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Ayumi Morita (森田 あゆみ, Morita Ayumi, born March 11, 1990[1]) is a Japanese tennis player. She reached her career-high ranking of 42nd in the world on June 6, 2011 and is currently the fifth highest ranked Japanese player in the world at world No. 153. At Junior level, she reached a career high ranking of No. 3.

Ayumi Morita
森田 あゆみ
2014 Australian Open - Ayumi Morita 2.jpg
Morita at the 2014 Australian Open
Country (sports)  Japan
Residence Ōta, Gunma, Japan
Born (1990-03-11) March 11, 1990 (age 27)
Ōta, Gunma, Japan
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money US $1,657,166
Singles
Career record 258 - 213
Career titles 0 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest ranking No. 40 (October 3, 2011)
Current ranking No. 832 (June 19, 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2011, 2013)
French Open 2R (2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2012)
US Open 2R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 75 - 68
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 65 (February 9, 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 3R (2011)
US Open 2R (2010)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 23–14
Last updated on: March 07, 2015.

Morita is known for strong and consistent two-handed groundstrokes which she hits very flat. She is also regarded as very tough mentally for a young player, often showing great resolve to win close matches despite a lackluster serve.[citation needed] Morita is a small and quick player with excellent footwork and movement around the court.

Morita is one of the most successful Fed Cup players of recent times with a 23–14 match win record for Japan.

Contents

CareerEdit

 
The tennis career of Ayumi Morita

On September 16, 2008, she beat world No. 19 Ágnes Szávay in three sets in the Toray Pan Pacific Open.[2]

On January 5, 2009, Morita upset former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaëlla Krajicek in the final round of qualifying to reach the main draw of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She faced third set deficits in all three of her qualifying matches, including a 4–1 deficit in her first match against Katie O'Brien.

2011Edit

Her first tournament of 2011 was the 2011 ASB Classic. She faced Romanian teenager Simona Halep and lost in straight sets despite recovering from being two breaks down in the second set. Her next tournament was the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International. She beat Akgul Amanmuradova. Her next opponent was Bethanie Mattek-Sands, to whom she lost in two sets. Ayumi played at the 2011 Australian Open – Women's Singles where she defeated 27 seed Alexandra Dulgheru in two sets. She defeated wildcard Caroline Garcia in the second round but lost to Peng Shuai in the third round.

At the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, Morita qualified by defeating Sophie Lefèvre and Vesna Manasieva. In the first round of the main draw, she defeated No. 14 seed Petra Kvitová in two tiebreaks. Before the match, Kvitová had only lost once in 2011 and had already won two titles. Morita beat Indian wildcard Sania Mirza in the second round before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.

2013Edit

Morita reached the third round of the Australian Open with straight-sets victories over Anna Tatishvili and Annika Beck, then lost to Serena Williams on Rod Laver Arena.

WTA finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. October 7, 2007 Bangkok Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Junri Namigata   Sun Tiantian
  Yan Zi
w/o
Runner-up 2. September 29, 2008 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard   Aiko Nakamura   Jill Craybas
  Marina Erakovic
6–4 5–7 [6–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles 16 (8–8)Edit

WTA 125s tournaments
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 May 2005 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Chan Yung-jan 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 May 2006 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Chan Yung-jan 3–6, 6–4, 1–6
Winner 3. 6 August 2006 Tokachi, Japan Carpet   Erika Takao 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 4. 30 September 2006 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Chan Yung-jan 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 6 May 2007 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Chan Yung-jan 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 9 June 2007 Surbiton, England Grass   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 7. 22 July 2007 Kurume, Japan Grass   Erika Takao 6–1, 3–1 ret.
Runner-up 8. 5 August 2007 Obihiro, Japan Carpet   Sophie Ferguson 4–6, 3–6
Winner 9. 2 November 2008 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Jarmila Gajdošová 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 10. 22 November 2008 Kolkata, India Hard   Elora Dabija 6–3, 6–1
Winner 11. 30 November 2008 Toyota, Japan Carpet   Ksenia Lykina 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 8 November 2009 Taipei, Chinese Taipei Hard   Chan Yung-jan 4–6, 6–2, 2–6
Winner 13. 4 October 2010 Toyota, Japan Hard   Jill Craybas 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 14. 7 November 2010 Taipei, Chinese Taipei Hard   Peng Shuai 1–6, 4–6
Winner 15. 31 October 2011 Taipei, Chinese Taipei Hard   Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 3 November 2013 Nanjing, China Hard   Zhang Shuai 4–6 ret.

Doubles 7 (3–4)Edit

WTA 125s tournaments
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 23 July 2005 Kurume, Japan Carpet   Erika Sema   Chan Chin-wei
  Hsieh Su-wei
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 17 February 2006 Sydney, Australia Hard   Junri Namigata   Chan Chin-wei
  Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 16 February 2007 Melbourne, Australia Clay   Natsumi Hamamura   Hwang I-hsuan
  Lee Ye-ra
2–6, 1–6
Winner 4. 6 May 2007 Gifu, Japan Carpet   Ai Sugiyama   Kumiko Iijima
  Seiko Okamoto
6–1, 3–6, 6–0
Winner 5. 13 May 2007 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Akiko Yonemura   Rika Fujiwara
  Junri Namigata
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 5 August 2007 Obihiro, Japan Carpet   Akiko Yonemura   Kumiko Iijima
  Junri Namigata
6–7(3–7), 0–6
Winner 7. 10 October 2009 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Chan Yung-jan   Kimiko Date-Krumm
  Rika Fujiwara
6–2, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R A 5–6
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A 2–6
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A 2–6
US Open A A 1R 1R 1R 2R A A 1–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–4 1–4 3–4 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 10–22

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R 2R 3R 1R 4–4
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 3–6
US Open 1R 2R 2R 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 1–4 2–2 4–4 2–3 1–3 10–17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ayumi Morita – News and More". Tennis-X. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  2. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (2008-09-17). "Morita upsets Svazay". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 

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