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FUKUHARA Ai Name FUKUHARA Ai
NOC JPN - Japan Japan Date of Birth 01 NOV 1988
Residence Gender Female
Height 155 cm Weight 48 kg
Discipline Table Tennis

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BiographiesResult
시작일자 시작시간 세부 종목 파트너 스코어 경기 결과 상대
이름 NOC
여자 복식
01 OCT 2014 16 : 00 여자 복식 16강전 제 7경기 WAKAMIYA Misako 3 - 2 CHEN Szu Yu
/ LEE I Chen
TPE - 차이니스 타이베이 TPE
29 SEP 2014 13 : 00 여자 복식 32강전 제 13경기 WAKAMIYA Misako 3 - 0 NOOR M Kh A Salem
/ MARYAM S B A Abdulraheem
KUW - 쿠웨이트 KUW
혼합 복식
01 OCT 2014 14 : 00 혼합 복식 8강전 제 3경기 KISHIKAWA Seiya 3 - 2 CHEUNG Yuk
/ JIANG Huajun
HKG - 홍콩 HKG
30 SEP 2014 10 : 00 혼합 복식 16강전 제 6경기 KISHIKAWA Seiya 3 - 1 ANTHONY ARPUTHARAJ Amalraj
/ PATKAR Madhurika Suhas
IND - 인도 IND
29 SEP 2014 10 : 40 혼합 복식 32강전 제 12경기 KISHIKAWA Seiya 3 - 0 EL BOUBOU Rachid
/ KEJEBACHIAN Lara
LIB - 레바논 LIB
여자 단체
30 SEP 2014 14 : 00 여자 단체 금메달전 1 - 3 China CHN - 중국 CHN
29 SEP 2014 19 : 30 여자 단체 4강전 2경기 3 - 2 Singapore SIN - 싱가폴 SIN
28 SEP 2014 20 : 00 여자 단체 8강전 3경기 3 - 1 Hong Kong, China HKG - 홍콩 HKG
28 SEP 2014 14 : 00 여자 단체 예선라운드 C조 제 9경기 3 - 2 Korea KOR - 대한민국 KOR
28 SEP 2014 10 : 00 여자 단체 예선라운드 C조 제 8경기 3 - 0 Pakistan PAK - 파키스탄 PAK
27 SEP 2014 14 : 00 여자 단체 예선라운드 C조 제 4경기 3 - 0 Mongolia MGL - 몽골 MGL
27 SEP 2014 10 : 00 여자 단체 예선라운드 C조 제 1경기 3 - 0 Maldives MDV - 몰디브 MDV

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Asian Games
3Singles2010Guangzhou, CHN
3Mixed Doubles2010Guangzhou, CHN
3Women's Doubles2010Guangzhou, CHN
3Team2002Busan, KOR
5Team2010Guangzhou, CHN
5Team2006Doha, QAT
QuarterfinalSingles2006Doha, QAT
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2006Doha, QAT
Olympic Games
2Team2012London, GBR
4Team2008Beijing, CHN
QuarterfinalSingles2012London, GBR
4th RoundSingles2008Beijing, CHN
World Championships
3Mixed Doubles2011Rotterdam, NED
3Team2010Moscow, RUS
3Team2008Guangzhou, CHN
3Team2006Bremen, GER
3Team2004Doha, QAT
5Team2012Dortmund, GER
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2013Paris, FRA
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2009Yokohama, JPN
3rd RoundWomen's Doubles2011Rotterdam, NED
3rd RoundMixed Doubles2013Paris, FRA
3rd RoundSingles2011Rotterdam, NED
3rd RoundSingles2007Zagreb, CRO
3rd RoundMixed Doubles2007Zagreb, CRO
2nd RoundWomen's Doubles2007Zagreb, CRO
2nd RoundSingles2009Yokohama, JPN
2nd RoundMixed Doubles2009Yokohama, JPN
1st RoundSingles2013Paris, FRA
ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
2Women's Doubles2011London, GBR
3Singles2010Seoul, KOR
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2010Seoul, KOR
2nd RoundSingles2012Hangzhou, CHN
1st RoundSingles2011London, GBR
ITTF World Tour
1Women's Doubles2014Czech Open, CZE
1Women's Doubles2014Japan Open, JPN
1Singles2013Japan Open, JPN
1Women's Doubles2010Hungarian Open, HUN
2Singles2014Czech Open, CZE
2Singles2013German Open, GER
2Women's Doubles2013German Open, GER
2Singles2011Japan Open, JPN
3Singles2013Polish Open, POL
3Women's Doubles2013China Open, CHN
3Singles2012Brazilian Open, BRA
3Singles2012Japan Open, JPN
3Women's Doubles2012Brazilian Open, BRA
3Women's Doubles2012Chile Open, CHI
3Women's Doubles2012Spanish Open, ESP
3Singles2011UAE Open, UAE
3Women's Doubles2011Swedish Open, SWE
3Women's Doubles2011Austrian Open, AUT
3Women's Doubles2011China Open, CHN
3Women's Doubles2011Japan Open, JPN
3Women's Doubles2010Austrian Open, AUT
9Singles2014Korea Open
QuarterfinalSingles2014Japan Open, JPN
QuarterfinalSingles2013Korea Open, KOR
QuarterfinalSingles2012Chile Open, CHI
QuarterfinalSingles2012Spanish Open, ESP
QuarterfinalSingles2012Slovenian Open, SLO
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2012Japan Open, JPN
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2012China Open, CHN
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2012Slovenian Open, SLO
QuarterfinalSingles2011Austrian Open, AUT
QuarterfinalSingles2011China Open, CHN
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2011Korea Open, KOR
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2011German Open, GER
QuarterfinalSingles2010Hungarian Open, HUN
3rd RoundSingles2013China Open, CHN
3rd RoundSingles2012China Open, CHN
3rd RoundSingles2011Swedish Open, SWE
3rd RoundSingles2011Polish Open, POL
3rd RoundSingles2011German Open, GER
3rd RoundSingles2011Qatar Open, QAT
2nd RoundSingles2014Belarus Open, BLR
2nd RoundSingles2013Kuwait Open, KUW
2nd RoundSingles2012Korea Open, KOR
2nd RoundSingles2012Qatar Open, QAT
2nd RoundSingles2011Korea Open, KOR
2nd RoundSingles2010Austrian Open, AUT
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2013Japan Open, JPN
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2013Korea Open, KOR
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2013Kuwait Open, KUW
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2012Korea Open, KOR
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2012Kuwait Open, KUW
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2012Qatar Open, QAT
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2011Polish Open, POL
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2011UAE Open, UAE
1st RoundSingles2012Kuwait Open, KUW
Asian Championships
3Team2013Busan, KOR
3Team2012Macau, CHN
3Mixed Doubles2009Lucknow, IND
3Team2007Yangzhou, CHN
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2013Busan, KOR
QuarterfinalSingles2012Macau, CHN
QuarterfinalWomen's Doubles2012Macau, CHN
QuarterfinalMixed Doubles2012Macau, CHN
4th RoundSingles2013Busan, KOR
East Asian Games
2Team2013Tianjin, CHN
QuarterfinalSingles2013Tianjin, CHN
1st RoundWomen's Doubles2013Tianjin, CHN
World Ranking
14Singles2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Nickname Ai-chan (ITTF, 17 Sep 2013)
Hobbies Listening to music. (ITTF, 12 Aug 2012)
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Sports Science - Waseda University, Tokyo, JPN
Languages Spoken Japanese, Mandarin
Club All Nippon Airways [ANA], Tokyo, JPN
Coach Yasukazu Murakami [national], JPN; Mika Hoshino [personal], JPN, from 2014 (tabletennista.com, 13 May 2014; sankei.jp.msn.com, 07 May 2014; gettyimages.co.uk, 05 May 2014; japantimes.co.jp, 19 Mar 2014)
Position / Style Classic, Offensive (ITTF, 27 Jul 2012)
Plays Right (tt-top12.de, 01 Aug 2004)
Sporting / famous Relatives Her mother Chiyo competed in table tennis at national level in Japan. (Table Tennis University, 25 Mar 2008; tabletennismaster.com, 25 Aug 2007)
International debut 2000 for Japan (ITTF, 12 Aug 2012)
Injuries In November 2013 she began to feel discomfort in her left foot. She continued to compete, but in February 2014 it was found she had suffered a stress fracture. The injury forced her to miss the 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She returned to competitive action in June 2014. (nhk.or.jp, 20 Jun 2014; nikkansports.com, 02 Mar 2014)<BR/><BR/>She had surgery on her right elbow following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (tabletennista.com, 07 Dec 2012; japantimes.co.jp, 27 Aug 2012)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She took up table tennis at age three. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

Reason for taking up this sport
She followed her mother into the sport. "I practised swimming along with table tennis until I was 10 years old. Unfortunately, because I was rather short, it was always hard for me to reach the end of the swimming lane ahead of my competitors, so I chose to play table tennis." (uk.emb-japan.go.jp, 14 Jan 2012; Table Tennis University, 25 Mar 2008; NOC, 09 Oct 2006)

Ambitions
To win a gold medal in the singles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sankei.jp.msn.com, 07 May 2014; sport-asia.com, 21 Sep 2013)

Hero
Japanese marathon runner Naoko Takahashi. (NOC, 09 Oct 2006)

Awards
In 2011 she received a Sports Lifetime Achievement award from the Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC]. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

She was Japan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (blogs.telegraph.co.uk, 29 Apr 2009; gettyimages.co.uk, 08 Aug 2008)

She took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (torchrelay.beijing2008.cn, 26 Apr 2008; gettyimages.co.uk, 06 Jun 2004)

In 2006 she received a Sports Achievement award from the Aomori Prefecture Education Committee in Japan. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

In 2004 she received the Governor's Special Award from the governor of Osaka, Japan. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

In 2002 she received the Aomori Prefecture Sports Award from the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education in Japan. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

In 1997 she received the Sendai City Sports Award from the Sendai City Board of Education in Japan. (ai-fukuhara.com, 09 Nov 2011)

General
CHILD PRODIGY
From the age of three she toured Japan with her mother taking part in exhibition events and playing table tennis tournaments against older children. She also appeared on Japanese television programmes and became a favourite with viewers for starting to cry when she would lose points against studio guests or the programme host. At age 11 she became the youngest table tennis player [at the time] to be included in the Japanese national team. "When I was small I was not aware [of pressure]. I would say that my blood had not arrived at the heart. The older I got the more pressure I felt, but at a young age it didn't affect me." (ITTF, 17 Sep 2013; blog.uberpong.com, 18 Dec 2012; uk.emb-japan.go.jp, 14 Jan 2012; ntv.co.jp, 09 Nov 2007; Time Asia, 27 Feb 2003)

NATIONAL FIRST
She, and teammates Kasumi Ishikawa and Sayaka Hirano, became the first Japanese table tennis players to win a medal at the Olympic Games, when they won silver in the women's team event at the 2012 Games in London. (london2012.nikkansports.com, 07 Aug 2012)

WAX MODEL
A wax sculpture of her was erected at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, following her silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (ettu.org, 12 Jun 2014; sport-asia.com, 21 Sep 2013)

CAREER FOCUS
In 2010 she decided to quit her studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, to concentrate on her table tennis career. (japantimes.co.jp, 06 Mar 2010)

COMPUTER GAMES
She has featured in the Japanese computer games, 'Ikuze, Onsen Takkyu [Do It, Hot Spring Table Tennis]' and 'Fukuhara Ai No Takkyu Icchokusen [Ai Fukuhara's Table Tennis]'. (q-sports.asia, 04 Sep 2011)

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