 2003 - Hyderabad, Shanghai.
Quarterfinalist (5): 2007 - Forest Hills, Beijing; 2006 - Seoul; 2005 - Memphis; 2004 - Hobart.
Winner (1): 2006 - ITF/Prostejov-CZE (w/Gajdosova); 2003 - Memphis (w/Obata); 2002 - ITF/Lawrenceville, GA-USA (w/Obata); 2001 - ITF/Tallinn-EST (w/Saeki).
Finalist (1): 2007 - Memphis (w/Gajdosova).
Japanese Fed Cup Team, 2002-08; Japanese Olympic Team, 2004.
Career in Review
1995 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Japan.
1996 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit in Japan.
1997 - Fell in Tour qualifying at two events in Tokyo.
1998 - Fell in Tour qualifying at same two events in Tokyo.
1999 - Fell in Tour qualifying at three events in Tokyo.
2000 - Fell in Tour qualifying at US Open and same three events in Tokyo; won first two ITF Circuit singles titles.
2001 - Fell in Tour qualifying four times, incl. three times in Tokyo; on ITF Circuit, won two singles titles and one doubles title.
2002 - Played first five Tour main draws, reaching 2r at Shanghai, Tokyo [Japan Open] and Pattaya City; fell in qualifying at all four Grand Slams; won one ITF Circuit doubles title.
2003 - First Top 100 finish; SF twice, at Hyderabad (l. to Tulyaganova) and Shanghai (d. No.13 Martínez en route for first career Top 20 win; l. to Rubin); made main draw debut at all four Grand Slams, best run being 3r at Wimbledon (l. to Capriati); won one ITF Circuit singles title and afterwards on April 28 made Top 100 debut (rose from No.104 to No.93); also won first Tour doubles title at Memphis (w/Obata).
2004 - QF at Hobart; notched second career Top 20 win over No.19 Farina Elia (Los Angeles 1r); won one ITF Circuit singles title; ret. during 's-Hertogenbosch 2r match w/right wrist strain and during Bali 1r match w/right wrist tendonitis.
2005 - Reached first Tour singles final at Cincinnati (d. No.15 Zvonareva en route for third career Top 20 win; l. to Schnyder), SF at San Diego (first career Tier I SF; ret. vs. Sugiyama w/lower back strain) and QF at Memphis; equal-best Grand Slam performance of career at Roland Garros, reaching 3r (l. to Dementieva); on August 8 (after San Diego) rose from No.61 to No.42 (Top 50 debut); ret. during US Open 1r match w/heat illness; withdrew from Los Angeles w/right knee tendonitis and from Hasselt and Philadelphia w/left wrist tendonitis.
2006 - QF at Seoul; notched first career Top 10 win over No.3 Petrova in Roland Garros 1r (snapping her 15-match win streak); won third ITF Circuit doubles title of career; withdrew from Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Bogotá and Acapulco w/left ankle sprain and from Cincinnati w/right knee injury.
2007 - Second Top 50 season; won first Tour singles title nine years after going pro at Prague (d. Bartoli in final); runner-up at Cincinnati (l. to Chakvetadze in final); QF twice, at Forest Hills and Beijing; equal-best Grand Slam run of career at Wimbledon, reaching 3r (l. to eventual champion V.Williams 62 36 75, having led 5-3 third set); wins over No.14 Safina (Wimbledon) and No.16 Schnyder (Cincinnati) were fifth and sixth Top 20 wins; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; withdrew from Bali w/right patellar tendonitis and from Bangkok w/shoulder injury.
2008 - Reached 2r twice (Australian Open, Dubai); fell 1r seven times (incl. Roland Garros); notched seventh Top 20 win at Dubai (d. No.17 Szavay); withdrew from Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Prague, Berlin and Wimbledon w/left knee injury and from Charleston w/hip injury; ret. in Istanbul 1r w/left knee injury.