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Naoko Kijimuta
Naoko Kijimuta
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1972-03-26) March 26, 1972 (age 49)
Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4+12 in)
Turned pro1992
Retired1998
Prize money$499,278
Singles
Career record122-112
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 44 (March 3, 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
French Open2R (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997)
US Open3R (1996)
Doubles
Career record125-87
Career titles5 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 18 (October 13, 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1997, 1998)
French Open3R (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 1998)
US Open3R (1997)
Last updated on: Dec 14, 2010.

Naoko Kijimuta (Japanese Kijimuta Naoko, born March 26, 1972) is a retired Japanese tennis player, winner of 3 professional tournaments in doubles and a representative of Japan in the Federation Cup.

Career

In the 1990s with her sister Akiko, she ranked among the top tennis players in Japan, alongside such players as Kimiko Date and Naoko Sawamatsu. In 1995-1997 she figured in the top hundred in the world ranking in singles, taking a highest ranking in March 1997 - World No. 44 (the season ended 1996 as the world's 50th best player.)

Naoko's best results include the semi-finals singles WTA Tour tournament in Jakarta (defeated by the highest seeded Belgian Sabine Appelmans) and Tokyo (Japan Open) in 1996. Quarterfinals in Strasbourg in 1997. Third round in the US Open 1996 and Wimbledon in 1997.

Greater successes was in doubles. In October 1997, she was ranked 18th and won five tournaments including WTA Tour events and another five lower-ranking (ITF Women's Circuit). All tournament victories on the WTA Tour were with other Japanese partners - Rika Hiraki, Miho Saeki and mostly with Nana Miyagi. Miyagi won three tournaments and twice was in the quarter-finals of Grand Slam (Australian Open 1997 and 1998).

Kijimuta and Miyagi also appeared in many semi-finals of tournaments and several times in the last eight of Grand Slam events (Wimbledon, French Open and US Open 1997, Wimbledon 1998 - this time victory over the Williams sisters by default).

Naoko Kijimuta played doubles in the Federation Cup in 1997-1998, partnering Nana Miyagi and Kyoko Nagatsuka, but lost all three games.

Her tennis career ended in September 1998, at the Toyota Princess Cup tournament in Tokyo, where she successfully passed the qualifying in the singles to be defeated in the first round of the main draw to German Anke Huber in three sets. Also the first round of the tournament in doubles (along with Rika Hiraki) ended in defeat.

Her career earnings was less than half a million dollars.

WTA Finals

Doubles (5-1)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 3 October 1993 Sapporo, Japan Carpet (i) Japan Yone Kamio Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nana Smith
4-6, 2-6
Winner 2. 14 April 1996 Jakarta, Indonessia Hard Japan Rika Hiraki Belgium Laurence Courtois
Belgium Nancy Feber
7-6, 7-5
Winner 3. 14 October 1996 Beijing, China Hard Japan Miho Saeki Japan Yuko Hosoki
Japan Kazue Takuma
7-5, 6-4
Winner 4. 5 January 1997 Gold Coast Classic, Australia Hard Japan Nana Smith Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Italy Silvia Farina
7-6, 6-1
Winner 5. 12 January 1997 Hobart, Australia Hard Japan Nana Smith Germany Barbara Rittner
Belgium Dominique Van Roost
6-3, 6-1
Winner 6. 19 April 1998 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Nana Smith United States Amy Frazier
Japan Rika Hiraki
6-3, 4-6, 6-4

ITF finals

Singles (0-1)

$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 23 September 1991 Kuroshio, Japan Hard China Li Fang 3-6, 4-6

Doubles (5-3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 28 September 1992 Ibaraki, Japan Hard Japan Yuko Hosoki Japan Lisa McShea
United States Amy deLone
6-3, 2-2 ret.
Winner 2. 5 October 1992 Kuroshio, Japan Hard Japan Yuko Hosoki Japan Yuka Tanaka
Japan Mami Donoshiro
6-2, 6-4
Winner 3. 19 October 1992 Kyoto, Japan Hard Japan Yuko Hosoki United States Varalee Sureephong
Japan Masako Yanagi
6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 4. 28 June 1993 Columbia, United States Hard Japan Yuko Hosoki Japan Keiko Nagatomi
Japan Mika Todo
5-7, 4-6
Winner 5. 5 July 1993 Indianapolis, United States Hard Japan Yuko Hosoki Australia Kate McDonald
United States Stephanie Reece
7-5, 6-3
Winner 6. 16 August 1993 Arzachena, Italy Clay Japan Akiko Kijimuta Italy Linda Ferrando
Italy Silvia Farina Elia
6-0, 7-5
Runner-up 7. 30 October 1994 Tarakan, Indonesia Hard Japan Yone Kamio Australia Catherine Barclay
Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 8. 6 August 1995 Austin, United States Hard Japan Yuka Yoshida United States Shannan McCarthy
United States Julie Steven
4-6, 3-6

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