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Sharapova wins 10-8 in third set at Australian Open

Sharapova wins 10-8 in third set at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- No. 3-seeded Maria Sharapova played for nearly 3 1/2 hours in the hottest part of the day Thursday before claiming a second-round win at the Australian Open.
Ivanovic advances to quarterfinals at ASB Classic

Ivanovic advances to quarterfinals at ASB Classic

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Ana Ivanovic needed only 43 minutes Wednesday to gain a spot in the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand.
Ana Konjuh pulls big upset at ASB Classic

Ana Konjuh pulls big upset at ASB Classic

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Wild-card entrant Ana Konjuh ousted top-seeded Roberta Vinci in three sets Tuesday in a first-round match of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand.
Date-Krumm falls in first round again

Date-Krumm falls in first round again

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- No. 1-seed Kimiko Date-Krumm was among three seeded players to drop first-round matches Wednesday at the 125K-level OEC Taipei WTA Challenger.

Kudryavtseva posts upset win at Taipei WTA Challenger

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Alla Kudryavtseva claimed a third-set tiebreaker in an opening-day upset Monday at the inaugural 125K series OEC Taipei WTA Challenger.

Zhang Shuai wins second WTA title at Nanjing Ladies Open

NANJING, China, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Zhang Shuai won the first set Sunday and then took the WTA's 125K-level Nanjing Ladies Open title when Ayumi Morita retired with an injury.
Zhang, Morita to play for WTA title in Nanjing

Zhang, Morita to play for WTA title in Nanjing

NANJING, China, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Local favorite Zhang Shuai won in three sets Saturday and will go against Ayumi Morita in the finals of the WTA's 125K series Nanjing Ladies Open.
Morita advances after 3-hour WTA quarterfinal in Nanjing

Morita advances after 3-hour WTA quarterfinal in Nanjing

NANJING, China, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Ayumi Morita survived a 3-hour marathon match Friday in earning a spot in the semifinals of the WTA's 125K-level Nanjing Ladies Open.
Wickmayer advances at Nanjing Ladies Open

Wickmayer advances at Nanjing Ladies Open

NANJING, China, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Yanina Wickmayer, seeking her first title in nearly four years, won in straight sets Thursday in a Nanjing Ladies Open second-round match.
Duan posts upset of Date-Krumm at WTA stop in Nanjing

Duan posts upset of Date-Krumm at WTA stop in Nanjing

NANJING, China, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Duan Ying-Ying piled up six breaks for a straight-set upset Tuesday of top-seeded Kimiko Date-Krumm at the WTA's 125K Nanjing Ladies Open tournament in China.
Safarova wins in second-round upset at Pan Pacific Open

Safarova wins in second-round upset at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lucie Safarova posted an upset win Tuesday in second-round action of the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo.

Sorana Cirstea, Madison Keys take early victories at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif., July 23 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea and American teenager Madison Keys each posted an opening-round victory Monday at the Bank of the West Classic.

Defending champ Melanie Oudin bounced at Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Defending champ Melanie Oudin earned an early exit Monday at the Aegon Classic, falling in straight sets on Day 1 of the grass-court event.
Williams, Sharapova roll into Italian Open quarterfinals

Williams, Sharapova roll into Italian Open quarterfinals

ROME, May 16 (UPI) -- Top seeds Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova lost just four games between them Thursday in gaining spots in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open in Rome.
Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

ROME, May 13 (UPI) -- Laura Robson posted a Rome International tennis tournament win Monday over Venus Williams that gives her a match against world No. 1 Serena Williams.
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Ayumi Morita
Junior tennis player Ayumi Morita (JPN) runs to hit a backhand in her match against Olga Govortsova (BLR) during day 8 at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York on September 5, 2005. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .
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Ayumi Morita (森田 あゆみ, Morita Ayumi?, born March 11, 1990 in Ōta, Gunma, Japan) is a Japanese female tennis player. She reached her career-high ranking of 42nd in the world on June 6, 2011 and is currently the highest ranked Japanese player in the world at World No. 46, the seventh overall in Asia. At Junior level, she reached a career high ranking of No. 3.

Morita is known for strong and consistent two-handed groundstrokes which she hits very flat. She is also regarded as very tough mentally for a young player, often showing great resolve to win close matches despite a lackluster serve. Morita is a small and quick player with excellent footwork and movement around the court.

On September 16, 2008, she beat world No. 19 Ágnes Szávay 6–7 (7–9), 7–5, 6–4 in the Toray Pan Pacific Open.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ayumi Morita."
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