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martin white
Sep 20th, 2006, 04:13 PM
with the fact that she has improved her ranking over 100 spots in the last year! kumiko currently sits just outside the top 300,she has played steadily on the itf circuit reaching the qf of beijing 50k,nanjing 25k,tokachi25k! she deserves her own thread! best of luck kumiko, loveto see you make some gs qualie events! she won her 1srtrd in the 25k ibaraki and is seeded [8] go kumiko! :)

martin white
Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:01 PM
kumiko beat junri in three sets to reach the sf in ibaraki! great win kumiko :) but in hate when my faves have to play each other :( :tape: well done kumiko :)

martin white
Sep 24th, 2006, 06:09 PM
kumiko lost to shiho hisamatsu in straight sets :sad: still a great tournie for kumiko with some nice computer points aswell! great effort kumiko! :yeah:

martin white
Oct 24th, 2006, 03:06 PM
1strd 25k hamanako iijimad #4 morita 6364 :eek: nice win kumiko keep it going! :yeah: :)

-sugi-
Jan 26th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Toray Quallies R1

iijima vs Osterloh

Good luck to Kumiko, just go out there and do your best :)

-sugi-
Jan 27th, 2007, 01:23 PM
Osterloh def. Iijima 60 63 :sad:

-sugi-
Jan 28th, 2007, 10:30 AM
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/workaholic/web/gallery/070127-toray/070127-698.jpg
Thanks Yoshi for taking this picture :)

-sugi-
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:05 PM
Pattaya Quallies R1
4- YUAN, Meng CHN vs IIJIMA,Kumiko JPN

Ganbatte Kumiko :scared: A tough R1 though :sad:

-sugi-
Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:28 AM
4-Yuan(CHN) d. Iijima(JPN) 61 63

martin white
Mar 6th, 2007, 03:14 PM
kumiko will play the 25k event in orange next week:) good luck in qualies kumiko good experience playing more outside of japan and asia!:)

-sugi-
Mar 14th, 2007, 07:53 AM
25k Perth :)
7/271-Kumiko Iijima d. Q/565-Shannon Golds - 3-6,7-6(2),6-1

-sugi-
Mar 15th, 2007, 07:50 AM
Kumiko lost 16 26 in Round two.

martin white
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:19 AM
kumiko lost in the 2r 46 36:sad: blew a great shot to make the qf's.:o

-sugi-
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:36 PM
To Sacha Jones :o

Then that fucking Sooveryoufraza poster bad repped be for saying it was a poor loss :o

-sugi-
Apr 8th, 2007, 05:03 PM
R1 Ho Chi Minh
(7)Kumiko Iijima (JPN) v Yi-Fan Xu (CHN)

-sugi-
Apr 9th, 2007, 08:51 PM
(7)Kumiko Iijima (JPN) v Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) 46 64 64

martin white
Jun 4th, 2007, 11:29 PM
congrats to kumiko for winning her first itf singles title! 25k gunma japan:) :yeah: :dance:
kumiko will play changsha 25k this week keep going kumiko:)

-sugi-
Jun 8th, 2007, 11:41 AM
http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_253/jta/7903034.jpg

martin white
Jun 8th, 2007, 06:32 PM
thanks adam,brilliant pics as usual!:)

martin white
Jun 22nd, 2007, 05:26 PM
kumiko's great form continued she made the sf in the guagzhou 590k!:) she is at career high ranking of #228 :) kumiko will play the 25k event in noto ,she must have a great shot at the uso qualies!:) :eek: go kumiko

martin white
Jul 27th, 2007, 04:10 PM
kumiko is 6 spots out from uso qualie draw:) she will play the bronx itf then hopefully a gs debut in new york! go kumiko:)

-sugi-
Jul 27th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Kumiko in a GS qually would be :hearts:

-sugi-
Jul 27th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Kumiko is playing 25k Obihiro.

Hopefully I can see her :yeah:

-sugi-
Jul 31st, 2007, 10:51 AM
I saw Kumiko play her first round doubles match at Obihiro with Namigata. She played quite well, they beat the Sema sisters 63 36 76 :hearts:
Kumiko signed a picture for me at the end of the match and had a photo with me. I didn't get Junri's autograph though because I forgot :(
She was so nice :hearts: and thanked me when I congratulated her on winning Gunma.

She was hitting the ball quite well :yeah: She could go quite far.

-sugi-
Aug 1st, 2007, 06:05 PM
Today I saw Kumiko vs Zhang :)
She played really well in her match too, Zhang is a good player. :angel: She also asked me to show her some of the pictures I took at the next tournament I go to. I told her that I live in England and she laughed and said "I will come to tournaments in England just so you can see me" I doubt she will :aww: but it was sweet of her. She was speaking in Japanese and was speaking so fast I had to concentrate really hard :eek:

It was a really hard match. I am just relieved she is through. Kumiko rocks, she certainly won me over this tournament.

-sugi-
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:02 AM
Kumiko def. Erika Sema 60 60 :eek: :eek:
No way did I expect this, Erika was pretty solid in her first round match. I guess I have given Kumiko luck :angel:

-sugi-
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:26 PM
Ayumi MORITA (JPN) (1) defeated Kumiko IIJIMA (JPN) (6) 6-7(5) 6-1 7-6(5)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH
:sad:

Kumiko was so close to the biggest win of her career :hug:

-sugi-
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:26 PM
If I was there today, surely Kumiko would have won ;)

Rising Sun
Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:18 PM
Poor Kumiko, so close..... :sad:

-sugi-
Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:22 PM
I wonder if she wasted match points :(

pcrtennis
Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:08 PM
I really never thought Iijima would have so many good results...her game was pretty hollow when I saw her play Nakamura a few years ago. Seems as though she's gotten better thoguh! Hope she makes USO qualies!

Ballbasher
Aug 11th, 2007, 09:57 AM
A new Japanese in GS Quallies :)

-sugi-
Aug 11th, 2007, 10:19 AM
:woohoo:

Rising Sun
Aug 11th, 2007, 12:25 PM
I really never thought Iijima would have so many good results...her game was pretty hollow when I saw her play Nakamura a few years ago. Seems as though she's gotten better thoguh! Hope she makes USO qualies!
Which tourney was it that you saw the match? Bali? :confused:

Kumiko only turned 'pro' a couple of years ago, so I guess that's been a huge motivational factor...

She was one of the best high school players in 2000 along with Nakamura, Arai and Namigata. It's great to finally see her come this far. :D

martin white
Aug 12th, 2007, 03:29 PM
great effort by kumiko to make qualies for the uso!:) no doubt the biggest tournie to date in her career,hope she can win a round or 2.:kiss:

-sugi-
Aug 12th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Kumiko has a tough match in the Bronx against Cavaday

-sugi-
Aug 13th, 2007, 10:15 AM
Iijima lost to Cavaday as expected :(

martin white
Aug 13th, 2007, 11:48 PM
tough luck kumiko:o some good experience playing outside of japan and asia,:)

-sugi-
Aug 21st, 2007, 09:11 AM
R1
Kumiko Iijima (vs Lucie Hradecka)

martin white
Aug 21st, 2007, 02:39 PM
good luck kumiko:) don;t know much about hradecka

martin white
Sep 11th, 2007, 04:14 PM
tokyo50k 1strd iijima d tezuka 64 64:) good start for kumiko hope she keeps it going.

martin white
Sep 21st, 2007, 03:24 PM
kumiko playing some good tennis this week she is into yhe sf of the 25k tsukuba tournie:) take the title kumiko!:kiss:

-sugi-
Sep 21st, 2007, 03:30 PM
go Kumiko :hatoff:

-sugi-
Sep 22nd, 2007, 09:48 AM
into the final :bounce:

martin white
Sep 22nd, 2007, 04:03 PM
well done kumiko:kiss: :) take the title:worship:

dybbuk
Oct 12th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Kumiko is in the 25k Beijing final. :dance:

-sugi-
Oct 12th, 2007, 03:42 PM
:dance: I was going to post that :(

After her really disappointing AIG Open, she is back to her great form on the Asian tour. Hopefully she can get her 3rd ITF title. That would be awesome. :inlove:

martin white
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:32 PM
dissapointing result in final of beijing 25k kumiko lost 16 26:sad: :eek: still a good tournie for her,she will crack the top 200 next week! great year for kumiko:)

dybbuk
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:35 PM
Awful loss to a WC. :help: :(

Top 200 though. :hearts:

-sugi-
Oct 14th, 2007, 10:22 AM
:help: I was hoping we wouldn't mention it.

martin white
Oct 14th, 2007, 02:45 PM
welcome to top 200 kumiko!:) :worship: hope her good form continues in makinohara:yeah: can't wait to see her play qualies in melbourne,im going to ao qualies again next year, it's so much fun and free:)

martin white
Dec 11th, 2007, 12:37 PM
kumiko was the last da into the qualies in melbourne:)cant wait to see kumiko play as ive never seen her play before,cant wait for melbourne will take plenty of pics and cheer thejapanese gals on:)

-sugi-
Dec 29th, 2007, 09:01 AM
:help:
Kumi started her year with a 06 16 loss to Salerni in Auckland Quallies.

martin white
Mar 25th, 2008, 02:55 PM
kumiko playing hammond 25k in the us,please win some matches kumiko:o:help:

martin white
May 18th, 2008, 03:15 PM
kumiko safely into the qualies for rg:):bounce:atleast she has broken that awful losing streak and made a qf in japan:)good luck kumiko:)

-sugi-
Jun 17th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Kumiko won the first round Wimbledon quallies in Japan. :yeah:

def. Esperon 63 62.

She and Namigata were working really hard on the practice courts. Very good to see it paying off.

JujulCactus
Jun 17th, 2008, 06:10 PM
It's really a nice win for Kumiko ! :)
She had some bad results this year;
I think that's the first time she win a match in a WTA event
( If it's not correct , tell me !)
Good luck for her next round :yeah:

-sugi-
Jun 17th, 2008, 09:10 PM
I think it may be, I will check myself :p

-sugi-
Jun 17th, 2008, 09:48 PM
No, she beat Mari Tanaka in the Toray Pan Pacific Open quallies in 2005. Kumiko was ranked 561 and Tanaka 1008. Tanaka was a WC, Kumiko got in on rank.

She also beat Okamoto in the AIG Open quallies last year.

JujulCactus
Jun 17th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Ok, sorry ...
...It's the third time
But it's great! :D

JujulCactus
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:38 PM
But I think this is the first time she win two match in a row ! :D
She beat Osterloh 6/2 4/6 7/5
( she was leading 5/2 in the third set but ...)
Fujiwara or Manasieva is next
they are 6/6, third set at the moment! )

pcrtennis
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:40 PM
She's in the final rou d of qualifying after beating Osterloh! That's a very good win for her! She's a great shot at qualifying!

JujulCactus
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:25 PM
She will meet Fujiwara who won 3/6 6/0 12/10 !!!!
A japanese will be on the main draw with Nakamura and Sugiyama!! :D

-sugi-
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:29 PM
:rocker2:
Another brilliant win.

Rising Sun
Jun 18th, 2008, 03:44 PM
So proud of Kumiko! :D

Really hoping she could pull off another upset tomorrow against Rika... :hearts:

-sugi-
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Kumiko leads the head to head against Rika 1-0, when Rika was making her comeback last year.

I like Rika very much, but I am supporting Kumiko :rocker2:.

Hachiko
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Come on Kumiko!

-sugi-
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Kumiko lost, but she had an excellent run and she already achieved a lot. :sad: :yeah:

pcrtennis
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:20 PM
what a great effort for her in winbledon qualies, i honestly never expected her to make the cut in qualies let alone make it to the final round. hopefully she keeps working hard and improving her rank!

JujulCactus
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:46 PM
Yes, a great week for her ! :yeah:

CANADA8
Jun 21st, 2008, 01:25 PM
Yep, lets hope her ranking goes up!:)
She's another really nice person.
At qualifying, they have the draws and schedule on printed paper and the Guide dogs for the Blind, a charity that supplies seeing dogs, have a tent and have the sheets and when you go into the event, you pick up the draw and give some change to them.
They always have a few dogs for people to fuss over and on her way out Kumiko saw them and spent ages, stroking them! The dogs really loved her and when she got up to go they started to follow her!!
I told her I think they've adopted you and she said she wish she could have them all!
Go Kumiko!:bounce:

wales1994
Jun 21st, 2008, 02:40 PM
how old is she ?

how does she play?

-sugi-
Jun 21st, 2008, 05:56 PM
Yep, lets hope her ranking goes up!:)
She's another really nice person.
At qualifying, they have the draws and schedule on printed paper and the Guide dogs for the Blind, a charity that supplies seeing dogs, have a tent and have the sheets and when you go into the event, you pick up the draw and give some change to them.
They always have a few dogs for people to fuss over and on her way out Kumiko saw them and spent ages, stroking them! The dogs really loved her and when she got up to go they started to follow her!!
I told her I think they've adopted you and she said she wish she could have them all!
Go Kumiko!:bounce:
That story is so cute :awww:.

martin white
Aug 20th, 2008, 07:46 AM
us open qualies 1strd k iijima vs s foretz tough draw for kumiko,hope she can pull off the upset:)go for it kumiko

Hachiko
Oct 22nd, 2008, 11:10 PM
It was her birthday yesterday. Happy birthday Kumi-chan. :hug:

She's playing very well at $100,000 Taipei this week:

1RD: def. Liu 63, 46, 64
2RD: def. Chuang 63, 64
QFS: vs. Lertcheewakarn

If she wins she has a good shot of returning back into the top 200. Go Kumiko! :yeah:

JujulCactus
Oct 23rd, 2008, 05:55 AM
Happy Birthday Kumiko :)

-sugi-
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:28 PM
Happy belated birthday :D

She plays Gajdosova in Round 1 of Tokyo. They played last week in Taipei at the semi final stage and Gajdosova won 62 62.
Good luck Kumiko :hug:

Hachiko
Dec 11th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Kumiko's 2009 schedule:

Australian Open
$25,000 Mildura/$25,000 Burnie
$25,000 Okinawa

martin white
Dec 11th, 2008, 09:50 PM
thanks for update chevina,kumiko safely into ao qualies too...:)i hope to see her play in melbourne.:bounce:

Boreas
Sep 25th, 2010, 01:05 PM
Kumiko won her first tournament since her comeback - defeated Akito in the final of makinohara 61 62:woohoo:

Keep going!

-sugi-
Sep 25th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Well done Kumiko :D

Boreas
Oct 3rd, 2010, 08:33 AM
Back to back tournament wins for Kumiko - defeated Sema in the final of Hamanako 6-7 6-2 6-4:hearts:

Keep it going Kumiko! When's the cut-off for AO qualies?

Boreas
Oct 3rd, 2010, 08:37 AM
Nevermind - next week she'll be ranked around 265 and that should already be enough to make it. But a few more wins wouldn't hurt anyone:D

iGOAT
Oct 27th, 2010, 02:03 AM
Hey guys :wavey: this thread sort of died away it looks like, but there has recently been an interview with Kumiko on the ITF website, with some pictures, so here it is :D:


15 Oct 2010 - Nick Fishpool

ITF Pro Circuits Meets... Kumiko Iijima

With four singles and eighteen doubles titles to her name on the ITF Pro Circuit, Kumiko Iijima, who also represented her nation at the 1998 NEC World Youth Cup finals, has reached career high WTA rankings of 196 (singles) and 151 (doubles).

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_53057_gallery.JPG

ITF Pro Circuits recently put the following questions to the 27-year old former WTA Top 200 player.


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ITF Pro Circuits: Can you tell us where you were born and lived?

Kumiko Iijima: I was born in Gunma, Japan and grew up there till I was 15-years old. I then moved to Tokyo for tennis all by myself.

ITF Pro Circuits: Do any other members of your family play sport?

Kumiko Iijima: Nobody in my family play sports as professionals.

ITF Pro Circuits: So how did you get started in tennis?

Kumiko Iijima: I started playing tennis when I was just 7-years old. I loved [Steffi] Graf since I saw her play on TV so I asked my mom to take me to lessons. I started playing tennis on clay courts. Right now I don’t play on clay that much but I still like to play on clay. If I had to pick only one, I would like to say grass (laughs).

ITF Pro Circuits: What can you tell us about your current coach?

Kumiko Iijima: I have been travelling with Tim Nichols for about 3 years. He used to work at my club.

ITF Pro Circuits: Who were or are your tennis idols?

Kumiko Iijima: My idol is Steffi Graf.

ITF Pro Circuits: What is your greatest tennis memory both as a player and as a fan?

Kumiko Iijima: Greatest memory...hmm...difficult but I think it’s Asian Open Juniors when I was 17-years old. I won that tournament and it made it possible for me to play in the Wimbledon Juniors main draw. Also, winning my first 25k title in my home town. Both are nice memories. As a fan, I was really excited to watch Martina [Hingis] and Anna's [Kournikova] doubles at the Australian Open.

ITF Pro Circuits: Away from the tennis courts do you have any other interests?

Kumiko Iijima: Apart from tennis, I really don’t do anything! I love being boring ha ha because that’s when I can have a rest and be free.

ITF Pro Circuits: If you had not become a professional tennis player what career path would you have liked to have followed?

Kumiko Iijima: I don’t know but I love to play sports so if I wasn’t a tennis player I would play other sports I guess.

ITF Pro Circuits: Can you tell us, in your opinion, what are the best and worst aspects of being a professional tennis player?

Kumiko Iijima: To be honest, best aspects is the money! Worst aspect is sometimes you have to go somewhere you really don’t want to go. I really don’t want to talk about money and the place I didn’t like but I guess it is.

ITF Pro Circuits: What has been the most bizarre venue that you have played at?

Kumiko Iijima: Most bizarre venue was in Bangladesh.

ITF Pro Circuits: Any stand out experiences that you have had on the ITF Pro Circuit that you can share with us?

Kumiko Iijima: Best experience for me is travelling around the world. You can see many people and cultures which you will never know if you don’t travel. Also playing at Wimbledon is one of my great experiences because I was dreaming about that since I started playing tennis, so kind of my dream came true.

ITF Pro Circuits: Does any particular match stand out and why?

Kumiko Iijima: No one particular match, although when I lost in the Wimbledon qualies final and I was on the Lucky Loser list I thought I can get in but there wasn’t any Lucky Loser slots that year. This is my biggest unlucky situation in my life (laughs).

ITF Pro Circuits: Do you regularly hang out with other players?

Kumiko Iijima: Most likely I’ll hang out with same age Japanese players. I also have some good friends on the tour and it is always nice to see each other.

ITF Pro Circuits: Where was the nicest venue that you have played at?

Kumiko Iijima: Nicest venue was in italy!

ITF Pro Circuits: What has been the funniest thing that has happened when playing the ITF Pro Circuit?

Kumiko Iijima: Nothing really happened to me whilst I am playing.

ITF Pro Circuits: To date, who would you say has been your toughest opponent on the ITF Pro Circuit?

Kumiko Iijima: Everybody is a tough opponent I think so I am always thinking about just what I have to do and what I want to do.

ITF Pro Circuits: Would you recommend that top juniors go on to play the ITF Pro Circuit?

Kumiko Iijima: Yes I would recommend that top juniors play. It is so much different and many things to learn. That’s why I’d recommend it.

ITF Pro Circuits: Kumiko, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

Good for Kumiko to be having success later in her career :yeah:.

Boreas
Nov 2nd, 2010, 09:43 AM
Kumiko in the second round of Taipei 100k.

64 62 win over Indonesia's Jessy Rompies, she'll be playing vs Tanasugarn, most likely, in the second round:banana:

iGOAT
Nov 14th, 2010, 06:12 PM
I know this is late, but:

September 2010 - ITF Spotlight On...Kumiko Iijima
By Nick Fishpool

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_53112_gallery.JPG

Kumiko Iijima
Former WTA singles and doubles Top 200 ranked player Kumiko Iijima, 27, is our featured player for this month. Iijima competed in five $25,000 tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit during the course of the month.

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She began with a tournament 50km northeast of Tokyo in the city of Tsukuba where she was named as ninth seed in the qualifying event. Unfortunately for Iijima, the 2007 champion here, she failed to qualify for the main event, succumbing to a three set defeat in the final round. The doubles event, however, saw her claim a second title of the year. Unseeded with her Japanese partner Akiko Yonemura a place in the final was earned with two straight sets victories either side of being granted a win by Walkover when their fourth seeded opponents withdrew from their scheduled second round match. In the final they faced the all-Chinese Taipei pairing of Chin-Wei Chan & Yi Chen where they were forced to come from a set down to claim the title with a 46 76(6) [10-7] win.

Following the Tsukuba tournament she travelled to Australia where she would be competing in two tournaments before returning to Japan. First up was a tournament in Cairns, a city located in North Queensland. In the singles main draw event she started well, recording a three set win over Australia’s Isabella Holland before falling to the eighth seed and eventual champion, Ana-Clara Duarte of Brazil. The doubles event saw her team up with Sakiko Shimizu, a fellow Japanese player, but following a bright start that saw them drop just two games they were defeated in the second round by the third seeded Australian pairing of Alison Bai & Emelyn Starr, despite having opened up a one set lead.

Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, provided the setting for her next Australian tournament. In the opening round she saw off Australian qualifier Daniella Dominikovic 61 63 to set up a re-match with the previous week’s champion Ana-Clara Duarte. Having lost to her in Cairns this provided Iijima with the opportunity to quickly avenge that defeat and a hard fought 64 75 win allowed her to do just that. In her quarterfinal match Tammi Patterson of Australia brought an end to her singles run with a straight sets 63 76(3) win. In the doubles event Iijima was playing with a new partner for the third tournament in succession, this time she was paired with Yurika Sema also from Japan. Seeded fourth they made it through to the final with relative ease with the only scare coming in the opening set of their second round match. Aussie duo Alenka Hubacek & Tammi Patterson, conquerors of the top seeds, provided the opposition but they were unable to prevent Iijima winning a second doubles title of the month.

Having secured the doubles title in Darwin, Iijima returned to Japan for the final two tournaments of the month. Both tournaments were held in cities in western Shizuoka Prefecture, the first being Makinohara. Here, for the first time this month, she entered into only the singles event. As an unseeded player, Iijima defeated a Japanese qualifier in the opening round 60 64 then followed this up by dropping just two games in each set of a straight sets win over the eighth seeded player, Ayaka Maekawa. Another qualifier faced her in the quarterfinal and after having shared the first two sets 63 apiece she dominated in the deciding set to win through to the semifinals 63 36 61. A tough match appeared on the cards as she faced the No. 2 seed from Thailand, Nudnida Luangnam, but this failed to materialise as Iijima romped to a 60 64 victory to reach her first ITF Pro Circuit singles final since September 2008. In this final she came up against another seeded player in Japan’s Shiho Akita, who was seeded third. Again a tough match was expected but once again Iijima emerged victorious and claimed a first title since September 2007 with an impressive 61 62 win.

The month was brought to a close with a tournament in the city of Hamanako and a return to doubles play where she claimed yet another doubles title, this time as the No. 1 seed with Erika Sema, the sister of her partner in Darwin. In the singles event and once more as an unseeded player she began, for the third consecutive tournament, with a straight sets win over a qualifier. Another straight sets win followed to bring about the first of three matches with familiar opposition. In the quarterfinals she took on her second round opponent from the previous week, Ayaka Maekawa, and again emerged triumphant in straight sets. This win set up a repeat of the Makinohara semifinal as she took on the No. 1 seed Nudnida Luangnam. A 61 75 win, her second in succession by this score line, took her into the final where facing her across the net was her doubles partner Erika Sema, who was seeded eighth. Sema took the opening set of the final 7-4 on a tiebreak but Iijima fought back to level the match with a 62 win before going on to take the title with a 64 win in the deciding set. This was only the second time in her professional career that she had managed to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament.

So to summarise this month for Kumiko Iijima, from the five tournaments played she won two singles titles from two back-to-back final appearances for the first time. In doubles play she took the title in each of her three finals, of which two titles were with sisters Yurika and Erika Sema, in Darwin, AUS and Hamanako, JPN respectively. Her career title count has now risen to four singles (eight finals) and an incredible eighteen in doubles (thirty finals).

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An interview with Kumiko Iijima can be viewed here (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=21879).

Very good month for her it sounds like :):yeah:.

martin white
May 15th, 2011, 08:38 AM
:)This thread needed a bump,Kumiko made sf of 50k Fukuoka,losing in 3 sets to Tanasugarn:(,She made high ranking #180,,Kumiko into FO qualies too:)good luck Kumiko......

martin white
Aug 23rd, 2011, 06:32 AM
Kumiko plays Domachowska in the 1strd if USO Qualies:scared:tough draw but do your best Kumiko!good luck:)

martin white
Oct 30th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Kumiko back has qualified for 100k Taipei:),She must have been injured haven't seen her name in any draws lately,good luck will play Morita 1strd,

martin white
Mar 6th, 2012, 11:55 AM
any news on Kumiko?i guess she has been injured ,i don't think she has played this year.....with news of Ryoko Fuda retiring,as much as i hope not i wouldn;t be suprised if Kumiko does too.:sad:,so many injuries:(