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Nao Hibino
Nao Hibino
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Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceIchinomiya, Aichi, Japan
Born (1994-11-28) November 28, 1994 (age 26)
Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$1,746,039
Career record263-190 (58.1%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 56 (18 January 2016)
Current rankingNo. 72 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French Open2R (2020)
Wimbledon1R (2016, 2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Career record155-131 (54.2%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 43 (31 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 68 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2016, 2017, 2018)
Wimbledon1R (2016)
US Open3R (2016, 2018)
Last updated on: 23 November 2020.

Nao Hibino ( , 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.


2014: WTA doubles debut

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 2014, she made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open where she defeated Anna Tatishvili in the first qualifying round.[1]

2015: First WTA singles title

In 2015, Hibino reached the final of the Fukuoka International Women's Cup where she lost to Kristýna Plí?ková. 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.[1] Her second $50K title came at the Stockton Challenge, defeating Belgian An-Sophie Mestach in the final.[2] This was Hibino's first singles title outside Japan.[1] 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.[1]

At the Japan Open, Hibino won her first singles WTA main-draw match defeating Hiroko Kuwata in three sets,[1] before she lost to Madison Brengle.[3] 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 Veki? in the final.[4] This title gave Hibino a career-high ranking, breaking into the top 100 for the first time in her career.[5]

2016: Grand Slam main-draw debut

Hibino made Grand Slam main-draw debut at the Australian Open, where she lost to Maria Sharapova in the first round.[6]

2017: First WTA doubles title, first Grand Slam win

In late February, Hibino reached final of the Malaysian Open where she lost to qualifer Ashleigh Barty.[7] Later, she reached another singles final at the WTA Tour, at the Jiangxi Open, but failed to win the trophy, losing to Peng Shuai. At the US Open, she recorded her first Grand Slam win, defeating CiCi Bellis in the three sets in the first round.[8]

Hibino had better performances in doubles. In April, she reached and also won her first WTA final at the Monterrey Open, partnering with polish player Alicja Rosolska.[9] In September, she finished as runner-up at the Tashkent Open. Along with this, during the year, she reached semifinals at the Taiwan Open in February, Istanbul Cup in April, Jiangxi Open in July and Korea Open in September.[1]

2019: Second singles and doubles WTA titles

In September, Hibino won her second WTA singles title at the Japan Women's Open, defeating her countrymate Misaki Doi in the final.[10] There she also won title in doubles, partnering with Doi.[1]

2020: First top 10 win, two WTA singles semifinals

In the early season, Hibino reached semifinal of the Hua Hin Championships, where she also recorded her first top 10 win, defeating world No. 4 Elina Svitolina in the straight sets.[11] At the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Hibino reached semifinal, defeating Sloane Stephens,[12]Zarina Diyas and Je?ena Ostapenko before she lost to Elena Rybakina.[13][14]

Performance timelines

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (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.

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


Current after the 2020 season.


WTA Tour finals

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

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 Croatia Donna Veki? 6-2, 6-2
Loss 1-1 Oct 2016 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Czech Republic Kristýna Plí?ková 3-6, 6-2, 3-6
Loss 1-2 Mar 2017 Malaysian Open, Malaysia International Hard Australia Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 2-6
Loss 1-3 Jul 2017 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard China Peng Shuai 3-6, 2-6
Win 2-3 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Japan Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-2

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

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 Poland Alicja Rosolska Slovenia Dalila Jakupovic
Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok
6-2, 7-6(4)
Loss 1-1 Sep 2017 Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan International Hard Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova Hungary Tímea Babos
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavackova
5-7, 4-6
Loss 1-2 Feb 2018 Taiwan Open, Taiwan International Hard (i) Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova China Duan Yingying
China Wang Yafan
6-7(4), 6-7(5)
Win 2-2 Sep 2019 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Japan Misaki Doi United States Christina McHale
Russia Valeria Savinykh
3-6, 6-4, [10-4]
Loss 2-3 Oct 2019 Tianjin Open, China International Hard Japan Miyu Kato Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Ena Shibahara
3-6, 5-7

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)

$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 Japan Mari Tanaka 6-0, 6-2
Win 2-0 Jun 2012 ITF Mie, Japan 10,000 Grass Japan Yurina Koshino 6-2, 0-6, 6-3
Win 3-0 Sep 2012 ITF Kyoto, Japan 10,000 Carpet (i) Japan Yuuki Tanaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Win 4-0 Sep 2013 ITF Tsukuba, Japan 25,000 Hard Japan Erika Sema 6-4, 7-6(2)
Loss 4-1 Jun 2014 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard Uzbekistan Nigina Abduraimova 3-6, 4-6
Loss 4-2 May 2015 ITF Fukuoka, Japan 50,000 Grass Czech Republic Kristýna Plí?ková 5-7, 4-6
Win 5-2 May 2015 ITF Kurume, Japan 50,000 Grass Japan Eri Hozumi 6-3, 6-1
Win 6-2 Jul 2015 ITF Stockton, United States 50,000 Hard Belgium An-Sophie Mestach 6-1, 7-6(6)
Win 7-2 Aug 2015 ITF Lexington, United States 50,000 Hard United States Samantha Crawford 6-2, 6-1
Loss 7-3 Nov 2015 ITF Tokyo, Japan 100,000 Hard China Zhang Shuai 4-6, 1-6
Loss 7-4 Oct 2017 ITF Liuzhou, China 60,000 Hard China Wang Yafan 6-3, 4-6, 3-3 ret.
Win 8-4 Jul 2018 ITF Honolulu, United States 60,000 Hard United States Jessica Pegula 6-0, 6-2

Doubles: 13 (8 titles, 5 runner-ups)

$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) Japan Emi Mutaguchi Japan Miyu Kato
Japan Misaki Mori
6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 May 2013 ITF Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard Japan Riko Sawayanagi Thailand Luksika Kumkhum
Japan Erika Sema
4-6, 3-6
Win 2-1 May 2013 ITF Goyang, South Korea 25,000 Hard Japan Akiko Omae South Korea Yoo Mi
South Korea Han Na-lae
6-4, 6-4
Loss 2-2 Jun 2014 ITF Fergana, Uzbekistan 25,000 Hard India Prarthana Thombare Japan Hiroko Kuwata
Japan Mari Tanaka
1-6, 4-6
Win 3-2 Apr 2015 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 15,000 Hard Japan Miyu Kato Japan Miyabi Inoue
Japan Akiko Omae
6-4, 6-2
Loss 3-3 Apr 2015 ITF Ahmedabad, India 25,000 Hard India Prarthana Thombare Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
Thailand Nungnadda Wannasuk
3-6, 6-2, [10-12]
Loss 3-4 Jul 2015 ITF Sacramento, United States 50,000 Hard Canada Rosie Johanson United States Ashley Weinhold
United States Caitlin Whoriskey
4-6, 6-3, [12-14]
Win 4-4 Aug 2015 ITF Lexington, United States 50,000 Hard United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith Thailand Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
6-2, 6-2
Win 5-4 Oct 2016 ITF Poitiers, France 100,000 Hard (i) Poland Alicja Rosolska Romania Alexandra Cadan?u
Germany Nicola Geuer
6-0, 6-0
Loss 5-5 Mar 2018 ITF Zhuhai, China 60,000 Hard Montenegro Danka Kovini? Russia Anna Blinkova
Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove
5-7, 4-6
Win 6-5 Oct 2018 ITF Suzhou, China 100,000 Hard Japan Misaki Doi Thailand Luksika Kumkhum
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
6-2, 6-3
Win 7-5 Aug 2019 ITF Vancouver, Canada 100,000 Hard Japan Miyu Kato United Kingdom Naomi Broady
New Zealand Erin Routliffe
6-2, 6-2
Win 8-5 Nov 2019 ITF Shenzhen, China 100,000 Hard Japan Makoto Ninomiya Georgia (country) Sofia Shapatava
United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith
6-4, 6-0

Wins over top 10 players

Season 2020 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score NHR
1. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 4 Hua Hin Championships, Thailand Hard QF 6-4, 6-2 No. 84


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  6. ^ Jim Caple (18 January 2016). "Maria Sharapova coasts past Nao Hibino at Australian Open". abc News. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ Lorenzo Ciotti (March 5, 2017). "Ashleigh Barty wins her first title and enters for the first time in the top-100!". tennis world. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Day 3 roundup: The time is Nao". WTA Tennis. August 30, 2017. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Rafa? Smoli?ski (June 11, 2017). "Polskie tenisistki bawi?y si? na ?lubie Alicji Rosolskiej (in Polish)" [Polish tennis players had fun at the wedding of Alicja Rosolska]. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ WTA Staff (September 15, 2019). "Hibino downs Doi to hoist Hiroshima trophy: 'Hard work has paid off for both of us'". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ WTA Staff (February 17, 2020). "Ranking movers: Rybakina into Top 20, Kung jumps 127 spots". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ WTA Staff (September 21, 2020). "Hibino handles Stephens in Strasbourg opener". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Robin Bairner (September 24, 2020). "Hibino edges Ostapenko to make Strasbourg semis". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ WTA Staff (September 25, 2020). "Svitolina surges to Strasbourg semifinal win over Sabalenka". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "Player & Career overview".

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