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Lives in Tokyo... Father is Juichi (passed away in 2007); mother is Masako; siblings are Ryusuke, Junko ... Started playing tennis at age 6 after being introduced to the sport by her parents ... Was tennis champion at Sonoda High School (graduated in 1989) ... Left-handed; encouraged to play right-handed to follow Japanese custom ... Ran 2004 London Marathon in 3h30min ... Funded building of a school in Laos ... Holds some "oldest player ever" records: oldest player ever to beat a Top 10 player (set record by beating Safina at 2010 Roland Garros at 39y/7m/26d, then surpassed that by beating Stosur at 2010 Osaka at 40y/17d); second-oldest to win a WTA title (won 2009 Seoul at 38y/11m/30d, oldest is Billie Jean King at 1983 Birmingham at 39y/7m/23d); second-oldest to reach a Grand Slam 3r (at Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2013, oldest is 45-year-old Richards at 1979 US Open) and oldest to rank inside Top 50 since Billie Jean King at age 40 in March 1984 (Date-Krumm broke back into Top 50 in August 2010).

Career Highlights

Winner (8): 2009 - Seoul; 1996 - Tokyo [Japan Open], San Diego; 1995 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 1994 - Sydney, Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1993 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1992 - Tokyo [Japan Open].
Finalist (7): 2010 - Osaka; 1995 - Miami, Tokyo [Japan Open], Strasbourg; 1993 - Osaka, Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1991 - Los Angeles.

Winner (6): 2013 - Pattaya City (w/Dellacqua), Monterrey (w/Babos), Strasbourg (w/Scheepers); 2012 - Copenhagen (w/Fujiwara); 2011 - Osaka (w/Zhang); 1996 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Sugiyama).
Finalist (4): 2012 - Monterrey (w/Zhang), Osaka (w/Watson); 2009 - Guangzhou (w/Sun); 1992 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Rehe).

Japanese Fed Cup Team, 1989-92, 94-96, 2010, 2012-13; Japanese Olympic Team, 1992, 1996.

Career in Review

2015 - Reached 2r three times; fell 1r three times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying 10 times (incl. other three majors).

2014 - SF at Monterrey (l. to Jaksic); QF twice at Pattaya City (l. to Makarova) and Birmingham (l. to Dellacqua); reached 2r three times; fell 1r eight times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying four times.

2013 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.54); QF at Seoul; reached 3r twice (Australian Open, Wimbledon - was second-oldest player in Open Era to reach a Grand Slam 3r, after 45-year-old Renee Richards at 1979 US Open) and 2r six times; fell 1r six times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice; won three WTA doubles titles.

2012 - Reached 2r twice; fell 1r 12 times (incl. all four majors and Copenhagen - l. to Babos 16 76(4) 75; held 2mp at 5-3 third set) and in qualifying twice; won one WTA doubles title; won three singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2011 - Third full season back on tour (finished No.100); QF at 's-Hertogenbosch; reached 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r 18 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying three times; won one WTA doubles title; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit; struggled w/left hand injury in summer (retired in Cincinnati 1r and subsequently withdrew from Dallas).

2010 - Second full season back on tour (finished No.46); had strong 11-5 fall season, highlighted by another WTA final at Osaka (l. to Tanasugarn in oldest known WTA final - combined age 73); also reached SF at Bali (l. to Ivanovic), QF at Seoul, 3r at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and 2r at Beijing; went 5-2 against Top 20 players in fall (d. No.20 Pavlyuchenkova, No.15 Sharapova, No.8 Stosur, No.13 Peer and No.11 Li); went 16-14 from start of year through US Open, best results being QF at Auckland and seven 2r finishes (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r six times (incl. Australian Open, US Open); win over Safina in French Open 1r made her oldest player ever to beat a Top 10 player (at 39y/7m/26d) and win over Stosur in Osaka surpassed that (at 40y/17d).

2009 - First full season back on tour (finished No.82); won eighth WTA title at Seoul (d. Medina Garrigues in final; at 38y/11m/30d, was second-oldest player in Open Era to win a WTA title after Billie Jean King, who won 1983 Birmingham at 39y/7m/23d); was also longest ever gap between WTA titles (13y/1m between 1996 San Diego and 2009 Seoul); returned to Top 100 afterwards on September 28 (rose from No.155 to No.100; first time in Top 100 since retiring in 1996); SF at Bali (l. to Bartoli); fell 1r nine times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon) and in qualifying twice (Roland Garros, US Open); also won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2008 - Un-retired in May; initially played on ITF Circuit (won three singles titles and two doubles titles); played two WTA events in fall, falling in qualifying at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (as WC) and in 1r at Tokyo [Japan Open] (as WC).

1997-2007 - Only appearance came in doubles at Tokyo [Princess Cup] in September 2002 (as WC w/Saeki, ret. vs. top seeds Black/Likhovtseva in 1r w/left Achilles tendon injury).

1996 - Won two WTA titles at Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Frazier in final) and San Diego (d. Sánchez-Vicario in final); SF four times at Sydney (l. to Davenport), Indian Wells (l. to Martínez), Wimbledon (third Grand Slam SF; l. to Graf) and Tokyo [Nichirei] (l. to Seles); QF four times (incl. Olympics, WTA Finals); announced on September 24 she would retire at end of season and played last match of first career in WTA Finals QFs (l. to Hingis); when taken off rankings on December 23, 1996 at No.8, having spent 149 total weeks in Top 10 (all in 153-week span between January 17, 1994 and December 23, 1996).

1995 - Won one WTA title at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (d. Davenport in final); runner-up three times at Miami (l. to Graf), Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Frazier) and Strasbourg (l. to Davenport); SF twice at Sydney (ret. vs. Davenport) and Roland Garros (second Grand Slam SF; l. to Sánchez-Vicario); QF four times (incl. Wimbledon, WTA Finals); set career-high No.4 on November 13 (was Asian ranking record for almost 18 years until Li surpassed it on October 28, 2013).

1994 - Won two WTA titles at Sydney (d. Fernandez in final) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Frazier in final); SF four times at Australian Open (first Grand Slam SF; l. to Graf), Strasbourg (l. to Fernandez), Montréal (l. to Sánchez-Vicario) and WTA Finals (l. to Sabatini); QF twice (incl. US Open); made Top 10 debut on January 17 (rose from No.13 to No.9 - first Japanese in Top 10, since joined by Sugiyama).

1993 - Won one WTA title at Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Rottier in final); runner-up twice at Osaka (l. to Novotna in final) and Tokyo [Nichirei] (l. to Coetzer in final); SF at Miami (l. to Sánchez-Vicario); reached first Grand Slam QF at US Open (l. to Maleeva-Fragnière).

1992 - Won first WTA title at Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Appelmans in final); SF twice at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Sabatini) and Osaka (l. to Sukova); QF once; made Top 20 debut on April 13 (rose from No.25 to No.17).

1991 - Runner-up at Los Angeles (l. to Seles in final); made Top 50 debut afterwards on August 12 (rose from No.112 to No.32).

1990 - First full season on tour; QF twice; made Top 100 debut on January 8 (No.119 to No.90).

1989 - Played first five WTA main draws, reaching two QFs and making Grand Slam main draw debuts at Roland Garros (2r), Wimbledon (1r) and US Open (1r); won three singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

1988 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Japan, winning two singles titles and two doubles titles.

Best Grand Slam Result

Highest Finish

SF x3
1996, 1995, 1994

Australian Open

SF x1

Roland Garros

SF x1


SF x1

US Open

QF x2
1994, 1993
Singles Career High Ranking
Highest Singles
Nov 13, 1995
Doubles Career High Ranking
Highest Doubles
Jan 19, 2015