Sabine Appelmans
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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 49)
Aalst, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1988
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 2,041,247
Career record346-237 (59.3%)
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)
Career record147-162 (47.6%)
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)
Team competitions
Fed Cup32-22 (59.3%)

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.


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.


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: 12 (7 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Soviet Union Leila Meskhi 1-6, 0-6
Loss 0-2 Apr 1991 Japan Open Hard United States Lori McNeil 6-2, 2-6, 1-6
Win 1-2 Nov 1991 Scottsdale, US Hard United States Chanda Rubin 7-5, 6-1
Win 2-2 Nov 1991 VS of Nashville, US Hard (i) United States Katrina Adams 6-2, 6-4
Loss 2-3 Apr 1992 Japan Open Hard Japan Kimiko Date 5-7, 6-3, 3-6
Win 3-3 Apr 1992 Pattaya, Thailand Hard Czech Republic Andrea Strnadová 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Loss 3-4 Oct 1993 Budapest, Hungary Carpet (i) United States Zina Garrison 5-7, 2-6
Win 4-4 Feb 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) Germany Meike Babel 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(7-3)
Win 5-4 Apr 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard United States Patty Fendick 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7–5), 6-2
Win 6-4 Apr 1995 Bol, Croatia Clay Germany Silke Meier 6-4, 6-3
Win 7-4 Mar 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) France Julie Halard-Decugis 6-2, 6-4
Loss 7-5 Apr 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay South Africa Amanda Coetzer 1-6, 3-6

Doubles: 14 (4 titles, 10 runner-ups)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Feb 1991 Oslo Open, Norway Carpet (i) Italy Raffaella Reggi West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Silke Meier
6-3, 3-6, 4-6
Loss 2. Sep 1991 Milan Indoor, Italy Carpet (i) Italy Raffaella Reggi United States Sandy Collins
United States Lori McNeil
6-7(0-7), 3-6
Loss 3. Oct 1991 Puerto Rico Open Hard United States Camille Benjamin Japan Rika Hiraki
Argentina Florencia Labat
3-6, 3-6
Loss 4. Feb 1992 Faber Grand Prix, Germany Carpet (i) Germany Claudia Porwik Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
Germany Barbara Rittner
5-7, 3-6
Loss 5. Feb 1992 Cesena Championship, Italy Carpet (i) Italy Raffaella Reggi France Catherine Suire
France Catherine Tanvier
Win 1. Feb 1994 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i) Belgium Laurence Courtois France Mary Pierce
Hungary Andrea Temesvári
6-4, 6-4
Loss 6. May 1995 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Hard (i) Netherlands Miriam Oremans United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
2-6, 3-6
Loss 7. May 1996 Madrid Open, Spain Clay Netherlands Miriam Oremans Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-7, 2-6
Loss 8. Oct 1996 Sparkassen Cup, Germany Carpet (i) Netherlands Miriam Oremans Netherlands Kristie Boogert
France Nathalie Tauziat
4-6, 4-6
Loss 9. Mar 1997 Key Biscayne Open,
United States
Hard Netherlands Miriam Oremans Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
2-6, 3-6
Win 2. Feb 1998 Paris Indoor, France Carpet (i) Netherlands Miriam Oremans Russia Anna Kournikova
Latvia Larisa Neiland
1-6, 6-3, 7-6
Win 3. Jun 1998 Rosmalen Championships,
Grass Netherlands Miriam Oremans Romania C?t?lina Cristea
Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
6-7, 7-6, 7-6
Loss 10. Jan 2000 Australian Hardcourts Hard Italy Rita Grande France Julie Halard-Decugis
Russia Anna Kournikova
3-6, 0-6
Win 4. May 2000 Belgian Open 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: 4 (1-3)

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

Doubles: 2 (1-1)

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

Singles performance timeline

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


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

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