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Saori Obata (Japanese: 小畑沙織, Obata Saori, born 23 April 1978) is a retired tennis player from Japan.[1] She turned professional in April 1996, and on February 9, 2004, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of 39, and on the same day she reached her career-high doubles ranking of 98.

Saori Obata
小畑沙織
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Born (1978-04-23) 23 April 1978 (age 41)
Sapporo, Japan
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned proApril, 1996
RetiredJune, 2006
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$652,031
Singles
Career record281–222
Career titles0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 39 (February 9, 2004)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2004)
French Open1R (2002, 2003, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (2002, 2004)
US Open3R (2003)
Doubles
Career record118–102
Career titles1 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 98 (February 9, 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2004)
Wimbledon1R (2003, 2005)
US Open1R (2003)

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BiographyEdit

She did not win a WTA singles title in her career, however did reach 1 singles final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2003 where she lost 6–2, 7–6(2) to the Spanish player Virginia Ruano-Pascual. In the same year she reached the semi-final of the WTA event in Bali, Indonesia before losing to Chanda Rubin. She achieved a notable scalp in the opening round of the Eastbourne grass event in 2003, when she defeated Jelena Dokić 6–3 6–1 when Dokić was ranked 11 in the world. She also defeated Ai Sugiyama in the second round of the Australian Open in 2004 when ranked number 55, this was her only win over a top 10 player as Sugiyama was ranked number 9 at the time.

She has won a doubles title at WTA level (Memphis 2003, with Akiko Morigami), and has five ITF level singles titles. Her final Grand Slam appearance was at the 2006 Australian Open where she lost in the opening round, having qualified, to Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. She retired from professional tennis in June 2006 because of injury.

Career singles titlesEdit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Tier I Event (0)
Tier II Event (0)
Tier III, IV Event (0)
ITF Circuit (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 7 April 1996 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard   Choi Young-ja 6–2, 6–2
2. 18 November 2001 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Pavlina Nola 6–1, 6–2
3. 25 November 2001 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard   Cho Yoon-jeong 6–4, 6–1
4. 11 May 2003 Fukuoka, Japan Clay   Maria Elena Camerin 2–6, 6–3, 6–3
5. 3 April 2005 Augusta, United States Hard   Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–2
6. 8 May 2005 Gifu, Japan Hard   Shiho Hisamatsu 6–1, 2–6, 6–4

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