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Hiroko Kuwata (Japanese: 桑田寛子; born 18 December 1990) is a Japanese tennis player.

Hiroko Kuwata
桑田寛子
Hiroko Kuwata 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 28)
Japan
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$283,075
Singles
Career record251-198
Career titles7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 150 (9 May 2016)
Current rankingNo. 281 (24 June 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2016)
French OpenQ2 (2017)
WimbledonQ1 (2015)
US OpenQ1 (2014, 2015)
Doubles
Career record178-120
Career titles17 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 112 (13 July 2015)
Current rankingNo. 205 (24 June 2019)
Last updated on: 25 June 2019.

Kuwata has won seven singles and 17 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 9 May 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 150. On 13 July 2015, she peaked at No. 112 in the doubles rankings.

CareerEdit

Kuwata made her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 Citi Open, having entered the qualifying tournament and defeating Sanaz Marand and Stéphanie Dubois for a spot in the main draw. She was thereby pitted against world No. 45 Alison Riske and defeated the American in straight sets, losing five games in the process. It was Kuwata's first main-draw win at the WTA level.[1] She also competed in the doubles event, partnering with Kurumi Nara to defeat Nicola Slater and Emily Webley-Smith in the first round. The Japanese advanced to the final of the event, losing to Shuko Aoyama and Gabriela Dabrowski.[2]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2014 Citi Open, United States Hard   Kurumi Nara   Shuko Aoyama
  Gabriela Dabrowski
1–6, 2–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 15 (7–8)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–7)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 February 2012 Vale do Lobo, Portugal Hard   Estelle Guisard 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 24 March 2012 Kōfu, Japan Hard   Liu Fangzhou 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 2. 23 March 2013 Kōfu, Japan Hard   Yuuki Tanaka 3–6, 1–6
Winner 2. 17 August 2013 Uşak, Turkey Hard   Michaela Frlicka 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Winner 3. 14 September 2013 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i)   Akiko Yonemura 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 24 November 2013 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i)   Luksika Kumkhum 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 2 March 2014 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Misa Eguchi 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 26 October 2014 Perth, Australia Hard   Rebecca Peterson 3–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 26 September 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Bunyawi Thamchaiwat 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 5. 31 October 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Valeriya Strakhova 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 15 November 2015 Bendigo, Australia Hard   Misa Eguchi 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 6. 8 May 2016 Gifu, Japan Hard   Wang Qiang 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 30 December 2017 Hong Kong Hard   Haruka Kaja 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 8. 6 January 2018 Hong Kong Hard   Lee Ya-hsuan 4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 9 June 2018 Singapore Hard   Jovana Jaksic 7–6, 6–0

Doubles: 28 (17–11)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (13–10)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (3–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 March 2012 Miyazaki, Japan Grass   Akari Inoue   Kanae Hisami
  Yumi Miyazaki
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 1. 17 June 2012 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Akari Inoue   Miyabi Inoue
  Kaori Onishi
7–5, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 2. 24 June 2012 Mie, Japan Grass   Yuuki Tanaka   Akari Inoue
  Kaori Onishi
6–3, 3–6, [10–5]
Winner 3. 23 March 2013 Kōfu, Japan Hard   Akari Inoue   Han Na-lae
  Yang Zi
3–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Runner-up 2. 10 August 2013 Vienna, Austria Clay   Hirono Watanabe   Michaela Pochabová
  Rebecca Šramková
5–7, 2–6
Winner 4. 14 September 2013 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i)   Miyu Kato   Mana Ayukawa
  Emi Mutaguchi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 2 March 2014 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Miyabi Inoue   Jessica Moore
  Aleksandrina Naydenova
4–6, 3–6
Winner 5. 15 June 2014 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Mari Tanaka   Nao Hibino
  Prarthana Thombare
6–1, 6–4
Winner 6. 13 July 2014 Gatineau, Canada Hard   Chiaki Okadaue   Mana Ayukawa
  Justyna Jegiołka
6–1, 6–4
Winner 7. 20 July 2014 Granby, Canada Hard   Riko Sawayanagi   Erin Routliffe
  Carol Zhao
w/o
Winner 8. 8 February 2015 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Demi Schuurs   Manon Arcangioli
  Cindy Burger
6–1, 6–3
Winner 9. 15 March 2015 Mildura, Australia Grass   Yuuki Tanaka   Tian Ran
  Wang Yan
6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 4. 28 March 2015 Quanzhou, China Hard   Junri Namigata   Eri Hozumi
  Makoto Ninomiya
3–6, 7–6(7–2), [2–10]
Winner 10. 5 June 2015 Andijan, Uzbekistan Hard   Nigina Abduraimova   Veronika Kudermetova
  Ksenia Lykina
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–9]
Winner 11. 25 September 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Ayaka Okuno   Mana Ayukawa
  Yuuki Tanaka
2–6, 6–1, [10–6]
Runner-up 5. 14 November 2015 Bendigo, Australia Hard   Natela Dzalamidze   Lauren Embree
  Asia Muhammad
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 7 May 2016 Gifu, Japan Hard   Ayaka Okuno   Eri Hozumi
  Miyu Kato
1–6, 2–6
Winner 12. 30 July 2016 Lexington, United States Hard   Zhu Lin   Sophie Chang
  Alexandra Mueller
6–0, 7–5
Winner 13. 23 October 2016 Suzhou, China Hard   Akiko Omae   Jacqueline Cako
  Sabina Sharipova
6–1, 6–3
Winner 14. 6 January 2017 Hong Kong Hard   Akiko Omae   Ksenia Lykina
  Riko Sawayanagi
6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 7. 27 March 2017 Quanzhou, China Hard   Zhu Lin   Han Xinyun
  Ye Qiuyu
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 17 June 2017 Kōfu, Japan Hard   Riko Sawayanagi   Rika Fujiwara
  Kyōka Okamura
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 15. 15 July 2017 Winnipeg, Canada Hard   Valeria Savinykh   Kimberly Birrell
  Caroline Dolehide
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 16. 22 July 2017 Gatineau, Canada Hard   Valeria Savinykh   Kimberly Birrell
  Emily Webley-Smith
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Runner-up 9. 5 August 2017 Lexington, United States Hard   Valeria Savinykh   Priscilla Hon
  Vera Lapko
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 25 August 2018 Tsukuba, Japan Hard   Naiktha Bains   Akiko Omae
  You Xiaodi
0–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 17. 28 September 2018 Darwin, Australia Hard   Rutuja Bhosale   Kimberly Birrell
  Katy Dunne
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 12 January 2019 Hong Kong Hard   Robu Kajtani   Chen Pei-hsuan
  Wu Fang-hsien
3–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Citi Open Main Draw Singles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Citi Open Main Draw Doubles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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