Born in Yokohama, Misaki’s family moved to Oamishirasato in Chiba, a small suburban town blessed with an abundance of tennis courts in Japan. Misaki set foot into a tennis court for the first time at the age of 3, brought there by her parents who played tennis as a hobby.
Before long, she was hitting balls, and encouraged by people around her, enrolled in a local tennis school at the age of 6 when she first started receiving proper coaching lessons. After an outstanding junior career, she turned pro at the age of 17 while still in high school.
Humble Beginnings, Giant Dreams
Raised in a typical middle class family, Misaki’s parents’ unyielding support enabled her to shift her playing career onto the international stage in 2010 when she was 19. In the same year, she qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam (French Open) and in the following year, she reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon. Since then, she has become a regular fixture at Grand Slams, and in 2016, Misaki reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon, her career best at a Grand Slam.
Inspiring Asians Worldwide
In a game dominated by players towering above her, her petite frame has not stopped her from beating many higher-ranked players, nor from breaking into the world’s Top 50, where she is currently the number 1 player from Asia.
|DOB||29th April 1991|
|Weight||55kg (121 lbs)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Family||Mother Yuka, father Koji, brother Ryota and pet rabbit Pino|
WTA San Antonio – Winner (Singles)
WTA Rome– QF (Singles)
WTA Kaohsiung – Finalist (Singles)
Wimbledon – Best 16 (Singles), R2 (Doubles)
US Open – R1 (Singles & Doubles)
Australian Open – R1 (Singles & Doubles)
Roland Garros - R1 (Singles), R2 (Doubles)