Started playing tennis at age 11 because her brother played...Coached by former men's tour player Roberto Arguello of Argentina starting in August 1998...Baseline player who prefers grass courts; forehand is strongest stroke...Mother's name is Toshiko; father's name is Eiichi; has one brother, Hideto....Most memorable experience was watching the Steffi Graf vs. Kimiko Date Fed Cup match in Tokyo in 1996...Favorite colors are yellow and red; favorite movie is Braveheart; favorite actor is Brad Pitt; favorite band is DEEN, a Japanese band...Likes to ski...Enjoys visiting Osaka and Hiroshima...Self-described as outgoing and easy to get along with...Admires Kimiko Date for her aggressive game...Her parents are her role models...Enjoys playing on the Tour to meet all different kinds of people.
• In juniors, was runner-up in the Japan Open doubles
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2005 - ITF/Hammond, LA-USA, ITF/Wuxi-CHN, ITF/Nanjing2-CHN; 2003 - ITF/Lexington-USA; 2001 - ITF/Faro-POR, ITF/Warrnambool-AUS, ITF/Benalla-AUS, ITF/Corowa-AUS, ITF/Vancouver-CAN, ITF/Seoul-KOR; 2000 - ITF/Manila-PHI; 1997 - ITF/Indian Wells-USA; 1996 - ITF/Wilmington-USA; 1995 - ITF/Alicante-ESP, ITF/Castellon-ESP.Finalist: 2005 - ITF/Shenzhen-CHN.Quarterfinalist (3): 2002 - Shanghai; 1998 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 1996 - Pattaya City.DOUBLESWinner (4): 2005 - Memphis (w/Yoshida); 1996 - Beijing (w/Kijimuta), Pattaya City (w/Yoshida); 1995 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Yoshida).Semifinalist (6): 2001 - Shanghai (w/Fujiwara); 1999 - Tokyo [Japan Open] (w/Yoshida), Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Yoshida); 1998 - Hobart (w/Yoshida), Pattaya City (w/Yoshida); 1997 - Eastbourne (w/Kijimuta).ADDITIONALJapanese Fed Cup Team 1998-99.
1995 - Seeded No. 6, won first pro title on ITF Circuit in Spain in March; two weeks later, won second title; unseeded w/Yoshida, won first WTA Tour doubles title at Tokyo [Japan Open], upsetting No. 2 and No. 3 seeds en route to title; at Roland Garros w/Yoshida, stretched eventual champions G. Fernandez/Zvereva to 3s in 1r loss1996 - At Australian Open, again with Yoshida, bumped off No. 12 seeds Hingis/Majoli in 1r; won second title with Yoshida at Pattaya City and reached first WTA Tour singles QF with wins over Krizan and Panova1997 - As a qualifier, earned best win of career over No. 9 seed Spirlea at Canadian Open; unseeded, won her fourth pro singles title at ITF/Indian Wells-USA1998 - Won first career Grand Slam singles match at Australian Open, d. compatriot Endo in 1r before falling to No. 1 Japanese player Sugiyama in 3s; as a world No. 83 WC, reached second career QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], upsetting No. 51 Serna and No. 31 Mag. Maleeva and reaching a ranking of No. 651999 - In 2r of Australian Open, stretched No. 12 seed Kournikova to 3s before l. 16 64 10-8 after trailing 05 in final set; as a qualifier ranked No. 107 at Indian Wells, upset No. 24 Serna in 1r and then stretched world No. 10 Tauziat to 3s; w/Yoshida, upset No. 4 seeds Halard-Decugis/Mauresmo to reach SF at Tokyo [Princess Cup]2001 - Doubles semifinalist at Shanghai w/Fujiwara after upsetting the top seeds in 1r2002 - l. in qualifying at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and last round at US Open; qualified at ITF/Bronx-USA, and advanced to QF; as world No. 171 at Shanghai, reached third career QF and first in four years with upsets of world No. 76 Wartusch (No. 6 seed) in 1r and No. 85 Mandula in 2r before falling to top seed and eventual champion Smashnova2003 - Won ITF/Lexington-USA, her 12th ITF Circuit title and first in two years; as a world No. 282 qualifier, l. 1r at Tokyo [Japan Open] to world No. 215 LL Yan; as world No. 260, l. 1r at Quebec City to No. 78 Callens2004 - As world No.258 LL at Seoul, d. No.237 qualifier Rao in third-set tie-break, then l. in 2r to eventual champion and world No.8 (top seed) Sharapova 63 61; failed to qualify at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and two Tour events.2005 - Captured first Tour doubles title in nine years (fourth overall) at Memphis, qualifying for main draw with Yoshida and then running through field to final, defeating No.3 seeds Granville/Spears in championship match; also won 14th, 15th and 16th ITF Circuit singles titles of career.
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