Shinobu Asagoe

Shinobu Asagoe (浅越しのぶ, Asagoe Shinobu, born June 28, 1976) is a Japanese former tennis player. She turned professional in 1997, and retired in 2006.

Shinobu Asagoe
Country (sports) Japan
Born (1976-06-28) 28 June 1976
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1997
Prize money$1,662,261
Career record275–208
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (April 18, 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2005, 2006)
French Open4R (2004)
Wimbledon4R (2003)
US OpenQF (2004)
Career record226–148
Career titles8 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 13 (May 8, 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2006)
French OpenQF (2002, 2005)
Wimbledon3R (2003, 2005)
US Open3R (2005, 2006)
Team competitions
Fed Cup17–10


2000 was the first year in which she finished in the WTA top 100 (No. 72). In the US Open that year, she defeated Patty Schnyder, a top-50 player. She also reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal that year at the Princess Cup at Tokyo, defeating Ai Sugiyama and losing to Monica Seles. She also represented Japan at the Sydney Olympics. In 2003, she reached her first WTA singles final. In 2004, she reached her second career singles final in Hobart, as well as her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. In April 2005, Asagoe reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 21. In May of the following year, she reached her career-high doubles ranking (13th).

Asagoe appeared in one WTA Tour final, in Auckland 2003, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in three sets. Asagoe held a 4–0 lead in the second set when Srebotnik took an injury timeout. From there, Strebotnik played "all in" tennis and won the match, in what was an agonising result for Asagoe.

Her most memorable match was a second-round marathon at Wimbledon 2003, when her stressed-out opponent, Daniela Hantuchová, melted down well on the way to what looked like a routine two-set win. Eventually, after nearly three hours, Asagoe won the contest 12–10 in the third set.

She played doubles with Katarina Srebotnik; at the 2006 Australian Open they reached the semifinals by beating Cara Black/Rennae Stubbs 6–3, 4–6, 6–0. They lost to eventual champions Yan/Zheng in the semifinals.

At the US Open that same year, she lost her first-round match in straight sets to Jelena Kostanić. She had announced, the US Open would be her last tournament. In doubles, with Akiko Morigami, they won their first-round match 6–1, 6–3, and they were to play against the 14th seeds, Marion Bartoli/Shahar Peer. Bartoli/Peer were up 6–4, 5–2, before Shinobu and Akiko won four straight games to make it 6–5. They held many set points at 6–5, but could not convert, thus forcing a tiebreaker; they were down 2–6, but won six straight points, thus taking the tiebreaker, saving four straight match points. They took the final set 6–4.

Asagoe retired at the 2006 US Open, after losing her third-round doubles match (with Morigami) to the world's top-ranked team Lisa Raymond/Samantha Stosur.

Major finals

Olympic games

Doubles: 1 bronze final

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place2004AthensHard Ai Sugiyama Paola Suárez
Patricia Tarabini
3–6, 3–6

WTA career finals

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–1)
Tier IV & V (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 June 2003 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Magdalena Maleeva 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 16 January 2004 Hobart, Australia Hard Amy Frazier 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 8 January 2005 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Katarina Srebotnik 7–5, 5–7, 4–6

Doubles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Tier I (1–1)
Tier II (1–0)
Tier III (4–2)
Tier IV & V (2–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 June 2002 Birmingham, Great Britain Grass Els Callens Kimberly Po
Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 6 October 2002 Tokyo, Japan Hard Nana Miyagi Svetlana Kuznetsova
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 30 March 2003 Miami, United States Hard Nana Miyagi Liezel Huber
Magdalena Maleeva
4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 6 April 2003 Sarasota, United States Clay Nana Miyagi Liezel Huber
Martina Navratilova
6–7(8–10), 3–6
Winner 3. 16 January 2004 Hobart, Australia Hard Seiko Okamoto Els Callens
Barbara Schett
2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 7 August 2004 Montreal, Canada Hard Ai Sugiyama Liezel Huber
Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–0, 6–3
Winner 5. 10 October 2004 Tokyo, Japan Hard Katarina Srebotnik Jennifer Hopkins
Mashona Washington
6–1, 6–4
Winner 6. 8 January 2005 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Katarina Srebotnik Leanne Baker
Francesca Lubiani
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 9 October 2005 Tokyo, Japan Hard María Vento-Kabchi Gisela Dulko
Maria Kirilenko
5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 7. 16 October 2005 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Gisela Dulko Conchita Martínez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 5 March 2006 Acapulco, Mexico Clay Émilie Loit Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Meghann Shaughnessy
1–6, 3–6
Winner 8. 9 April 2006 Amelia Island, United States Clay Katarina Srebotnik Liezel Huber
Sania Mirza
6–2, 6–4
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