Shinobu Asagoe

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Shinobu Asagoe
浅越しのぶ
Country  Japan
Residence Hyōgo, Japan
Born (1976-06-28) June 28, 1976 (age 38)
Hyōgo, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1997
Retired 2006
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$1,662,261
Singles
Career record 106–129
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 21 (April 18, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2005, 2006)
French Open 4R (2004)
Wimbledon 4R (2003)
US Open QF (2004)
Doubles
Career record 133–104
Career titles 9
Highest ranking No. 13 (May 8, 2006)
Last updated on: July 4, 2007.

Shinobu Asagoe (Japanese: 浅越しのぶ, born June 28, 1976 in Hyōgo) is a Japanese former professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1997, and retired in 2006.

Career[edit]

2000 was the first year in which she finished in the WTA top 100 (no. 72). In the US Open that year, she defeated Patty Schnyder, a top 50 player. She also reached her first WTA tour quarterfinal that year at the Princess Cup at Tokyo defeating Ai Sugiyama and losing to Monica Seles. She also represented Japan at the Sydney Olympics. In 2003, she reached her first WTA tour singles final. In 2004, she reached her second career singles final in Hobart, as well as her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. On April 18, 2005, Asagoe reached her career-high singles ranking: 21st. In June, she reached her career high doubles ranking (18th).

Asagoe appeared in one WTA Tour final in Auckland 2003 where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik 5–7, 7–5, 6–4. Asagoe held a 4–0 lead in the second when Srebotnik took an injury timeout. From there Strebotnik played "all in" tennis and won the match, in what was an agonising result for Asagoe.

Asagoe's most memorable match was a second-round marathon at Wimbledon 2003, when her stressed-out opponent, Daniela Hantuchová, melted down well on the way to what looked like a routine two-set win. Eventually, after nearly three hours, Asagoe won the contest 12–10 in the third set.

Plays doubles with Katarina Srebotnik; at Australian Open 2006, reached the semifinal, beating (2) Cara Black/Rennae Stubbs 6–3 4–6 6–0. They lost to eventual champions Yan/Zheng in the semifinals. It was a sad day in Asagoe's fans lives as they expected her to grace the title.

At the US Open that same year, she lost her first round match in straight sets to Jelena Kostanić. She had announced the US Open would be her last tournament. In doubles, with Akiko Morigami, they won their first round match 6–1 6–3, and they were to play against the 14th seeds, Bartoli/Peer. Bartoli/Peer were up 6–4 5–2, before Shinobu and Akiko won four straight games to make it 6–5. They held many set points at 6–5, but could not convert, thus forcing a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, they were down 6–2, but somehow managed to win six straight points, thus taking the tiebreaker, saving four straight match points. They took the final set 6–4.

Retirement[edit]

Asagoe retired at the 2006 US Open after losing her third round doubles match (with Morigami) to the world's top-ranked team, Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.

Major finals[edit]

Olympic finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 bronze final[edit]

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

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles 4[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Olympic Games 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 June 2003 Birmingham, England Grass Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 16 January 2004 Hobart, Australia Hard United States Amy Frazier 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 8 January 2005 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 7–5, 5–7, 4–6

Doubles 13 (9–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 1
Tier II 1
Tier III 4
Tier IV & V 3
Olympic Games 0
Titles by Surface
Hard 6
Clay 2
Grass 1
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 June 2002 Birmingham, England Grass Belgium Els Callens United States Kimberly Po-Messerli
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 6 October 2002 Japan Open, Japan Hard Japan Nana Miyagi Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 30 March 2003 Miami, Florida, USA Hard Japan Nana Miyagi South Africa Liezel Huber
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 4. 6 April 2003 Sarasota, Florida, USA Clay Japan Nana Miyagi South Africa Liezel Huber
United States Martina Navratilova
6–7(8), 3–6
Winner 5. 16 January 2004 Hobart, Australia Hard Japan Seiko Okamoto Belgium Els Callens
Austria Barbara Schett
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. 7 August 2004 Canadian Open, Canada Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama South Africa Liezel Huber
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–0, 6–3
Winner 7. 10 October 2004 Japan Open, Japan Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik United States Jennifer Hopkins
United States Mashona Washington
6–1, 6–4
Winner 8. 8 January 2005 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik New Zealand Leanne Baker
Italy Francesca Lubiani
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 9 October 2005 Japan Open, Japan Hard Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi Argentina Gisela Dulko
Russia Maria Kirilenko
5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 10. 16 October 2005 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Argentina Gisela Dulko Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 5 March 2006 Acapulco, Mexico Clay France Émilie Loit Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 2 April 2006 Miami, Florida, USA Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik South Africa Liezel Huber
United States Martina Navratilova
7–6(7), 1–6, 3–6
Winner 13. 9 April 2006 Amelia Island, Florida, USA Clay Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik South Africa Liezel Huber
India Sania Mirza
6–2, 6–4

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