Coached by mother, Fusako; trains at her own Palm International Tennis Academy in Japan ... Father's name is Tadamasa; sister's name is Mai ... Graduated from high school in 1995 ... Enjoys playing golf (sometimes while at tennis tournaments), reading and relaxing in hot springs ... Part-owner of a company named Belly Button, which started a tennis academy and opened a caf‚, renewal sports shop and flower shop in Chigasaki in 1998.Official Website: www.ai-sugiyama.com
- 2009 US Open was 62nd consecutive Grand Slam main draw played, the longest streak in history, male or female (previous record-holder was Wayne Ferreira, who played 56 straight).- Awards include Fan Favorite Doubles Team (w/Hantuchova) in 2006 and Tour's Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in 1999 (voted for by players).- Junior highlights include reaching No.1 in the world in May 1991.
SINGLESWinner (6): 2004 - Gold Coast; 2003 - Scottsdale, Linz; 1998 - Gold Coast, Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1997 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1992 - ITF/Roanoke, VA-USA.Finalist (7): 2006 - Seoul; 2005 - San Diego; 1999 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1997 - Gold Coast, Moscow; 1995 - Oakland; 1994 - Surabaya.DOUBLESWinner (38): 2009 - Eastbourne (w/Amanmuradova); 2008 - Miami, Charleston, Linz (all w/Srebotnik); 2007 - Toronto (w/Srebotnik), ITF/Gifu-JPN (w/Morita); 2006 - Doha, Rome (both w/Hantuchova); 2005 - Birmingham (w/Hantuchova); 2004 - Montr‚al (w/Asagoe), Bali (w/Myskina); 2003 - Sydney, Antwerp, Scottsdale, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, San Diego, Z�rich (all w/Clijsters), Linz (w/Huber); 2002 - Memphis (w/Tatarkova); 2001 - Canberra, Indian Wells (both w/Arendt); 2000 - Sydney, Miami, New Haven, US Open, Tokyo [Princess Cup], Moscow (all w/Halard-Decugis), Eastbourne (w/Tauziat); 1999 - Sydney, Strasbourg (both w/Likhovtseva); 1998 - Gold Coast, Luxembourg, Leipzig, Philadelphia (all w/Likhovtseva); 1997 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Seles); 1996 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Date); 1995 - Hobart (w/Nagatsuka); 1994 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Donoshiro), ITF/Fayetteville, NC-USA (w/Yoshida); 1993 - ITF/Roanoke, VA-USA (w/Sasano); 1992 - ITF/Bangkok-THA (w/Donoshiro).Finalist (32): 2009 - Australian Open, Rome (both w/Hantuchova); 2008 - Antwerp (w/Peschke); 2007 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Linz, Tour Championships (all w/Srebotnik); 2006 - Roland Garros, Los Angeles (both w/Hantuchova); 2005 - Sydney (w/Dementieva), San Diego, Z�rich (both w/Hantuchova); 2004 - Wimbledon (w/Huber); 2003 - Indian Wells, Berlin, Tour Championships (all w/Clijsters), Shanghai (w/Tanasugarn); 2002 - San Diego, Los Angeles (both w/Hantuchova), Montr‚al, Shanghai, Linz (all w/Fujiwara); 2001 - Wimbledon, Tokyo [Princess Cup] (both w/Clijsters); 2000 - Wimbledon, Montr‚al (both w/Halard-Decugis), Linz (w/Tauziat); 1999 - Paris [Indoors], Leipzig (both w/Likhovtseva); 1997 - Strasbourg (w/Likhovtseva); 1995 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Nagatsuka); 1994 - Surabaya (w/Nagatsuka).MIXED DOUBLESWinner (1): 1999 - US Open (w/Bhupathi).ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team, 1995-2000, 2003-04, 2006-09; Japanese Olympic Team, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008.
1990 - Made first appearance in doubles at Tokyo [Nichirei].1991 - Fell in Tour qualifying twice (incl. Australian Open).1992 - Played first four Tour main draws, falling 1r three times but reaching 2r at Osaka (as qualifier, l. to Date Krumm); fell in Tour qualifying twice (incl. US Open); won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.1993 - Made Grand Slam main draw debut at Wimbledon, falling 1r (as qualifier); fell in qualifying at Australian Open, Roland Garros; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.1994 - First Top 100 season; runner-up at Surabaya (ret. vs. Wagner in final); SF at Osaka (l. to Majoli); QF at Tokyo [Nichirei]; fell 1r at Wimbledon and US Open; fell in Australian Open qualifying; made Top 100 debut on October 3 (rose from No.102 to No.95; has remained inside ever since); won one Tour doubles title; won one doubles title on ITF Circuit.1995 - First Top 50 season; runner-up at Oakland (l. to Maleeva in final); QF at Zagreb; played all four Grand Slams in a year for first time, best showing being 4r at Roland Garros (l. to Rubin); made Top 50 debut on November 6 (after Oakland; rose from No.63 to No.44); won one Tour doubles title.1996 - SF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Date Krumm); QF at Hobart; best Grand Slam was 4r at Wimbledon (l. to Fernandez); had first two Top 10 wins, at Miami (No.10 Novotna) and Wimbledon (No.5 Huber); won one Tour doubles title.1997 - First Top 20 season; won first Tour singles title at Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Frazier in final); runner-up twice, at Gold Coast (l. to Likhovtseva in final) and Moscow (d. No.9 S nchez-Vicario en route for third Top 10 win; l. to Novotna in final); QF at Eastbourne; made Top 20 debut on November 24 (rose from No.21 to No.20); won one Tour doubles title.1998 - Won second and third Tour singles titles at Gold Coast (d. Vento-Kabchi in final) and Tokyo [Japan Open] (d. Morariu in final); SF at Sydney (l. to V.Williams); QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Berlin (d. No.4 Coetzer en route for fourth Top 10 win), Strasbourg, San Diego (d. No.7 Graf en route for fifth Top 10 win) and Luxembourg; best Grand Slam was 4r at Australian Open (l. to S nchez-Vicario); won four Tour doubles titles and qualified for first Tour Championships (all w/Likhovtseva).1999 - Runner-up at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Frazier in final); SF twice, at Gold Coast (l. to Schnyder) and Tokyo [Princess Cup] (l. to Seles); QF twice, at Strasbourg and Moscow; had sixth through ninth Top 10 wins, at San Diego (No.6 Pierce), Toronto (No.7 Novotna), Tokyo [Princess Cup] (No.8 Halard-Decugis) and Moscow (No.6 Pierce); won two Tour doubles titles and qualified for Tour Championships (all w/Likhovtseva); also won first Grand Slam mixed doubles title at US Open (w/Bhupathi).2000 - QF twice, at Australian Open (first Grand Slam QF; l. to Capriati) and Scottsdale; had 10th and 11th Top 10 wins at Australian Open (No.5 Pierce) and Scottsdale (No.8 Halard-Decugis); won seven Tour doubles titles, six w/Likhovtseva (incl. first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open); qualified for Tour Championships (w/Likhovtseva); on October 23, became first Japanese player ever to rank No.1 in the world (in doubles).2001 - SF at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Seles); QF six times, at Canberra, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Strasbourg, San Diego (d. No.5 Clijsters en route for 12th Top 10 win), Tokyo [Princess Cup] and Shanghai; won two Tour doubles titles.2002 - SF three times, at Memphis (l. to Raymond), Los Angeles (d. No.3 Capriati en route for 13th Top 10 win; l. to Davenport) and Shanghai (l. to Kournikova); QF three times, at Gold Coast, San Diego and Tokyo [Japan Open]; won one Tour doubles title; qualified for Tour Championships (w/Fujiwara).2003 - First Top 10 season; won fourth and fifth Tour singles titles at Scottsdale (saved 3mp vs. Stevenson in SF then d. Clijsters in final) and Linz (d. Petrova in final); SF four times, at Rome (l. to Clijsters), Los Angeles (l. to Davenport), Shanghai (l. to Dementieva) and Philadelphia (l. to Mauresmo); QF three times, at Antwerp, New Haven and Tokyo [Japan Open]; best Grand Slams were 4r at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open; qualified for first Tour Championships in singles, falling in RR (went 1-2 in RR); had 14th through 17th Top 10 wins, at Antwerp (No.10 Dokic), Scottsdale (No.7 Davenport, No.3 Clijsters), and Tour Championships (No.2 Henin); made Top 10 debut on November 10 (after Tour Championships; rose from No.11 to No.10); would spend 29 career weeks among the Top 10 (incl. three at career-high No.8); won eight Tour doubles titles, seven w/Clijsters (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon); qualified for Tour Championships (w/Clijsters; finished runner-up); swept singles and doubles title at Scottsdale, playing two singles matches and two doubles matches Sunday.2004 - Won sixth Tour singles title at Gold Coast (d. Petrova in final); SF at Dubai (l. to Kuznetsova); QF eight times, at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Strasbourg, Eastbourne, San Diego, Wimbledon (second Grand Slam QF; l. to Sharapova), Olympics, Z�rich and Linz; won two Tour doubles titles.2005 - Runner-up at San Diego (d. No.4 Kuznetsova en route for 18th Top 10 win; l. to Pierce); QF three times, at Seoul, Tokyo [Japan Open] and Linz; won one Tour doubles title.2006 - Runner-up at Seoul (l. to Daniilidou 63 26 76(3); held 3mp at 5-4 third set); SF at Doha (l. to Petrova); QF three times, at Miami, Beijing (d. No.10 Vaidisova en route for 19th Top 10 win) and Tokyo [Japan Open]; won two Tour doubles titles.2007 - QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; formed formidable doubles partnership w/Srebotnik in Miami, winning one Tour doubles title at Toronto and finishing runner-up four times, incl. Roland Garros (l. to Molik/Santangelo in final), Wimbledon and Tour Championships (l. to Black/Huber in both finals).2008 - Strong season in both singles and doubles; thirteenth straight Top 40 singles season, highlighted by SF at Stanford (d. No.4 seed Hantuchova en route; l. to No.6 seed Bartoli) and two QF, at Strasbourg (as No.7 seed, l. to Chan) and Montr‚al (d. No.16 seed Vaidisova en route; l. to No.10 seed Bartoli); 4r at Miami (d. No.7 seed Hantuchova en route, falling to No.19 seed Zvonareva in 3s; win over world No.9 Hantuchova was 20th career Top 10 win); 3r six times, at Australian Open (l. to No.12 seed Vaidisova), Doha (d. No.13 seed Szavay en route; l. to No.3 seed Jankovic), Indian Wells (as No.27 seed, l. to No.3 seed Jankovic), Wimbledon (d. No.22 seed Pennetta en route; l. to Kleybanova), Los Angeles (d. No.7 seed Schnyder en route; l. to No.10 seed Pennetta) and US Open (as No.30 seed, l. to No.4 seed and eventual champion S.Williams); fell 1r or 2r 13 times, incl. Roland Garros (as No.31 seed, l. to Govortsova in 2r) and Olympics (l. to No.10 seed Hantuchova in 1r); won 35th through 37th Tour doubles titles of career at Miami, Charleston and Linz (all w/Srebotnik), then qualified for Tour Championships in doubles (w/Srebotnik; l. first match to Peschke/Stubbs); also runner-up in doubles at Antwerp (w/Peschke; l. to Black/Huber in final); surpassed $7 million in career prize money earnings on February 25 (next-highest Japanese is Date Krumm w/$2,005,288); went 1-2 in Japan's Fed Cup World Group Play-off loss to France; withdrew from Tokyo [Japan Open] w/left hip muscle strain.
JANUARY - Fell 1r at Brisbane (as No.9 seed, l. to Stosur); reached SF at Sydney (l. to No.2 seed Safina); reached 3r at Australian Open (as No.26 seed, l. to top seed Jankovic).FEBRUARY - Went 0-2 in Japan's 4-1 Fed Cup World Group II loss to Serbia; withdrew from Paris [Indoors] w/upper respiratory infection; fell 1r at Dubai (l. to No.11 seed Bartoli 60 46 76(6); held 3mp at 6-3 in third set tie-break).MARCH - Dropped opener at Indian Wells (as No.20 seed w/1r bye, l. to qualifier Haynes in 2r); dropped opener at Miami (as No.23 seed, l. to Makarova in 2r).APRIL - Fell 1r at Stuttgart (l. to Szavay 76 third set).MAY - Fell 1r at Rome (l. to No.13 seed Cornet); fell 1r at Madrid (l. to Mauresmo); fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. to Rezai).JUNE - Fell 1r at Eastbourne (l. to qualifier Dushevina in 3s); also won 38th Tour doubles title at Eastbourne (w/Amanmuradova); reached 3r at Wimbledon (d. No.21 seed Schnyder en route; l. to Hantuchova).JULY - Fell 1r at Stanford (l. to Sharapova in 3s).AUGUST - Reached 2r at Los Angeles (l. to No.8 seed A.Radwanska); fell 1r at Cincinnati (l. to No.13 seed A.Radwanska); reached 2r at Toronto (l. to No.4 seed and eventual champion Dementieva); fell 1r at New Haven (l. to No.8 seed Mauresmo); fell 1r at US Open (l. to No.15 seed Stosur in 3s).
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