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Coached by Junichi Maruyama; trains at National Tennis Center in Japan ... Mother, Hiromi, is a homemaker (ex-volleyball player); father, Tomohiro, is a technician for an electrical company; brother is Kazuhiro ... Started playing tennis at age 7 with her family ... Favorite shot is forehand; favorite surfaces are grass, hard ... Enjoys action movies, rock music, golf, movies and shopping; favorite musician is Avril Lavigne ... Self-described as easy-going ... Most admires Ai Sugiyama for working hard and Justine Henin for her attitude on and off court ... Goal is to win a Grand Slam.
Finalist (2): 2008 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Nakamura); 2007 - Bangkok (w/Namigata).
Japanese Fed Cup Team, 2007-09, 2012-13; Japanese Olympic Team, 2008.
Career in Review
2013 - Fifth straight Top 100 season; SF at Kuala Lumpur (l. to Ka.Pliskova); QF three times at Pattaya City, Monterrey and Oeiras; reached 3r three times (incl. Australian Open) and 2r three times; fell 1r 11 times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice; struggled with injury throughout season, first left thigh injury (retired in Rome 3r then withdrew from Madrid and Brussels) then low back injury (retired in New Haven 1r then withdrew from US Open and Seoul).
2012 - Another Top 100 season; QF twice at Kuala Lumpur and Strasbourg; reached 2r five times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r 13 times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying once; struggled throughout season w/right shoulder injury (withdrew from Kuala Lumpur QF, retired in Miami 1r and withdrew from Charleston) and low back injury (retired in Birmingham 1r and Stanford 1r and withdrew from Carlsbad and Washington DC).
2011 - First Top 50 season; QF four times at Kuala Lumpur, Brussels, Stanford and Osaka; reached 3r twice (incl. Australian Open) and 2r eight times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 10 times (incl. Wimbledon and US Open - ret. vs. Robson w/shoulder injury) and in qualifying twice; made Top 50 debut on February 21 (rose from No.57 to No.48).
2010 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Kuala Lumpur (l. to Kleybanova); reached 2r six times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors and Strasbourg - l. to Rodionova 26 63 75; held 2mp at 5-1 third set) and in qualifying seven times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2009 - First Top 100 season; SF twice at Strasbourg (ret. vs. Hradecka w/left thigh strain) and Guangzhou (l. to Brianti); QF at Auckland; reached 2r twice; fell 1r 16 times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying three times; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Reached 2r six times (incl. Olympics); fell 1r five times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying 13 times (incl. other three majors); won three singles titles on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on April 14 (after Amelia Island; rose from No.114 to No.99).
2007 - QF twice at Bali and Seoul; reached 3r once; fell 1r three times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying five times (incl. other three majors); won one singles title and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Reached 3r once; fell in qualifying twice (incl. US Open); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Played first WTA main draw at Tokyo [Japan Open], falling 1r (as WC); fell in qualifying twice.
2004 - Played first event of career on ITF Circuit in Japan (as WC).