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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
Hibino WMQ19 (37).jpg
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceIchinomiya, Aichi
Born (1994-11-28) November 28, 1994 (age 25)
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, Malaysia International Hard   Ashleigh Barty 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Jul 2017 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard   Peng Shuai 3–6, 2–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard   Misaki Doi 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 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 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, Taiwan International Hard (i)   Oksana Kalashnikova   Duan Yingying
  Wang Yafan
6–7(4), 6–7(5)
Win 2–2 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard   Misaki Doi   Christina McHale
  Valeria Savinykh
3–6, 6–4, [10–4]
Loss 2–3 Oct 2019 Tianjin Open, China International Hard   Miyu Kato   Shuko Aoyama
  Ena Shibahara
3–6, 5–7

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner–ups)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)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2012 ITF Tokyo, Japan 10,000 Hard   Mari Tanaka 6–0, 6–2
Win 2–0 Jun 2012 ITF Mie, Japan 10,000 Grass   Yurina Koshino 6–2, 0–6, 6–3
Win 3–0 Sep 2012 ITF Kyoto, Japan 10,000 Carpet (i)   Yuuki Tanaka 6–4, 2–6, 6–2
Win 4–0 Sep 2013 ITF Tsukuba, Japan 25,000 Hard   Erika Sema 6–4, 7–6(2)
Loss 4–1 Jun 2014 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard   Nigina Abduraimova 3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–2 May 2015 ITF Fukuoka, Japan 50,000 Grass   Kristýna Plíšková 5–7, 4–6
Win 5–2 May 2015 ITF Kurume, Japan 50,000 Grass   Eri Hozumi 6–3, 6–1
Win 6–2 Jul 2015 ITF Stockton, United States 50,000 Hard   An-Sophie Mestach 6–1, 7–6(6)
Win 7–2 Aug 2015 ITF Lexington, United States 50,000 Hard   Samantha Crawford 6–2, 6–1
Loss 7–3 Nov 2015 ITF Tokyo, Japan 100,000 Hard   Zhang Shuai 4–6, 1–6
Loss 7–4 Oct 2017 ITF Liuzhou, China 60,000 Hard   Wang Yafan 6–3, 4–6, 3–3 ret.
Win 8–4 Jul 2018 ITF Honolulu, United States 60,000 Hard   Jessica Pegula 6–0, 6–2

Doubles: 13 (8 titles, 5 runner–ups)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 (7–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2012 ITF Kyoto, Japan 10,000 Carpet (i)   Emi Mutaguchi   Miyu Kato
  Misaki Mori
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–1 May 2013 ITF Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard   Riko Sawayanagi   Luksika Kumkhum
  Erika Sema
4–6, 3–6
Win 2–1 May 2013 ITF Goyang, South Korea 25,000 Hard   Akiko Omae   Yoo Mi
  Han Na-lae
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2–2 Jun 2014 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard   Prarthana Thombare   Hiroko Kuwata
  Mari Tanaka
1–6, 4–6
Win 3–2 Apr 2015 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 15,000 Hard   Miyu Kato   Miyabi Inoue
  Akiko Omae
6–4, 6–2
Loss 3–3 Apr 2015 ITF Ahmedabad, India 25,000 Hard   Prarthana Thombare   Peangtarn Plipuech
  Nungnadda Wannasuk
3–6, 6–2, [10–12]
Loss 3–4 Jul 2015 ITF Sacramento, United States 50,000 Hard   Rosie Johanson   Ashley Weinhold
  Caitlin Whoriskey
4–6, 6–3, [12–14]
Win 4–4 Aug 2015 ITF Lexington, United States 50,000 Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–2
Win 5–4 Oct 2016 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i)   Alicja Rosolska   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Nicola Geuer
6–0, 6–0
Loss 5–5 Mar 2018 ITF Zhuhai, China 60,000 Hard   Danka Kovinić   Anna Blinkova
  Lesley Kerkhove
5–7, 4–6
Win 6–5 Oct 2018 ITF Suzhou, China 100,000 Hard   Misaki Doi   Luksika Kumkhum
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–3
Win 7–5 Aug 2019 ITF Vancouver, Canada 100,000 Hard   Miyu Kato   Naomi Broady
  Erin Routliffe
6–2, 6–2
Win 8–5 Nov 2019 ITF Shenzhen, China 100,000 Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Sofia Shapatava
  Emily Webley-Smith
6–4, 6–0

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 China Open.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 3 0–3 0%
French Open A 1R 1R Q1 Q3 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R A Q1 0 / 2 0–2 0%
US Open A 1R 2R Q2 Q2 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–4 1–4 0–1 0–0 0 / 9 1–9 10%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A 1R Q2 A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Miami Open A 1R Q1 A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Madrid Open A A Q1 A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open A 2R Q1 A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Italian Open A A Q2 A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A 1R Q1 A Q2 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Open A Q1 A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wuhan Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments played 3 21 17 10 6 57
Titles 1 0 0 0 1 2
Finals 1 1 2 0 1 5
Overall Win–loss 5–2 16–21 10–17 5–9 6–5 2 / 57 42–54 44%
Year-end Ranking 78 84 92 119 $1,416,434

ReferencesEdit

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