If any of the top Japanese players could get a bit more oomph on their serves, without affecting the rest of their games, they could be at or near the position of the Russians now. Ai, Shino, Akiko and Saori are all talented enough if their serves had a bit more bite.
The fruit series is suspended whilst Grachka (obatafan) mourns Saori's retirement.
Born : April 23rd 1978
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 5" (1.65m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Left handed
Career Prize Money: $652,031
Highest Singles Ranking: 39 (Feb 9th 04')
ITF Titles: Augusta (2005), Gifu (2005), Fukuoka (2003), Port Pirie (2001), Jakarta (1996).
Finalist (1): 2003 - Tashkent.
Semifinalist (1): 2003 - Bali.
Quarterfinalist (6): 2004 - Birmingham; 2003 - Memphis, Pattaya City; 2002 - Bali; 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Shanghai.