Aiko Nakamura

Aiko Nakamura (中村藍子, Nakamura Aiko) (born 28 December 1983 in Tennōji-ku, Osaka), 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.

Aiko Nakamura
中村藍子
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTennōji-ku, Osaka
Born (1983-12-28) 28 December 1983
Osaka
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$861,081
Singles
Career record268–237
Career titles0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 47 (6 August 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2006, 2007)
French Open1R (2005–2008)
Wimbledon2R (2005, 2007)
US Open2R (2005, 2006)
Doubles
Career record80–113
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 64 (3 March 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2008)
French Open1R (2006–2008)
Wimbledon2R (2005, 2007, 2008)
US Open2R (2007)
Team competitions
Fed Cup6–4

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 Women's 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 Japan's Fed Cup team. She retired from professional tennis in 2012.

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 runner-up

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss Oct 2006 Tokyo, Japan Hard Marion Bartoli 6–2, 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 1 runner-up

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V (0–1)
Result Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss Sep 2008 Tokyo, Japan Hard Ayumi Morita Jill Craybas
Marina Erakovic
6–4, 5–7, [6–10]

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (4–6)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 April 2002 Gunma, Japan Carpet Maria Sharapova 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 21 July 2002 Baltimore, United States Hard Tory Zawacki 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 3. 20 October 2002 Haibara, Japan Carpet Shinobu Asagoe 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 4. 27 October 2002 Tokyo, Japan Hard Haruka Inoue 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 23 November 2003 Nuriootpa, South Australia, Australia Hard Jessica Lehnhoff 6–7(2), 6–7(2)
Winner 6. 8 August 2004 Louisville, United States Hard Vilmarie Castellvi 6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 24 October 2004 Haibara, Japan Carpet Yuka Yoshida 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 7 May 2006 Gifu, Japan Carpet Erika Takao 1–6, 7–5, 1–6
Winner 9. 3 May 2009 Gifu, Japan Carpet Tomoko Yonemura 6–1, 6–4
Winner 10. 29 August 2011 Tsukuba, Japan Hard Chan Chin-wei 6–3, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles (3–3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 28 July 2002 Evansville, United States Hard Kim Jin-hee Gabrielle Baker
Deanna Roberts
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 18 May 2003 Nagano, Japan Grass Maki Arai Tomoko Taira
Tomoko Yonemura
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 3. 25 May 2003 Gunma, Japan Grass Maki Arai Kumiko Iijima
Suchanun Viratprasert
6–4, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 18 April 2004 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard Rika Fujiwara Olena Antypina
Goulnara Fattakhetdinova
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 3 May 2009 Gifu, Japan Carpet Sophie Ferguson Misaki Doi
Kurumi Nara
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 6. 2 May 2011 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Junri Namigata Shuko Aoyama
Rika Fujiwara
6–7(3), 0–6

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