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Mariaan de Swardt (born 18 March 1971) is a former tennis player from South Africa, who played as a professional from 1988 to 2001. She twice represented her native country at the Summer Olympics, in 1992 and 1996,[1] and was a member of the South Africa Fed Cup team in 1992 and 1994–1997. In 2006, De Swardt became a U.S. citizen.[citation needed]

Mariaan de Swardt
Country (sports) South Africa
ResidenceJohannesburg, South Africa
Bluffton, South Carolina, U.S.
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Born (1971-03-18) 18 March 1971 (age 48)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2001
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money$1,140,865
Singles
Career record204–136
Career titles1 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking28 (8 April 1996)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1995, 1996, 1999)
French Open3R (1999)
Wimbledon4R (1995)
US Open3R (1994)
Doubles
Career record196–131
Career titles4 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking11 (19 October 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1996, 1999)
French OpenQF (1996)
WimbledonF (1999)
US OpenQF (1996)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1999)
French OpenW (2000)

De Swardt won two Grand Slam titles in mixed-doubles competition, the 1999 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open with partner David Adams.[2][3] She also holds four women's doubles titles and reached as high as world No. 11 in WTA women's doubles rankings. She has one WTA Tour singles title from 1998 and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 28 in 1996.

Since retiring from tennis, she has been a commentator for Eurosport and South African television, and she has coached at professional, collegiate and recreational level with her base being at Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides in Houston, Texas, and is a teaching professional at the River Oaks Country Club. In 2004, she set up a non-profit charity, the Pet Care Fund, to help animals.[4]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1999 Wimbledon Grass   Elena Tatarkova   Lindsay Davenport
  Corina Morariu
4–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 Australian Open Hard   David Adams   Max Mirnyi
  Serena Williams
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 2000 French Open Clay   David Adams   Todd Woodbridge
  Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 3–6, 6–3

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Tour Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (1/0)
Tier IV & V (0/0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 16 August 1998 Boston, United States Hard   Barbara Schett 3–6, 7–6, 7–5

Doubles: 9 (4–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 30 April 1995 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Iva Majoli   Larisa Savchenko
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1. 20 May 1995 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay   Ruxandra Dragomir   Kerry-Anne Guse
  Patricia Hy
6–3, 6–5
Runner-up 2. 4 February 1996 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Irina Spîrlea   Gigi Fernández
  Natalia Zvereva
6–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 May 1996 Cardiff, United Kingdom Clay   Katrina Adams   Els Callens
  Laurence Courtois
6–0, 6–4
Winner 3. 20 June 1998 Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass   Jana Novotná   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Natalia Zvereva
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 16 August 1998 Boston, United States Hard   Mary Joe Fernandez   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 30 August 1998 New Haven, United States Hard   Jana Novotná   Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
1–6, 0–6
Runner-up 5. 18 October 1998 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i)   Elena Tatarkova   Venus Williams
  Serena Williams
7–5, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 4. 16 January 1999 Hobart, Australia Hard   Elena Tatarkova   Alexia Dechaume-Balleret
  Émilie Loit
6–1, 6–2

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (9–2)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. 1 December 1986 Vereeniging, South Africa Hard   Marie-Christine Damas 6–2, 6–4
Winner 2. 11 January 1988 Vereeniging, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 18 January 1988 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Elna Reinach 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 20 November 1989 Tel Aviv, Israel Clay   Yael Segal 3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 23 April 1990 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard   Petra Thorén 6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 28 May 1990 Francavilla, Italy Clay   Zuzana Witzová 6–7, 7–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 4 June 1990 Mantua, Italy Hard   Federica Bonsignori 6–3, 6–7, 6–3
Winner 6. 22 April 1991 Ramat HaSharon, Israel Hard   Ilana Berger 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Winner 7. 6 May 1991 Porto, Portugal Clay   Inés Gorrochategui 6–1, 6–2
Winner 8. 8 May 1994 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard   Michelle Jackson-Nobrega 6–3, 7–6
Winner 9. 2 August 1998 Salt Lake City, United States Hard   Kristina Brandi 6–2, 6–2

Doubles (7–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 8 December 1986 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard   Valda Lake
  Katie Rickett
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 16 November 1987 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Rene Mentz   Barbara Gerken
  Beth Herr
6–7, 2–6
Winner 2. 14 December 1987 Port Elizabeth, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard   Ralene Fourie
  Benita Haycock
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 4 January 1988 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard   Anne Grousbeck
  Vincenza Procacci
7–5, 6–2
Winner 4. 11 January 1988 Vereeniging, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard   Cora Linneman
  Margaret Redfearn
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 18 January 1988 Pretoria, South Africa Hard   Linda Barnard   Elna Reinach
  Dianne Van Rensburg
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 6 May 1991 Porto, Portugal Clay   Yael Segal   Eva Bes
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
3–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 8 May 1994 San Luis Potosí, Mexico Hard   Liezel Huber   Michelle Jackson-Nobrega
  Katarzyna Teodorowicz
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. 4 August 1997 Salt Lake City, United States Hard   Debbie Graham   Rachel McQuillan
  Nana Smith
7–6, 7–5
Winner 7. 2 August 1998 Salt Lake City, United States Hard   Samantha Smith   Liezel Huber
  Karin Kschwendt
6–2, 6–2

Head-to-head recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olympic results
  2. ^ "Kafelnikov captures Open title". BBC News. 31 January 1999.
  3. ^ Djata, Sundiata (2008). Blacks at the Net : Black Achievement in the History of Tennis (1 ed.). Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press. p. 82. ISBN 978-0815608981.
  4. ^ "Mariaan de Swardt Biography". Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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