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.
• Has other career wins over Marion Maruska, Sonya Jeyaseelan, Laura Golarsa and Nathalie Baudone In juniors, won the German Open championship in 1995; Wimbledon SF in 1995
SINGLESWinner (0 WTA Tour): 2004 - ITF/Kyoto-JPN; 2002 - ITF/Tokyo-JPN.Quarterfinalist (3): 1998 - Istanbul; 1997 - Surabaya; 1996 - Surabaya.DOUBLESSemifinalist (1): 2001 - Canberra (w/Bedanova).
1995 - Reached first singles final at ITF/Ibiraki 1-JPN1996 - 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. 1131997 - 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 1r1998 - 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-JPN2003 - Reached SF at ITF/Changwon-KOR2004 - Won $10K ITF/Kyoto-JPN for second title of career (first in two years)
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