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Sabine Appelmans
Sabine Appelmans
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Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceAsse, Belgium
Born (1972-04-22) 22 April 1972 (age 48)
Aalst, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2001
PlaysLeft-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 2,041,247
Singles
Career record346-237
Career titles7 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 16 (24 November 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1997)
French Open4R (1991)
Wimbledon4R (1997, 2000)
US Open4R (1992, 1999)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1992)
Doubles
Career record147-162
Career titles4 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (25 August 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1991)
French Open3R (1992)
WimbledonSF (1997)
US Open3R (1991)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1996)

Sabine Appelmans About this soundlisten  (born 22 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium. She was Belgium's Fed Cup captain from 2007 until 2011.

Career

Appelmans started playing at the neighbour's court at the age of seven. Her first trainer, Fred Debruyn, saw immediately that she was very talented. Although right-handed, she played left-handed; at a children's tennis training session she claimed to be left-handed so she could stay with her friend in the left-handed group.

Appelmans turned pro in 1988, and won her first title against Chanda Rubin in Scottsdale in 1991. She made her first Fed Cup appearance in 1988, with a 1-2 loss against Austria. In 1997, she married Serge Haubourdin. Throughout her career, she won seven singles and four doubles titles.

She participated three times in the Olympics (in 1992, 1996 and 2000) - at the 1992 Games in Barcelona she reached the quarterfinals in singles. Her best result in the Grand Slam Tournaments is reaching the quarterfinals at the 1997 Australian Open after defeating then world No. 3 Conchita Martínez. Her highest spot on the WTA rankings is the 16th place, which she reached in November 1997. In the doubles she reached, together with Miriam Oremans, the semi-finals of 1997 Wimbledon.

In February 2007 she was appointed captain of Belgium's Fed Cup squad in replacement of Carl Maes, leading the team to a semifinal in 2011.[1] That year, she was replaced herself in October 2011 by Ann Devries.

Awards

Appelmans was elected as the Belgian Sportswoman of the year 1990 & 1991. She was nominated for the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in 1994 & 1995.

WTA career finals

Singles (7-5)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 29 January 1990 Auckland, New Zaeland Hard Soviet Union Leila Meskhi 1-6, 0-6
Runner-up 2. 8 April 1991 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Lori McNeil 6-2, 2-6, 1-6
Winner 1. 3 November 1991 Scottsdale, USA Hard United States Chanda Rubin 7-5, 6-1
Winner 2. 10 November 1991 Nashville, USA Hard (i) United States Katrina Adams 6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 3. 6 April 1992 Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Kimiko Date 5-7, 6-3, 3-6
Winner 3. 19 April 1992 Pattaya, Thailand Hard Czech Republic Andrea Strnadová 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Runner-up 4. 18 October 1993 Budapest, Hungary Carpet (i) United States Zina Garrison 5-7, 2-6
Winner 4. 13 February 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) Germany Meike Babel 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(7–3)
Winner 5. 17 April 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard United States Patty Fendick 6-7(5–7), 7-6(7–5), 6-2
Winner 6. 30 April 1995 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Germany Silke Meier 6-4, 6-3
Winner 7. 3 March 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) France Julie Halard-Decugis 6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 5. 21 April 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay South Africa Amanda Coetzer 1-6, 3-6

Doubles (4-10)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 4 February 1991 Oslo, Norway Carpet (i) Italy Raffaella Reggi West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Silke Meier
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 30 September 1991 Milan, Italy Carpet (?) Italy Raffaella Reggi United States Sandy Collins
United States Lori McNeil
6-7(0), 3-6
Runner-up 3. 27 October 1991 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard United States Camille Benjamin Japan Rika Hiraki
Argentina Florencia Labat
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 4. 9 February 1992 Faber Grand Prix, Germany Carpet Germany Claudia Porwik Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
Germany Barbara Rittner
5-7, 3-6
Runner-up 5. 4 February 1992 Cesena, Italy Carpet (I) Italy Raffaella Reggi France Catherine Suire
France Catherine Tanvier
w/o
Winner 1. 20 February 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i) Belgium Laurence Courtois France Mary Pierce
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 6. 28 May 1995 Strasbourg, France Hard (i) Netherlands Miriam Oremans United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 7. 25 May 1996 Madrid, Spain Clay Netherlands Miriam Oremans Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-7, 2-6
Runner-up 8. 6 October 1996 Leipzig, Germany Carpet Netherlands Miriam Oremans Netherlands Kristie Boogert
France Nathalie Tauziat
4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 9. 29 March 1997 Key Biscayne, USA Hard Netherlands Miriam Oremans Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
2-6, 3-6
Winner 2. 15 February 1998 Paris, France Carpet (i) Netherlands Miriam Oremans Russia Anna Kournikova
Latvia Larisa Neiland
1-6, 6-3, 7-6
Winner 3. 21 June 1998 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Miriam Oremans Romania C?t?lina Cristea
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
6-7, 7-6, 7-6
Runner-up 10. 3 January 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Italy Rita Grande France Julie Halard-Decugis
Russia Anna Kournikova
3-6, 0-6
Winner 4. 21 May 2000 Antwerp, Belgium Clay Belgium Kim Clijsters United States Jennifer Hopkins
Slovenia Petra Rampre
6-1, 6-1

ITF finals

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (1-3)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 April 1988 Bari, Italy Clay Austria Petra Schwarz 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 2. 24 July 1989 Kitzbuhel, Austria Clay Italy Federica Bonsignori 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(2)
Runner-up 3. 12 June 1989 Porto, Portugal Clay Switzerland Emanuela Zardo 5-7, 3-6
Winner 4. 26 April 1993 Porto, Portugal Clay Slovenia Barbara Mulej 2-6, 7-6(1), 7-5

Doubles (1-1)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 August 1987 Koksijde, Belgium Clay Belgium Caroline Van Renterghem Belgium Kathleen Schuurmans
United Kingdom Joy Tacon
6-7(2), 6-2, 7-6(3)
Runner-up 2. 7 December 1992 Val-d'Oise, France Hard (i) France Julie Halard-Decugis France Isabelle Demongeot
France Catherine Suire
5-7, 4-6

Grand Slam performance timeline

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Australian Open - - 3R 4R 1R 1R 3R 3R 4R QF 1R 3R 3R 2R
French Open 2R - 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R -
Wimbledon - - - 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 4R 4R 3R 2R 4R -
US Open - - 3R 1R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R - 4R 1R -
WTA Tour Championships - - - - - - - - - 1R - - - -

References

  1. ^ "Belgium - Chech Republic Fed Cup semifinal results in 2011".

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