Shuko Aoyama

Shuko Aoyama (青山 修子, Aoyama Shūko, born December 19, 1987) is a Japanese tennis player.

Shuko Aoyama
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Aoyama at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 33)
Osaka, Japan
Height1.54 m (5 ft 12 in)[1]
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,698,975
Singles
Career record230–199 (53.6%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 182 (9 February 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2015)
French OpenQ1 (2015)
US OpenQ2 (2016)
Doubles
Career record424–251 (62.8%)
Career titles17 WTA, 30 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 5 (15 November 2021)
Current rankingNo. 5 (15 November 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2021)
French OpenQF (2020)
WimbledonSF (2013, 2021)
US Open3R (2017, 2021)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2021)
Olympic Games1R (2020)
Team competitions
Fed Cup13–4 (76.5%)
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Women's tennis
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Mixed Doubles
Last updated on: 22 November 2021.
Shuko Aoyama at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

Aoyama became a professional tennis player after graduating from Waseda University. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 182 on 9 February 2015 and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 5 on 15 November 2021. She has predominantly played doubles and has won 17 doubles titles on the WTA Tour,[2] having had her most successful Grand Slam appearances at Wimbledon after reaching the semifinals at the 2013[3] and 2021 tournaments. She has also won four singles and 30 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

Personal life and backgroundEdit

Aoyama started playing tennis at age 9. Her favorite surface is grass. She studied at Waseda University in Japan.[4]

Professional careerEdit

2007–12: First steps, first WTA title in doublesEdit

Aoyama made her ITF Women's Circuit debut in the doubles event at Gifu in 2007. In March 2009, she won her first ITF title at the $10K Kōfu doubles event. In June 2010, she won her first singles ITF title at the $10K Tokyo event. In October 2010 at the Japan Open, she made her debut at a WTA Tour main-draw event. She failed to qualify in singles and had more success in doubles, reaching her first WTA final. In late November 2010, she won the $75K Toyota doubles event. In June 2011, she made her WTA singles debut at the Birmingham Classic as a qualifier. At the 2011 Wimbledon she made her Grand Slam debut in doubles. At the 2012 Citi Open in September, she won her first WTA title in doubles. In September 2012 she won the $100K Ningbo. During the 2012 season she also won two $50K events, the Lexington and the Bronx.

2013–16: More success in doubles, Wimbledon semifinalistEdit

As time passed, Aoyama became mainly a doubles player, playing in doubles events preferentially to singles. She made a strong start to the 2013 season reaching the semifinal in the first week of January at the Shenzhen Open. Soon after, she won her first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open, but then lost in the second round playing with Irina Falconi. In March she won the Malaysian Open with Chang Kai-chen. Later she also had strong start to the grass-season, reaching the semifinal at the Rosmalen Championships. She achieved more success at the Wimbledon, where she and Chanelle Scheepers reached the semifinal. This was her first significant Grand Slam result.[5] In the semifinal-match they lost to Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai. In September she won the Citi Open for the second year in a row. At the end of the year she reached the semifinal of the Korea Open and won the $75K Toyota.

During the next three seasons she did not have as good performances as in the 2013 season. In 2014, in singles, her only significant result came at the end of the year, when she reached the final of the $75K Toyota but lost to An-Sophie Mestach. In doubles she won the Citi Open for the third year in a row, and later in October she won the Japan Women's Open. During the year, she also had success on the ITF Women's Circuit. In May she won the $50K Fukuoka with Eri Hozumi, and later finished as runner-up at both the $50K Lexington and the $75K Toyota. In the first week of the 2015 season she reached the final at the Auckland Open playing with Renata Voráčová, they lost to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. A month later, she reached the final at the Thailand Open with Tamarine Tanasugarn. She then did not made any significant results until September. She then reached semifinal of the Korea Open, and later she won two $100K events, Nanjing and Tokyo. During 2016, she won one WTA doubles title at the Japan Open, and finished runner-ups at the Nuremberg Cup, Citi Open and Jiangxi Open. She also won three $50K events, Quanzhou, Shenzen and Wuhan.

2021: WTA 1000 and four more WTA titles, Olympics debut, WTA finals semifinalist and Top 5 debutEdit

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (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/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (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.

DoublesEdit

Current after the 2021 WTA Finals.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R QF 0 / 9 8–9 47%
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 1R QF 2R 0 / 8 5–8 38%
Wimbledon A 1R Q2 SF 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R NH SF 0 / 9 14–9 61%
US Open A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 10 7–10 41%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–0 5–4 3–4 0–4 1–3 3–4 4–4 3–4 5–3 10–4 0 / 36 34–36 49%
Year-end championships
WTA Finals DNQ NH SF 0 / 1 2–2 50%
WTA Elite Trophy DNQ F DNQ NH 0 / 1 1–2 33%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A NH A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open A A A 2R A A A A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Indian Wells Open A A A A 1R 1R A QF 2R 1R NH SF 0 / 6 6–6 50%
Miami Open A A A A A 1R A 2R 2R 2R NH W 1 / 5 7–4 64%
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A 1R 2R NH 1R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Italian Open A A A 1R A 2R A 1R 1R QF SF SF 0 / 7 8–7 53%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 1R QF 2R NH 2R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Cincinnati Open A A A 1R A A A 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 0 / 6 4–6 40%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open A A A A A A A F SF 1R NH 0 / 3 6–3 67%
China Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 1R SF NH 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 7 6 19 14 13 15 23 27 29 11 21 Career total: 186
Titles 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 2 0 3 1 5 Career total: 17
Finals 1 0 1 2 2 2 4 3 2 4 1 5 Career total: 27
Overall win–loss 3–1 6–7 6–5 21–18 15–12 12–13 17–14 24–21 18–28 36–26 17–10 39–17 17 / 186 214–172 55%
Win % 75% 46% 55% 54% 56% 48% 55% 53% 39% 58% 63% 70% Career total: 55%
Year-end ranking 178 90 87 34 50 70 50 29 42 26 22 5

Significant finalsEdit

WTA Elite TrophyEdit

Doubles: 1 (runner–up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 WTA Elite Trophy, Zhuhai Hard (i)   Lidziya Marozava   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiia Kichenok
4–6, 6–3, [7–10]

WTA 1000 tournamentsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2017 Wuhan Open Hard   Yang Zhaoxuan   Chan Yung-jan
  Martina Hingis
6–7(5), 6–3, [4–10]
Win 2021 Miami Open Hard   Ena Shibahara   Hayley Carter
  Luisa Stefani
6–2, 7–5

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 27 (17 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–1)
Premier M & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (1–1)
Premier / WTA 500 (5–1)
International / WTA 250 (11–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (15–9)
Grass (2–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2010 Japan Open International Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Chang Kai-chen
  Lilia Osterloh
0–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Aug 2012 Washington Open, U.S. International Hard   Chang Kai-chen   Irina Falconi
  Chanelle Scheepers
7–5, 6–2
Win 2–1 Mar 2013 Malaysian Open International Hard   Chang Kai-chen   Janette Husárová
  Zhang Shuai
6–7(4), 7–6(4), [14–12]
Win 3–1 Aug 2013 Washington Open, U.S. (2) International Hard   Vera Dushevina   Eugenie Bouchard
  Taylor Townsend
6–3, 6–3
Win 4–1 Aug 2014 Washington Open, U.S. (3) International Hard   Gabriela Dabrowski   Hiroko Kuwata
  Kurumi Nara
6–1, 6–2
Win 5–1 Oct 2014 Japan Open International Hard   Renata Voráčová   Lara Arruabarrena
  Tatjana Maria
6–1, 6–2
Loss 5–2 Jan 2015 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard   Renata Voráčová   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
2–6, 1–6
Loss 5–3 Feb 2015 Pattaya Open, Thailand International Hard   Tamarine Tanasugarn   Chan Hao-ching
  Chan Yung-jan
6–2, 4–6, [3–10]
Loss 5–4 May 2016 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay   Renata Voráčová   Kiki Bertens
  Johanna Larsson
3–6, 4–6
Loss 5–5 Jul 2016 Washington Open, U.S. International Hard   Risa Ozaki   Monica Niculescu
  Yanina Wickmayer
4–6, 3–6
Loss 5–6 Aug 2016 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Liang Chen
  Lu Jingjing
6–3, 6–7(2), [11–13]
Win 6–6 Sep 2016 Japan Open (2) International Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Jocelyn Rae
  Anna Smith
6–3, 6–3
Win 7–6 Aug 2017 Washington Open, U.S. (4) International Hard   Renata Voráčová   Eugenie Bouchard
  Sloane Stephens
6–3, 6–2
Win 8–6 Sep 2017 Japan Open (3) International Hard   Yang Zhaoxuan   Monique Adamczak
  Storm Sanders
6–0, 2–6, [10–5]
Loss 8–7 Sep 2017 Wuhan Open, China Premier 5 Hard   Yang Zhaoxuan   Chan Yung-jan
  Martina Hingis
6–7(5), 6–3, [4–10]
Loss 8–8 Oct 2018 Hong Kong Open, China S.A.R. International Hard   Lidziya Marozava   Samantha Stosur
  Zhang Shuai
4–6, 4–6
Loss 8–9 Nov 2018 WTA Elite Trophy, Elite Hard (i)   Lidziya Marozava   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiia Kichenok
4–6, 6–3, [7–10]
Win 9–9 Jun 2019 Rosmalen Open, Netherlands International Grass   Aleksandra Krunić   Lesley Kerkhove
  Bibiane Schoofs
7–5, 6–3
Loss 9–10 Aug 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, U.S. Premier Hard   Ena Shibahara   Nicole Melichar
  Květa Peschke
4–6, 4–6
Win 10–10 Oct 2019 Tianjin Open, China International Hard   Ena Shibahara   Nao Hibino
  Miyu Kato
6–3, 7–5
Win 11–10 Oct 2019 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Ena Shibahara   Kirsten Flipkens
  Bethanie Mattek-Sands
6–2, 6–1
Win 12–10 Feb 2020 St. Petersburg Trophy, Russia Premier Hard (i)   Ena Shibahara   Kaitlyn Christian
  Alexa Guarachi
4–6, 6–0, [10–3]
Win 13–10 Jan 2021 Abu Dhabi Open, UAE WTA 500 Hard   Ena Shibahara   Hayley Carter
  Luisa Stefani
7–6(5), 6–4
Win 14–10 Feb 2021 Yarra Valley Classic, Australia WTA 500 Hard   Ena Shibahara   Anna Kalinskaya
  Viktória Kužmová
6–3, 6–4
Win 15–10 Apr 2021 Miami Open, U.S. WTA 1000 Hard   Ena Shibahara   Hayley Carter
  Luisa Stefani
6–2, 7–5
Win 16–10 Jun 2021 Eastbourne International, U.K. WTA 500 Grass   Ena Shibahara   Nicole Melichar
  Demi Schuurs
6–1, 6–4
Win 17–10 Aug 2021 Cleveland Open, U.S. WTA 250 Hard   Ena Shibahara   Christina McHale
  Sania Mirza
7–5, 6–3

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (1–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2010 ITF Tokyo, Japan 10,000 Hard   Erika Takao 7–6(3), 6–3
Loss 1–1 Apr 2012 ITF Bundaberg, Australia 25,000 Clay   Sandra Zaniewska 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Feb 2013 Launceston International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Storm Sanders 4–6, 4–6
Win 2–2 Oct 2013 ITF Hamamatsu, Japan 25,000 Grass   Eri Hozumi 7–6(7), 6–1
Loss 2–3 Feb 2014 ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States 25,000 Hard   Tamira Paszek 1–6, 1–6
Loss 2–4 Oct 2014 ITF Makinohara, Japan 25,000 Grass   Tatjana Maria 1–6, 2–6
Loss 2–5 Nov 2014 ITF Toyota, Japan 75,000 Carpet (i)   An-Sophie Mestach 1–6, 1–6
Win 3–5 Oct 2015 ITF Hamamatsu, Japan 25,000 Grass   Miyu Kato 6–2, 6–1
Win 4–5 Oct 2016 ITF Hamamatsu, Japan 25,000 Carpet   Ksenia Lykina 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 39 (30 titles, 9 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (19–6)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (5–0)
Carpet (4–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2009 ITF Kofu, Japan 10,000 Hard   Akari Inoue   Maki Arai
  Miki Miyamura
7–5, 3–6, [10–8]
Win 2–0 Jun 2010 ITF Komoro, Japan 10,000 Clay   Maya Kato   Kim Kun-hee
  Yu Min-hwa
2–6, 6–2, 7–5
Win 3–0 Jun 2010 ITF Tokyo, Japan 10,000 Hard   Akari Inoue   Chang Kyung-mi
  Yoo Mi
7–6(3), 6–0
Loss 3–1 Sep 2010 ITF Noto, Japan 25,000 Carpet   Akari Inoue   Rika Fujiwara
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
3–6, 3–6
Win 4–1 Nov 2010 ITF Toyota, Japan 75,000 Carpet (i)   Rika Fujiwara   Irina-Camelia Begu
  Mădălina Gojnea
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 5–1 Jan 2011 ITF Pingguo, China 25,000 Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Liu Wanting
  Sun Shengnan
6–4, 6–3
Loss 5–2 Feb 2011 ITF Rancho Santa Fe, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Remi Tezuka   Julie Ditty
  Mervana Jugić-Salkić
0–6, 2–6
Win 6–2 Feb 2011 ITF Surprise, United States 25,000 Hard   Remi Tezuka   Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  Tetiana Luzhanska
6–3, 6–1
Win 7–2 Mar 2011 ITF Kunming, China 25,000 Hard   Rika Fujiwara   Irina Buryachok
  Veronika Kapshay
6–3, 6–2
Win 8–2 Apr 2011 ITF Wenshan, China 50,000 Hard (i)   Rika Fujiwara   Liang Chen
  Tian Ran
6–4, 6–0
Win 9–2 May 2011 Fukuoka International, Japan 50,000 Grass   Rika Fujiwara   Aiko Nakamura
  Junri Namigata
7–6(3), 6–0
Win 10–2 May 2011 ITF Karuizawa, Japan 25,000 Carpet   Rika Fujiwara   Natsumi Hamamura
  Ayumi Oka
6–4, 6–4
Win 11–2 Oct 2011 ITF Makinohara, Japan 25,000 Carpet   Kotomi Takahata   Junri Namigata
  Akiko Yonemura
6–2, 7–5
Win 12–2 Feb 2012 ITF Launceston, Australia 25,000 Hard   Kotomi Takahata   Hsieh Shu-ying
  Zheng Saisai
6–4, 6–4
Loss 12–3 Mar 2012 ITF Ipswich, Australia 25,000 Clay   Junri Namigata   Monique Adamczak
  Sandra Zaniewska
5–7, 4–6
Win 13–3 Mar 2012 ITF Bundaberg, Australia 25,000 Clay   Junri Namigata   Sacha Jones
  Sally Peers
6–1, 7–5
Loss 13–4 Jul 2012 ITF Waterloo, Canada 50,000 Clay   Gabriela Dabrowski   Sharon Fichman
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
2–6, 5–7
Loss 13–5 Jul 2012 ITF Granby, Canada 25,000 Hard   Miki Miyamura   Sharon Fichman
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
6–4, 5–7, [4–10]
Win 14–5 Jul 2012 ITF Lexington, United States 50,000 Hard   Xu Yifan   Julia Glushko
  Olivia Rogowska
7–5, 6–7(7), [10–4]
Win 15–5 Aug 2012 ITF Bronx, United States 50,000 Hard   Erika Sema   Eri Hozumi
  Miki Miyamura
6–4, 7–6(4)
Win 16–5 Sep 2012 Ningbo International, China 100,000 Hard   Chang Kai-chen   Tetiana Luzhanska
  Zheng Saisai
6–2, 7–5
Win 17–5 Oct 2012 ITF Hamamatsu, Japan 25,000 Grass   Miki Miyamura   Monique Adamczak
  Alexa Glatch
3–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Win 18–5 Feb 2013 Burnie International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Erika Sema   Bojana Bobusic
  Jessica Moore
w/o
Win 19–5 Oct 2013 ITF Hamamatsu, Japan 25,000 Grass   Junri Namigata   Belinda Bencic
  Sofia Shapatava
6–4, 6–3
Win 20–5 Nov 2013 ITF Toyota, Japan 75,000 Carpet (i)   Misaki Doi   Eri Hozumi
  Makoto Ninomiya
7–6(1), 2–6, [11–9]
Win 21–5 Feb 2014 ITF Surprise, United States 25,000 Hard   Eri Hozumi   Sanaz Marand
  Ashley Weinhold
6–3, 7–5
Win 22–5 May 2014 Fukuoka International, Japan 50,000 Grass   Eri Hozumi   Naomi Broady
  Eleni Daniilidou
6–3, 6–4
Loss 22–6 Jul 2014 Lexington Challener, United States 50,000 Hard   Keri Wong   Jocelyn Rae
  Anna Smith
4–6, 4–6
Loss 22–7 Nov 2014 ITF Toyota, Japan 75,000 Carpet (i)   Junri Namigata   Eri Hozumi
  Makoto Ninomiya
3–6, 5–7
Win 23–7 Oct 2015 ITF Nanjing, China 100,000 Hard   Eri Hozumi   Chan Chin-wei
  Zhang Kailin
7–5, 6–7(7), [10–7]
Win 24–7 Nov 2015 ITF Tokyo Open, Japan 100,000 Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Eri Hozumi
  Kurumi Nara
3–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Win 25–7 Mar 2016 Blossom Cup, China 50,000 Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Lu Jingjing
  Zhang Yuxuan
6–3, 6–0
Win 26–7 Apr 2016 Kōfu International Open, Japan 25,000 Hard   Erina Hayashi   Kanae Hisami
  Kotomi Takahata
7–5, 7–5
Win 27–7 Apr 2016 Shenzhen Open, China 50,000 Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Liang Chen
  Wang Yafan
7–6(5), 6–4
Win 28–7 Jul 2016 ITF Wuhan, China 50,000 Hard   Makoto Ninomiya   Chang Kai-chen
  Duan Yingying
6–4, 6–4
Loss 28–8 Oct 2016 Bendigo International, Australia 50,000 Hard   Risa Ozaki   Asia Muhammad
  Arina Rodionova
4–6, 3–6
Win 29–8 Jul 2017 ITF Southsea, United Kingdom 100,000 Grass   Yang Zhaoxuan   Viktorija Golubic
  Lyudmyla Kichenok
6–7(7), 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 29–9 Nov 2017 Shenzhen Open, China 100,000 Hard   Yang Zhaoxuan   Jacqueline Cako
  Nina Stojanović
4–6, 2–6
Win 30–9 Nov 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 100,000 Hard   Yang Zhaoxuan   Choi Ji-hee
  Luksika Kumkhum
6–2, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "青山 修子". Archived from the original on July 4, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  2. ^ 'Shuko Aoyama / Kai-Chen Chang at matchstat'
  3. ^ "UPDATE 1-Tennis-Wimbledon women's doubles semifinal results". Reuters. 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Shuko Aoyama Bio". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. ^ Lebo Poen (July 3, 2013). "Tennis Wimbledon: Chanelle Scheepers/Shuko Aoyama beat 16th seeded Julia Goerges/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova". tennis world. Retrieved 26 February 2021.

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