Jessica Steck (born 6 August 1978) is a South African tennis player.[1] During her career on the professional tennis circuit from 1996 to 2003, she won the 1996 US Open Junior Girls' Doubles title[2][3] and won several singles and doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.[4] Steck has competed and won first-round doubles matches in all four Grand Slam events.[1]

Jessica Steck
Country (sports)South Africa South Africa
Born (1978-08-06) 6 August 1978 (age 41)
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 187,867
Singles
Career record177–115
Career titles0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 172 (17 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ1 (1998, 1999)
US OpenQ1 (1999)
Doubles
Career record121–106
Career titles1 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 56 (3 March 2003)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1999, 2003)
French Open2R (1999)
Wimbledon2R (2002)
US Open2R (1999)
US Open JuniorW (1996)
Mixed doubles
Career record1–3
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (2000)
Wimbledon2R (1999)
Team competitions
Fed Cup4–3 (2003)
Last updated on: 9 July 2016.

CareerEdit

She reached the singles world ranking of 140th in the world on 16 March 1998 and the 56th in doubles on 3 March 2003.

During her career, she won a WTA tournament in doubles.

WTA FinalsEdit

Doubles (1-1)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 22 February 1999 Oklahoma City, United States Hard (i)   Amanda Coetzer   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 22 September 2002 Challenge Bell, Quebec City, Canada Carpet (i)   Samantha Reeves   María Emilia Salerni
  Fabiola Zuluaga
4–6, 6–3, 7–5

ITF FinalsEdit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (5-4)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 2 March 1996 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Angela Bürgis 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 4 May 1996 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay   Julie Pullin 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 17 November 1996 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Alina Tecșor 6–7, 5–0, ret.
Winner 4. 11 May 1997 Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom Clay   Magali Lamarre 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 19 May 1997 Sochi, Russia Hard   Nino Louarsabishvili 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 2 March 1998 Rockford, United States Hard (i)   Nicole Pratt 2–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 21 May 2000 Jackson, United States Clay   Dawn Buth 6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 8. 30 July 2000 Salt Lake City, United States Hard   Wynne Prakusya 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(19–21)
Winner 9. 13 May 2001 Midlothian, United States Clay   Feriel Esseghir 7–5, 6–3

Doubles (4-11)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 November 1996 Cairo, Egypt Hard   Katarina Srebotnik   Maaike Koutstaal
  Andrea van den Hurk
w/o
Runner-up 2. 4 May 1997 Hatfield, United Kingdom Clay   Lucie Ahl   Shirli-Ann Siddall
  Joanne Ward
6–3, 4–6, 5–7
Runner–up 3. 23 November 1997 Port Pirie, Australia Hard   Aleksandra Olsza   Nannie de Villiers
  Lisa McShea
4–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 17 May 1998 Haines City, United States Clay   Nannie de Villiers   Maureen Drake
  Renata Kolbovic
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 5. 24 May 1998 Spartanburg, United States Clay   Renata Kolbovic   Keiko Ishida
  Keiko Nagatomi
3–6, 5–7
Winner 6. 16 May 1999 Midlothian, United States Clay   Nannie de Villiers   Erika deLone
  Annabel Ellwood
6–4, 6–0
Runner–up 7. 31 October 1999 Dallas, United States Hard   Samantha Reeves   Emmanuelle Gagliardi
  Irina Selyutina
3–6, 3–6
Runner–up 8. 7 February 2000 Rockford, United States Hard   Annabel Ellwood   Dawn Buth
  Rebecca Jensen
6–7(4–7), 5–7
Runner-up 9. 27 March 2000 Norcross, United States Hard   Lindsay Lee-Waters   Julia Abe
  Tzipora Obziler
7–5, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Runner-up 10. 7 May 2000 Virginia Beach, United States Hard   Lisa McShea   Dawn Buth
  Mashona Washington
6–1, 3–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 11. 21 May 2000 Jackson, United States Clay   Karin Miller   Joana Cortez
  Miriam D'Agostini
4–6, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 30 July 2000 Salt Lake City, United States Hard   Samantha Reeves   Lisa McShea
  Irina Selyutina
W/O
Winner 13. 14 October 2001 Hallandale Beach, United States Clay   Alina Jidkova   Erica Krauth
  Vanesa Krauth
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 14. 23 April 2002 Dothan, United States Clay   Samantha Reeves   Rika Fujiwara
  Maja Palaveršić
3–6, 0–6
Winner 15. 19 May 2002 Charlottesville, United States Clay   Erika deLone   Teryn Ashley
  Kristen Schlukebir
6–2, 2–6, 7–5

Women's doublesEdit

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)
Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 SR W–L
Australian Open A 2R 1R A A 2R 0 / 3 2–3
French Open A 2R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 4 1–4
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R Q1 2R A 0 / 4 1–4
US Open Q1 2R A A 1R A 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–1 3–4 0–3 0–0 1–3 1–2 0 / 13 5–13

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 SR W–L
Australian Open A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open 1R 2R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
US Open A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 1–2 0–1 0 / 3 1–3

WTA rankingEdit

Singles ranking at the end of the seasonEdit

Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Rank 266   187   192   230   213   245   361

Doubles ranking at the end of the seasonEdit

Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Rank 347   232   159   80   125   190   88   134

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "WTA Players: Jessica Steck". wtatennis.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ "ITF Tennis – JUNIORS – US Open Junior Championships – 01 September – 08 September 1996". itftennis.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  3. ^ Jen Fiers (12 January 2016). "Pass Club's Wetzel and returning champ Steck in Tennis Expo". bocabeacon.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ "ITF Tennis – Pro Circuit – Player Profile – STECK, Jessica (RSA)". itftennis.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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