I remember watching Anna in doubles at Edinburgh and wondering where on earth her singles form has gone, like Hannah Collin her solid juniors form (although not spectacular) has not materialised into senior success at all. Of course Hannah got to a considerably higher junior rank (14) so more could have been expected of her, but Anna was still rated highly at the time. A potential late-blooming prodigy. Now she is languishing in the 700s, barely winning matches and struggling for confidence and any form at all.
So what went wrong? Is it too late for her singles career?
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.