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Started playing tennis at age 7 with father...Coached by father, Hiroshi, and Bill Conan...Father's name is Hiroshi; mother's name is Natsuko; brothers Cassio and Ciro are doctors...Graduated from the University of Tsukuba in March 1993 and will return for a master's degree in physical education in the future...Likes to read, especially Ryotaro Shiba and Jahann Wolfgang von Goethe...Enjoys cooking.
SINGLES Winner (1 WTA Tour): 1994 - Hobart; 1991 - ITF/Chiba-JPN; 1990 - ITF/Kuroshio-JPN, ITF/Nagasaki-JPN; 1989 - ITF/Matsuyama-JPN. Finalist (1): 1996 - Hobart. Semifinalist (3): 1997 - Hobart; 1994 - Osaka; 1993 - Tokyo [Japan Open]. Quarterfinalist (5): 1996 - Beijing; 1994 - Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1993 - Sapporo, Strasbourg; 1992 - Brisbane. DOUBLES Semifinalist (1): 1994 - Osaka (w/N. Sawamatsu). ADDITIONAL Japanese Fed Cup Team 1993-95.
Career in Review
1989 - Won first pro event at ITF/Matsuyama-JPN 1994 - Won first WTA Tour title at Hobart; d. McQuillan in final; at US Open, d. No. 6 Davenport in 3r (previously d. Davenport in 1r of 1993 Eastbourne); Endo and Date marked first time two Japanese players reached 4r at US Open (Date went on to reach QF); world No. 32, upset No. 7 Date in 2r of Tokyo-Nichirei, a career-first win over her countrywoman (including juniors); reached SF of Osaka before falling to eventual tournament champion Man. Maleeva-Fragniere 1996 - Unseeded, reached final at 1996 Hobart (her career-first title in 1994); 1996 - World No. 64 at Australian Open, upset fifth seed and countrywoman Kimiko Date in second round 1997 - Upset No. 2 seed Dragomir in 1r of Hobart en route to SF finish 1998 - As a qualifier at Japan Open, upset Kunce in 1r; competed in last tournament in April