You entered the most comprehensive Tennis Grand Slam Online Database

Nana Miyagi

tennis player

Alias: Nana Miyagi Smith
Nana Smith
Born Subscribe now
This information and data is not available because you are not our subscriber yet.
Please click here and get full access to the entire database!
Bio She is a Japanese female professional tennis player.
Her father is Canadian-American and works for a military base in Okinawa. Nana Miyagi moved to Okinawa when she was 13 because of her father's job. She graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa.
She turned pro in March 1988 and she soon began to show her talent as a doubles virtuoso. Since 1990, she has competed in the women's singles and in doubles at the four major tournaments. She won her first victory in the women's doubles of her tour tournament at the "OTB Open" held in New York, USA at the end of August of the same year. Since then, she has paired with various partners and continued her long-running career.
In 1992, Miyagi's doubles began to blossom when she teamed up with Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia. At the 1993 Australian Open, Miyagi made it through the first 2 rounds at the Grand Slam in women's doubles for the first time, and she advanced to the third round. She reached the women's doubles semifinals for the first time that same year at the US Open, where she paired with Basuki. She lost there to Amanda Coetzer (South Africa) and Ines Gorrochategui (Argentina). Most of Miyagi's partners in 1993 were either Basuki or Rika Hiraki, but she fared much better in matches with Basuki.
In the middle of 1995, the pair with Basuki was dissolved. In 1997-1998, she performed well with Naoko Kijimuta, who won three doubles titles on the Women's Tour. Among her 10 doubles wins for Miyagi, her three wins with Kijimuta stand out. In January 1997, the two won doubles titles in Australia 's Gold Coast and Hobart tournaments for two weeks in a row, and advanced to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. At the Oklahoma City tournament in the United States in late February, she won his first victory in combination with Rika Hiraki. The duo of Miyagi and Kijimuta reached the 3rd rounds at the French Open and in Wimbledon and at the US Open. In 1998, at the Australian Open, they beat the Williams sisters then they lost in the quarterfinals to Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva.
However, Kijimuta was forced to retire in 1998 due to injury, Miyagi formed a pair with various partners again. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she played in women's doubles, where she teamed with Ai Sugiyama and lost in the second round to Thailand. She won the women's doubles at the 2002 Japan Open with Nobu Asagoe. Her appearance record ended in March 2006 at the Redding, California, USA tournament.
Miyagi is known for her success in doubles, but in singles, she finished as runner-up in the Surabaya tournament in Indonesia in 1996, and advanced to the final four at the Taipei tournament in 1992, at the Nichirei Ladies in 1994, and at the Japan Open in 1995. She was in the semifinals of the 1989 Canadian Open, where she played against Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-3, 2-6), the eventual winner of the tournament. After that, she dropped her world ranking due to a shoulder injury, but at the 1994 Nichirei Ladies, she defeated Lindsay Davenport (8th in the world at the time) and Sabine Hack (Germany, 10th in the world at the time) to advance to the semifinals where she lost 2-6, 6-2, 4-6 to the US Open champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. (After the game, Sanchez reportedly asked her how to hit a drive volley, which was rare at the time.)
She also beat 15-year-old Martina Hingis in the second round at the 1996 Lipton International Championships.
Because of her strength in doubles, she has been an integral part of Japan's national team in the women's tennis Fed Cup for many years, a position she held from 1989 to 2000 .
She has never won a singles title on the WTA Tour, but she has won 10 doubles titles. Her highest ranking is 51st in singles and 12th in doubles.
Miyagi has also participated in inter-city team tennis in the United States and was awarded the “World Team Tennis Rookie of the Year” in 1998.
She belongs to Team Scandinavia. After her marriage, she changed her player name to "Nana Smith".
Nana also won 3 gold medals at the Asian Games in team competition in Beijing'90, in Hiroshima'94 and in mixed doubles (with Satoshi Iwabuchi) in Bangkok'98.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
Subscribe now
This information and data is not available because you are not our subscriber yet.
Please click here and get full access to the entire database!