Haruka Inoue
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Haruka Inoue
Haruka Inoue
Full nameHaruka Inoue
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1977-06-07) 7 June 1977 (age 43)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Prize money$206,194
Career record188-151
Highest rankingNo. 108 (17 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1998)
French Open1R (1998)
Wimbledon1R (1997, 1998)
US OpenQ2 (1998, 1999)
Career record61-79
Highest rankingNo. 114 (23 July 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2002)
WimbledonQ2 (1998, 2001)

Haruka Inoue ( , Inoue Haruka, born 7 June 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Japan.


Early life

Inoue was born in Tokyo on 7 June 1977. A right-handed baseline player, she started tennis aged nine and was coached by her father Gou. Her younger sisters, Maiko and Akari, also played on the professional tennis circuit.

She had her best year as a junior in 1995 when she was a girls' singles quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and semi-finalist at the Wimbledon Championships.[1]

Professional career

In 1996 she graduated from high school and began competing on the professional tour.

Her earliest success on the WTA Tour came at the Wismilak International in Surabaya, where he made the quarter-finals in both 1996 and 1997.

She qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament at the 1997 Wimbledon Championships and was beaten by seventh seed Anke Huber in the first round.[2]

In the 1998 season she reached her highest ranking of 108 in the world. Her highlights in 1998 include reaching the quarter-finals of the ENKA Open in Istanbul as well as main draw appearances in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. At Wimbledon she was one of only three players to take a set off Nathalie Tauziat on the Frenchwoman's run to the final.[3]

She never represented Japan at Fed Cup level but was a member of the bronze medal winning women's team at the 1998 Asian Games.

ITF finals

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (2-4)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 2 October 1995 Ibaraki, Japan Hard Japan Tomoe Hotta 3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 2. 25 February 1996 Redbridge, United Kingdom Hard (i) Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova 4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 3. 26 October 1997 Houston, United States Hard South Korea Park Sung-hee 1-6, 6-7(2)
Runner-up 4. 22 May 1998 Noda, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe 2-6, 4-6
Winner 1. 27 October 2002 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Aiko Nakamura 6-2, 6-2
Winner 2. 19 September 2004 Kyoto, Japan Carpet Japan Maika Ozaki 6-4, 6-1

Doubles (1-4)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 October 1994 Ibaraki, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe South Korea Kim Il-soon
Japan Yoriko Yamagishi
2-6, 1-6
Runner-up 2. 12 December 1999 Manila, Philippines Hard Japan Maiko Inoue China Li Ting
China Li Na
3-6, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 26 March 2000 Stone Mountain, United States Hard Japan Maiko Inoue Australia Trudi Musgrave
Australia Bryanne Stewart
4-6, 6-2, 6-7
Runner-up 4. 20 October 2002 Haibara, Japan Carpet Japan Maiko Inoue Japan Remi Tezuka
Japan Yuka Yoshida
0-6, 2-6
Winner 1. 27 October 2002 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Maiko Inoue Japan Keiko Taguchi
Japan Nami Urabe
6-1, 6-2


  1. ^ "ITF Tennis - Juniors - Player Profile - Inoue, Haruka (JPN)". ITF. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Former champ Martinez impressive". Deseret News. 24 June 1997. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon encore is burden for Hingis Still, defending champ wins opening match". The Baltimore Sun. 24 June 1998. Retrieved 2017.

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