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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.

Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer.jpg
Coetzer in 2003
Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceHoopstad, South Africa, Africa
Born (1971-10-22) 22 October 1971 (age 47)
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 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
Career titles0
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)

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."

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Personal lifeEdit

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]

CareerEdit

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 semi-final, 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 1 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.

During 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 US$5,594,821.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

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

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles: 21 (9–12)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (1–3)
Tier II (1–5)
Tier III, IV & V / International (7–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (6–3)
Carpet 1–3)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 21 October 1991 San Juan Hard   Julie Halard 5–7, 5–7
Win 1. 11 January 1993 Melbourne Hard   Naoko Sawamatsu 6–2, 6–3
Loss 2. 22 February 1993 Indian Wells Hard   Mary Joe Fernández 6–3, 1–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 2. 20 September 1993 Tokyo Hard   Kimiko Date 6-3, 6–2
Loss 3. 21 February 1994 Indian Wells Hard   Steffi Graf 0–6, 4–6
Win 3. 9 May 1994 Prague Clay   Åsa Carlsson 6–1, 7–6(16–14)
Loss 4. 14 August 1995 Toronto Hard   Monica Seles 0–6, 1–6
Loss 5. 16 October 1995 Brighton Carpet (i)   Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 5–7
Loss 6. 19 February 1996 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 3–6, 2–6
Win 4. 21 April 1997 Budapest Clay   Sabine Appelmans 6–1, 6–3
Loss 7. 22 September 1997 Leipzig Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná 2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 5. 20 October 1997 Luxembourg Carpet (i)   Barbara Paulus 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Win 6. 30 March 1998 Hilton Head Island Clay   Irina Spîrlea 6–3, 6–4
Loss 8. 1 February 1999 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Martina Hingis 2–6, 1–6
Loss 9. 22 February 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Venus Williams 4–6, 0–6
Loss 10. 8 May 2000 Berlin Clay   Conchita Martínez 1–6, 2–6
Win 7. 15 May 2000 Antwerp Clay   Cristina Torrens Valero 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Win 8. 26 February 2001 Acapulco Clay   Elena Dementieva 2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Loss 11. 9 April 2001 Amelia Island Clay   Amélie Mauresmo 4–6, 5–7
Loss 12. 16 February 2003 Memphis Clay   Lisa Raymond 3–6, 2–6
Win 9. 24 February 2003 Acapulco Clay   Mariana Díaz Oliva 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 23 (9–14)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (3–7)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (5–7)
Carpet (0–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 1. 27 April 1992 Taranto Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Rachel McQuillan
  Radka Zrubáková
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–0)
Loss 1. 6 July 1992 Kitzbühel Clay   Wiltrud Probst   Alexia Dechaume
  Florencia Labat
3–6, 3–6
Loss 2. 28 September 1992 Taipei Hard   Cammy MacGregor   Jo-Anne Faull
  Julie Richardson
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Win 2. 26 October 1992 San Juan Hard   Elna Reinach   Gigi Fernández
  Kathy Rinaldi
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 3. 5 April 1993 Amelia Island Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
  Leila Meskhi
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 4. 30 August 1993 US Open Hard   Inés Gorrochategui   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 2–6
Loss 5. 20 September 1993 Tokyo Hard   Linda Wild   Lisa Raymond
  Chanda Rubin
4–6, 1–6
Loss 6. 1 November 1993 Oakland Carpet (i)   Inés Gorrochategui   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
2–6, 0–6
Loss 7. 4 April 1994 Amelia Island Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6
Win 3. 9 May 1994 Prague Clay   Linda Wild   Kristie Boogert
  Laura Golarsa
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Win 4. 3 April 1995 Amelia Island Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Win 5. 115 May 1995 Berlin Clay   Inés Gorrochategui   Larisa Neiland
  Gabriela Sabatini
4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Loss 8. 18 September 1995 Tokyo Hard   Linda Wild   Lindsay Davenport
  Mary Joe Fernández
3–6, 2–6
Win 6. 16 September 1996 Tokyo Hard   Mary Pierce   Park Sung-hee
  Wang Shi-ting
6–1, 7–6(7–5)
Win 7. 21 April 1997 Budapest Clay   Alexandra Fusai   Eva Martincová
  Elena Wagner
6–3, 6–1
Loss 9. 4 May 1998 Rome Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
6–7(1–7), 4–6
Loss 10. 22 February 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Jessica Steck   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 4–6
Loss 11. 26 April 1999 Hamburg Clay   Jana Novotná   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Loss 12. 20 September 1999 Tokyo Hard   Jelena Dokic   Conchita Martínez
  Patricia Tarabini
7–6(7–5), 4–6, 2–6
Loss 13. 8 May 2000 Berlin Clay   Corina Morariu   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–7(7–9)
Win 8. 19 February 2001 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Lori McNeil   Janet Lee
  Wynne Prakusya
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Loss 14. 21 May 2001 Strasbourg Clay   Lori McNeil   Silvia Farina Elia
  Iroda Tulyaganova
1–6, 6–7(7–0)
Win 9. 10 September 2001 Bahia Hard   Lori McNeil   Nicole Arendt
  Patricia Tarabini
6–7(8–10), 6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

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 Championships
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.

Record against other top playersEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit