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   Thank you Brenton and Shiho for the kind words. We are excited to have you on the JKTA Team! Brenton Barker: "I would like to announce that as of this month I will be taking up the position as Head of Player Development with the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy based in Charlotte NC. I will be arriving in Charlotte next week. I've had an amazing time being based here in Japan for 12 years but it is time to say goodbye to that chapter [...]

ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: The amazing performance from Shiho Akita continued today as Shiho quickly went up 6/1 on WTA's number 73 and the top seed, Nao Hibino. Shiho continued to lead in the second set, however the legs started to give in in the second part of the second set. It was Shiho's 8th match in this tournament. A trainer came to treat Shiho towards the end of the second set, however Shiho was forced to retire in the beginning of the third set [...]

   ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: The strong performance from Shiho Akita continues. Shiho and her doubles partner, Akari Inoue (JPN) beat the number 3 seeded doubles team: Nao Hibino (JPN - WTA doubles 173) & Emily Webley-Smith (GBR - WTA doubles 114) 6/3 6/4 to reach the semi-finals. Shiho will next face the number 1 seed in singles quarterfinals, Nao Hibino (Singles WTA 73). Awesome Shiho! Keep fighting! Good luck! Go Shiho! Go Brenton! #ShihoAkita #WTA #Japan #ITFTokyo #Tokyo #ITF #ITFProCurcuit #ITFtennis #tennis #JohanKriekTennisAcademy #JKTA [...]

   ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: Shiho Akita just reached the singles quarterfinals after beating yet another highly ranked opponent, Jana Fett from Croatia, WTA 221! Shiho lost the first set 0/6 but after a few "C'mons" she was able to fight back and turn the match around. Final score: 0/6 6/2 6/4. Shiho is now in the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles. Amazing come back Shiho! Congratulations again! Way to fight back! Good luck! Keep fighting! Congrats also to Brenton Barker! #ShihoAkita #WTA #Japan [...]

   ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: After reaching the doubles quarterfinals yesterday, Shiho Akita is now through to the second round in singles main draw after beating the number 8 seeded and current number 186 WTA player in the world, Eri Hozumi (JPN), 6/1 6/2! "We did it!!! Shiho played like I always knew she could! She played like she did in practice today, the forehand was huge & taking the ball on the rise on the backhand & moving forward!," wrote Shiho's coach, Brenton Barker, [...]

   ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: Shiho Akita is through to the main draw with an impressive win over Ksenia Lykina (RUS), WTA 381 (highest WTA ranking: 171). Shiho started with a 2:0 lead in the first set, ended up losing the first set but came back to win the match 4/6 7/6 6/0. "It's great to see Shiho play at such high level again. What a win. Wish Johan was here to see Shiho's unbelievable play and fight," said Brenton Barker, her long-time coach, after [...]

   ITF $100,000 Tokyo update: Shiho Akita advanced to the final qualifying round today after beating Mana Ayukawa (JPN), WTA 468, 6/3 6/3. Shiho will now face her tour friend, Ksenia Lykina (RUS), WTA 381. Congratulations to Shiho and her long-time coach, Brenton Barker, and good luck! #ShihoAkita #WTA #Japan #ITFTokyo #Tokyo #ITF #ITFProCurcuit #ITFtennis #tennis #JohanKriekTennisAcademy #JKTA #JKTAteam #elitetennisacademy

   It was all smiles today in Shiho Akita's JKTA box as the Japanese WTA player and her Romanian doubles partner from Texas Tech, Gabriela Talaba, reached the doubles semi-finals after beating the number 3 seeded team: Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) & Sotnikova Alyona (UKR) 7/5 6/2. Johan & Daga Kriek as well as Shiho's long-time coach, Brenton Barker, and Ramya Natarajan were all there to support JKTA's newest addition, Shiho Akita and her doubles partner. Awesome job Shiho and Gaby! Good luck tomorrow in the [...]

   JKTA welcomes a former top 250 WTA player from Japan who is currently climbing back the WTA rankings after a 2-year medical break: Shiho Akita! Shiho has been coached by Brenton, who has also been Shiho's traveling coach at the pro tour. Great to have you both at JKTA! Welcome to the team!! Also, new to the team is a South African player, Peter Bleach, who has recently graduated from Citadel. Peter was the top player at the Division 1 college in South Carolina [...]

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