Aiko Nakamura

Aiko Nakamura (中村藍子, Nakamura Aiko) (born 28 December 1983), is a Japanese former professional tennis player. In July 2008, she was the second highest WTA-ranked Japanese singles tennis player, at No. 107, after Ai Sugiyama.

Aiko Nakamura
中村藍子
Aiko Nakamura 2007 Australian Open womens doubles R1.jpg
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTennōji-ku, Osaka
Born (1983-12-28) 28 December 1983 (age 36)
Osaka
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$861,081
Singles
Career record268–237
Career titles0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 47 (6 August 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2006, 2007)
French Open1R (2005–2008)
Wimbledon2R (2005, 2007)
US Open2R (2005, 2006)
Doubles
Career record80–113
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 64 (3 March 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2008)
French Open1R (2006–2008)
Wimbledon2R (2005, 2007, 2008)
US Open2R (2007)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–4

Nakamura was born in Tennōji-ku, Osaka. Like her role-model Monica Seles, she had a double-handed forehand and backhand, but served right-handed. She won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 2006, she reached the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Marion Bartoli in three sets.

Nakamura also played for Japan's Fed Cup team. She retired from professional tennis in 2012.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 runner-upEdit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss Oct 2006 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Marion Bartoli 6–2, 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 runner-upEdit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss Sep 2008 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Ayumi Morita   Jill Craybas
  Marina Erakovic
6–4, 5–7, [6–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4–6)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 April 2002 Gunma, Japan Carpet   Maria Sharapova 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 21 July 2002 Baltimore, United States Hard   Tory Zawacki 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2002 Haibara, Japan Carpet   Shinobu Asagoe 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 27 October 2002 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Haruka Inoue 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 23 November 2003 Nuriootpa, South Australia, Australia Hard   Jessica Lehnhoff 6–7(2), 6–7(2)
Winner 6. 8 August 2004 Louisville, United States Hard   Vilmarie Castellvi 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 24 October 2004 Haibara, Japan Carpet   Yuka Yoshida 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 7 May 2006 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Erika Takao 1–6, 7–5, 1–6
Winner 9. 3 May 2009 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Tomoko Yonemura 6–1, 6–4
Winner 10. 29 August 2011 Tsukuba, Japan Hard   Chan Chin-wei 6–3, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles (3–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 28 July 2002 Evansville, United States Hard   Kim Jin-hee   Gabrielle Baker
  Deanna Roberts
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 18 May 2003 Nagano, Japan Grass   Maki Arai   Tomoko Taira
  Tomoko Yonemura
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 25 May 2003 Gunma, Japan Grass   Maki Arai   Kumiko Iijima
  Suchanun Viratprasert
6–4, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 18 April 2004 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Olena Antypina
  Goulnara Fattakhetdinova
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 3 May 2009 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Sophie Ferguson   Misaki Doi
  Kurumi Nara
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 2 May 2011 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Junri Namigata   Shuko Aoyama
  Rika Fujiwara
6–7(3), 0–6

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