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Aniek Van Koot

Aniek van Koot
Aniek van Koot (NED).jpg
Aniek van Koot in 2011
Country (sports) Netherlands
Born (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 30)
Winterswijk, Netherlands
Singles
Career record374-144
Highest rankingNo. 1 (28 January 2013)
Current rankingNo. 3 (9 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2013)
French OpenF (2012, 2014, 2015)
WimbledonW (2019)
US OpenW (2013)
Other tournaments
MastersW (2014)
Paralympic GamesSilver medal Paralympics.svg Silver Medal (2) (2012, 2016)
Doubles
Career record290-98
Highest rankingNo. 1 (26 July 2010)
Current rankingNo. 4 (9 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)
French OpenW (2010, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021)
WimbledonW (2012, 2013, 2019)
US OpenW (2013, 2015, 2019)
Other doubles tournaments
Masters DoublesW (2012, 2015, 2018)
Paralympic GamesGold medal Paralympics.svg Gold Medal (2016)
Silver Medal (2012)
Last updated on: 10 June 2021.

Aniek van Koot (born 15 August 1990) is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player. She is a former Australian Open and US Open champion and World Number One. In doubles competitions, partnering Jiske Griffioen she has won the French Open, US Open and Doubles Masters.

Personal life

Aniek van Koot was born with her right leg shorter than her left. After a series of unsuccessful corrective operations van Koot had her right leg amputated. She started to play wheelchair tennis at the age of 10.[1]

Career

In singles play van Koot was successful in Montreal.[2] During the 2006 season van Koot won doubles titles in Livorno with Korie Homan,[3] Jesolo with Sevenans.[4] She finished third with Walraven at the 2006 Masters.[5]

Van Koot won junior titles in Sydney and Nottingham during the 2007 season.[6][7] She was also part of the Netherlands team that reached the Junior World Team cup final.[8] In senior competition van Koot won a title in Gross Siegharts.[9] Van Koot also made the finals of Hilton Head,[10] Atlanta and Sardina.[11][12] In doubles competitions she won in Jambes with Esther Vergeer.[13] Won Austrian Open with Makke Smit.[9] Sardinia.[12] Van Koot reached the final of the French Open with Yaosa.[14] With Yaosa finished last at the Masters.[15] Finalist with Florence Gravellier at Pensacola and Nottingham.[16]


During the 2008 season van Koot won one title in Prague.[17] Van Koot reached the final of the singles competitions in Nottingham,[18] Hilton Head,[19] Jambes and Gross Siegharts.[20][21] At the end of year Masters van Koot failed to advance from her group.[22] In doubles competitions van Koot won titles in Christchurch and Sardinia with Jiske Griffioen.[23][24] With Smit, van Koot added the Austrian Open doubles title before claiming the mixed doubles crown with Stefan Olsson.[21]

2009-2012

During the 2009 season van Koot was a finalist in Boca Raton and Roland Garros.[25][26] Van Koot won titles in Pensacola,[27] Olot,[28] Jambes and Prague.[29][30] Van Koot finished 6th in the Masters.[31] In doubles competitions van Koot won in Olot and Jambes.[28][30] Playing with Jiske Griffioen at the Masters the pair reached the final.[32]

The 2011 season saw van Koot win singles titles in Adelaide,[33] Paris,[34] Geneva,[35] Jambes and Salzburg.[36][37] reach the final in Boca Raton,[38] Seoul and of the Masters.[39][40] At the Grand Slams van Koot finished as the runner up in New York.[41] Partnering Griffioen in the doubles events the pair won titles in Sydney,[42] Pensacola,[43] Boca Raton,[38] Paris,[44] Nottingham and St. Louis.[45][46] The pair lost in the final of all four Grand Slams to Vergeer and Walraven, including from 5-2 up in the final set at Wimbledon and a 6-1 second set tiebreak lead at the US Open.[47][48][49][50] Additionally the pair also lost in the final of the Japan Open and the Masters.[51][52] Van Koot played doubles with other players as well, having success with Annick Sevenans in Geneva,[35] Jambes and Salzburg.[36][37] While with Marjolein Buis she won in Seoul.[53] With Jordanne Whiley van Koot made the final of Sardinia.[54]

During the 2012 season van Koot picked up singles titles in Cajan,[55] Seoul and Paris.[56][57] She was also the runner up in Sydney,[58] Pensacola,[59] Nottingham and the season ending Masters.[60][61] Van Koot additionally picked up the Silver Medal at the Paralympic Games and was a finalist at Roland Garros and Melbourne.[62][63][64] In doubles play van Koot played with Griffioen; the pair won titles in Cajan,[55] Pensacola,[59] Paris and Nottingham.[65][66] They were also finalist in Boca Raton and Fukuoka.[67][68] The pair also won their first Grand Slam as a team at Wimbledon and claimed the Silver medal at the Paralympics.[69][70][71] To finish the year the pair claimed their first Masters doubles title as a team.[72] At the start of the year van Koot teamed up with Buis winning the title in Sydney and reaching the final of the first slam event of the year.[58][73] Van Koot also represented her country in the World Team Cup, where she guided her country to win the competition for the 25 time.[74]

2013-present

Aniek van Koot at the 2017 US Open

During the 2013 season van Koot won titles in Baton Rouge,[75] Olot,[76] and Jambes.[77] Van Koot has made finals in Sydney, Melbourne, Nottingham and St Louis.[78][79][80][81] At the Australian Open van Koot claimed her first Grand Slam singles title.[82] Van Koot competed in the other Grand Slam events losing in the semi final of Roland Garros but winning the US Open.[83][84] As a result of her success at the Australian Open and Esther Vergeer not playing, van Koot ascended to the World Number One spot in the rankings.[85] Van Koot lost the World Number One spot to Sabine Ellerbrock in June after the French Open, but regained it following her success at the US Open.[84][86] She held on to the position for the rest of the year and was named the 2013 ITF Wheelchair World Champion.[87] With Jiske Griffioen, van Koot won the doubles title in Sydney and Nottingham.[88][89] The pair won their first Australian,[90] French and US Open titles and retained the Wimbledon crown to complete the Grand Slam.[91][92][93] Their only defeat came in the final of St Louis, their first since the Paralympic final.[94] Van Koot also won doubles titles with Buis in Baton Rouge,[75] Helout partnered van Koot to the title in Olot and in Jambes she won with Sharon Walraven.[76][77] When partnering Lucy Shuker, van Koot finished as the runner up in Paris.[95] Van Koot's season was curtailed by injury ruling her out of the season ending Masters.[96]

After missing the opening events of the 2014 season, van Koot dropped to world number two in the singles rankings, behind Ellerbrock after the Australian Open. Van Koot made her first appearance of the season in Bolton where she won the title.[97][98] Throughout the rest of the season van Koot added titles in Pensacola and Johannesburg to her title in Bolton.[99][100] As well she reached the singles final in Baton Rouge.[101]

Grand Slam performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Wheelchair singles

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career SR
Australian Open 1R A SF QF F W A SF F QF SF SF F QF 1 / 12
French Open SF QF QF SF F SF F F QF SF SF SF SF SF 0 / 14
Wimbledon NH NH NH NH NH NH NH NH F SF F W NH 1 / 4
US Open NH SF QF F NH W F SF NH SF QF QF A 1 / 9

Wheelchair doubles

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career SR
Australian Open SF A W F F W A F F W F W F W 5 / 12
French Open SF F W F SF W F W F F W W W W 7 / 14
Wimbledon NH A SF F W W F F F SF SF W NH 3 / 10
US Open NH SF F F NH W F W NH F F W A 3 / 9

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