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Began playing tennis at age 9 when her father introduced her to the game...Coached by her father, Gou Inoue...A baseline player whose backhand is her best shot and who prefers hard courts...Father, Gou, works for a government agency and coaches Haruka; mother, Hiromi, is a housewife; has two younger sisters: Maiko, who also plays on the tennis tour, and Akari; and a younger brother, Raito...Graduated from high school in March 1996...Favorite place to visit is The Netherlands to see the tulips...Most memorable experience was reaching the semifinals of junior Wimbledon in 1995...Wants to someday be Wimbledon champion... Admires Steffi Graf as well as her parents...Self-describedas stubborn...Favorite color is white, favorite flowers are red roses, favorite book is Gone With The Wind.

Career Highlights

Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2004 - ITF/Kyoto-JPN; 2002 - ITF/Tokyo-JPN.
Quarterfinalist (3): 1998 - Istanbul; 1997 - Surabaya; 1996 - Surabaya.

Semifinalist (1): 2001 - Canberra (w/Bedanova).

Career in Review

1995 - Reached first singles final at ITF/Ibiraki 1-JPN
1996 - As a qualifier, reached first QF on WTA Tour at Surabaya; reached second career QF a year later in Surabaya, upsetting No. 2 seed Nagyova in 2r to reach a world ranking of No. 113
1997 - Qualified for first Grand Slam main draw at Wimbledon, falling in 1r to No. 7 seed Huber 63 63; reached QF of doubles at Surabaya with younger sister, Maiko, upsetting the top seeds in 1r
1998 - Upset No. 8 seed Boogert in 1r of Istanbul and continued on to reach third career QF on WTA Tour; played in main draws of three Grand Slams in 1998; at Wimbledon, qualified, and then lost in 1r to eventual finalist Tauziat in three sets; reached final of ITF/Noda-JPN
2003 - Reached SF at ITF/Changwon-KOR
2004 - Won $10K ITF/Kyoto-JPN for second title of career (first in two years)