Yuka Yoshida
吉田友佳
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceYokohama, Japan
Born (1976-01-04) 4 January 1976 (age 48)
Tottori Prefecture, Japan
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1994
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$669,605
Singles
Career record274–262
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 52 (8 September 1997)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1997, 1998)
French Open2R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (1997)
US Open2R (1997)
Doubles
Career record188–174
Career titles3 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 51 (3 May 1999)

Yuka Kaneko[1] (née Yuka Yoshida, Japanese: 吉田友佳, born 1 April 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Japan.

In her career, she won three doubles titles on the WTA Tour: 1995 in Tokyo, 1996 in Pattaya, and 2005 in Memphis.

Kaneko also won five singles and seven doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

Her best Grand Slam performance came in 1998 when she reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament of the US Open.

WTA career finals

Legend Singles Doubles
Grand Slam 0–0 0–0
Tier I 0–0 0–0
Tier II 0–0 0–0
Tier III 0–0 2–1
Tier IV & V 0–1 1–1

Singles: 1 (runner-up)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Apr 1997 Danamon Open, Indonesia Clay Japan Naoko Sawamatsu 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Apr 1995 Japan Open, Tokyo Hard Japan Miho Saeki Japan Kyoko Nagatsuka
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Win 2. Nov 1996 Pattaya Open, Thailand Hard Japan Miho Saeki Slovenia Tina Križan
Japan Nana Miyagi
6–2, 6–3
Loss 3. Apr 1997 Danamon Open, Indonesia Hard Czech Republic Lenka Němečková Australia Kerry-Anne Guse
Australia Kristine Radford
4–6, 7–5, 5–7
Loss 4. Nov 1999 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Clay Japan Rika Hiraki Croatia Jelena Kostanić
Slovenia Tina Pisnik
6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Win 5. Feb 2005 Memphis Indoors, United States Hard (i) Japan Miho Saeki United States Laura Granville
United States Abigail Spears
6–3, 6–4

ITF Circuit finals

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

Singles: 10 (5–5)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 10 October 1993 ITF Ibaraki, Japan Hard (i) Australia Lisa McShea 3–6, 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 15 March 1996 ITF Rockford, United States Hard Russia Anna Kournikova 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 20 February 2000 ITF Midland, United States Hard Australia Nicole Pratt 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 24 September 2000 ITF Kirkland, United States Hard United States Brie Rippner 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 3 March 2002 ITF Bendigo, Australia Hard Australia Cindy Watson 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 3 March 2003 ITF Bendigo Hard Australia Rachel McQuillan 0–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 20 April 2003 ITF Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard Japan Shiho Hisamatsu 6–3, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 8. 19 October 2003 ITF Haibara, Japan Hard Japan Seiko Okamoto 6–1, 6–4
Winner 9. 2 November 2003 ITF Beijing, China Hard (i) China Xie Yanze 6–1, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 10. 24 October 2004 ITF Haibara, Japan Carpet Japan Aiko Nakamura 1–6, 4–6

Doubles: 15 (7–8)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 7 June 1993 ITF Seoul, South Korea Hard Japan Kazue Takuma Indonesia Mimma Chernovita
Indonesia Irawati Moerid
5–7, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 2. 5 July 1993 ITF Lohja, Finland Clay Japan Hiroko Mochizuki Netherlands Stephanie Gomperts
Netherlands Annemarie Mikkers
6–2, 6–7, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 7 March 1994 ITF Offenbach, Germany Carpet Japan Hiroko Mochizuki Germany Sandra Wächtershäuser
Germany Petra Winzenhöller
6–7, 3–6
Winner 4. 21 August 1994 ITF Fayetteville, United States Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama United States Andrea Leand
United States Eleni Rossides
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 6 August 1995 ITF Austin, United States Hard Japan Naoko Kijimuta United States Shannan McCarthy
United States Julie Steven
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 21 March 1999 ITF Noda, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong
South Korea Park Sung-hee
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 24 October 1999 ITF Nashville, United States Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe United States Nicole Arendt
United States Katie Schlukebir
1–6, 6–7
Winner 8. 3 April 2000 ITF West Palm Beach, United States Clay Japan Rika Hiraki United States Erika deLone
Australia Nicole Pratt
1–6, 6–0, 7–6(5)
Winner 9. 7 May 2000 ITF Gifu, Japan Hard Japan Shinobu Asagoe South Africa Nannie de Villiers
South Africa Surina De Beer
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 10. 8 July 2001 Los Gatos, United States Hard Japan Ryoko Takemura United States Dawn Buth
Canada Vanessa Webb
2–6, 6–7
Runner-up 11. 30 June 2002 ITF Edmond, United States Hard Japan Satomi Kinjo United States Lauren Kalvaria
United States Gabriela Lastra
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 12. 7 July 2002 ITF Los Gatos, United States Hard Japan Ryoko Takemura United States Teryn Ashley
Canada Vanessa Webb
3–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 14 July 2002 ITF College Park, United States Hard Japan Miho Saeki United States Teryn Ashley
United States Jennifer Russell
7–5, 6–1
Winner 14. 20 October 2002 ITF Haibara, Japan Carpet Japan Remi Tezuka Japan Haruka Inoue
Japan Maiko Inoue
6–0, 6–2
Winner 15. 6 July 2003 ITF Los Gatos, United States Hard Japan Shiho Hisamatsu United States Tanner Cochran
United States Shenay Perry
6–4, 3–6, 6–2

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