Rika Hiraki

Rika Hiraki (Japanese: 平木 理化, born 6 December 1971) is a former professional Japanese female tennis player.

Rika Hiraki
平木 理化
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Hiraki in 1999
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceMatsudo, Japan
Born (1971-12-06) 6 December 1971 (age 49)
Beirut, Lebanon
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$852,103
Singles
Career record208–252
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 72 (27 January 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1996, 1997, 1998)
French Open1R (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997)
Wimbledon3R (1992)
US Open2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record274–251
Career titles6 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 26 (27 October 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2000)
French Open2R (1996, 1997)
Wimbledon2R (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001)
US Open3R (1993, 1996)
Mixed doubles
Career record11–13
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1998)
French OpenW (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open1R (1997, 1998)

She won the mixed-doubles title at the 1997 French Open (with Mahesh Bhupathi).

BiographyEdit

Started playing at age 6. Baseliner, who considered groundstrokes her strength. Father, Koichi, works for Japan Airlines; mother, Noriko, is a homemaker; older brother, Yasuchika, graduated from the University of Tokyo and is now a pilot with Japan Airlines. Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University, majoring in International Politics. Works as a Systems Manager for telephone company NTT, completing all her work from the road via computer modem while at tournaments. Hobbies include reading and working with computers. Likes to visit London. Favorite movie is Beaches; favorite color is red. Enjoys swimming and listening to music.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1997 French Open Clay   Mahesh Bhupathi   Patrick Galbraith
  Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles (6-7)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 15 April 1991 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Akemi Nishiya   Nana Miyagi
  Suzanna Wibowo
1–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 27 October 1991 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Florencia Labat   Sabine Appelmans
  Camille Benjamin
6–3, 6–3
Winner 2. 12 April 1992 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Amy Frazier   Kimiko Date
  Stephanie Rehe
7–5, 6–7, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 25 April 1992 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i)   Petra Langrová   Isabelle Demongeot
  Natalia Medvedeva
6–2, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 19 September 1994 Tokyo, Japan Hard (i)   Amy Frazier   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Julie Halard-Decugis
1–6, 6–0, 1–6
Runner-up 4. 11 September 1995 Nagoya, Japan Carpet (i)   Park Sung-hee   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Kristine Kunce
4–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 14 April 1996 Jakarta, Indonessia Hard   Naoko Kijimuta   Laurence Courtois
  Nancy Feber
7–6, 7–5
Winner 4. 23 February 1997 Oklahoma City, United States Hard (i)   Nana Miyagi   Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer
  Tami Whitlinger-Jones
6–4, 6–1
Winner 5. 20 April 1997 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Corina Morariu
6–4, 6–2
Winner 6. 28 September 1997 Surabaya, Indonessia Hard   Kerry-Anne Guse   Maureen Drake
  Renata Kolbovic
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 5. 19 April 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Amy Frazier   Naoko Kijimuta
  Nana Smith
3-6, 6-4, 4-6
Runner-up 6. 16 November 1998 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard   Aleksandra Olsza   Julie Halard
  Els Callens
6–3, 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 7. 8 November 1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Clay   Yuka Yoshida   Jelena Kostanić
  Tina Pisnik
6–3, 2–6, 4–6

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles (1–3)Edit

Legend
$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. 11 October 1987 Kofu, Japan Hard   Emiko Okagawa 2-6, 6-2, 1-6
Runner-up 2. 1 October 1989 Kofu, Japan Hard   Maya Kidowaki 5-7, 0-6
Winner 3. 14 October 1990 Matsuyama, Japan Hard   Catherine Barclay 6-4, 6-2
Runner-up 4. 21 October 1990 Kyoto, Japan Hard   Kristine Kunce 7-6, 3-6, 3-6

Doubles (10–13)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 November 1989 Bulleen, Australia Hard   Claudine Toleafoa   Ingelise Driehuis
  Alysia May
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 7 October 1990 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Yasuyo Kajita   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Kristine Kunce
6-4, 1-6, 5-7
Runner-up 3. 21 October 1990 Kyoto, Japan Hard   Yasuyo Kajita   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Kristine Kunce
3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 4. 30 March 1998 Phoenix, United States Hard   Amy Frazier   Aleksandra Olsza
  Kristina Triska
4–6, 6–7(5)
Winner 5. 19 July 1998 Mahwah, United States Hard   Amy Frazier   Jane Chi
  Jean Okada
4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 6. 25 October 1998 Houston, United States Hard   Kim Eun-ha   Nana Smith
  Miho Saeki
1–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 4 April 1999 Claremont, United States Hard   Nannie de Villiers   Rachel McQuillan
  Nana Smith
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 18 April 1999 Las Vegas, United States Hard   Lisa McShea   Erika deLone
  Annabel Ellwood
6–7, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 6 June 1999 Surbiton, United Kingdom Grass   Linda Wild   Julie Pullin
  Lorna Woodroffe
W/O
Winner 10. 25 July 1999 Peachtree City, United States Hard   Nana Smith   Annabel Ellwood
  Bryanne Stewart
6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 11. 24 October 1999 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Trudi Musgrave   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Lisa McShea
2–6, 3–6
Winner 12. 13 December 1999 New Delhi, India Hard   Lorna Woodroffe   Tathiana Garbin
  Nirupama Sanjeev
5–2 ret.
Winner 13. 20 February 2000 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Nannie de Villiers   Surina De Beer
  Tzipora Obziler
6–1, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 14. 3 April 2000 West Palm Beach, United States Clay   Yuka Yoshida   Erika deLone
  Nicole Pratt
1–6, 6–0, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 15. 25 March 2001 La Cañada, United States Hard   Kim Eun-ha   Julie Pullin
  Lorna Woodroffe
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 16. 8 April 2001 West Palm Beach, United States Clay   Nana Smith   Rachel McQuillan
  Lisa McShea
3–6, 3–6
Winner 17. 13 May 2001 Fukuoka, Japan Hard   Nana Smith   Julie Pullin
  Lorna Woodroffe
6–0, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 18. 16 September 2001 Seoul, South Korea Hard   Kim Eun-ha   Choi Young-ja
  Kim Eun-sook
3–6, 3–6
Winner 19. 14 October 2001 Saga, Japan Grass   Nana Smith   Shiho Hisamatsu
  Maiko Inoue
6-0, 6-1
Winner 20. 28 October 2001 Dallas, United States Hard   Nana Smith   Irina Selyutina
  Nannie de Villiers
7–6(4), 6–2
Runner-up 21. 12 November 2001 Hattiesburg, United States Hard   Nana Smith   Alina Jidkova
  Abigail Spears
3-6, 1-6
Runner-up 22. 26 November 2002 Minneapolis, United States Hard (i)   Nana Smith   Shinobu Asagoe
  Els Callens
6–7(3), 6–7(3)
Winner 23. 14 April 2002 Naples, United States Clay   Nana Smith   Gisela Dulko
  Vera Zvonareva
7–5, 4–6, 7–5

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