Ai Sugiyama

Ai Sugiyama (杉山愛, Sugiyama Ai, born July 5, 1975) is a Japanese former professional tennis player. She reached the world No. 1 ranking in women's doubles on the WTA Tour and had a career-high singles ranking of world 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
杉山愛
AI SUGIYAMA (3244568073).jpg
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceKanagawa
Born (1975-07-05) July 5, 1975 (age 45)
Yokohama
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned proOctober, 1992
RetiredOctober, 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$8,128,126
Singles
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)
Doubles
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)

CareerEdit

1990sEdit

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.

2000-2005Edit

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.

2006Edit

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.

2007Edit

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]

2008Edit

 
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.

2009Edit

 
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(5–7), 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(5–7)
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(5–7), 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. Jul 1994 Surabaya, Indonesia Hard   Elena Wagner 6–2, 0–6, ret.
Runner-up 2. Nov 1995 Oakland, United States Carpet (i)   Magdalena Maleeva 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. Jan 1997 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva 6–3, 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Winner 1. Apr 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Amy Frazier 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. Nov 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. Jan 1998 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   María Vento-Kabchi 7–5, 6–0
Winner 3. Apr 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Corina Morariu 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 5. Oct 1999 AIG Japan Open Hard   Amy Frazier 2–6, 2–6
Winner 4. Mar 2003 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. Oct 2003 Linz, Austria Hard   Nadia Petrova 7–5, 6–4
Winner 6. Jan 2004 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Nadia Petrova 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. Aug 2005 Carlsbad, U.S. Hard   Mary Pierce 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. Oct 2006 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Eleni Daniilidou 3–6, 6–2, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles (38-33)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. Apr 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Mami Donoshiro   Yayuk Basuki
  Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1. Nov 1994 Surabaya, Indonesia Hard   Kyōko Nagatsuka   Yayuk Basuki
  Romana Tedjakusuma
w/o
Winner 2. Jan 1995 Hobart, Australia Hard   Kyōko Nagatsuka   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Neiland
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. Apr 1995 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Kyōko Nagatsuka   Yuka Yoshida
  Miho Saeki
7–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 3. Apr 1996 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Kimiko Date   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 3. May 1997 Strasbourg Clay   Elena Likhovtseva   Helena Suková
  Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 1–6
Winner 4. Sep 1997 Tokyo (Princess Cup), Japan Hard   Monica Seles   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Chanda Rubin
6–1, 6–0
Winner 5. Jan 1998 Hope Island, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva   Park Sung-hee
  Wang Shi-ting
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. Oct 1998 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Larisa Neiland
  Elena Tatarkova
6–7, 6–3, 2–0 ret.
Winner 7. Nov 1998 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Manon Bollegraf
  Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 8. Nov 1998 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Monica Seles
  Natasha Zvereva
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 9. Jan 1999 Sydney, Australia Hard   Elena Likhovtseva   Mary Joe Fernández
  Anke Huber
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Runner-up 4. Feb 1999 Paris (GDF), France Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Irina Spîrlea
  Caroline Vis
5–7, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 10. May 1999 Strasbourg, France Clay   Elena Likhovtseva   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
2–6, 7–6, 6–1
Runner-up 5. Nov 1999 Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i)   Elena Likhovtseva   Larisa Neiland
  Mary Pierce
4–6, 3–6
Winner 11. Jan 2000 Sydney, Australia Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Martina Hingis
  Mary Pierce
6–0, 6–3
Winner 12. Apr 2000 Miami, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 13. Jun 2000 Eastbourne, U.K. Grass   Nathalie Tauziat   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 6. Jul 2000 Wimbledon, UK Grass   Julie Halard-Decugis   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. Aug 2000 Montreal, Canada Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Martina Hingis
  Nathalie Tauziat
3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Winner 14. Aug 2000 New Haven, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 15. Sep 2000 New York City, U.S. Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 16. Oct 2000 Tokyo (Princess Cup), Japan Hard   Julie Halard-Decugis   Nana Miyagi
  Paola Suárez
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 8. Oct 2000 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Nathalie Tauziat   Amélie Mauresmo
  Chanda Rubin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 17. Oct 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i)   Julie Halard-Decugis   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 18. Jan 2001 Canberra, Australia Hard   Nicole Arendt   Esmé de Villiers
  Annabel Ellwood
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 19. Mar 2001 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Nicole Arendt   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 9. Jul 2001 Wimbledon, U.K Grass   Kim Clijsters   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. Sep 2001 Tokyo (Princess Cup), Japan Hard   Kim Clijsters   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
1–6, 3–6
Winner 20. Feb 2002 Memphis, U.S. Hard   Elena Tatarkova   Melissa Middleton
  Brie Rippner
6–4, 2–6, 6–0
Runner-up 11. Aug 2002 San Diego, United States Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. Aug 2002 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Kim Clijsters
  Jelena Dokić
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 13. Aug 2002 Montreal, Canada Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
4-6, 6-7(4)
Runner-up 14. Sep 2002 Shanghai, China Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Anna Kournikova
  Janet Lee
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 15. Oct 2002 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Rika Fujiwara   Jelena Dokić
  Nadia Petrova
3–6, 2–6
Winner 21. Jan 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard   Kim Clijsters   Conchita Martínez
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 6–3
Winner 22. Feb 2003 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet (i)   Kim Clijsters   Nathalie Dechy
  Émilie Loit
6–2, 6–0
Winner 23. Mar 2003 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 16. Mar 2003 Indian Wells Open, United States Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 17. May 2003 German Open, Germany Clay   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 24. Jun 2003 Paris, France Clay   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–7(5), 6–2, 9–7
Winner 25. Jul 2003 Wimbledon, U.K. Grass   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–4, 6–4
Winner 26. Aug 2003 San Diego, U.S. Hard   Kim Clijsters   Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 18. Sep 2003 Shanghai, China Hard   Tamarine Tanasugarn   Émilie Loit
  Nicole Pratt
3–6, 3–6
Winner 27. Oct 2003 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i)   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
7–6(3), 6–2
Winner 28. Oct 2003 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Liezel Huber   Marion Bartoli
  Silvia Farina Elia
6–1, 7–6(6)
Runner-up 19. Nov 2003 WTA Finals, United States Hard   Kim Clijsters   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 20. Jul 2004 Wimbledon Grass   Liezel Huber   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 29. Aug 2004 Montreal, Canada Hard   Shinobu Asagoe   Liezel Huber
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–0, 6–3
Winner 30. Sep 2004 Bali, Indonesia Hard   Anastasia Myskina   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 21. Jan 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard   Elena Dementieva   Bryanne Stewart
  Samantha Stosur
walkover
Winner 31. Jun 2005 Birmingham, U.K. Grass   Daniela Hantuchová   Eleni Daniilidou
  Jennifer Russell
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 22. Aug 2005 San Diego, United States Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Conchita Martínez
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
7–6(7), 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 23. Oct 2005 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i)   Daniela Hantuchová   Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
7–6(6), 6–7(4), 3–6
Winner 32. Mar 2006 Doha, Qatar Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Li Ting
  Sun Tiantian
6–4, 6–4
Winner 33. May 2006 Rome, Italy Clay   Daniela Hantuchová   Květa Peschke
  Francesca Schiavone
3–6, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 24. Jun 2006 French Open, Paris, France Clay   Daniela Hantuchová   Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 25. Aug 2006 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 26. May 2007 Paris, France Clay   Katarina Srebotnik   Alicia Molik
  Mara Santangelo
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 27. Jun 2007 Wimbledon, London Grass   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 34. Aug 2007 Toronto, Canada Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–4, 2–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 28. Oct 2007 Linz, Austria Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
2–6, 6–3, [8–10]
Runner-up 29. Nov 2007 WTA Tour Championships, Madrid Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–5, 3–6, [8–10]
Runner-up 30. Feb 2008 Antwerp, Belgium Hard (i)   Květa Peschke   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
1–6, 3–6
Winner 35. Apr 2008 Miami, U.S. Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–5, 4–6, [10–3]
Winner 36. Apr 2008 Charleston, U.S. Clay   Katarina Srebotnik   Edina Gallovits
  Olga Govortsova
6–2, 6–2
Winner 37. Oct 2008 Linz, Austria Hard (i)   Katarina Srebotnik   Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 31. Jan 2009 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 32. May 2009 Rome, Italy Clay   Daniela Hantuchová   Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
5–7, 6–7(5)
Winner 38. Jun 2009 Eastbourne, U.K. Grass   Akgul Amanmuradova   Samantha Stosur
  Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 33. Oct 2009 Tokyo, Japan Hard (i)   Daniela Hantuchová   Alisa Kleybanova
  Francesca Schiavone
4–6, 2–6

ITF finalsEdit

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (1–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 19 July 1992 Evansville, United States Hard   Iva Majoli 3-6, 1-6
Winner 2. 20 July 1992 Roanoke, United States Hard   Tatiana Ignatieva 6–2, 3–2, ret.
Runner-up 3. 19 July 1993 St. Simons, United States Clay   Hiromi Nagano 1–6, 1–6

Doubles (4–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 10 February 1992 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Mami Donoshiro   Huang Qian
  Yang Li-hua
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 17 February 1992 Bandung, Indonesia Hard   Mami Donoshiro   Chen Li-Ling
  Yi Jing-Qian
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 26 June 1993 Roanoke, United States Hard   Yoshiko Sasano   Mareze Joubert
  Vanessa Webb
6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 21 August 1994 Fayettevile, United States Hard   Yuka Yoshida   Andrea Leand
  Eleni Rossides
6–4, 7–5
Winner 5. 6 May 2007 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Ayumi Morita   Kumiko Iijima
  Seiko Okamoto
6–1, 3–6, 6–0

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

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
Held
20–17
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

DoublesEdit

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
Held
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

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
1992–94 0 0 0 132,587 n/a
1995 0 0 0 154,316 37
1996 0 0 0 160,077 43
1997 0 1 1 307,837[permanent dead link] 26[permanent dead link]
1998 0 2 2 377,728 19
1999 0 0 0 405,148 24
2000 0 0 0 729,635[permanent dead link] 12[permanent dead link]
2001 0 0 0 436,427 26
2002 0 0 0 416,408 26
2003 0 2 2 1,254,283 7
2004 0 1 1 736,354 17
2005 0 0 0 495,592 25
2006 0 0 0 595,062[permanent dead link] 25[permanent dead link]
2007 0 0 0 691,897[permanent dead link] 21[permanent dead link]
2008 0 0 0 757,201[permanent dead link] 18[permanent dead link]
2009 0 0 0 477,574 44
Career 0 6 6 8,128,126 27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Women's Tennis Association (November 11, 2007). "Black, Huber Enjoy Season-Ending Glory in Madrid". Women's Tennis Association. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  3. ^ Emotional Day 1 in Tokyo Archived September 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Sony Ericsson WTA Tour official website, posted September 27, 2009

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Yayuk Basuki
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
1999
Succeeded by
  Kim Clijsters