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Haruka Inoue (井上 青香, Inoue Haruka, born 7 June 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Japan.

Haruka Inoue
Full nameHaruka Inoue
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1977-06-07) 7 June 1977 (age 42)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$206,194
Singles
Career record188–151
Highest rankingNo. 108 (17 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1998)
French Open1R (1998)
Wimbledon1R (1997, 1998)
US OpenQ2 (1998, 1999)
Doubles
Career record61–79
Highest rankingNo. 114 (23 July 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2002)
WimbledonQ2 (1998, 2001)

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Inoue was born in Tokyo on 7 June 1977. A right-handed baseline player, she started tennis aged nine and was coached by her father Gou. Her younger sisters, Maiko and Akari, also played on the professional tennis circuit.

She had her best year as a junior in 1995 when she was a girls' singles quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and semi-finalist at the Wimbledon Championships.[1]

Professional careerEdit

In 1996 she graduated from high school and began competing on the professional tour.

Her earliest success on the WTA Tour came at the Wismilak International in Surabaya, where he made the quarter-finals in both 1996 and 1997.

She qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament at the 1997 Wimbledon Championships and was beaten by seventh seed Anke Huber in the first round.[2]

In the 1998 season she reached her highest ranking of 108 in the world. Her highlights in 1998 include reaching the quarter-finals of the ENKA Open in Istanbul as well as main draw appearances in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. At Wimbledon she was one of only three players to take a set off Nathalie Tauziat on the Frenchwoman's run to the final.[3]

She never represented Japan at Fed Cup level but was a member of the bronze medal winning women's team at the 1998 Asian Games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ITF Tennis - Juniors - Player Profile - Inoue, Haruka (JPN)". ITF. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Former champ Martinez impressive". Deseret News. 24 June 1997. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon encore is burden for Hingis Still, defending champ wins opening match". The Baltimore Sun. 24 June 1998. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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