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Chanelle Scheepers (/ʃəˈnɛl ˈskɛpərz/ born 13 March 1984) is a retired South African tennis player.

Chanelle Scheepers
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Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Born (1984-03-13) 13 March 1984 (age 35)
Harrismith, South Africa
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Turned pro2000
RetiredApril 2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,949,415
Singles
Career record436–346
Career titles1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 37 (10 October 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2011)
French Open4R (2010)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open3R (2011)
Doubles
Career record240–186
Career titles1 WTA, 20 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 42 (10 April 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2013, 2015)
French Open1R (2011)
WimbledonSF (2013)
US Open2R (2012)

She won one singles and one doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as 12 singles and 20 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit in her career. On 10 October 2011, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 37. On 10 April 2014, she peaked at No. 42 in the doubles rankings.

CareerEdit

Scheepers turned pro in 2000 and played two ITF events.

In 2001, she reached four finals on ITF level and won all, with three of them coming from Durban, South Africa a local tournament, and one in the United States.

In 2002, she reached three ITF finals winning one in Mackay, Australia and losing in the other two in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

In 2003, she played her first tour-level event in the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts and won her first main-draw tour-level match after getting through the qualifying draw over Samantha Stosur but lost to Tathiana Garbin in the next round. She then had a 19 match losing streak in the qualifying draws of tour-level and ITF events and main draw of ITF events.

2004 was a better year for Scheepers, she returned playing in ITF events where she won four titles; two in Benin City, Nigeria and two in Pretoria, South Africa. She also reached four other finals in Torre del Greco and Taranto both in Italy, in Pétange, Luxembourg and Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2005, Scheepers once again started playing in the qualifying draw of tour-level events but she didn't produce results as she only reached one semifinals and one quarterfinals in ITF events.

2006 was not a better year for Scheepers despite returning to the ITF circuit as she only reached two semifinals and one quarterfinal.

In 2007, Scheepers won her first ITF titles in three years as she won two titles in Lagos, Nigeria and Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States.

In 2008, her form went down as she only reached one semifinal and two quarterfinals.

2009 was a breakthrough year for the South African player as she made her Grand Slam main-draw debut getting through the qualifying draw in the Australian Open and French Open. She also made four main-draw wins and won a title in Irapuato, Mexico.

In 2010, Scheepers continued to play in the tour-level events and her persistence paid off as she reached her first main-draw quarterfinals in the Malaysian Open losing to Japanese Ayumi Morita. She then won in the ITF event of Fort Walton Beach, United States. In the French Open, after coming through the qualifying draw, she won her first Grand Slam main-draw match over Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson in straight sets. She then continued her form by upsetting both, Gisela Dulko and Akgul Amanmuradova. She lost to world No. 5, Elena Dementieva in the fourth round in two sets. As a result of this performance, she was awarded a wildcard into the main draw of Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to ninth seed and eventual quarter-finalist Li Na.

In 2011, she made the third round of the Australian Open. Following modest results for much of the rest of the year, Scheepers reached the third round of the US Open, where she even held match points against Francesca Schiavone before losing the match in three sets. Following that, she won her first WTA single titles at Guangzhou, China as the seventh seed defeating the eighth seed Magdaléna Rybáriková of Slovakia 6–2, 6–2 in the final. Chanelle achieved her career-high singles rank of world No. 37 following the tournament. On 13 July 2012, Scheepers lost to Serena Williams in the Stanford Classic.

In July 2012, she reached the second round of Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad losing to Varvara Lepchenko.[1]

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she teamed with Shuko Aoyama to advance to the semifinals in women's doubles.[2]

In 2015, after the Family Cup in Charleston, she retired from the WTA Tour and later started coaching American tennis player Alison Riske.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Scheepers married Roger Anderson, her former coach, on 10 November 2012, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.[4]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Winner
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 24 September 2011 Guangzhou International Women's Open Hard   Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 20 July 2014 Swedish Open, Båstad Clay   Mona Barthel 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 5 (1 title, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–4)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 18 October 2009 HP Open, Osaka, Japan Hard   Abigail Spears   Lisa Raymond
  Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 3 August 2012 Citi Open, Washington, D.C. Hard   Irina Falconi   Shuko Aoyama
  Chang Kai-chen
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 25 May 2013 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay (red)   Kimiko Date-Krumm   Cara Black
  Marina Erakovic
6–4, 3–4, [14–12]
Runner-up 3. 22 February 2014 Rio Open, Brazil Clay   Johanna Larsson   Irina-Camelia Begu
  María Irigoyen
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 12 April 2014 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá Clay   Vania King   Lara Arruabarrena
  Caroline Garcia
6–7(5–7), 4–6

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Australian Open LQ A LQ A A A 1R LQ 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 6 2–6
French Open LQ A LQ A A LQ 1R 4R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 6 5–6
Wimbledon LQ A LQ A A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 5 1–5
US Open LQ A LQ A LQ LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 5 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–3 5–4 1–4 1–4 1–4 0–1 0 / 22 11–22

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 4 2–4
French Open A 1R A 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Wimbledon 3R 2R 2R SF 2R A 0 / 5 9–5
US Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 5 1–5
Win–Loss 2–2 1–3 2–3 5–4 0–2 1–1 0 / 17 12–17

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 18 (12–6)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 May 2001 Durban, South Africa Hard   Lara Van Looyen 7–5, 6–2
Winner 2. 3 June 2001 Durban, South Africa Hard   Lara Van Looyen 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 3. 21 July 2001 Evansville, United States Hard   Kristen Schlukebir 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 10 June 2002 Vaduz, Liechtenstein Clay   Myriam Casanova 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 17 June 2002 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Clay   Eva Birnerová 5–7, 4–6
Winner 4. 14 October 2002 Mackay, Australia Hard   Amanda Grahame 7–6(8–6), 7–5
Winner 5. 22 February 2004 Benin City, Nigeria Hard   Meghha Vakaria 6–1, 6–3
Winner 6. 29 February 2004 Benin City, Nigeria Hard   Susanne Aigner 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 5 April 2004 Torre del Greco, Italy Clay   Emma Laine 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 17 June 2004 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Stanislava Hrozenská 7–6(14–12), 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 10 October 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Sania Mirza 6–4, 6–7, 5–7
Winner 7. 22 November 2004 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Lizaan du Plessis 6–1, 6–3
Winner 8. 28 November 2004 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Karoline Borgersen 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 4 June 2007 Hilton Head, United States Hard   Angela Haynes 6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Winner 9. 11 June 2007 Allentown, United States Hard   Angela Haynes 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 10. 17 December 2007 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Zuzana Kučová 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 6. 26 January 2009 Laguna Niguel, United States Hard   Alexa Glatch 1–6, 0–6
Winner 11. 16 March 2009 Irapuato, Mexico Hard   Natalia Rizhonkova 6–1, 7–5
Winner 12. 15 March 2010 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Sophie Ferguson 7–5, 7–5

Doubles: 36 (20–16)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 11 June 2000 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Carien Venter   Natalie Grandin
  Nicole Rencken
6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 1. 3 June 2001 Durban, South Africa Hard   Lara Van Rooyen   Maretha van Niekerk
  Karin Vermeulen
7–6(7–2), 6–0
Winner 2. 10 June 2001 Durban, South Africa Hard   Lara Van Rooyen   Marcela Evangelista
  Letícia Sobral
6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. 24 June 2001 Algiers, Algeria Clay   Karin Vermeulen   Evghenia Ablovatchi
  Lenka Tvarošková
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 4. 1 July 2001 Algiers, Algeria Clay   Karin Vermeulen   Isabel Collischonn
  Marnie Mahler
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 25 Nov 2002 Mount Gambier, Australia Hard   Jane O'Donoghue   Daniella Dominikovic
  Evie Dominikovic
w/o
Winner 5. 30 March 2003 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Daniela Klemenschits   Helena Ejeson
  Helena Norfeldt
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 28 February 2004 Benin City, Nigeria Hard   Jennifer Schmidt   Zuzana Cerna
  Franziska Etzel
0–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 6. 7 March 2004 Benin City, Nigeria Hard   Alanna Broderick   Zuzana Cerna
  Franziska Etzel
6–2, 6–2
Winner 7. 11 April 2004 Torre del Greco, Italy Clay   Jolanda Mens   Michelle Gerards
  Marielle Hoogland
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 4. 9 October 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Surina De Beer   Shelley Stephens
  Sania Mirza
1–6, 4–6
Winner 8. 16 October 2004 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Surina De Beer   Shelley Stephens
  Sania Mirza
6–0, 6–0
Winner 9. 3 December 2004 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Melissa Berry   Karoline Borgersen
  Leonie Mekel
6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 10. 15 January 2006 Tampa, United States Hard   Aleke Tsoubanos   Chan Chin-Wei
  Hsu Wen-hsin
3–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner–up 5. 22 Jan 2006 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Zuzana Kučová   Maureen Drake
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 5 March 2006 Clearwater, United States Hard   Natalie Grandin   Kelly Liggan
  Lina Stančiūtė
3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 9 April 2006 Pelham, United States Clay   Tiffany Dabek   Tetiana Luzhanska
  Romana Tedjakusuma
4–6, 1–6
Winner 11. 23 May 2006 Grado, Italy Clay   Tiffany Dabek   Mailyne Andrieux
  Nika Ožegović
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 12. 12 June 2006 Gorizia, Italy Clay   Soledad Esperón   Matilde Muñoz Gonzalves
  Sílvia Soler Espinosa
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 8 October 2006 Troy, United States Hard   Neha Uberoi   Nicole Kriz
  Leanne Baker
7–6(7–1), 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 29 October 2006 Augusta, United States Hard   Neha Uberoi   Nicole Kriz
  Leanne Baker
6–7(3–7), 1–6
Runner-up 10. 31 October 2006 Mexico City, Mexico Hard   Maria Fernanda Alves   María José Argeri
  Letícia Sobral
3–6, 5–7
Winner 13. 6 March 2007 Toluca, Mexico Hard   Courtney Nagle   María Irigoyen
  Andrea Benítez
6–2, 1–6, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 13 March 2007 Mérida, Mexico Hard   Robin Stephenson   Maria Fernanda Alves
  Vanina García Sokol
3–6, 2–6
Winner 14. 20 March 2007 Coatzacoalcos, Mexico Hard   Robin Stephenson   Līga Dekmeijere
  Story Tweedie-Yates
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 12. 29 April 2007 Sea Island, United States Clay   Anda Perianu   Raquel Kops-Jones
  Lilia Osterloh
5–7, 3–6
Winner 15. 13 October 2007 Saltillo, Mexico Hard   Soledad Esperón   Debbrich Feys
  Leonie Mekel
6–0, 6–4
Winner 16. 20 October 2007 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard   Debbrich Feys   Estefanía Craciún
  Betina Jozami
6–1, 6–4
Winner 17. 15 December 2007 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Kelly Anderson   Iryna Brémond
  Ágnes Szatmári
0–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 18. 22 December 2007 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Kelly Anderson   Iryna Brémond
  Ágnes Szatmári
1–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Runner–up 13. 21 March 2008 Noida, India Hard   Kelly Anderson   Teodora Mirčić
  Lenka Tvarošková
2–6, 7–6 (9–7) , [6–10]
Runner–up 14. 18 May 2008 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Aurélie Védy   Hsieh Su-wei
  Marie-Ève Pelletier
4–6, 0–6
Runner–up 15. 21 March 2009 Irapuato, Mexico Hard   Soledad Esperón   Jorgelina Cravero
  Veronica Spiegel
1–6, 0–6
Winner 19. 17 May 2009 Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Rika Fujiwara   Kimiko Date-Krumm
  Sun Tiantian
7–5, 6–4
Winner 20. 20 March 2010 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Johanna Larsson   Christina Fusano
  Courtney Nagle
2–6, 7–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 16. 1 November 2010 Grapevine, United States Hard   Julie Ditty   Ahsha Rolle
  Mashona Washington
7–5, 2–6, 2–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bartoli Outlasts King, Chan's Ninth & Biggest". Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ "UPDATE 1-Tennis-Wimbledon women's doubles semifinal results". Reuters. 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Sleepy Serena reaches Stanford semis". The Times Of India. 14 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Scheepers ties the knot". Sport24. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013.

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