Saori Obata

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Saori Obata
小畑沙織
Country  Japan
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Born (1978-04-23) April 23, 1978 (age 36)
Sapporo, Japan
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro April, 1996
Retired June, 2006
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $652,031
Singles
Career record 281–222
Career titles 0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 39 (February 9, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3r (2004)
French Open 1r (2002,2003,2004)
Wimbledon 2r (2002, 2004)
US Open 3r (2003)
Doubles
Career record 118–102
Career titles 1 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 98 (February 9, 2004)

Saori Obata (Japanese: 小畑沙織, born April 23, 1978 in Sapporo, Japan) is a retired tennis player from Japan.[1] She turned professional in April 1996, and on February 9, 2004, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of 39, and on the same day she reached her career-high doubles ranking of 98.

Biography[edit]

She did not win a WTA singles title in her career, however did reach 1 singles final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2003 where she lost 6–2, 7–6(2) to the Spanish player Virginia Ruano-Pascual. In the same year she reached the semi-final of the WTA event in Bali, Indonesia before losing to Chanda Rubin. She achieved a notable scalp in the opening round of the Eastbourne grass event in 2003, when she defeated Jelena Dokić 6–3 6–1 when Dokić was ranked 11 in the world. She also defeated Ai Sugiyama in the second round of the Australian Open in 2004 when ranked number 55, this was her only win over a top 10 player as Sugiyama was ranked number 9 at the time.

She has won a doubles title at WTA level (Memphis 2003, with Akiko Morigami), and has five ITF level singles titles. Her final Grand Slam appearance was at the 2006 Australian Open where she lost in the opening round, having qualified, to Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. She retired from professional tennis in June 2006 because of injury.

Singles titles (5)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Tier I Event (0)
Tier II Event (0)
Tier III Event (0)
Tier IV Event (0)
ITF Circuit (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. November 18, 2001 Port Pirie, Australia Hard New Zealand Pavlina Nola 6–1, 6–2
2. November 25, 2001 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard South Korea Yoon-Jeong Cho 6–4, 6–1
3. May 11, 2003 Fukuoka, Japan Clay Italy Maria Elena Camerin 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
4. April 3, 2005 Augusta, United States Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–2
5. May 8, 2005 Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Shiho Hisamatsu 6–1, 2–6, 6–4

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