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  Joanna Kao
Joanna Kao

Player Profile
Fullerton, Calif.

High School:
Sunny Hills


Playing Years:

At Stanford: Member of the team from 2002-06, during which time Stanford won three-straight NCAA team championships and compiled a 161-2 record ... During her time on The Farm, the Cardinal won an NCAA record 86-straight matches and kept the squad's home-court advantage going, with a win streak that stands at 107 matches since 1999 at the end of her career ... Will graduate from Stanford with a degree in Economics and International Relations.

2005-06 (Senior): Picked up her fourth career dual win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Julia Sandborn of Hawaii in the Cardinal's first dual ... Competed at the ITA Northwest Regional in singles and doubles during the fall campaign ... Also took the court at the Freeman Memorial and the Pac-10 Invitational ... Scored a doubles win with teammate Whitney Deason, notching an 8-2 decision over Sacramento State's Cecilia Helland and Svetlana Pimenova to help Stanford complete a 7-0 sweep over the Hornets.

2004-05 (Junior): Made her first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as she teamed up with Theresa Logar for an 8-5 win over Oregon's Davina Mendiburu and Ester Bak to secure the doubles point for Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Posted a second-place finish in the second singles flight at the Freeman Memorial Championship in January ... Stepped into the starting lineup for the Cardinal against No. 35 UNLV ... Competed at the ITA Northwest Regional and scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Flavia Miracle of Santa Clara to advance to the second round of play ... Finished the fall season with a 1-1 record.

2003-04 (Sophomore): Tallied a 12-4 overall singles record ... Advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Invitational Tournament with wins over Arizona State's Rebecca Rankin (6-1, 6-3), USC's Melissa Esmero (7-5, 6-2) and Washington State's Zsofi Fodor (6-3, 6-1) before falling to teammate Anne Yelsey (6-2, 6-1) ... Downed Hawaii's Renaa Camargo 6-2, 6-2 at Maui ... Advanced to the round of 16 in both the St. Mary's College Invite and at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships ... Tallied a 3-1 record at Regionals with wins over Pacific's Viktoria Hizo (6-4, 6-2), Cal Poly's Samantha Waller (6-2, 6-3) and Oregon's Monica Hoz de Vila (6-1, 2-6, 6-4).

2002-03 (Freshman): Notched a 7-6 record overall ... Advanced to the Second Round of both the Saint Mary's ITA Regional and the Omni Hotels Northwest Regional ... Finished those tournaments with a 1-1 record ... Paired up with fellow freshman Jessica Leck to finish the fall season with a 3-1 mark ... Reached the Third Round of the Omni Hotels Northwest Regional before falling 8-4 to teammates Alice Barnes and Story Tweedie-Yates ... Picked up an 8-3 victory with Leck in the No. 3 doubles position in the Cardinal's 7-0 blanking of Hawai'i in November ... Notched a 3-1 record to advance to the semifinals in the invitational flight of the Pac-10 Individual Championships with wins over Kate Jolson of UCLA (7-6, 6-2), Washington's Erin Hoe (0-6, 6-1, 7-6), Nora Gall of Washington State (default-ill) before falling to Cal's Nicole Havlicek (6-1, 6-2) in April.

Prior to Stanford: Freway League singles champion and MVP for four consecutive years (1998-2001) ... Named the Freeway League Scholar-Athlete ... Singles finalist at the Southern California junior sectional consolation in 2000 and at the Anaheim & Santa Barbara junior designated tournaments in 2001 ... Ranked No. 82 in the USTA U-18 National Rankings and No. 4 in doubles rankings ... Sunny Hills team MVP four-straight years (1998-2001).

Personal: Daughter of James and Jan Kao ... Brother, Joseph, is a member of the Stanford men's tennis team.

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Updated: June 6, 2006