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Maya Kidowaki

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Bio She is a retired Japanese tennis player.
She started playing tennis at Shinomiya Tennis Club, and in 1983, at the age of 14. She participated in the Japan Open Singles Preliminaries on the recommendation of the organizer while still a student at Kyoto Municipal Otowa Junior High School. She lost in straight sets to No. 1 seed Cornelia Lechner ( Germany ) 4-6, 2-6 in the first round of qualifying. From 1984, she gradually began competing in circuit events at the bottom of the tour, and she was recommended by the organizers to qualify for the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament singles in December. After graduating from junior high school, she turned professional in 1985 at the age of 16 years and 3 months. This record was the youngest professional registration until Ayumi Morita turned professional in 2005 at the age of 15 years and 1 month. She was ranked 8th in the All Japan Women's Singles Ranking that year, and she had already become one of the top women's players in Japan.
She played doubles with Kimiko Date, who is one year her junior at Shinomiya Club. She also competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as a pair with Date, they lost to Jana Novotn√° and Andrea Strnadov√° in the third round, in two sets. She has teamed up with Naoko Sato, Ei Iida and others to win many titles. She also competed in the Australian Open main draw.

In singles, she won the 1st Izawa Christmas Open in 1989.

For three years from 1990, she was also selected to represent Japan in the Federation Cup (later Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup). She played six doubles games for the Japanese Fed Cup team from 1990 to 1992, winning three of them.

Her best WTA rankings were 68th in singles and 34th in doubles. She won two doubles titles on the WTA Tour. As a doubles player, she reached No. 44 in the world and won one WTA Tour title, the 1993 Japan Open, partnering Ei Iida.
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