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Kasumi Ishikawa faces a Chinese player during the final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup

Ishikawa exudes determination

Ishikawa returns a shot during World Cup action

Ishikawa celebrates after winning her semifinal match

Ai Fukuhara focuses during 2015 World Cup action

Fukuhara returns a shot with her favorite backhand technique

Fukuhara yells her iconic “Saaaaaa!” after scoring a point

Mima Ito wears colorful accessories while in action at the Japan Open Ogimura Cup in June

Ito reacts after a win at the Japan Open

Ishikawa waves to fans during the World Cup

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