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Ai Sugiyama (杉山愛, Sugiyama Ai, born July 5, 1975) is a Japanese former professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women's doubles on the WTA Tour. Her career-high singles ranking is No. 8, achieved on February 9, 2004. In her career, she won six singles and 37 doubles titles, including three Grand Slam titles (one with Frenchwoman Julie Halard-Decugis and two partnering Belgian Kim Clijsters) and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title (partnering Indian Mahesh Bhupathi). Sugiyama held the all-time record, for both male and female players, for her 62 consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances, until she was surpassed by Roger Federer at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.[1]

Ai Sugiyama
AI SUGIYAMA (3244568073).jpg
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1975-07-05) July 5, 1975 (age 44)
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned proOctober, 1992
RetiredOctober, 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$8,128,126
Career record492–419
Career titles6 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 8 (February 9, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2000)
French Open4R (1995, 2000, 2003)
WimbledonQF (2004)
US Open4R (2003, 2004)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2003)
Olympic GamesQF (2004)
Career record566–295
Career titles38 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (October 23, 2000)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2009)
French OpenW (2003)
WimbledonW (2003)
US OpenW (2000)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2003, 2007)
Olympic GamesSF – 4th (2004)
Mixed doubles
Career record35–21
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1999, 2001, 2003, 2006)
French OpenSF (2000)
WimbledonSF (2004)
US OpenW (1999)



In 1993, at age 17, Sugiyama played tennis legend Martina Navratilova in her native city, losing in three sets. The same year, she made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon but lost in the first round to world No. 30 Gigi Fernández in three sets. In 1994, Sugiyama again reached the main draw at Wimbledon but lost to world No. 6 and compatriot Kimiko Date. Later that year she reached her first singles final in Surabaya but was forced to retire against Elena Wagner. She went on to win the Japan Open doubles at Tokyo, her first tour title. Later that year, she broke into the WTA top 100. In 1995, she won her first Grand Slam match and reached the fourth round of Roland Garros. In the first round, the Japanese player defeated 15th-seeded Grand Slam runner-up and former top-5 player Helena Suková by 9–7 in the final set, her first victory over a top-20 player. Two months after, she defeated Amanda Coetzer to reach the third round, while losing to world No. 4 and former Wimbledon champion, Conchita Martínez. In November, she made an impressive run at the Oakland Tier-II tournament. While she was only ranked 63, she defeated 22nd-ranked Irina Spîrlea, former Wimbledon runner-up Zina Garrison Jackson, and No. 10, Lindsay Davenport to reach the second final of her career, where she lost to No. 7, Magdalena Maleeva. Because of this, Sugiyama broke into the top 50.

In 1996, she reached the third round at the Australian Open. In Miami, seeded 23rd, Sugiyama reached the fourth round, defeating No. 10, Jana Novotná, her second top-10 victory. That moved her into the top 30. She also reached the semifinals of the Japan Open in Tokyo and the fourth round at Wimbledon, where she defeated No. 5, Anke Huber, her third top-10 and first top-5 victory. She represented Japan and reached the third round at the Atlanta Olympics defeating Martina Hingis.

In 1997, Sugiyama began her season by playing her third finals match, losing to Elena Likhovtseva, after defeating Sabine Appelmans in the quarterfinal. The following week she reached the second round at the Australian Open. In April, she won her first professional title at the Japan Open in Tokyo against Amy Frazier. However, she could not reach a good result in Grand Slam events, with a second-round exit at the French Open and US Open and a first round loss at Wimbledon. At the end of the year, she reached her first Tier-I final at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, defeating Natasha Zvereva, No. 14 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, No. 9 and multi-Grand Slam events winner Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Dominique Van Roost before failing in the final against 1st seed and 2nd-ranked Jana Novotná.

In 1998, she opened with a second singles title in Gold Coast. Then she broke into the WTA top 20 and reached another semifinal in Sydney, defeating Conchita Martínez. Throughout that year, Sugiyama showed consistency: a third WTA Tour title at the Japan Open, quarterfinals in Tokyo (Pan Pacific), Berlin, defeating No. 4, Amanda Coetzer, playing Strasbourg and San Diego, defeating Steffi Graf, Luxembourg, third round in Indian Wells, Miami and Montreal and second round at both French and US Open. In 1999, she reached the final at the Japan Open, the semifinals in Gold Coast and Tokyo (Princess Cup) defeating No. 8, Julie Halard-Decugis, the quarterfinals in Strasbourg and Moscow, defeating No. 6, Mary Pierce, 3rd in Indian Wells, Montreal, defeating No. 7, Jana Novotná, and at the US Open. She also reached the second round at the French Open and Wimbledon. The same year, Sugiyama won the US Open mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi, her first Grand Slam title.

In 1999, Sugiyama received the WTA Sportsmanship Award.


On July 10, Sugiyama reached the final of the women's doubles at Wimbledon, partnered by Julie Halard-Decugis, but lost in straight sets to sisters Venus and Serena Williams 3–6, 2–6 after a one-day rain delay. On September 10, Sugiyama won the women's doubles at the US Open, defeating Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6–0, 1–6, 6–1 in one hour and 19 minutes. On October 23, she became the first Japanese woman to rank No. 1 in the world in doubles, winning seven titles in the process.

Her greatest success was Scottsdale 2003. Beating Lindsay Davenport in the second round, she went on to defeat Eleni Daniilidou to progress to the semifinals. Scheduling problems forced both the semifinals and finals matches - for both singles and doubles - to be played on the Sunday of the tournament. Thus in a single day, Sugiyama managed to save a matchpoint in the semifinals against Alexandra Stevenson, rally from a set down to defeat doubles partner Kim Clijsters in the final, and then secure victories in both doubles matches to raise both trophies. The year 2003 proved to be her best year ever, pushing Serena Williams to the limit at Roland Garros and reaching the round of 16 in Wimbledon and US Open where her fourth round loss to Francesca Schiavone at Flushing Meadows was rather controversial. She finished the year ranked 10th, having defeated world No. 1, Justine Henin, in the round robin section of the season-ending championships. She also won a total of eight doubles titles that year, seven with Kim Clijsters (Sydney, Antwerp, Scottsdale, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, San Diego, Zurich) and one with Liezel Huber (Linz).

Sugiyama began 2005 with four consecutive first-round losses. She lost in the first rounds of the first three Grand Slams; only at San Diego did she really do well, making it to the final, which she lost 0–6, 3–6 to Mary Pierce, having defeated Daniela Hantuchová, Sesil Karantacheva and Svetlana Kuznetsova en route. Sugiyama also reached the final in doubles with Hantuchová, losing to Virginia Ruano-Pascual and Conchita Martínez. She broke her Grand Slam "curse", reaching the third round before losing to Clijsters, the eventual champion.

That year, Ai had better results in doubles than in singles. Partnering with Elena Dementieva, she reached the finals of her first tournament, Sydney, losing to Bryanne Stewart/Samantha Stosur. They reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open. She entered a few tournaments with Anastasia Myskina and Elena Likhovtseva, but with poor results. In Berlin, she played again with Daniela Hantuchová, reaching the semifinal, losing to Black and Huber. At the French, they lost to Birnerová and Vanc in the second round. They won their next tournament, in Birmingham over Daniilidou and Russel 6–2, 6–3. At Wimbledon, Hantuchová and Sugiyama reached the quarterfinal, losing to eventual champions Black and Huber. At the Canadian Open in Toronto, they lost the semifinal to eventual champions Grönefeld and Navratilova. At the US Open, they reached the third round, losing to Yan Zi and Zheng Jie. She tried three partners in the next tournaments, before returning to Daniela in Zurich, where they reached the finals (beating top seeds Lisa Raymond and Stosur en route), losing a close match to Black and Rennae Stubbs, 7–6, 6–7, 3–6. They finished the year ranked No. 5, failing to qualify for the year-end championships.

Sugiyama played mixed doubles at two events: the French & the US Open. At Roland Garros, playing with Mirnyi, she lost in the first round. At the US Open, she partnered with Ullyett. The duo reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champions Hantuchová and Bhupathi. Entering the Doha with an 0–5 singles record, she managed to beat wildcard Selima Sfar 6–3, 6–3. In the second round, she surprisingly upset Myskina 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, needing several match points to close the match out. In her quarterfinal match against Julia Schruff, she had a comfortable 6–3, 6–2 win. She lost in the semifinal, in an epic match against Nadia Petrova, 1–6, 6–7. At 0–4 in the second, she won five consecutive games to 5–4. She won the doubles title with Hantuchová, defeating Yan and Zheng in the semifinal 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, and Li Ting and Sun Tiantian 6–4, 6–4 in the final.


In Rome, she and Hantuchová won the title, their third as a team and biggest title, beating Li and Sun 6–4, 6–1; Black and Stubbs (No. 2) 6–4, 6–0, and Květa Peschke and Schiavone (No. 8) 3–6, 6–3, 6–1.

At the French Open, 22nd seeded Ai beat Daniilidou 6–7, 6–0, 6–3 in the first round, but lost to French qualifier Aravane Rezaï 6–4, 4–6, 3–6. Deciding not to compete in the mixed, Ai and Daniella beat Caroline Dhenin and Mathilde Johansson 6–4, 6–3, then squashed Sofia Arvidsson and Martina Müller 6–1, 6–1; they escaped from Marion Bartoli and Shahar Pe'er, 1–6, 7–6, 6–2. In the quarterfinals, they beat second-seeded Black and Stubbs 6–1, 7–6. In the semifinals, they beat 4th-seeded Yan and Zheng 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. They lost 3–6, 2–6 in the final to top-seeded Raymond and Stosur.

Wimbledon saw Sugiyama, the 18th seed, defeat 12th seed Martina Hingis 7–5, 3–6, 6–4 to advance to the fourth round.

The summer brought several bad singles losses, as well as doubles upsets. Sugiyama reached the final in Los Angeles, bowing to Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez. In Montréal, she beat Aleksandra Wozniak and Anabel Medina Garrigues before losing to Kuznetsova. In doubles, partnering with Nathalie Dechy, they reached the quarterfinals.

At the US Open seeded 28th, she defeated Zuzana Ondrášková, and Tathiana Garbin before falling to second seed Justine Henin 6–4, 1–6, 0–6.

In Beijing, she beat qualifier Alicia Molik, who was also her doubles partner in the event, in the first round, 6–2, 7–6. She then upset fourth-seeded Nicole Vaidišová 6–4, 1–6, 6–3 before losing to Peng Shuai in another three-set match 7–6, 3–6, 2–6. She reached the final of a Tier-IV event in Seoul, losing to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in three sets, 3–6, 6–2, 6–7.


The beginning of 2007 was better than the prior two years. She lost to Anastasiya Yakimova in the second round of the Australian Open (10–8 in the third), before beating her in Miami. Sugiyama and Daniela Hantuchová reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champions Black and Huber. In Tokyo, she reached the quarterfinals, losing to No. 1, Maria Sharapova, 6–4, 1–6, 0–6. In Doha, she injured her toe, but recovered to reach the round of 16 in Indian Wells.

In Miami, she fell to Dinara Safina in the third. She went 0–3 in Fed Cup play versus France, losing to both Tatiana Golovin and Dechy, but rebounded to win 50k Gifu with Ayumi Morita. The Japanese duo lost only one set en route to the title. She played in Berlin with Katarina Srebotnik. They swept Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Flavia Pennetta 6–0, 6–0, but then fell to the second seeded Black and Huber 6–0, 4–6, [7–10] the same day.

Her next tournament was Rome, where she beat Maria Kirilenko in 2 hours 49 minutes 6–4, 5–7, 7–5. She lost to Pe'er 0–6, 2–6 in the next round. At Roland Garros, she reached the third round. She defeated Eva Birnerová 6–3, 6–4 in the first round and Meilen Tu 6–3, 1–6, 6–1 in the second round, but then fell to Anna Chakvetadze, the 9th seed, 4–6, 4–6. In doubles, seeded 7th with Srebotnik, she defeated Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová 6–7, 7–5, 6–2 in the first round, Stéphanie Foretz and Camille Pin 6–1, 6–3, and Pe'er and Safina 6–1, 6–2 in the second and third round. They then defeated Maria Elena Camerin and Gisela Dulko 4–6, 7–5, 6–3 in the quarterfinals. They upset top seeds and defending champions Raymond and Stosur in the semifinals, winning 1–6, 6–4, 6–3 to reach the French Open finals. They lost in the final to Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo 6–7, 4–6.

At Wimbledon, seeded 26th, she beat wildcard Melanie South 6–3, 6–2 and Alizé Cornet 4–6, 6–0, 6–3. She lost 3–6, 3–6 against the second seeded Sharapova in the third round. In doubles, she and Srebotnik beat Andreea Ehritt-Vanc and Anastasia Rodionova 4–6, 6–3, 6–2; Émilie Loit and Nicole Pratt 6–0, 6–3, and got a walkover from Bartoli and Meilen Tu in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they beat Elena Likhovtseva and Sun Tiantian 6–4, 7–6. They came back from 1–6, 0–3 to beat top-seeded Raymond and Stosur, winning 1–6, 6–3, 6–2. They lost in the final to the second seeded Black and Huber 6–3, 3–6, 2–6.

During the US Open Series, she reached the third round of San Diego, where she defeated Sybille Bammer 6–2, 7–6. She then lost to Chakvetadze 4–6, 4–6. She reached two doubles semifinals in San Diego and Stanford with Srebotnik, losing both times to Victoria Azarenka and Chakvetadze. However, they won Toronto, defeating Peng Shuai and Yan 6–1, 7–5 in the quarterfinal, Molik and Santangelo 6–2, 6–3 in the semifinal and Black and Huber 6–4, 2–6, [10–5] in the final, winning their first title as a team.

At the US Open, Sugiyama lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova. Ai and Srebotnik impressively defeated Sun Shengnan and Ji Chunmei 6–0, 6–1, and eventually defeated Michaëlla Krajicek and Agnieszka Radwańska 5–7, 6–0, 6–2. The team advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Loit and Vania King 6–3, 6–2, but lost to eventual champions Dechy and Safina 5–7, 3–6.

Srebotnik and Sugiyama continued their form and thus qualified for the Tour Championships, which were held in Madrid. The team, seeded second, defeated the Taiwanese duo of Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung 6–2, 6–2, but lost to Black and Huber in the final 7–5, 3–6, [8–10].[2]


Sugiyama in July 2008

In singles, Sugiyama's season started out badly, as she lost to Azarenka in Gold Coast and Gajdosova in Sydney. However, in Melbourne, her form returned, beating Vera Zvonareva (6–3, 1–1 ret.) in the first round and Tatiana Perebiynis (6–4, 6–4) in the second round, before losing to 12th seed Vaidišová (3–6, 4–6). In doubles, she and Srebotnik lost in straight sets in Sydney to Yan/Zheng, the eventual champions. In Melbourne, they drew the Williams sisters in the second round and lost 2–6, 6–7. Sugiyama's dream of a career slam died.

In doubles, she reached the final in Antwerp with Peschke, as well as the semifinals in Doha and Dubai with Srebotnik.

On March 30 in the third round at the Tier-I event in Miami, she upset 8th seeded Hantuchová 6–4, 6–7, 7–5 in an epic match. She came back after losing a match point in the second set, as well as having served for the match twice in the second set. In the third set, she was down three to none, but still managed to win. It was her first top ten win since Beijing 2006. In the next round, she lost to Zvonareva 2–6, 7–6, 0–6. In doubles, she and Srebotnik won the title, beating Akiko Morigami and Alina Jidkova 6–4, 6–3, Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová 6–4, 6–3, and Davenport and Hantuchová 6–4, 3–6, [10–4]. They earned the title by beating Australian runners-up Azarenka and Pe'er 6–0, 6–3, and No.-1 team Black and Huber 7–5, 4–6, [10–3]. It was their second team title, and Sugiyama's eighth Tier-I title.

Sugiyama won her ninth Tier I doubles title with Srebotnik at Charleston at the Family Circle cup, their third team title, scoring 6–2, 6–2 over Edina Gallovits-Hall and Olga Govortsova.

Sugiyama broke the record for consecutive slam appearances woman with 57 as of her appearance in the 2008 Wimbledon tournament. Sugiyama made it to the third round of ladies' singles, losing to Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, 4–6, 4–6.

At Stanford, she defeated Alexa Glatch 6–2, 3–6, 7–5, and then crushed world No. 11, Hantuchová, 6–3, 6–1. In the quarterfinals she beat Dominika Cibulková 6–7, 7–6, 6–3, saving three match points in the process.

Sugiyama and Ayumi Morita represented their nation at the Summer Olympics, losing in the second round to the Williams.


Sugiyama at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships

Ai started with a first-round loss to Stosur, and in the women's doubles a semifinal finish losing to Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska in the Brisbane International partnering Hantuchová. In the Medibank International, Sugiyama made the semifinals eventually losing to Safina 4–6, 6–7(3).

In the 2009 Australian Open, she made the third round losing to Jelena Janković 4–6, 4–6. As the 9th seed in doubles playing with Hantuchová, they beat the No. 1 seeds, Black and Huber, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6. In the third set "Hantuyama" were down 2–5, but rallied to take it to a tie-break, where they saved seven match points to win 12–10. In the semifinals, they beat Dechy and Santangelo 6–4, 6–2 to make it her first women's doubles final there. They were defeated by the Williams in two sets, 6–3, 6–3. A respiratory infection forced her to withdraw from the 2009 Open GDF Suez. Sugiyama entered the Dubai Tennis Championships and lost in the opening round to Bartoli in a tight three-set match 0–6, 6–4, 6–7. Sugiyama and Hantuchová also played doubles but withdrew because of the infection.

At the BNP Paribas Open Sugiyama and Hantuchová were seeded 5th in the women's doubles but lost to the pair Alla Kudryavtseva and Rodionova 4–6, 6–4, [14–16] in the first round. In singles, she lost to qualifier Angela Haynes in the second round 4–6, 5–7.

At the Sony Ericsson open she lost her opening matches in singles and doubles, being beaten in the second round in singles after receiving a bye. Her loss in the doubles event with Hantuchová dropped her doubles ranking to No. 5.

Sugiyama lost four consecutive singles matches in Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid. However alongside Hantuchová, Sugiyama made the finals at the Rome Masters where they lost to the No. 7 seeds, Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng. They reached the quarter finals at the Madrid Masters where they lost to Stosur and Stubbs, whom she and Akgul Amanmuradova beat in the finals at Eastbourne, her 38th doubles title.

On June 22, she extended her record of consecutive Grand Slam appearances to 61 at Wimbledon, defeating the seeded Patty Schnyder in straight sets 6–4, 6–4 to break her eleven match losing streak. She lost in the third round to Hantuchová.

In Stanford she lost to Sharapova in three sets 4–6, 7–6, 1–6, saving two match points in the second set. She then lost in the second round in Los Angeles to Radwańska 2–6, 0–6.

Sugiyama retired at the end of the 2009 tennis season after the Toray Pan Pacific Open, held in her native country, Japan. A special ceremony for her was held at center court before the tournament. Ai planned a few months at home before concentrating on teaching youngsters at her tennis academy in Japan.[3]

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Women's doubles: 10 (3 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2000 Wimbledon Grass   Julie Halard   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–3, 6–2
Winner 2000 US Open Hard   Julie Halard   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Runner-up 2001 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Kim Clijsters   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 3–6
Winner 2003 French Open Clay   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–7, 6–2, 9–7
Winner 2003 Wimbledon Grass   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2004 Wimbledon (3) Grass   Liezel Huber   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 6–7
Runner-up 2006 French Open Clay   Daniela Hantuchová   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2007 French Open (2) Clay   Katarina Srebotnik   Alicia Molik
  Mara Santangelo
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 2007 Wimbledon (4) Grass   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2009 Australian Open Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
3–6, 3–6

Mixed doublesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 US Open Hard   Mahesh Bhupathi   Kimberly Po
  Donald Johnson
6–4, 6–4

Olympic gamesEdit

Doubles: 1 bronze finalEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2004 Athens Hard   Shinobu Asagoe   Paola Suárez
  Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 3–6

Year-end championshipsEdit

Doubles (2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2003 Los Angeles Hard (i)   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 2007 Madrid Hard (i)   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–5, 3–6, [8–10]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (6 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 26, 1994 Surabaya, Indonesia Hard   Elena Wagner 6–2, 0–6, ret.
Runner-up 2. November 5, 1995 Oakland, United States Carpet (i)   Magdalena Maleeva 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. January 5, 1997 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Winner 1. April 20, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Amy Frazier 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. November 2, 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. January 11, 1998 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   María Vento-Kabchi 7–5, 6–0
Winner 3. April 19, 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Corina Morariu 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 5. October 5, 1999 AIG Japan Open Hard   Amy Frazier 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. March 2, 2003 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. October 26, 2003 Linz, Austria Hard   Nadia Petrova 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. January 10, 2004 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Nadia Petrova 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. August 17, 2005 Carlsbad, U.S. Hard   Mary Pierce 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. October 1, 2006 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Eleni Daniilidou 3–6, 6–2, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles wins (38)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (3)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (9)
Tier II (18)
Tier III (7)
Tier IV(1)
Titles by surface
Hard (24)
Clay (5)
Grass (4)
Carpet (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. April 10, 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Mami Donoshiro   Yayuk Basuki
  Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–1
2. January 14, 1995 Hobart, Australia Hard   Kyōko Nagatsuka   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Neiland
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
3. April 21, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Kimiko Date   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
4. September 21, 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Monica Seles   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Chanda Rubin
6–1, 6–0
5. January 10, 1998 Hope Island, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva   Park Sung-hee
  Wang Shi-ting
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
6. October 31, 1998 Luxembourg, Luxembourg City Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Larisa Neiland
  Elena Tatarkova
6–7, 6–3, 2–0 ret.
7. November 8, 1998 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Manon Bollegraf
  Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
8. November 15, 1998 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Monica Seles
  Natasha Zvereva
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
9. January 16, 1999 Sydney, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva   Mary Joe Fernández
  Anke Huber
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
10. May 22, 1999 Strasbourg, France Clay   Elena Likhovtseva   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 7–6, 6–1
11. January 15, 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
6–0, 6–3
12. April 2, 2000 Miami, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
13. June 24, 2000 Eastbourne, U.K. Grass   Nathalie Tauziat   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
14. August 27, 2000 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
15. September 10, 2000 New York, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
16. October 8, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Nana Miyagi
  Paola Suárez
6–0, 6–2
17. October 29, 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Julie Halard-Decugis   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
18. January 13, 2001 Canberra, Australia Hard   Nicole Arendt   Esme De Villiers
  Annabel Ellwood
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
19. March 17, 2001 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Nicole Arendt   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
20. February 23, 2002 Memphis, U.S. Hard   Elena Tatarkova   Melissa Middleton
  Brie Rippner
6–4, 2–6, 6–0
21. January 11, 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard   Kim Clijsters   Conchita Martínez
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–3
22. February 16, 2003 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i)   Kim Clijsters   Nathalie Dechy
  Émilie Loit
6–2, 6–0
23. March 2, 2003 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–1, 6–4
24. June 8, 2003 Paris, France Clay   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–7(5–7), 6–2, 9–7
25. July 6, 2003 Wimbledon, U.K. Grass   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
26. August 3, 2003 San Diego, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 7–5
27. October 19, 2003 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i)   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
7–6(7–3), 6–2
28. October 26, 2003 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Liezel Huber   Marion Bartoli
  Silvia Farina Elia
6–1, 7–6(8–6)
29. August 8, 2004 Montreal, Canada Hard   Shinobu Asagoe   Liezel Huber
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–0, 6–3
30. September 19, 2004 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Anastasia Myskina   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–5
31. June 12, 2005 Birmingham, U.K. Grass   Daniela Hantuchová   Eleni Daniilidou
  Jennifer Russell
6–2, 6–3
32. March 4, 2006 Doha, Qatar Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Li Ting
  Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–4
33. May 21, 2006 Rome, Italy Clay   Daniela Hantuchová   Květa Peschke
  Francesca Schiavone
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
34. August 19, 2007 Toronto, Canada Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–4, 2–6, [10–5]
35. April 6, 2008 Miami, U.S. Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–5, 4–6, [10–3]
36. April 20, 2008 Charleston, U.S. Clay   Katarina Srebotnik   Edina Gallovits
  Olga Govortsova
6–2, 6–2
37. October 26, 2008 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–4, 7–5
38. June 20, 2009 Eastbourne, U.K. Grass   Akgul Amanmuradova   Samantha Stosur
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–3

Doubles runners-up (33)Edit

  • 2009: Australian Open, Rome, Tokyo (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2008: Antwerp (w. Peschke)
  • 2007: Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Linz, WTA Tour Championships (w. Srebotnik)
  • 2006: Roland Garros, Los Angeles (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2005: Sydney (w. Dementieva), San Diego, Zurich (w. Hantuchová)
  • 2004: Wimbledon (w. Huber), Olympics (lost bronze medal match with Asagoe)
  • 2003: Berlin, Indian Wells, Tours Championships (all w. Clijsters), Shanghai (w. Tanasugarn)
  • 2002: San Diego, Los Angeles (both w. Hantuchová), Montréal (Canadian Open), Shanghai, Linz (all w. Fujiwara)
  • 2001: Wimbledon, Tokyo (both w. Clijsters)
  • 2000: Wimbledon, Montréal (Canadian Open), Linz (all w. Halard-Decugis)
  • 1999: Paris, Leipzig (both w. Likhovtseva)
  • 1997: Strasbourg (w. Likhovtseva)
  • 1995: Tokyo (w. Nagatsuka)
  • 1994: Surabaya (w. Nagatsuka)

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit


Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career W-L
Australian Open A Q3 Q1 1R 3R 2R 4R 1R QF 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R 19–15
French Open A Q1 A 4R 1R 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 18–15
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 3R 4R QF 1R 4R 3R 3R 3R 25–17
US Open Q1 A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 4R 4R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 22–16
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Not Tier I 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 4R 4R 4R A A 4R 4R 3R 2R 19–12
Miami A A 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R A 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R QF 3R 4R 2R 18–16
Madrid Not Held 1R 0–1
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A 0–0
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0–1
Rome A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R SF 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 11–13
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0–1
Toronto/Montréal A A A A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R A 3R 2R 3R 1R QF 2R 15–12
Tokyo NH 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 2R 1R QF 1R 2R QF 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 20–18
Former WTA Tier I tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Moscow NH Not Tier I F 1R QF 2R A A A 1R A A A A NM5 7–5
Charleston A A A A A 2R 1R A A 1R 2R A A 3R A A 2R 5–6
Zürich NT1 A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 2R QF 1R 2R Q3 NTI Not
San Diego Not Tier I QF F 1R 3R NTI 9–4
Doha Not Held Not Tier I 3R 2–1
Berlin A A A A 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R A 1R 3R 1R 1R A A 5–10
Career statistics
Tournaments played 16 17 14 17 19 26 23 23 25 25 27 26 24 27 25 23 24 19 409
Finals reached 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 13
Tournaments won 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Overall Win-Loss 23–15 21–17 19–16 18–17 24–21 32–28 37–21 29–24 20–25 28–25 37–27 44–25 33–25 31–27 30–25 22–25 29–27 8–20 492–417
Year-end ranking 180 142 72 46 32 20 18 24 33 30 24 10 17 30 26 38 31 N/A N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament

SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Q# = lost in the qualifying tournament


Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR Career win-loss
Australian Open 1R - 2R 2R 1R QF 2R QF SF 3R QF SF 3R 3R QF 2R F 0 / 16 35–16
French Open - - 2R 2R 2R 3R QF SF 3R SF W 1R 2R F F 2R 3R 1 / 15 38–14
Wimbledon Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R F F 3R W F QF 1R F 2R 2R 1 / 14 36–15
US Open - 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R W - 1R 2R SF 3R 2R QF SF 3R 1 / 11 27–13
Year-end championships
WTA Finals A A A A A QF QF QF A SF F A A A F SF A 0 / 7 3–7
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Not Tier I 2R QF QF 2R W 2R F A A QF 1R SF 1R 1 / 11 21–10
Miami A A QF 2R 1R QF A W 1R 1R QF QF 1R QF 1R W 1R 2 / 14 20–12
Madrid Not Held QF 0 / 1 2–1
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Not Held Not Tier I A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A 1R 2R 2R QF QF QF A 2R QF W 2R 2R F 1 / 12 14–11
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I QF 0 / 1 1–1
Toronto/Montréal A A A A 2R 2R QF F QF F A W SF QF W QF SF 2 / 12 28–10
Tokyo QF 1R 1R 1R 1R SF QF 1R SF 1R SF QF SF QF 1R 1R F 0 / 17 15–16
Former WTA Tier I tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Moscow Not Tier I SF 1R SF W A A A SF A A A A NM5 0 / 5 10–4
Charleston A A A A 2R 1R A A A 1R A A 2R A A W 1 / 5 5–4
Zürich A A A A 1R QF QF 1R A 1R W A SF QF SF NTI Not
1 / 9 11–8
San Diego Not Tier I 1R F QF SF NTI 0 / 4 7–4
Doha Not Held Not Tier I SF 0 / 1 2–1
Berlin A A A 2R QF 2R QF A A F A SF QF QF A A 0 / 8 13–8
Career statistics
Tournaments played 11 12 16 14 23 22 23 25 17 26 22 19 23 21 21 21 17 333
Finals reached 0 2 2 1 2 4 3 10 4 6 14 3 4 4 5 4 4 13
Tournaments won 0 1 1 1 1 4 2 7 2 1 8 2 1 2 1 3 1 38
Overall Win-Loss 8–10 16–9 18–15 11–12 23–22 38–18 31–21 59–17 35–15 40–24 59–12 36–16 35–20 37–18 38–19 40–17 29–15 566–295
Year-end ranking 208 53 45 77 25 13 16 2 9 12 3 9 14 12 6 6 N/A No. 1
(Oct. 2000)

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career win-loss
Australian Open - - - 2R - 2R - 2R - - 2R - - 4–4
French Open 3R - - QF SF 1R - - - 1R - 1R - 9–6
Wimbledon 1R - - 2R - QF - - SF - 1R - QF 11–6
US Open - - - W 1R SF - - 2R QF - - 1R 11–5

WTA Tour career earningsEdit


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