Amanda Coetzer
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Amanda Coetzer

Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer.jpg
Coetzer in 2003
Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceHoopstad
Born (1971-10-22) 22 October 1971 (age 49)
Hoopstad, South Africa
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Turned proJanuary 1988
RetiredJune 2004
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,594,821
Singles
Career record568-337
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 3 (3 November 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1996, 1997)
French OpenSF (1997)
Wimbledon4R (1994)
US OpenQF (1994, 1996, 1998)
Doubles
Career record269-219
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 15 (27 September 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2002)
French OpenSF (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon3R (1998, 2001)
US OpenF (1993)
Mixed doubles
Career record18-18
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1995, 2001)
French OpenQF (1994)
WimbledonQF (2000)
US Open2R (1992, 1993)
Team competitions
Fed CupQF (1995, 1996), record 31-13
Hopman CupW (2000)

Amanda Coetzer (born 22 October 1971 in Hoopstad) is a South African former professional tennis player. Coetzer finished in the WTA rankings top 20 for ten consecutive seasons (1992-2001), peaking at world No. 3. She reached three Grand Slam semifinals (Australian Open 1996 and 1997, French Open 1997) and one Grand Slam doubles final (US Open 1993). Coetzer earned a reputation for regularly beating players who were ranked higher than she. By virtue of scoring so many upset wins in spite of her five-foot-two (1.58m) stature, she gained the nickname: "The Little Assassin".[1]

Personal life

Coetzer was born in Hoopstad, South Africa, to Nico and Suska Coetzer. She started playing tennis at the age of six. During her career, she resided primarily in Hilton Head, South Carolina and was coached by Gavin Hopper, later by Lori McNeil. She is married to the Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan.[2] They have two children, Shimon (born 2009) and Olivia (born 2011).[3]

Career

Coetzer's breakthrough year was in 1992. She beat world No. 3, Gabriela Sabatini, in Boca Raton, and Jennifer Capriati at the Italian Open, entering into the top 20 in August.

In 1993, Coetzer won her first WTA Tour title in Melbourne, defeating Naoko Sawamatsu in the final, and reached the final of the US Open women's doubles with Inés Gorrochategui.

At the Canada Masters in 1995, Coetzer defeated three players ranked in the world's top 5 - Steffi Graf (No. 1), Jana Novotná (No. 4) and Mary Pierce (No. 5) - before finally losing to Monica Seles in the final. The defeat of Graf ended a 32-match winning-streak for the German. At the end of the year, Coetzer was awarded the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (voted for by other players).

At the Australian Open in 1996, Coetzer became the first South African woman in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, where she lost in three sets to Anke Huber.

In 1997, she reached the Australian Open semifinals for the second consecutive year, defeating world No. 1, Steffi Graf, in the fourth round. She beat Graf for a second time that year at the German Open in May (inflicting Graf's worst-ever loss: 6-0, 6-1 in just 56 minutes), and then, in the quarterfinals of the French Open, she defeated Graf yet again to become one of only four to defeat her more than once in Grand Slam matches. Coetzer lost in the French Open semifinals to eventual champion Iva Majoli. She broke into the top 10 in June and top 5 in August, and in Leipzig Coetzer beat Martina Hingis, who by then had taken over the world No. 1 ranking. Coetzer won two singles titles that year - in Budapest and Luxembourg, reached 15 semifinals (or better) in total and was awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for a second time, the Most Improved Player and Diamond Aces awards (all WTA).

Coetzer won the biggest title of her career in 1998, at the Charleston Open. She also beat Conchita Martinez on her way to a third quarterfinals showing at the US Open.

In 1999, Coetzer defeated world No. 1, Lindsay Davenport, and world No. 4, Monica Seles, on her way to the final of Tokyo, thereby becoming the only player to ever defeat Graf, Hingis and Davenport while they were ranked number one.

Coetzer teamed-up with Wayne Ferreira to win the 2000 Hopman Cup for South Africa. She beat world No. 3, Venus Williams, in Hamburg and also reached the final of the German Open in Berlin.

In 2001, she qualified for her ninth consecutive Year-end championships, and finished her tenth consecutive season in the world's top 20.

Coetzer retired in 2004. Overall, she won 18 WTA tournament titles, nine in singles and nine in doubles. Her final singles title was won in Acapulco in 2003, and her career prize-money earnings totalled $6 million.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 runner-up

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1993 US Open Hard Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6-4, 6-2

WTA career finals

Singles: 21 (9 titles, 12 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tier I (1-3)
Tier II (1-5)
Tier III, IV & V (7-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-6)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (6-3)
Carpet 1-3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Oct 1991 Puerto Rico Open Hard France Julie Halard 5-7, 5-7
Win 1. Jan 1993 Melbourne Open, Australia Hard Japan Naoko Sawamatsu 6-2, 6-3
Loss 2. Feb 1993 Indian Wells Masters, United States Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(6)
Win 2. Sep 1993 International Championships Tokyo Hard Japan Kimiko Date 6-3, 6-2
Loss 3. Febr 1994 Indian Wells Masters, U.S. Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 0-6, 4-6
Win 3. May 1994 Prague Open, Czech Republic Clay Sweden Åsa Carlsson 6-1, 7-6(14)
Loss 4. Aug 1995 Canadian Open Hard United States Monica Seles 0-6, 1-6
Loss 5. Oct 1995 Brighton International, England Carpet (i) United States Mary Joe Fernández 4-6, 5-7
Loss 6. Feb 1996 Oklahoma City Cup, U.S. Hard (i) Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 3-6, 2-6
Win 4. Apr 1997 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay Belgium Sabine Appelmans 6-1, 6-3
Loss 7. Sep 1997 Sparkassen Cup Leipzig, Germany Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-4, 3-6
Win 5. Oct 1997 Luxembourg Open Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Paulus 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Win 6. Mar 1998 Family Circle Cup, U.S. Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea 6-3, 6-4
Loss 8. Feb 1999 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Carpet (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis 2-6, 1-6
Loss 9. Feb 1999 Oklahoma City Cup, U.S. Hard (i) United States Venus Williams 4-6, 0-6
Loss 10. May 2000 German Open Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 1-6, 2-6
Win 7. May 2000 Belgian Open Clay Spain Cristina Torrens Valero 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Win 8. Feb 2001 Mexican Open Clay Russia Elena Dementieva 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Loss 11. Apr 2001 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay France Amélie Mauresmo 4-6, 5-7
Loss 12. Feb 2003 Memphis Championships, U.S. Clay United States Lisa Raymond 3-6, 2-6
Win 9. Feb 2003 Mexican Open Clay Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva 7-5, 6-3

Doubles: 23 (9 titles, 14 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-1)
Tier I (1-2)
Tier II (3-7)
Tier III, IV & V (5-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (4-6)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (5-7)
Carpet (0-1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Apr 1992 Taranto Trophy, Italy Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Australia Rachel McQuillan
Czechoslovakia Radka Zrubáková
4-6, 6-3, 7-6(0)
Loss 1. Jul 1992 Austrian Open Clay Germany Wiltrud Probst France Alexia Dechaume
Argentina Florencia Labat
3-6, 3-6
Loss 2. Sep 1992 Taipei Championship, Taiwan Hard United States Cammy MacGregor Australia Jo-Anne Faull
New Zealand Julie Richardson
6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Win 2. Oct 1992 Puerto Rico Open Hard South Africa Elna Reinach United States Gigi Fernández
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Loss 3. Apr 1993 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
Georgia (country) Leila Meskhi
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 4. Aug 1993 US Open Hard Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
4-6, 2-6
Loss 5. Sep 1993 Tokyo International Championships, Japan Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lisa Raymond
United States Chanda Rubin
4-6, 1-6
Loss 6. Nov 1993 San Jose Open, United States Carpet (i) Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
2-6, 0-6
Loss 7. Apr 1994 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2-6, 7-6(6), 4-6
Win 3. May 1994 Prague Open, Czech Republic Clay United States Linda Wild Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Italy Laura Golarsa
6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Win 4. Apr 1995 Amelia Island Championships, U.S. Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Win 5. May 1995 German Open Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
Loss 8. Sep 1995 Tokyo International Championships Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
3-6, 2-6
Win 6. Sep 1996 Tokyo International Championships Hard France Mary Pierce South Korea Park Sung-hee
Taiwan Wang Shi-ting
6-1, 7-6(5)
Win 7. Apr 1997 Budapest Grand Prix, Hungary Clay France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Germany Elena Wagner
6-3, 6-1
Loss 9. May 1998 Italian Open Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6-7(1), 4-6
Loss 10. Feb 1999 U.S. Indoor Championships Hard (i) South Africa Jessica Steck United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3-6, 4-6
Loss 11. Apr 1999 Barclay Cup Hamburg, Germany Clay Czech Republic Jana Novotná Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2-6, 1-6
Loss 12. Sep 1999 Tokyo Princess Cup, Japan Hard Australia Jelena Dokic Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7-6(5), 4-6, 2-6
Loss 13. May 2000 German Open Clay United States Corina Morariu Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-3, 2-6, 6-7(7)
Win 8. Feb 2001 U.S. Indoor Championships Hard (i) United States Lori McNeil Taiwan Janet Lee
Indonesia Wynne Prakusya
6-3, 2-6, 6-0
Loss 14. May 2001 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay United States Lori McNeil Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova
1-6, 6-7(0)
Win 9. Sep 2001 Brasil Open Hard United States Lori McNeil United States Nicole Arendt
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6-7(8), 6-2, 6-4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W-L W%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 2R 3R SF SF 4R 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 2R 0 / 12 31-12 72%
French Open A 4R 1R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 4R SF 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 15 23-15 61%
Wimbledon Q3 1R 2R 2R A 2R 4R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 2R 2R A 0 / 14 17-14 55%
US Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R QF 1R QF 4R QF 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R A 0 / 15 25-15 63%
Win-Loss 0-0 3-3 1-3 2-3 4-2 4-4 11-4 4-4 13-4 14-4 8-4 5-4 6-4 8-4 6-4 6-4 1-1 0 / 56 96-56 63%
Year-end championship
Tour Championships A A A A A QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 1R A A A 0 / 9 2-9 18%
Tier I tournaments
Tokyo Tier III Tier II A A A A QF SF F QF 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 10-7 59%
Boca Raton Tier II 2R SF Tier II Not Held 0 / 2 5-2 71%
Indian Wells NH T III Tier II 2R 3R 3R 2R A QF QF A 0 / 6 8-6 57%
Miami A 3R 2R 2R QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R 4R QF QF 4R 4R 2R A 0 / 15 26-15 63%
Charleston Tier II A 2R 3R QF 3R 3R 2R QF W 3R QF QF QF 3R A 1 / 13 28-12 70%
Berlin A 2R 1R 3R A A A 2R 2R SF 3R 1R F QF 1R A A 0 / 11 15-11 58%
Rome T IV T II 2R 2R SF 3R 2R 3R A 3R 2R 2R A A A 2R A 0 / 10 13-10 57%
San Diego T V T IV Tier III Tier II A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Montreal / Toronto Tier II A A 3R 3R 3R F 3R QF 3R QF 2R 3R 3R 3R A 0 / 12 22-12 65%
Moscow NH Tier V Not Held Tier III A A A A A SF 1R A 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Zürich T IV T III Tier II A A A 1R 2R QF QF 2R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 7-8 47%
Philadelphia Not Held Tier II QF 1R 1R Tier II Not Held Tier II 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 157 63 76 67 17 15 18 19 14 4 17 11 12 19 21 25 286

Wins over top 10 players

Season 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Total
Wins 2 3 2 4 2 9 2 3 4 1 1 34
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Coetzer
Rank
1992
1. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 3 Virginia Slims of Florida, U.S. Hard Quarterfinal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 61
2. United States Jennifer Capriati 6 Italian Open Clay 3R 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 31
1993
3. United States Jennifer Capriati 6 Amelia Island, U.S. Hard 2R 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 15
4. Spain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 2 Tokyo, Japan Hard Semifinal 6-3, 6-4 17
5. United States Mary-Joe Fernandez 6 WTA Tour Championships Carpet (i) 1R 6-3, 6-4 16
1994
6. United States Mary-Joe Fernandez 7 Evert Cup, U.S. Hard Quarterfinal 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4) 16
7. Japan Kimiko Date 6 French Open Clay 1R 6-2, 6-1 18
1995
8. Germany Steffi Graf 1 Canadian Open Hard 2R 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) 27
9. France Mary Pierce 5 Canadian Open Hard Quarterfinal 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 27
10. Czech Republic Jana Novotna 4 Canadian Open Hard Semifinal 6-4, 6-3 27
11. Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 8 Brighton, UK Carpet Semifinal 6-3, 6-3 23
1996
12. United States Chanda Rubin 10 Oklahoma City, U.S. Hard Semifinal 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4) 17
13. Germany Anke Huber 5 US Open Hard 1R 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 17
1997
14. Germany Steffi Graf 1 Australian Open Hard 4R 6-2, 7-5 14
15. Romania Irina Spirlea 10 Tokyo, Japan Carpet 2R 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 12
16. Spain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 4 Family Circle Cup, U.S. Clay 3R 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 15
17. Czech Republic Jana Novotna 4 Amelia Island, U.S. Clay 3R 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 14
18. Germany Steffi Graf 2 German Open Clay Quarterfinal 6-0, 6-1 10
19. Spain Conchita Martinez 7 French Open Clay 4R 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-3 11
20. Germany Steffi Graf 2 French Open Clay Quarterfinals 6-1, 6-4 11
21. Czech Republic Jana Novotna 3 New Haven Open, U.S. Hard Quarterfinal 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 5
22. Switzerland Martina Hingis 1 Leipzig Cup, Germany Carpet Semifinal 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3) 6
1998
23. Spain Conchita Martinez 7 US Open Hard 4R 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 11
24. Spain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 4 Philadelphia, U.S. Hard 2R 6-4, 6-1 15
1999
25. United States Lindsay Davenport 1 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Quarterfinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 15
26. United States Monica Seles 4 Tokyo, Japan Carpet Semifinal 6-4, 6-2 15
27. France Mary Pierce 8 Miami Open, U.S. Hard 3R 6-1, 4-2(ret) 9
2000
28. Spain Conchita Martinez 7 Key Biscayne, U.S. Hard 3R 6-1, 6-2 20
29. United States Venus Williams 3 Hamburg, Germany Clay Quarterfinal 6-3, 6-4 18
30. France Julie Halard-Decugis 10 Hamburg, Germany Clay 3R 6-2, 6-2 16
31. Germany Anke Huber 10 New Haven, U.S. Hard Quarterfinal 7-6(3), 6-1 14
2001
32. Russia Elena Dementieva 10 Acapulco, Mexico Clay Final 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 11
2002
33. Serbia Jelena Dokic 5 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) 3R 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-1 26
2003
34. Slovenia Daniela Hantuchova 5 Indian Wells, U.S. Carpet (i) 3R 6-4, 6-4 19

References

  1. ^ Cavannaugh, Jack (27 August 1998). "Coetzer Bounces Back With a Vengeance". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Women in Sport: The Little Assassin who chose the quiet life". The Citizen. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Former SA tennis star welcomes baby". News24. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2020.

External links

Awards
Preceded by
United States Kimberly Po
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
1995
Succeeded by
Indonesia Yayuk Basuki

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