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Naoko Sawamatsu : biography

23 March 1973 -

Sawamatsu's most significant title came in 1993 at Strasbourg, she defeated clay courter Judith Wiesner in the final. Sawamatsu had much success at Strasbourg reaching the semifinals in 1991, final in 1992 losing to Judith Wiesner.

Sawamatsu retired from professional tennis after losing in the second round of the 1998 Japan Open to Monica Seles in a three set match 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. Sawamatsu had wins over the following players during her career Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Kimiko Date, Mary Joe Fernandez, Amanda Coetzer, and Conchita Martínez. She was the first player to be beaten by Venus Williams in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the French Open in 1997.

Sawamatsu's career prize money totalled US$1,107,264 with a win/loss record in singles of 205-143.

Since retirement, Sawamatsu has been involved in the development of the sport in her native country.

WTA Tour finals

Singles 7 (4-3)

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 2
Tier IV & V 2
Olympic Games 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 28 April 1990 Singapore Hard (o) GBR}} Sarah Loosemore 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
Runner-up 2. 21 April 1991 Pattaya, Thailand Hard (o) INA}} Yayuk Basuki 2-6, 2-6
Runner-up 3. 24 May 1992 Strasbourg, France Clay AUT}} Judith Wiesner 1-6, 3-6
Runner-up 4. 16 January 1993 Melbourne, Australia Hard (o) RSA}} Amanda Coetzer 2-6, 3-6
Winner 5. 23 May 1993 Strasbourg, France Clay AUT}} Judith Wiesner 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Winner 6. 24 April 1994 Singapore Hard (o) ARG}} Florencia Labat 7-5, 7-5
Winner 7. 27 April 1997 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard (o) JPN}} Yuka Yoshida 6-3, 6-2
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