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Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament 2023 Exhibition Match Pairs
Martina Hingis & Kurumi Nara vs. Misaki Doi & Shinobu Asagoe

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Aug. 31, 2023

Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Executive Committee

The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament Executive Committee (headquartered in Tokyo’s Minato ward and led by Tournament Director Yutaka Nakagawa) to be held from Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, October 1 on the courts of the Ariake Coliseum & Ariake Tennis Forest Park, will showcase an exhibition doubles match on the final day of the tournament week following the Singles Final Match and the Award Ceremony.

We are pleased to announce that the matchups have been decided. Former World Queen Martina Hingis will partner with Kurumi Nara, who retired from the Toray PPO Tennis Tournament last year and appointed as the tournament ambassador for this year's tournament. The opposing pair will be Misaki Doi, who has announced her retirement following this tournament, and Shinobu Asagoe, formerly ranked No. 21 in the world. Misaki Doi and Shinobu Asagoe will be playing as a pair for the first time, but all tennis fans are sure to be looking forward to seeing what kind of matchup they will have, as both are attractive for their aggressive play.

There will be a live commentary by the tournament ambassador, Naoko Sawamatsu. Please look forward to a spectacular exhibition match on the last day of this year's Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament.

Exhibition Match

Date: Sunday, October 1 following the Singles Final and the Award Ceremony
Match: Women’s Doubles
Format: No advantage, six game match

Players’ Profile
Martina Hingis
Personal Best WTA Ranking: No.1
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament winner (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007); most of any player in the tournament.
Born on September 30, 1980. Reigned as the world's number one in both singles and doubles. Tour record of 43 singles wins including 5 Grand Slam titles and 64 doubles wins including 13 Grand Slam titles. In 1998, Hingis won all four of the Grand Slam women's doubles titles. In 1996, she became the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time at the age of 15 and 9 months.
Kurumi Nara
Personal Best WTA Ranking: No.32
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, second round (2015, 2017)
Born on December 30, 1991 in Hyogo Prefecture. She was recognized from an early age as a tennis prodigy. She turned pro in 2009 at the age of 17.
She participated in 25 Grand Slams, moved up to the third round 3 times (2013 US Open, 2014 Australian Open, and 2017 US Open). At 155cm, she was known as the smallest player on the tour. In 2014, won her first WTA Tour title at the first edition of the Rio Open, and reached a career‐high singles ranking of world No. 32. The final tournament of her career was the Pan Pacific Open in September 2022 where she competed as a qualifying wildcard.
Misaki Doi
Personal Best WTA Ranking: No.30
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, best 8 (2019)
Born on April 29, 1991 in Chiba. She turned pro in 2008 after graduating from high school. She took on the world with her topspin, which she used to her advantage as a lefty, and won her first tour title in Luxembourg in 2015. She also has two tour titles in doubles. She reached her best Grand Slam in 2016 as one of the best 16 players at Wimbledon. In October of the same year, she reached her personal best ranking of 30th.
Shinobu Asagoe
Personal Best WTA Ranking: No.21
Born on June 28, 1976 in Hyogo Prefecture. In 1997, at the age of 20, she left Sonoda Women’s University without a diploma and turned pro. Since 2001, she has been a regular at Grand Slams in both singles and doubles, and reached her best Grand Slam as one of the best 8 players at the 2004 US Open. In April 2005, she topped the Japanese women's list with a personal best ranking of 21st. She was the runner‐up in three WTA Tour tournaments. Eight tour wins in doubles.