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Nao Hibino (日比野 菜緒, Hibino Nao, born 28 November 1994) is a Japanese tennis player. On 18 January 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 56. On 31 July 2017, she peaked at No. 43 in the doubles rankings. In 2015, she won her first WTA Tour title at the Tashkent Open.

Nao Hibino
日比野 菜緒
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Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceIchinomiya, Aichi
Born (1994-11-28) November 28, 1994 (age 24)
Ichinomiya, Aichi
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,311,753
Singles
Career record239–178 (57.3%)
Career titles2 WTA, 8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 56 (18 January 2016)
Current rankingNo. 87 (16 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2016, 2017, 2018)
French Open1R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon1R (2016, 2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Doubles
Career record128–118 (52.0%)
Career titles2 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 43 (31 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 86 (12 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2016, 2017, 2018)
Wimbledon1R (2016)
US Open3R (2016, 2018)
Last updated on: 17 August 2019.

CareerEdit

2014Edit

Hibino made her WTA main-draw debut at the Japan Women's Open, in the doubles event where she partnered Riko Sawayanagi. They lost in the first round to Yurika Sema and Erika Sema. Prior to her main-draw debut she had won four singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 2015, she made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open where she defeated Anna Tatishvili in the first qualifying round.

2015Edit

In 2015, Hibino reached the final of the Fukuoka International Women's Cup where she lost to Kristýna Plíšková. The following week she won the Kurume Best Amenity Cup, defeating Eri Hozumi in the final, 6–3, 6–1. Hibino made her debut at Wimbledon, defeating Ayumi Morita in the first qualifying round before losing to Anna Tatishvili. Her second $50,000 title came at the Stockton Challenge, defeating Belgian An-Sophie Mestach in the final. This was Hibino's first singles title outside Japan. Her rise continued when she continued her good results at the Gold River Challenge and the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, reaching the semifinals and winning the title, respectively. At the US Open, Hibino reached the final qualifying round, defeating Tereza Martincová and Eri Hozumi before losing to Kateryna Bondarenko.

At the Japan Open, Hibino won her first singles WTA main-draw match defeating Hiroko Kuwata in three sets, before she lost to Madison Brengle. Her success on the WTA Tour continued when she won her first WTA title at the Tashkent Open without dropping a set. Her wins were over Anhelina Kalinina, Kateryna Kozlova, Bojana Jovanovski and Donna Vekić in the final. This title gave Hibino a career-high ranking, breaking into the top 100 for the first time in her career.

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2015 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Donna Vekić 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Oct 2016 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Kristýna Plíšková 3–6, 6–2, 3–6
Loss 1–2 Mar 2017 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur International Hard   Ashleigh Barty 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Jul 2017 Jiangxi Open, Nanchang International Hard   Peng Shuai 3–6, 2–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Hiroshima International Hard   Misaki Doi 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2017 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard   Alicja Rosolska   Dalila Jakupovic
  Nadiia Kichenok
6–2, 7–6(4)
Loss 1–1 Sep 2017 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard   Oksana Kalashnikova   Tímea Babos
  Andrea Hlavackova
5–7, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Feb 2018 Taiwan Open, Taipei International Hard (i)   Oksana Kalashnikova   Duan Yingying
  Wang Yafan
6–7(4), 6–7(5)
Win 2–2 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Hiroshima International Hard   Misaki Doi   Christina McHale
  Valeria Savinykh
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles (8–4)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000 / $60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (5–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 17 June 2012 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Mari Tanaka 6–0, 6–2
Winner 2. 24 June 2012 Mie, Japan Grass   Yurina Koshino 6–2, 0–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 15 September 2012 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i)   Yuuki Tanaka 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 1 September 2013 Tsukuba, Japan Hard   Erika Sema 6–4, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 1. 15 June 2014 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Nigina Abduraimova 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 10 May 2015 Fukuoka, Japan Grass   Kristýna Plíšková 5–7, 4–6
Winner 5. 17 May 2015 Kurume, Japan Grass   Eri Hozumi 6–3, 6–1
Winner 6. 19 July 2015 Stockton, United States Hard   An-Sophie Mestach 6–1, 7–6(6)
Winner 7. 2 August 2015 Lexington, United States Hard   Samantha Crawford 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 22 November 2015 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Zhang Shuai 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 29 October 2017 Liuzhou, China Hard   Wang Yafan 6–3, 4–6, 3–3 ret.
Winner 8. 16 July 2018 Honolulu, United States Hard   Jessica Pegula 6–0, 6–2

Doubles (7–5)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (6–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 September 2012 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i)   Emi Mutaguchi   Miyu Kato
  Misaki Mori
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 5 May 2013 Gifu, Japan Hard   Riko Sawayanagi   Luksika Kumkhum
  Erika Sema
4–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 25 May 2013 Goyang, South Korea Hard   Akiko Omae   Yoo Mi
  Han Na-lae
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 15 June 2014 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Prarthana Thombare   Hiroko Kuwata
  Mari Tanaka
1–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 4 April 2015 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Miyu Kato   Miyabi Inoue
  Akiko Omae
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 11 April 2015 Ahmedabad, India Hard   Prarthana Thombare   Peangtarn Plipuech
  Nungnadda Wannasuk
3–6, 6–2, [10–12]
Runner-up 4. 26 July 2015 Sacramento, United States Hard   Rosie Johanson   Ashley Weinhold
  Caitlin Whoriskey
4–6, 6–3, [12–14]
Winner 4. 2 August 2015 Lexington, United States Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–2
Winner 5. 30 October 2016 Poitiers, France Hard (i)   Alicja Rosolska   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Nicola Geuer
6–0, 6–0
Runner-up 5. 10 March 2018 Zhuhai, China Hard   Danka Kovinić   Anna Blinkova
  Lesley Kerkhove
5–7, 4–6
Winner 6. 20 October 2018 Suzhou, China Hard   Misaki Doi   Luksika Kumkhum
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–3
Winner 7. 17 August 2019 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Miyu Kato   Naomi Broady
  Erin Routliffe
6–2, 6–2

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 3 0–3
French Open 1R 1R Q1 Q3 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon 1R 1R A Q1 0 / 2 0–2
US Open 1R 2R Q2 Q2 0 / 2 1–2
Career W-L 0–4 1–4 0–1 0–0 0 / 9 1–9

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