Coached by father, Murray (Canadian/American), who works for a military base in Okinawa; mother, Miki, loves to take care of her two dogs, a poodle and a shihtzu; has a half sister who is full Japanese and works for a computer company...Born in Seattle, Washington, USA, and moved to Okinawa, Japan, at age 13...Favorite number is 7 because in Japanese, her name translates to that number.
• Has numerous ITF doubles titles• Named 1998 World TeamTennis Rookie of the Year, finishing second in women's doubles with Rachel McQuillan for the New York OTBzz and helping the team to win the regular season title
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2001 - ITF/Mt. Pleasant-USA; 1999 - ITF/Dallas-USA; 1992 - ITF/York-USA.Finalist (1): 1996 - Surabaya.Semifinalist (3): 1995 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1994 - Tokyo [Nichirei]; 1992 - Taipei.DOUBLESWinner (10): 2002 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Asagoe); 1998 - Auckland (w/Tanasugarn), Japan Open (w/Kijimuta); 1997 - Gold Coast (w/Kijimuta), Hobart (w/Kijimuta), Oklahoma City (w/Hiraki); 1993 - Sapporo (w/Basuki), Taipei (w/Basuki); 1991 - Pattaya City (w/Wibowo); 1990 - Schenectady (w/May).ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team 1989-90, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2000. Japanese Olympic Team 2000.
1994 - Upset seeds Davenport (world No. 8) and Hack back-to-back before losing to Top 10 player Sanchez-Vicario in a 3s SF at Tokyo [Nichirei]1996 - Reached first WTA Tour final at Surabaya; as a world No. 101 LL at Miami, upset No. 16 Hingis in 2r1997 - After not winning a doubles title since 1993, won three in the first two months and reached the doubles QF of the Australian Open; then, playing for first time w/McQuillan, reached the final of World Doubles Cup in Edinburgh, losing to top seeds and defending champions Arendt/Bollegraf in the final 61 36 75; w/Kijimuta, just missed qualifying for season-ending Championships as one of the eight best teams of the year, finishing ninth1998 - Won eighth career doubles title on WTA Tour in Auckland in first week of season w/Tanasugarn; picked up ninth title later in year at Tokyo [Japan Open] w/Kijimuta1999 - Unseeded, won second career pro singles title and first in seven years at ITF/Dallas-USA, with wins over No. 7 seed Nejedly in SF and No. 8 Shaughnessy, who ret. in third set of final; upset No. 2 seed Nejedly to reach SF at ITF/Salt Lake City-USA2000 - Was doubles quarterfinalist at Australian Open with Graham, and finalist at Tokyo [Princess Cup] w/Suarez2002 - Reached Miami QF in doubles w/Hiraki; competed in Wimbledon doubles w/Asagoe, upsetting the No. 8 seeds in 1r before falling to Rodionova/Weingartner 16 76(10) 61; in mixed doubles with Huss, fell 1r to top seeds Stubbs/Palmer; won her 10th career doubles title, and first in four years, at Tokyo [Japan Open] w/Asagoe, d. top seeds Sanchez-Vicario/Kuznetsova in final2003 - In first singles effort of season, l. 1r of qualifying at Memphis; reached Miami doubles final w/Asagoe; at Sarasota, reached second consecutive doubles final w/Asagoe; as No. 3 seed, reached SF at Quebec City w/Reeves, l. to No. 1 seeds Callens/Tu; won ITF/Fukuoka-JPN (w/Dekmeijere) and ITF/Surbiton-GBR (w/Asagoe)
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