Marise Kruger (born 17 July 1958) is a former South African female tennis player who was active in the second half of the 1970s.
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Born||17 July 1958|
Pretoria, South Africa
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) |
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 12|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||3R (1979)|
|US Open||4R (1977)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||SF (1979)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1977, 1978, 1979)|
|US Open||QF (1979)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||2R (1976, 1977)|
Kruger started playing tennis when she was five. She reached the girl's final at the 1976 Wimbledon Championships, won the junior singles title at the 1976 US Open and won the singles title at the junior Orange Bowl tournament in December 1976 after a win in the final against Anne Smith.
In June 1976 Kruger was runner-up at the Kent Championships in Beckenham, losing the final in three sets to Olga Morozova. In the preceding weeks she had won tournament titles in Guildford and Chichester. In August that year she won the South Orange Open singles title after a straight sets victory in the final against Lea Antonoplis. In May 1977 she won the doubles title at the Italian Open partnering compatriot Brigitte Cuypers and in August she was a finalist at Canadian Open in Toronto, losing the final in three sets to Regina Maršíková. She partnered with Dianne Fromholtz to win the 1979 Austrian Open doubles event and together they reached the semifinal of the doubles competition at the 1979 French Open.
Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|Winner||1.||5 June 1976||Rose's Lime Juice Tournament, Chichester, England||Grass||Bunny Bruning||6–2, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||12 June 1976||Robertson's Cup, Beckenham, England||Grass||Olga Morozova||5–7, 6–2, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||29 August 1976||Tennis Week Open, Orange, USA||Clay||Lea Antonoplis||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||4.||22 August 1977||Canadian Open, Toronto, Canada||Clay||Regina Maršíková||4–6, 6–4, 2–6|
Doubles (1 title)Edit
|Winner||1.||22 May 1977||Italian Open, Rome||Clay||Brigitte Cuypers|| Bunny Bruning
|3–6, 7–5, 6–2|
- Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 212.
- "WTA – Player profile". WTA.
- John Barrett, ed. (1980). World of Tennis 1980 : a BP yearbook. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 322. ISBN 9780362020120. OCLC 237184610.
- Garry Kelley (28 December 1976). "South African finds U.S. amateur rules different". The Miami News. p. 4D.
- John Barrett, ed. (1977). World of Tennis 1977 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Janes. p. 259. ISBN 9780354090117.
- "Kruger In Finals Of Canadian Open Tennis Tourney". The Hour. UPI. 20 August 1977. p. 18.
- "Roland-Garros – Past Tournaments – 1979 Simple dames" (PDF). www.rolandgarros.com. Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT).
- Diane Lacey (2 June 1978). "When You're No.2, Try Harder". Lakeland Ledger. p. 3D.
- "Wimbledon players archive – Marise Kruger". AELTC.