Sayaka Hirano

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Sayaka Hirano
Nationality  Japan
Born (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 (age 32)[1]
Kanuma, Tochigi, Japan
Highest ranking 10 (August 2011)[2]
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb; 8.5 st)[3]

Sayaka Hirano (平野 早矢香?, Hirano Sayaka, born 24 March 1985) is a female Japanese table tennis player.[1]

She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the third round of the singles competition. She also competed in the team competition, reaching the bronze medal final but losing to South Korea.[4]

At the 2012 London Olympics Women's Team Event semi-finals, she helped Japan overcome Singapore to reach their historic first final by winning her doubles match with Kasumi Ishikawa over Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei (11-3, 13-11 and 11-4).[5] [6] However, Japan failed to beat China in the final but got the first ever silver medal for their country in table tennis.[7]

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of 10 October 2015)[8]

Women's Doubles

  • World Championships: QF (2009).
  • Pro Tour winner (4): Polish Open 2006; Austrian Open 2007; Japan Open 2009; Egypt Open 2010; Chile Open 2010; Russia 2014.
    Runner-up (5): Brazil, Chile, Serbian Open 2006; China (Shenzhen), Swedish Open 2007; Moroccan Open 2011.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: QF (2006, 07, 09).
  • Asian Championships: QF (2007, 09).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (2009, 15).

Team

  • Olympics: 2nd (2012).
  • World Championships: 2nd (2014).
  • World Team Cup: 3rd (2009).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ITTF players' profiles". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  2. ^ "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Olympic results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Women's Team Event semi-finals 1 results". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Japanese women make it through". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Women's team finals results". Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-09.