Ai Sugiyama

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Ai Sugiyama
杉山愛
Ai Sugiyama at the 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  Japan
Residence Kanagawa, Japan
Born (1975-07-05) July 5, 1975 (age 39)
Yokohama, Japan
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4.25 in)
Turned pro October, 1992
Retired October, 2009
Plays Right-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ $8,128,126
Singles
Career record 492–419
Career titles 6 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 8 (February 9, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2000)
French Open 4R (1995, 2000, 2003)
Wimbledon QF (2004)
US Open 4R (2003, 2004)
Doubles
Career record 566–295
Career titles 38 (4 ITF titles)
Highest ranking No. 1 (October 23, 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2009)
French Open W (2003)
Wimbledon W (2003)
US Open W (2000)
Last updated on: October 5, 2009.

Ai Sugiyama (杉山愛 Sugiyama Ai?) (born July 5, 1975 in Yokohama, Japan) is a retired Japanese professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women's doubles on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking was No. 8, achieved on February 9, 2004. She turned professional in 1992. In her career, she won 6 singles titles and 37 doubles titles, including three Grand Slam women's doubles titles (1 with Frenchwoman Julie Halard-Decugis and 2 partnering Belgian Kim Clijsters). Sugiyama has the all-time record, for both male and female players, for her 62 consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances.[1] She was the first Asian to rank no.1 in either singles or doubles.

Career[edit]

1990s[edit]

In 1993, at age 17, Sugiyama played tennis legend Martina Navratilova in her native city, losing in three sets. The same year, she made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon but lost in the first round to world number 30 Gigi Fernández in three sets. In 1994, Sugiyama again reached the main draw at Wimbledon but lost in her first round to world number six and compatriot Kimiko Date. Later that year she reached her first singles final in Surabaya but was forced to retire against Elena Wagner. She went on to win the Japan Open doubles at Tokyo, her first tour title. Later that year, she broke into the WTA Top 100. In 1995, she won her first Grand Slam match and reached the 4th round of Roland Garros. In the first round, the Japanese player defeated 15th-seeded Grand Slam runner-up and former Top-5 player Helena Suková by 9–7 in the final set, her first victory over a Top-20 player. Two months after, she defeated Amanda Coetzer to reach the third round, while losing to world number four and former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martínez. In November, she made an impressive run at the Oakland Tier II tournament. While she was only ranked 63, she defeated 22nd-ranked Irina Spîrlea, former Wimbledon runner-up Zina Garrison Jackson, and number ten Lindsay Davenport to reach the second final of her career, where she lost to number seven Magdalena Maleeva. Because of this, Sugiyama broke into the Top 50.

In 1996, she reached the third round at the Australian Open. In Miami, seeded 23rd, Sugiyama reached the fourth round, defeating number ten Jana Novotná, her second Top-10 victory. That moved her into the Top-30. She also reached the semifinals of the Japan Open in Tokyo and the 4th round at Wimbledon, where she defeated number five Anke Huber, her third Top-10 and first Top-5 victory. She represented Japan and reached the 3rd round at the Atlanta Olympics defeating Martina Hingis.

In 1997, Sugiyama began her season by playing her third finals match, losing to Elena Likhovtseva, after defeating Sabine Appelmans in the quarter final. The following week she reached the 2nd round at the Australian Open. In April, she won her first professional title at the Japan Open in Tokyo against Amy Frazier. However, she could not reach a good result in Grand Slam events, with a 2nd round exit at the French Open and US Open and a first round loss at Wimbledon. At the end of the year, she reached her first Tier I final at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, defeating Natasha Zvereva, number 14 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, number 9 and multi-Grand Slam events winner Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Dominique after failing in final against first seed and 2nd-ranked Jana Novotná.

In 1998, she opened with a second singles title in Gold Coast. Then she broke into the WTA Top-20 and reached another semifinal in Sydney, defeating Conchita Martínez. Throughout that year, Sugiyama showed consistency: a third WTA Tour title at the Japan Open, quarterfinals in Tokyo (Pan Pacific), Berlin, defeating number 4 Amanda Coetzer, playing Strasbourg and San Diego, defeating Steffi Graf, Luxembourg, third round in Indian Wells, Miami and Montreal and second round at both French and US Open. In 1999, she reached the final at the Japan Open, the semifinals in Gold Coast and Tokyo (Princess Cup) defeating number 8 Julie Halard-Decugis, the quarterfinals in Strasbourg and Moscow, defeating number 6 Mary Pierce, 3rd in Indian Wells, Montreal, defeating number 7 Jana Novotná and at the US Open. She also reached the second round at French Open and Wimbledon. The same year, Sugiyama won the US Open mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi (India), her first Grand Slam title.

2000 - 2005[edit]

On July 10 Sugiyama reached the final of the Women's Doubles at Wimbledon, partnered by Julie Halard-Decugis, but lost in straight sets to sisters Venus and Serena Williams 6–3 6–2 after a one-day rain delay. On September 10 Sugiyama won the Women's Doubles at the US Open, defeating Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6–0 1–6 6–1 in one hour and 19 minutes. On October 23 she became the first Japanese woman to rank number one in the world in doubles, winning seven titles in the process.

Sugiyama's greatest success was Scottsdale 2003.[citation needed] Beating Lindsay Davenport in the second round, Ai went on to defeat Eleni Daniilidou to progress to the semifinals. Scheduling problems forced both the semifinals and finals matches—for both singles and doubles—to be played on the Sunday of the tournament. Thus in a single day, Ai managed to save a matchpoint in the semifinals against Alexandra Stevenson, rally from a set down to defeat doubles partner Kim Clijsters in the final, and then secure victories in both doubles matches to raise both trophies. The year 2003 proved to be her best year ever, pushing Serena Williams to the limit at Roland Garros and reaching the round of 16 in Wimbledon and US Open where her fourth round loss to Francesca Schiavone at Flushing Meadows was rather controversial.[citation needed] She finished the year ranked tenth, having defeated world number one Justine Henin in the round robin section of the season-ending championships. She also won a total of 8 doubles titles that year: 7 with Kim Clijsters (Sydney, Antwerp, Scottsdale, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, San Diego, Zurich) and 1 with Liezel Huber (Linz).

Sugiyama began 2005 with four consecutive first-round losses. She lost in the first rounds of the first three Grand Slams; only at San Diego did she really do well, making it to the final, which she lost 0–6 3–6 to Mary Pierce, having defeated Daniela Hantuchová, Sesil Karantacheva and Svetlana Kuznetsova en route. Sugiyama also reached the final in doubles with Hantuchová, losing to Virginia Ruano-Pascual and Conchita Martínez. She broke her Grand Slam "curse", reaching the third round before losing to Clijsters, the eventual champion.

That year, Ai had better results in doubles than in singles. Partnering with Elena Dementieva, she reached the finals of her first tournament, Sydney, losing to Bryanne Stewart/Samantha Stosur. They reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open. She entered a few tournaments with Anastasia Myskina and Elena Likhovtseva, but with poor results. In Berlin, she played again with Daniela Hantuchová, reaching the Semifinal, losing to Black and Huber. At the French, they lost to Birnerová and Vanc in the second round. They won their next tournament, in Birmingham over Daniilidou and Russel 6–2 6–3. At Wimbledon, Hantuchová and Sugiyama reached the Quarterfinal, losing to eventual champions Black and Huber. At the Canadian Open in Toronto, they lost the semifinal to eventual champions Grönefeld and Navratilova. At the US Open, they reached the third round, losing to Zi Yan and Zheng Jie. Ai tried three partners in the next tournaments, before returning to Daniela in Zurich, where they reached the finals (beating top seeds Lisa Raymond and Stosur en route), losing a close match to Black and Rennae Stubbs, 6–7(6) 7–6(4) 6–3. They finished the year ranked #5, failing to qualify for the Year-End Championships.

Sugiyama played mixed doubles at two events: the French & the US Open. At Roland Garros, playing with Mirnyi, she lost in the first round. At the US Open, she partnered with Ullyett. The duo reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champions Hantuchová and Bhupathi. Entering the Doha with an 0–5 singles record, she managed to beat wildcard Selima Sfar 6–3 6–3. In the second round, she surprisingly upset (4) Myskina 7–6(2) 6–7(6) 6–4, needing several match points to close the match out. In her quarterfinal match against Julia Schruff, she had a comfortable 6–3 6–2 win. She lost in the semifinal, in an epic match against Nadia Petrova, 6–1 7–6 (2). At 0–4 in the second, she won five consecutive games to 5–4. She won the doubles title with Hantuchová, defeating Yan and Zheng in the semifinal 6–3 3–6 6–3, and Ting Li and Tiantian Sun 6–4 6–4 in the final.

2006[edit]

In Rome 2006 she and Hantuchová won the title, their third as a team and biggest title, beating Li and Sun 6–4 6–1; Black and Stubbs (2) 6–4 6–0, and Květa Peschke and Schiavone (8) 3–6 6–3 6–1.

At the French Open, 22nd seeded Ai beat Daniilidou 6–7 6–0 6–3 in the first round, but lost to French qualifier Aravane Rezaï 4–6 6–4 6–3. Deciding not to compete in the mixed, Ai and Daniella beat Caroline Dhenin and Mathilde Johansson 6–4 6–3, then squashed Sofia Arvidsson and Martina Müller 6–1 6–1; they escaped from Marion Bartoli and Shahar Pe'er, 1–6 7–6(3) 6–2. In the quarterfinals, they beat second-seeded Black and Stubbs 6–1 7–6(5). In the semifinals, they beat fourth-seeded Yan and Zheng 6–3 3–6 6–3. They lost 6–3 6–2 in the final to top-seeded Raymond and Stosur.

Wimbledon 2006 saw Sugiyama, the eighteenth seed, defeat 12th seed, Martina Hingis, 7–5 3–6 6–4 to advance to the fourth round.

The summer brought several bad singles losses, as well as doubles upsets. Sugiyama reached the final in Los Angeles, bowing to Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez. In Montréal, she beat Aleksandra Wozniak and Anabel Medina Garrigues before losing to Kuznetsova. In doubles, partnering with Nathalie Dechy, they reached the quarterfinals.

The US Open arrived, and, seeded twenty-eighth, she defeated Zuzana Ondrášková, Tathiana Garbin before falling to second seed Justine Henin 4–6 6–1 6–0.

In Beijing, she beat qualifier Alicia Molik, who was also her doubles partner in the event, in the first round, 6–2 7–6. She then upset fourth-seeded Nicole Vaidišová 6–4 1–6 6–3 before losing to Shuai Peng in another three-set match 6–7 6–3 6–2. She reached the final of a Tier IV event in Seoul, losing to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in three sets, 3–6 6–2 6–7.

2007[edit]

The beginning of 2007 was better than the prior two years. She lost to Anastasiya Yakimova in the second round of the Australian Open (10–8 in the third), before beating her in Miami. Sugiyama and Daniela Hantuchová reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champions Black and Huber. In Tokyo, she reached the quarterfinals, losing to number one Maria Sharapova 4–6, 6–1, 6–0. In Doha, she injured her toe, but recovered to reach the round of 16 in Indian Wells.

In Miami, she fell to Dinara Safina in the third. She went 0–3 in Fed Cup play versus France, losing to both Tatiana Golovin and Dechy, but rebounded to win 50k Gifu with Ayumi Morita. The Japanese duo lost only one set en route to the title. She played in Berlin with Katarina Srebotnik. They swept Lourdez Domínguez Lino and Flavia Pennetta 6–0, 6–0, but then fell to the second seeded Black and Huber 0–6, 6–4, [10–7] the same day.

Her next tournament was Rome, where she beat Maria Kirilenko in 2 hours 49 minutes 6–4, 5–7, 7–5. She lost to Pe'er 6–0, 6–2 in the next round. At Roland Garros, she reached the third round. She defeated Eva Birnerová 6–3, 6–4 in the first round and Meilen Tu 6–3, 1–6, 6–1 in the second round, but then fell to Anna Chakvetadze, the ninth seed, 6-4m 6–4. In doubles, seeded seventh with Srebotnik, she defeated Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová 6–7, 7–5, 6–2 in the first round, Stéphanie Foretz and Camille Pin 6–1, 6–3 in the second round, and Pe'er and Safina 6–1, 6–2 in the third round. They then defeated Maria Elena Camerin and Gisela Dulko 4–6, 7–5, 6–3 in the quarterfinals. They upset top seeds and defending champions Raymond and Stosur in the semifinals, winning 1–6, 6–4, 6–3 to reach the French Open finals. They lost in the final to Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo 7–6, 6–4.

At Wimbledon, seeded 26th, she beat wildcard Melanie South 6–3, 6–2 and Alizé Cornet 4–6, 6–0, 6–3. She lost 6–3, 6–3 against the second seeded Sharapova in the third round. In doubles, she and Srebotnik beat Andreea Ehritt-Vanc and Anastassia Rodionova 4–6, 6–3, 6–2; Émilie Loit and Nicole Pratt 6–0, 6–3, and got a walkover from Bartoli and Meilen Tu in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they beat Elena Likhovtseva and Sun Tiantian 6–4, 7–6 (5). They came back from 1–6, 0–3 to beat top-seeded Raymond and Stosur, winning 1–6, 6–3, 6–2. They lost in the final to the second seeded Black and Huber 3–6, 6–3, 6–2.

During the U.S. Open Series, she reached the third round of San Diego, where she defeated Sybille Bammer 6–2, 7–6. She then lost to Chakvetadze 6–4, 6–4. She reached two doubles semifinals in San Diego and Stanford with Srebotnik, losing both times to Victoria Azarenka and Chakvetadze. However, they won Toronto, defeating Peng Shuai and Yan 6–1, 7–5 in the quarterfinal, Molik and Santangelo 6–2, 6–3 in the semifinal and Black and Huber 6–4, 2–6, [10–5] in the final, winning their first title as a team.

At the 2007 US Open, Sugiyama lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova. Ai and Srebotnik impressively defeated Sun Shengnan and Ji Chunmei 6–0, 6–1, and eventually defeated Michaëlla Krajicek and Agnieszka Radwańska 5–7, 6–0, 6–2. The team advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Loit and Vania King 6–3, 6–2, but lost to eventual champions Dechy and Safina 7–5, 6–3.

Srebotnik and Sugiyama continued their form and thus qualified for the 2007 WTA Tour Championships, which were held in Madrid. The team, seeded second, defeated the Taiwanese duo of Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung 6–2, 6–2, but lost to Black and Huber in the final 5–7, 6–3, [10–8].[2]

2008[edit]

Sugiyama in July 2008

In singles, Sugiyama's season started out badly, as she lost to Azarenka in Gold Coast and Gajdosova in Sydney. However, in Melbourne, her form returned, beating Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 1–1 ret. in the first round and Tatiana Perebiynis 6–4 6–4 in the second round, before losing to 12th seed Vaidišová, 6–3 6–4. In doubles, she and Srebotnik lost in straight sets in Sydney to Yan/Zheng, the eventual champions. In Melbourne, they drew the Williams sisters in the second round and lost 6–2 7–6. Sugiyama's dream of a career slam died.

In doubles, she reached the final in Antwerp with Peschke, as well as the semifinals in Doha and Dubai with Srebotnik.

On March 30 in the third round at the Tier I event in Miami, she upset 8th seeded Hantuchová 6–4, 6–7(8), 7–5 in an epic match. She came back after losing a match point in the second set, as well as having served for the match twice in the second set. In the third set, she was down three to none, but still managed to win. It was her first top ten win since Beijing 2006. In the next round, she lost to Zvonareva 2–6 7–6(5) 0–6. In doubles, she and Srebotnik won the title, beating Akiko Morigami and Alina Jidkova 6–4 6–3, Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová 6–4 6–3, and Davenport and Hantuchová 6–4 3–6 [10–4]. They earned the title by beating Australian runners-up Azarenka and Pe'er 6–0 6–3, and number one team Black and Huber 7–5 4–6 [10–3]. It was their second team title, and Sugiyama's 8th Tier I title.

Sugiyama won her 9th Tier I doubles title with Srebotnik at Charleston at the Family Circle cup, their third team title, scoring 6–2, 6–2 over Edina Gallovits-Hall and Olga Govortsova.

Sugiyama broke the record for consecutive slam appearances woman with 57 as of her appearance in the 2008 Wimbledon tournament. Sugiyama made it to the third round of Ladies' Singles, losing to Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, 6–4, 6–4.

At Stanford, she defeated Alexa Glatch 6–2, 3–6, 7–5, and then crushed world number 11 Hantuchová 6–3, 6–1. In the quarters she beat Dominika Cibulková 6–7, 7–6, 6–3, saving 3 match points in the process.

Sugiyama and Ayumi Morita represented their nation at the 2008 Summer Olympics, losing in the second round to the Williams'.

2009[edit]

Sugiyama at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.

Ai started with a first round loss to Stosur, and in the women's doubles a semi-final finish losing to Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska in the Brisbane International partnering Hantuchová. In the Medibank International, Sugiyama made the semi-finals eventually losing to Safina 6–4, 7–6(3)

In the 2009 Australian Open, Ai made the third round losing to Jelena Janković 6–4, 6–4. As the 9th seed in doubles playing with Hantuchová, they beat the #1 seeds Black and Huber 6–7(0), 6–3, 7–6(10). In the third set "Hantuyama" were down 5–2, but rallied to take it to a tie-break, where they saved seven match points to win 12–10. In the semi-finals, they beat Dechy and Santangelo 6–4, 6–2 to make it her first women's doubles final there. They were defeated by the Williams in two sets, 6–3, 6–3. A respiratory infection forced her to withdraw from the 2009 Open GDF Suez. Sugiyama entered the 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships and lost in the opening round to Bartoli in a tight 3-set match 0–6, 6–4, 6–7(6). Sugiyama and Hantuchová also played doubles but withdrew because of the infection.

At the 2009 BNP Paribas Open Sugiyama and Hantuchová were seeded 5 in the women's doubles but lost to the pair Alla Kudryavtseva and Rodionova 6–4, 4–6, 16–14 in the first round. In singles, she lost to qualifier Angela Haynes in the second round 4–6, 5–7.

At the Sony Ericsson open she lost her opening matches in singles and doubles, being beaten in the second round in singles after receiving a bye. Her loss in the doubles event with Hantuchová dropped her doubles ranking to number 5.

Sugiyama lost four consecutive singles matches in Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid. However alongside Hantuchová, Sugiyama made the finals at the Rome Masters where they lost to the number 7 seeds, Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng. They reached the quarter finals at the 2009 Madrid Masters where they lost to Stosur and Stubbs, whom she and Akgul Amanmuradova beat in the finals at Eastbourne, her 38th doubles title.

On June 22 she extended her record of consecutive Grand Slam appearances to 61 at Wimbledon, defeating the seeded Patty Schnyder in straight sets 6–4 6–4 to break her 11 match losing streak. She lost in the third round to Hantuchová.

In Stanford she lost to Sharapova in three sets 4–6, 7–6, 1–6, saving two match points in the second set. She then lost in the second round in Los Angeles to Radwańska 6–2, 6–0.

Sugiyama retired at the end of the 2009 tennis season after the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open, held in her native country, Japan. A special ceremony for her was held at center court before the tournament. Ai planned a few months at home before concentrating on teaching youngsters at her tennis academy in Japan.[3]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 10 finals (3 titles, 7 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2000 Wimbledon Grass France Julie Halard United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–3, 6–2
Winner 2000 US Open Hard France Julie Halard Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2001 Wimbledon (2) Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2003 French Open Clay Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–7, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 2003 Wimbledon Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4 6–4
Runner-up 2004 Wimbledon (3) Grass South Africa Liezel Huber Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 2006 French Open Clay Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2007 French Open (2) Clay Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Australia Alicia Molik
Italy Mara Santangelo
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2007 Wimbledon (4) Grass Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Zimbabwe Cara Black
South Africa Liezel Huber
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2009 Australian Open Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–3, 6–3

Mixed doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1999 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Kimberly Po
United States Donald Johnson
6–4, 6–4

Olympic finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 bronze final[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2004 Athens Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe Argentina Paola Suárez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 3–6

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i) Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2007 Madrid Hard (i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]

WTA Tour finals (84)[edit]

Singles wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the Final Score
1. April 20, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Amy Frazier 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
2. January 11, 1998 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi 7–5, 6–0
3. April 19, 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Corina Morariu 6–3, 6–3
4. March 2, 2003 Scottsdale, USA Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
5. October 26, 2003 Linz, Austria Hard Russia Nadia Petrova 7–5, 6–4
6. January 10, 2004 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Russia Nadia Petrova 1–6, 6–1, 6–4

Singles runner-ups (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the Final Score
1. July 26, 1994 Surabaya, Indonesia Hard Germany Elena Wagner 2–6, 6–0, ret.
2. November 5, 1995 Oakland, United States Carpet (I) Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 6–3, 6–4
3. January 5, 1997 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 7–6(7), 6–3
4. November 2, 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6–3, 6–4
5. October 5, 1999 AIG Japan Open Hard United States Amy Frazier 6–2, 6–2
6. August 17, 2005 Acura Classic Hard France Mary Pierce 6–0, 6–3
72. October 1, 2006 Seoul Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou 6–3 2–6 7–6

Doubles wins (38)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (3)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (9)
Tier II (18)
Tier III (7)
Tier IV(1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (24)
Clay (5)
Grass (4)
Carpet (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. April 10, 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Mami Donoshiro Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–1
2. January 14, 1995 Hobart, Australia Hard Japan Kyōko Nagatsuka Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
3. April 21, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Kimiko Date United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
4. September 21, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Monica Seles France Julie Halard-Decugis
United States Chanda Rubin
6–1, 6–0
5. January 10, 1998 Hope Island, Australia Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva South Korea Park Sung-hee
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
6. October 31, 1998 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Carpet Russia Elena Likhovtseva Latvia Larisa Neiland
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
6–7, 6–3, 2–0 ret.
7. November 8, 1998 Leipzig, Germany Carpet Russia Elena Likhovtseva Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
8. November 15, 1998 Philadelphia, United States Carpet Russia Elena Likhovtseva United States Monica Seles
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
9. January 16, 1999 Sydney, Australia Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva United States Mary Joe Fernández
Germany Anke Huber
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
10. May 22, 1999 Strasbourg, France Clay Russia Elena Likhovtseva France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 7–6, 6–1
11. January 15, 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis Switzerland Martina Hingis
France Mary Pierce
6–0, 6–3
12. April 2, 2000 Miami, United States Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
13. June 24, 2000 Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass France Nathalie Tauziat United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–3, 7–6(3)
14. August 27, 2000 New Haven, United States Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
15. September 10, 2000 New York, United States Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
16. October 8, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard France Julie Halard-Decugis Japan Nana Miyagi
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–0, 6–2
17. October 29, 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet France Julie Halard-Decugis Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(5)
18. January 13, 2001 Canberra, Australia Hard United States Nicole Arendt South Africa Esme De Villiers
Australia Annabel Ellwood
6–4, 7–6(2)
19. March 17, 2001 Indian Wells, United States Hard United States Nicole Arendt Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
20. February 23, 2002 Memphis, United States Hard Ukraine Elena Tatarkova United States Melissa Middleton
United States Brie Rippner
6–4, 2–6, 6–0
21. January 11, 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Conchita Martínez
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–3
22. February 16, 2003 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Belgium Kim Clijsters France Nathalie Dechy
France Émilie Loit
6–2, 6–0
23. March 2, 2003 Scottsdale, United States Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–1, 6–4
24. June 8, 2003 Paris, France Clay Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
25. July 6, 2003 London, Great Britain Grass Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
26. August 3, 2003 San Diego, United States Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 7–5
27. October 19, 2003 Zürich, Switzerland Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
7–6(3), 6–2
28. October 26, 2003 Linz, Austria Hard South Africa Liezel Huber France Marion Bartoli
Italy Silvia Farina Elia
6–1, 7–6(6)
29. August 8, 2004 Montreal, Canada Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe South Africa Liezel Huber
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–0, 6–3
30. September 19, 2004 Bali, Indonesia Hard Russia Anastasia Myskina Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–5
31. June 12, 2005 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Greece Eleni Daniilidou
United States Jennifer Russell
6–2, 6–3
32. March 4, 2006 Doha, Qatar Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–4
33. May 21, 2006 Rome, Italy Clay Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Italy Francesca Schiavone
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
34. August 19, 2007 Toronto, Canada Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–4, 2–6 [10–5]
35. April 6, 2008 Miami, U.S. Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
7–5, 4–6 [10–3]
36. April 20, 2008 Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Clay Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Romania Edina Gallovits
Belarus Olga Govortsova
6–2, 6–2
37. October 26, 2008 Linz, Austria Hard(i) Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–4, 7–5
38. June 20, 2009 Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–3

Doubles runner-ups (33)[edit]

  • 2009: Australian Open, Rome, Tokyo (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2008: Antwerp (w. Peschke)
  • 2007: Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Linz, WTA Tour Championships (w. Srebotnik)
  • 2006: Roland Garros, Los Angeles (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2005: Sydney (w. Dementieva), San Diego, Zurich (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2004: Wimbledon (w. Huber), Olympics (lost bronze medal match with Asagoe)
  • 2003: Berlin, Indian Wells, Tours Championships (all w. Clijsters), Shanghai (w. Tanasugarn)
  • 2002: San Diego, Los Angeles (both w. Hantuchová), Montréal (Canadian Open), Shanghai, Linz (all w. Fujiwara)
  • 2001: Wimbledon, Tokyo (both w. Clijsters)
  • 2000: Wimbledon, Montréal (Canadian Open), Linz (all w. Halard-Decugis)
  • 1999: Paris, Leipzig (both w. Likhovtseva)
  • 1997: Strasbourg (w. Likhovtseva)
  • 1995: Tokyo (w. Nagatsuka)
  • 1994: Surabaya (w. Nagatsuka)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A LQ LQ 1R 3R 2R 4R 1R QF 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 14 17–14
French Open A LQ A 4R 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 15 18–15
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 4R QF 1R 4R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 17 25–17
US Open LQ A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 4R 4R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 16 22–16
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells Not Tier I 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 4R 4R 4R A A 4R 4R 3R 2R 0 / 12 19–12
Miami A A 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R A 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R QF 3R 4R 2R 0 / 15 18–16
Madrid Not Held 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Rome A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R SF 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 13 11–13
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Toronto/Montréal A A A A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R A 3R 2R 3R 1R QF 2R 0 / 12 15–12
Tokyo NH 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 2R 1R QF 1R 2R QF 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 0 / 18 20–18
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Moscow NH Not Tier I F 1R QF 2R A A A 1R A A A A NM5 0 / 5 7–5
Charleston A A A A A 2R 1R A A 1R 2R A A 3R A A 2R 0 / 6 5–6
Zürich NT1 A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R QF 1R 2R LQ NTI Not
Held
0 / 17 20–17
San Diego Not Tier I QF F 1R 3R NTI 0 / 4 9–4
Doha Not Held Not Tier I 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Berlin A A A A 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R A 1R 3R 1R 1R A A 0 / 10 5–10
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 16 17 14 17 19 26 23 23 25 25 27 26 24 27 25 23 24 19 409
Finals Reached 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 13
Tournaments Won 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Overall Win-Loss 23–15 21–17 19–16 18–17 24–21 32–28 37–21 29–24 20–25 28–25 37–27 44–25 33–25 31–27 30–25 22–25 29–27 8–20 492–417
Year End Ranking 180 142 72 46 32 20 18 24 33 30 24 10 17 30 26 38 31 N/A N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

LQ = lost in the qualifying tournament

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career win-loss
Australian Open 1R - 2R 2R 1R QF 2R QF SF 3R QF SF 3R 3R QF 2R F 0 / 16 35–16
French Open - - 2R 2R 2R 3R QF SF 3R SF W 1R 2R F F 2R 3R 1 / 15 36–13
Wimbledon - 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R F F 3R W F QF 1R F 2R 2R 1 / 14 36–15
US Open - 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R W - 1R 2R SF 3R 2R QF SF 3R 1 / 11 27–13
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells Not Tier I 2R QF QF 2R W 2R F A A QF 1R SF 1R 1 / 11 21–10
Miami A A QF 2R 1R QF A W 1R 1R QF QF 1R QF 1R W 1R 2 / 14 20–12
Madrid Not Held QF 0 / 1 2–1
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Held Not Tier I A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A 1R 2R 2R QF QF QF A 2R QF W 2R 2R F 1 / 12 14–11
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I QF 0 / 1 1–1
Toronto/Montréal A A A A 2R 2R QF F QF F A W SF QF W QF SF 2 / 12 28–10
Tokyo 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R SF QF 1R SF 1R SF QF SF QF 1R 1R F 0 / 17 15–16
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Moscow Not Tier I SF 1R SF W A A A SF A A A A NM5 0 / 5 10–4
Charleston A A A A 2R 1R A A A 1R A A 2R A A W 1 / 5 5–4
Zürich A A A A 1R QF QF 1R A 1R W F SF QF SF NTI Not
Held
1 / 10 14–9
San Diego Not Tier I 1R F QF SF NTI 0 / 4 7–4
Doha Not Held Not Tier I SF 0 / 1 2–1
Berlin A A A 2R QF 2R QF A A F A SF QF QF A A 0 / 8 13–8
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 11 12 16 14 23 22 23 25 17 26 22 19 23 21 21 21 17 333
Finals Reached 0 2 2 1 2 4 3 10 4 6 14 3 4 4 5 4 4 13
Tournaments Won 0 1 1 1 1 4 2 7 2 1 8 2 1 2 1 3 1 38
Overall Win-Loss 8–10 16–9 18–15 11–12 23–22 38–18 31–21 59–17 35–15 40–24 59–12 36–16 35–20 37–18 38–19 40–17 29–15 566–295
Year End Ranking ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1 ? 3 9 14 12 6 11 ? N/A N/A

Mixed doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career win-loss
Australian Open - - - 2R - 2R - 2R - - 2R - - 4–4
French Open 3R - - QF SF 1R - - - 1R - 1R - 9–6
Wimbledon 1R - - 2R - QF - - SF - 1R - QF 11–6
US Open - - - W 1R SF - - 2R QF - - 1R 11–5

WTA Tour career earnings[edit]

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
1992–94 0 0 0 132,587 n/a
1995 0 0 0 154,316 37
1996 0 0 0 160,077 43
1997 0 1 1 307,837 26
1998 0 2 2 377,728 19
1999 0 0 0 405,148 24
2000 0 0 0 729,635 12
2001 0 0 0 436,427 26
2002 0 0 0 416,408 26
2003 0 2 2 1,254,283 7
2004 0 1 1 736,354 17
2005 0 0 0 495,592 25
2006 0 0 0 595,062 25
2007 0 0 0 691,897 21
2008 0 0 0 757,201 18
2009 0 0 0 477,574 44
Career 0 6 6 8,128,126 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2371
  2. ^ Women's Tennis Association (2007-11-11). "Black, Huber Enjoy Season-Ending Glory in Madrid". Women's Tennis Association. 
  3. ^ Emotional Day 1 in Tokyo Sony Ericsson WTA Tour official website, posted September 27, 2009

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