Saori Obata
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Saori Obata
Saori Obata
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Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo
Born (1978-04-23) 23 April 1978 (age 42)
Sapporo
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 (9 February 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 (9 February 2004)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2004)
Wimbledon1R (2003, 2005)
US Open1R (2003)

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

Biography

She did not win a singles title on WTA Tour in her career, however did reach one singles final in Tashkent in 2003 where she lost in two sets to Virginia Ruano-Pascual. In the same year, she reached the semifinals 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 Doki? in straight sets when Doki? was ranked 11th in the world. She also defeated Ai Sugiyama in the second round of the Australian Open in 2004 when ranked No. 55, this was her only win over a top-ten player as Sugiyama was ranked No. 9 at the time.

She won a doubles title at WTA-level (Memphis 2003, with Akiko Morigami), and 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.

WTA career finals

Singles (0-1)

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 October 2003 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual 2-6, 6-7(2)

Doubles (1-0)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 16 February 2003 Memphis, United States Hard (i) Japan Akiko Morigami Russia Alina Jidkova
Australia Bryanne Stewart
6-1, 6-1

ITF Finals

Singles (6-4)

Outcome No. Date Location Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 April 1996 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard South Korea Choi Young-ja 6-2, 6-2
Runner-up 2. 25 June 2000 Mont-de-Marsan, France Clay France Edith Nunes 2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 3. 13 May 2001 Fukuoka, Japan Grass Australia Alicia Molik 5-7, 3-6
Winner 4. 18 November 2001 Port Pirie, Australia Hard New Zealand Pavlina Nola 6-1, 6-2
Winner 5. 25 November 2001 Nuriootpa, Australia Hard South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong 6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 6. 23 July 2002 Louisville, United States Hard Russia Alina Jidkova 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 5 May 2003 Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe 4-6, 1-6
Winner 8. 11 May 2003 Fukuoka, Japan Clay Italy Maria Elena Camerin 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Winner 9. 3 April 2005 Augusta, United States Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2
Winner 10. 8 May 2005 Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Shiho Hisamatsu 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles (12-5)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 8 January 1996 San Antonio, United States Hard Japan Nami Urabe United States Pam Nelson
Hungary Nóra Köves
6-2, 4-6, 1-6
Winner 2. 25 March 1996 Bandung, Indonesia Hard Japan Nami Urabe China Chen Jingjing
China Li Li
6-3, 6-3
Winner 3. 4 May 1997 Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Kaoru Shibata Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Japan Yasuko Nishimata
6-3, 7-5
Runner-up 4. 30 June 1997 Mont-de-Marsan, France Hard Japan Nami Urabe Hungary Katalin Marosi
Argentina Veronica Stele
4-6, 3-6
Winner 5. 10 October 1997 Saga, Japan Grass Australia Danielle Jones South Africa Surina De Beer
Japan Nami Urabe
6-3, 6-4
Runner-up 6. 16 March 1998 Noda, Japan Hard Japan Ky?ko Nagatsuka Japan Keiko Ishida
Japan Keiko Nagatomi
6-3, 2-6, 3-6
Winner 7. 8 June 1998 Sochi, Russia Hard Japan Kaoru Shibata Georgia (country) Nino Louarsabishvili
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Winner 8. 14 May 2000 Seoul, South Korea Clay Japan Shinobu Asagoe China Li Na
China Li Ting
6-1, 6-3
Winner 9. 28 May 2000 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong China Li Na
China Li Ting
6-1, 6-2
Winner 10. 4 June 2000 Shenzhen, China Hard South Korea Kim Eun-ha China Li Na
China Li Ting
6-1, 6-3
Winner 11. 26 May 2002 Tallinn, Estonia Clay Japan Akiko Morigami United States Teryn Ashley
United States Kristen Schlukebir
7-5, 7-6(2)
Winner 12. 27 April 2003 Gifu, Japan Grass Japan Rika Fujiwara Japan Shinobu Asagoe
Japan Nana Smith
1-6, 7-5, 6-3
Runner-up 13. 6 May 2003 Fukuoka, Japan Clay Japan Rika Fujiwara Latvia L?ga Dekmeijere
Japan Nana Smith
2-6, 6-2, 4-6
Winner 14. 9 May 2004 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Japan Rika Fujiwara Australia Monique Adamczak
Australia Nicole Kriz
6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 15. 3 April 2005 Augusta, United States Hard Japan Rika Fujiwara Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6-7(3), 0-6
Winner 16. 8 May 2005 Gifu, Japan Carpet Japan Rika Fujiwara Japan Ry?ko Fuda
Japan Seiko Okamoto
6-1, 6-2
Winner 17. 31 May 2005 Surbiton, England Grass Japan Rika Fujiwara United States Jennifer Hopkins
United States Mashona Washington
4-6, 6-4, 6-2

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