Mika Sakai


Mika Sakai
Mika Sakai
Native name Kanji: 酒井美佳
Spaced hiragana: さかい みか
Born March 7, 1975 (1975-03-07) (age 36)
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Bowling Information
Affiliation JPBA
License no. 268, Class 25
Rookie year 1992
Dominant hand Right
Wins 2
300-games 1
Video of form [1]
Sponsors DHC
Personal blog Official log

Mika Sakai (酒井美佳, Sakai Mika; born March 7, 1975) is a Japanese female professional ten-pin bowler. She is a member of the Japan Professional Bowling Association, license no. 268. Sakai is also a team member of the DHC Ladies Bowling Tour.

Sakai comes from a bowling family. Her father is Takeo Sakai, also a professional bowler in Japan. Her younger sister is Reika Sakai.

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Biography

Sakai first started bowling while in elementary school. During the second grade of junior high-school, her father won the first All-Japan Championship. It was this event that inspired her to become a professional bowler. She frequented the bowling establishments every day, practicing after school while being coached by her father. She became a professional in 1992 at the age of 17, just missing out on breaking the record for being the youngest to become a professional in the JPBA (16). The Sakai's also became the first parent/child duo to be active professional bowlers at the same time.[1]

In 2002, father and daughter formed a doubles team, and won the All-Japan Mixed Doubles tournament. In the same year, Sakai won the Tokai Women's Open. In 2006, Sakai became a part of the first Bowling Revolution P★League tournament.

Major accomplishments [2]

  • 2002 - All-Japan Mixed Doubles (winner, along with her dad)
  • 2002 - Tokai Women's Open (winner)
  • 2003 - Eagle Classic (2nd place)
  • 2005 - DHC Ladies Bowling Tour, 2005 season, 1st leg (winner)
  • 2006 - Miyazaki Professional/Amateur Open (3rd place, 300-game)
  • 2006 - JLBC Prince Cup (2nd place)
  • 2007 - Rokko Queen's Open (8th place)

P★League

  • Tournament 7 - 3rd place
  • Tournament 11 - 2nd place
  • Personal records: nine strikes in a row, high game 279

References

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