Women's Tennis

Rina Sakai  
Rina Sakai

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Tokyo, Japan

High School:
Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School

Height:
5-3


GENERAL:
  • An aggressive baseliner who is a well-rounded and gifted individual
  • Brings a lot of potential and a positive and determined attitude
  • Has several tournament wins and is expected to make a big impact quickly at Siena
  • A strong student academically and a role model to her peers

BEFORE SIENA:
  • Studied at the Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School in California since 2011
  • Won multiple tournaments including the 69th Annual Ventura Junior Tournament (Winner - 18s), 2013 Jackie Tatum Tennis Tournament Classic (Winner - 18s), 2013 ITA Summer College Circuit La Verne (Doubles Finalist) and 2013 Oxnard Tennis Center Junior Open Tournament (Winner - 18s)

PERSONAL/COMMUNITY:
  • Native of Tokyo, Japan
  • Daughter of Takeshi and Ryoko Sakai
  • Chose Siena because of its athletic and academic programs.

GETTING TO KNOW RINA:
    Nickname: I don't really have nickname. One of my coaches in the tennis academy called me Rinisky, though
    One thing I wish people knew about me, but don't is: I always tell people that I'm from Tokyo, but actually I'm not. I'm from Kanagawa which is adjacent to Tokyo. I do this because it sounds more familiar to many people.
    Why did you choose Siena? When I started looking for schools, I looked up schools in East coast since I lived in California for three years and wanted something new. I was looking for school that is Division I and has good academics. Siena was the one I was looking for. I also like that Siena is a private school and a small community.
    If I didn't play tennis, I would: I would play another sport such as badminton maybe or study really hard
    My favorite TV show is: I don't watch TV that much
    My favorite pro sports team is: I like watching any kind of sports
    My favorite book: Biographies by any sports players
    My favorite movie: Harry Potter
    My favorite food: Sushi
    My favorite website is: http://www.sienasaints.com/sports/w-tennis/
    If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to (why): France because I've been there once with my parents and I really enjoyed everything there, especially the baguette was so delicious.
    The person I would pick as my dream doubles partner would be: Kei Nishikori
    The person I'd most like to play a singles match with is: Agnieszka Radwanska
    If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be: Deceased grandfather
    What song/band is most likely to be playing on your iPod? EXILE (a famous Japanese vocal group)
    Do you have any pre-game rituals or traditions? Swing racket and review what I wrote on my tennis notes
    What reality show could you see yourself being a part of? I don't know
    Words to Live By: "The clock is running. Make the most of today. The time for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."
    Three words to describe yourself: Unique, curious and earnest
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