Ayumi Morita

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Ayumi Morita
森田 あゆみ
2014 Australian Open - Ayumi Morita 2.jpg
Morita at the 2014 Australian Open
Country  Japan
Residence Ōta, Gunma, Japan
Born (1990-03-11) March 11, 1990 (age 24)
Ōta, Gunma, Japan
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money US $1,560,126
Singles
Career record 199–152
Career titles 0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking No. 40 (October 3, 2011)
Current ranking No. 153 (September 22, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2011, 2013)
French Open 2R (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2012)
US Open 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 74–63
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 65 (February 9, 2009)
Current ranking No. 323 (June 24, 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open 2R (2010)
Last updated on: June 24, 2013.

Ayumi Morita (森田 あゆみ Morita Ayumi?, born March 11, 1990 in Ōta, Gunma, Japan[1]) is a Japanese tennis player. She reached her career-high ranking of 42nd in the world on June 6, 2011 and is currently the fifth highest ranked Japanese player in the world at World No. 153. At Junior level, she reached a career high ranking of No. 3.

Morita is known for strong and consistent two-handed groundstrokes which she hits very flat. She is also regarded as very tough mentally for a young player, often showing great resolve to win close matches despite a lackluster serve.[citation needed] Morita is a small and quick player with excellent footwork and movement around the court.

Morita is one of the most successful Fed Cup players of recent times with a 16–9 match win record for Japan.

Career[edit]

The tennis career of Ayumi Morita

On September 16, 2008, she beat world No. 19 Ágnes Szávay 6–7, 7–5, 6–4 in the Toray Pan Pacific Open.[2]

On January 5, 2009, Morita upset former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaëlla Krajicek in the final round of qualifying to reach the main draw of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She faced third set deficits in all three of her qualifying matches, including a 4–1 deficit in her first match against Katie O'Brien.

2011[edit]

Her first tournament of 2011 was the 2011 ASB Classic. She faced Romanian teenager Simona Halep and lost 6–0, 7–6 despite recovering from being two breaks down in the second set. Her next tournament was the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International. She faced Akgul Amanmuradova and won 3–6, 6–1, 7–6. Her next opponent was Bethanie Mattek-Sands, to whom she lost to by a score of 6–3, 6–1. Ayumi played at the 2011 Australian Open – Women's Singles where she defeated #27 seed Alexandra Dulgheru 6–4, 6–4. She then defeated wildcard Caroline Garcia in the second round 6–4, 6–4. She was defeated by Peng Shuai in the third round 6–1, 3–6, 6–3.

At the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, Morita qualified by defeating Sophie Lefèvre 6–2, 6–4 and Vesna Manasieva 7–5, 6–1. In the first round of the main draw, she defeated No.14 seed Petra Kvitová 7–6, 7–6. Before the match, Kvitová had only lost once in 2011 and had already won two titles. Morita beat Indian wildcard Sania Mirza in the second round before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.

2013[edit]

Morita reached the third round of the Australian Open with straight-sets victories over Anna Tatishvili and Annika Beck, then lost to Serena Williams on Rod Laver Arena.

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Olympic Gold (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory (0–0)
Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. October 7, 2007 Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Japan Junri Namigata China Sun Tiantian
China Yan Zi
w/o
Runner-up 2. September 29, 2008 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Aiko Nakamura United States Jill Craybas
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–4 5–7 [6–10]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles 13 (8–5)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 May 2005 Japan Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 May 2006 Japan Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan 3–6, 6–4, 1–6
Winner 3. 6 August 2006 Japan Tokachi, Japan Carpet Japan Erika Takao 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 4. 30 September 2006 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 6 May 2007 Japan Gifu, Japan Carpet Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 9 June 2007 United Kingdom Surbiton, England Grass Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 7. 22 July 2007 Japan Kurume, Japan Carpet Japan Erika Takao 6–1, 3–1 ret.
Runner-up 8. 5 August 2007 Japan Obihiro, Japan Carpet Australia Sophie Ferguson 4–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 2 November 2008 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard Slovakia Jarmila Gajdošová 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 10. 22 November 2008 India Kolkata, India Hard Romania Elora Dabija 6–3, 6–1
Winner 11. 30 November 2008 Japan Toyota, Japan Carpet Russia Ksenia Lykina 6–1, 6–3
Winner 12. 4 October 2010 Japan Toyota, Japan Hard United States Jill Craybas 6–3, 7–5
Winner 13. 31 October 2011 Chinese Taipei Taipei Hard Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–2, 6–2

Doubles 7 (3–4)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 23 July 2005 Japan Kurume, Japan Carpet Japan Erika Sema Chinese Taipei Chin-Wei Chan
Chinese Taipei Su-Wei Hsieh
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 17 February 2006 Australia Sydney, Australia Hard Japan Junri Namigata Chinese Taipei Chin-Wei Chan
Chinese Taipei Chia-Jung Chuang
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 16 February 2007 Australia Melbourne, Australia Clay Japan Natsumi Hamamura Chinese Taipei I-Hsuan Hwang
South Korea Ye-Ra Lee
2–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 6 May 2007 Japan Gifu, Japan Carpet Japan Ai Sugiyama Japan Kumiko Iijima
Japan Seiko Okamoto
6–1, 3–6, 6–0
Winner 5. 13 May 2007 Japan Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Japan Akiko Yonemura Japan Rika Fujiwara
Japan Junri Namigata
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 5 August 2007 Japan Obihiro, Japan Carpet Japan Akiko Yonemura Japan Kumiko Iijima
Japan Junri Namigata
6–7(3–7), 0–6
Winner 7. 10 October 2009 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
Japan Rika Fujiwara
6–2, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 5–6
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2–6
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2–6
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–4 1–4 3–4 2–3 2–3 1-1 10–22

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 4–4
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 3–6
US Open 1R 2R 2R 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 1–4 2–2 4–4 2–3 1–3 10–17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ayumi Morita – News and More". Tennis-X. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  2. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (2008-09-17). "Morita upsets Svazay". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 

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