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 47)
Hoopstad
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 WTA
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 WTA
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), Total 31 - 13
Hopman CupW (2000)

Amanda Coetzer (born 22 October 1971) is a South African former professional tennis player. Coetzer turned professional in 1988 and retired in 2004. She won her first top-level singles title in 1993 in Melbourne, and her second later that year in Tokyo.

Coetzer entered the top twenty on the women's world rankings in 1992 and remained there for most of the next ten years. She earned a reputation for regularly beating players who were ranked higher than her, and reached the peak of her career in 1997. By virtue of scoring so many upset wins in spite of her five-foot-two stature, she gained her nickname: "The Little Assassin."

Personal life

Coetzer is the daughter of Nico and Suska Coetzer. She started playing tennis at the age of 6. During her playing career she resided primarily in Hilton Head, South Carolina and was coached by Gavin Hopper. She is married to the Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan.[1]

Career

At the Canadian Open 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 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.

1997 was the best season of Coetzer's career. In reaching the Australian Open semi-finals for the second consecutive year, she defeated World No. 1 Graf in the fourth round. She then beat Graf for a second time in the quarter-finals at Berlin (it was her worst-ever loss: 6-0, 6-1 in just 56 minutes). And then, in the quarter-finals of the French Open, she defeated Graf yet again to become one of just six players to beat Graf three times in one year, and one of only four to defeat her more than once in Grand Slam matches. Coetzer lost in the French Open semi-finals to eventual-champion Iva Majoli. Later in the year 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.

Coetzer won the biggest title of her career in 1998 at Hilton Head (Tier I event).

In 1999, Coetzer became the only player to defeat Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport while they were ranked No. 1.

In 2000, Coetzer teamed-up with Wayne Ferreira to win the Hopman Cup for South Africa. She also was a member of South Africa's Fed Cup team for six years and represented South Africa at the Olympic Games on three occasions.

In 2001, she qualified for her ninth consecutive year-end championship.

In 2002, she obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play The Hong Kong Ladies Challenge 2002.

In her career, Coetzer won nine top-level singles titles and nine doubles titles. Her final singles title was won in Acapulco in 2003. Her career prize-money earnings totalled $5,594,821.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (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 (9-12)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tour Championships (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 San Juan Hard France Julie Halard 5-7, 5-7
Win 1. Jan 1993 Melbourne Hard Japan Naoko Sawamatsu 6-2, 6-3
Loss 2. Feb 1993 Indian Wells Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(6-8)
Win 2. Sep 1993 Tokyo Hard Japan Kimiko Date 6-3, 6-2
Loss 3. Febr 1994 Indian Wells Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 0-6, 4-6
Win 3. May 1994 Prague Clay Sweden Åsa Carlsson 6-1, 7-6(16-14)
Loss 4. Aug 1995 Toronto Hard United States Monica Seles 0-6, 1-6
Loss 5. Oct 1995 Brighton Carpet (i) United States Mary Joe Fernández 4-6, 5-7
Loss 6. Feb 1996 Oklahoma City Hard (i) Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 3-6, 2-6
Win 4. Apr 1997 Budapest Clay Belgium Sabine Appelmans 6-1, 6-3
Loss 7. Sep 1997 Leipzig Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-4, 3-6
Win 5. Oct 1997 Luxembourg Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Paulus 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Win 6. Mar 1998 Hilton Head Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea 6-3, 6-4
Loss 8. Feb 1999 Tokyo Carpet (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis 2-6, 1-6
Loss 9. Feb 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (i) United States Venus Williams 4-6, 0-6
Loss 10. May 2000 Berlin Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 1-6, 2-6
Win 7. May 2000 Antwerp Clay Spain Cristina Torrens Valero 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Win 8. Feb 2001 Acapulco Clay Russia Elena Dementieva 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Loss 11. Apr 2001 Amelia Island Clay France Amélie Mauresmo 4-6, 5-7
Loss 12. Feb 2003 Memphis Clay United States Lisa Raymond 3-6, 2-6
Win 9. Feb 2003 Acapulco Clay Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva 7-5, 6-3

Doubles: 23 (9-14)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-1)
Tour Championships (0-0)
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 Opponent Score
Win 1. Apr 1992 Taranto Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Australia Rachel McQuillan
Czechoslovakia Radka Zrubáková
4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-0)
Loss 1. Jul 1992 Kitzbühel Clay Germany Wiltrud Probst France Alexia Dechaume
Argentina Florencia Labat
3-6, 3-6
Loss 2. Sep 1992 Taipei Hard United States Cammy MacGregor Australia Jo-Anne Faull
New Zealand Julie Richardson
6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Win 2. Oct 1992 San Juan 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 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 Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lisa Raymond
United States Chanda Rubin
4-6, 1-6
Loss 6. Novr 1993 Oakland Carpet (i) Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
2-6, 0-6
Loss 7. Apr 1994 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2-6, 7-6(8-6), 4-6
Win 3. May 1994 Prague Clay United States Linda Wild Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Italy Laura Golarsa
6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Win 4. Apr 1995 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Win 5. May 1995 Berlin Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
4-6, 7-6(7-3), 6-2
Loss 8. Sep 1995 Tokyo Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
3-6, 2-6
Win 6. Sep 1996 Tokyo Hard France Mary Pierce South Korea Park Sung-hee
Taiwan Wang Shi-ting
6-1, 7-6(7-5)
Win 7. Apr 1997 Budapest Clay France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Germany Elena Wagner
6-3, 6-1
Loss 9. May 1998 Rome Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6-7(1-7), 4-6
Loss 10. Feb 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (i) South Africa Jessica Steck United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3-6, 4-6
Loss 11. Apr 1999 Hamburg Clay Czech Republic Jana Novotná Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2-6, 1-6
Loss 12. Sep 1999 Tokyo Hard Australia Jelena Dokic Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7-6(7-5), 4-6, 2-6
Loss 13. May 2000 Berlin Clay United States Corina Morariu Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-3, 2-6, 6-7(7-9)
Win 8. Feb 2001 Oklahoma City Hard (i) United States Lori McNeil Taiwan Janet Lee
Indonesia Wynne Prakusya
6-3, 2-6, 6-0
Loss 14. May 2001 Strasbourg Clay United States Lori McNeil Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova
1-6, 6-7(0-0)
Win 9. Sep 2001 Bahia Hard United States Lori McNeil United States Nicole Arendt
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6-7(8-10), 6-2, 6-4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

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
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number played.

Head-to-head record against other top players

Coetzer's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows:[2]Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

References

  1. ^ "Tennis champ may say 'I do'".[dead link]
  2. ^ Player Profiles Archived 17 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine

External links

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

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