Friday, March 18, 2011

Akiko Morigami

Akiko Morigami ( January 12, 1980, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese female tennis player. She turned professional in 1998. On August 15, 2005, Morigami reached her career-high singles ranking: World No. 41. Morigami has won 1 singles title in her career, defeating top-seed Marion Bartoli of France 6–1 6–3 in Prague in 2007. She has reached two other singles finals, both in Cincinnati (falling to Patty Schnyder in 2005, and losing to Anna Chakvetadze in 2007). In the 2006 French Open, she upset then-World No.3 Nadia Petrova in the first round. Petrova was a favorite to win the Grand Slam title. She is known for her strong two-handed game. Morigami is set to retire after the 2009 HP Japan Women's Open in Osaka. In the first round she defeated qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and in the second round she lost to Samantha Stosur 1-6, 2-6. This was her last professional WTA match.

Akiko Morigami Hits The Ball Perfectly

Akiko Morigami Raises Both Hands After Win

Akiko Morigami Smile

Akiko Morigami

Akiko Morigami Happiness Expression

Akiko Morigami Disappointed Expression

Akiko Morigami Funny Pose

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