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Aiko Nakamura

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Bio She is a Japanese former professional tennis player. In July 2008, she was the second highest WTA-ranked Japanese singles tennis player, at No. 107, after Ai Sugiyama.

Nakamura was born in TennĊji-ku, Osaka. She graduated from Osaka Municipal Takatsu Junior High School and Anan Gakuen High School. She was a baseline player with both forehand strokes and backhand strokes.
Her personal best ranking is 47th in singles and 64th in doubles.

Like her role-model Monica Seles, she had a double-handed forehand and backhand, but served right-handed. She won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In 2006, she reached the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Marion Bartoli in three sets.

Nakamura also played for the Japan Fed Cup team. She retired from professional tennis in 2012.

She started playing tennis at the age of 5 and started touring in earnest in 2002 after graduating from high school. In 2005 she completed her Grand Slam debut in four major tournaments. She won three qualifying games and got the right to participate in the main draw, and also achieved the first win in the main draw. In the second round, she lost to 10th seed Alicia Molik (from Australia) 2-6, 4-6. From that year, she also became a Japanese national team player in the women's tennis national competition, Fed Cup , and was selected as a singles in the first round of the "World Group 2nd Division" against Czech Republic in the third week of April. At that time, she was defeated by Nicole Vaidisova , who was just 16 years old . In the four major tournaments in 2005, she was eliminated in the first round only at the French Open, but at the Wimbledon - US Open, she advanced into the second round. In the second round of Wimbledon, Anastasia Myskina and in the second round at the US Open, Nadia Petrova showed a bold challenge to Nakamura.
All Japan Tennis Championships in November, she was the first seed, but lost to Tomoko Yonemura, the eighth seed, 6-7, 4-6 in the quarterfinals.

At the Australian Open in 2006, Nakamura has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time of her career, losing seventh seed Patty Schnyder ( Switzerland 2-6), was defeated 3-6. Then both French Open and Wimbledon, she was eliminated in the first round. On July 15 - 16th day in Tokyo, Fed Cup was held in Ariake Coliseum in the "World Group play-off" where Japan defeated Austria by 5-0 and Nakamura won her singles match against Barbara Schwartz. With that win, Japan fought for the right to return to the World Group after 10 year absence. At the US Open, she lost to 16th seed Ana Ivanovic in the second round . At the " Japan Open " in the second week of October , Nakamura made her first (and only) appearance in the WTA Tour Tournament final. She lost to Marion Bartoli ( France ) in a 6-2, 2-6, 2-6. Bartoli is also a two-handed player with both forehand and backhand, and the final of the women's tour between 2 two-handed (forehand and backhand) players was the first time in history.

At the Australian Open 2007, in the first round she beat Eleni Daniilidou, in the second round she defeated Sania Mirza and she lost in the third round against Martina Hingis. At the US Open that year, she lost to fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 1-6 in the first round .

In 2008, at the" Kangaroo Cup International Women's Open " ( in Gifu), in the quarterfinal, the first seeded Nakamura lost by 6-7, 6-4 , 3-6 from the 37-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm who just returned to the WTA Tour after 12 years. In the following week, Nakamura beat Date at the Fukuoka tournament. At the French Open, she lost to the fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova by 2-6, 3-6 in the first round.

From around 2009, she had two knee surgeries and was unable to participate in the tournament, and was excluded from the ranking in 2010. After that, she participated mainly in the women's tour lower tournaments, but the match lost in the first qualifying round of the 2012 US Open was his last appearance, and she announced her retirement in November 2012.
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