Rina  Sakai
Rina Sakai


Tokyo, Japan

High School:
Weil Tennis Academy and College Preparatory School



Six Named 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

All Six Recipients Are Female Representatives


Christifulli, Cossack Named Student Athletes of the Year

Riquelme, Gerety Tabbed Rookies of the Year at All-Sports Celebration


Saints Run Ends In Semifinals

Women's Tennis Falls To League Foe Marist


Women’s Tennis Earns All-MAAC Honors

One First Team Doubles, Two Second Team Doubles, One Second Team Singles


Tennis Drops Match To Marist

Siena Will Be The Three Seed In The MAAC Tournament


Women's Tennis vs. Rider (10/14/17)

Women's Tennis vs. Rider (10/14/17)


2017-18 Siena Women's Tennis Photo Day

2017-18 Siena Women's Tennis Photo Day


Women's Tennis MAAC Championship v. Quinnipiac (4/30/17)

Women's Tennis MAAC Championship v. Quinnipiac (4/30/17)


2017 MAAC Women's Tennis Postseason Awards Banquet

2017 MAAC Women's Tennis Postseason Awards Banquet


Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth (4/8/17)

Women's Tennis vs. Monmouth (4/8/17)

  • MAAC Second Team Fifth Singles
  • Recorded an 9-1 dual play record, with a 5-1 league record
  • She was undefeated at singles two, three and four earning a 1-0 record at each
  • Played just two doubles matches earning a 1-1 record
  • 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team Selection
  • Went an even 9-9 in singles play
  • Recorded a perfect 2-0 mark at the top singles spot
  • Held a 7-6 record in doubles play
  • Registered a 4-2 doubles mark in conference play
  • Named MAAC Rookie of the Year
  • Recorded 13 singles victories during her freshman campaign, the most of any wins on the team
  • Went 5-1 in MAAC singles play
  • Saw time at all three doubles positions
  • Held an overall doubles record of 10-9, including 4-2 in conference play
  • 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

  • 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)

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


    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

SINGLES Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 Dual Tour Conf
2014-15 13-6 1-2 5-4 4-0 --- --- --- 10-6 3-0 5-1
2015-16 9-9 2-0 7-8 --- --- --- --- 9-8 --- 5-2
2016-17 9-4 --- 1-0 1-0 1-0 6-1 --- 9-1 0-3 5-1
Totals 31-19 3-2 13-12 5-0 1-0 6-1 --- 28-15 3-3 15-4
DOUBLES Total 1 2 3 Dual Tour Conf
2014-15 10-6 1-1 8-5 0-2 9-8 1-1 4-2
2015-16 7-6 --- 3-0 4-6 7-6 --- 4-2
2016-17 1-1 --- 1-0 0-1 1-1 --- 1-0
Totals 18-16 1-1 12-5 4-9 17-15 1-1 9-4