Shinobu Asagoe

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Shinobu Asagoe
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1976-06-28) 28 June 1976 (age 43)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1997
Prize money$1,662,261
Career record275–208
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (April 18, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2005, 2006)
French Open4R (2004)
Wimbledon4R (2003)
US OpenQF (2004)
Career record226–148
Career titles8 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 13 (May 8, 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2006)
French OpenQF (2002, 2005)
Wimbledon3R (2003, 2005)
US Open3R (2005, 2006)
Team competitions
Fed Cup17–10

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


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 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. In April 2005, Asagoe reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 21. In May of the following year, she reached her career-high doubles ranking (13th).

Asagoe appeared in one WTA Tour final, in Auckland 2003, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in three sets. Asagoe held a 4–0 lead in the second set 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.

Her 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.

She played doubles with Katarina Srebotnik; at the 2006 Australian Open they reached the semifinals by beating Cara Black/Rennae Stubbs 6–3, 4–6, 6–0. They lost to eventual champions Yan/Zheng in the semifinals.

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, Marion Bartoli/Shahar 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; they were down 2–6, but won six straight points, thus taking the tiebreaker, saving four straight match points. They took the final set 6–4.

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/Samantha Stosur.

Major finals[edit]

Olympic games[edit]

Doubles: 1 bronze final[edit]

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

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)[edit]

Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV & V (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 June 2003 Birmingham, Great Britain 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: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)[edit]

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

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