Sabine Appelmans

Sabine Appelmans About this soundlisten  (born 22 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium. She was Belgium's Fed Cup captain from 2007 until 2011.

Sabine Appelmans
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Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceAsse, Belgium
Born (1972-04-22) 22 April 1972 (age 49)
Aalst, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2001
PlaysLeft-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$2,041,247
Singles
Career record346–237
Career titles7 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 16 (24 November 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1997)
French Open4R (1991)
Wimbledon4R (1997, 2000)
US Open4R (1992, 1999)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (1992)
Doubles
Career record147–162
Career titles4 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 21 (25 August 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1991)
French Open3R (1992)
WimbledonSF (1997)
US Open3R (1991)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1996)

CareerEdit

Appelmans started playing at the neighbour's court at the age of seven. Her first trainer, Fred Debruyn, saw immediately that she was very talented. Although right-handed, she played left-handed; at a children's tennis training session she claimed to be left-handed so she could stay with her friend in the left-handed group.

Appelmans turned pro in 1988, and won her first title against Chanda Rubin in Scottsdale in 1991. She made her first Fed Cup appearance in 1988, with a 1–2 loss against Austria. In 1997, she married Serge Haubourdin. Throughout her career, she won seven singles and four doubles titles.

She participated three times in the Olympics (in 1992, 1996 and 2000) - at the 1992 Games in Barcelona she reached the quarterfinals in singles. Her best result in the Grand Slam Tournaments is reaching the quarterfinals at the 1997 Australian Open after defeating then world No. 3 Conchita Martínez. Her highest spot on the WTA rankings is the 16th place, which she reached in November 1997. In the doubles she reached, together with Miriam Oremans, the semi-finals of 1997 Wimbledon.

In February 2007 she was appointed captain of Belgium's Fed Cup squad in replacement of Carl Maes, leading the team to a semifinal in 2011.[1] That year, she was replaced herself in October 2011 by Ann Devries.

AwardsEdit

Appelmans was elected as the Belgian Sportswoman of the year 1990 & 1991. She was nominated for the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in 1994 & 1995.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles (7–5)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1990 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Leila Meskhi 1–6, 0–6
Loss 2. Apr 1991 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Lori McNeil 6–2, 2–6, 1–6
Win 1. Nov 1991 Scottsdale, USA Hard   Chanda Rubin 7–5, 6–1
Win 2. Nov 1991 Nashville, USA Hard (i)   Katrina Adams 6–2, 6–4
Loss 3. Apr 1992 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Kimiko Date 5–7, 6–3, 3–6
Win 3. Apr 1992 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Andrea Strnadová 7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Loss 4. Oct 1993 Budapest, Hungary Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison 5–7, 2–6
Win 4. Feb 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Meike Babel 6–1, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
Win 5. Apr 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Patty Fendick 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–2
Win 6. Apr 1995 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Silke Meier 6–4, 6–3
Win 7. Mar 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Julie Halard-Decugis 6–2, 6–4
Loss 5. Apr 1997 Budapest, Hungary Clay   Amanda Coetzer 1–6, 3–6

Doubles (4–10)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Feb 1991 Oslo, Norway Carpet (i)   Raffaella Reggi   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Silke Meier
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 2. Sep 1991 Milan, Italy Carpet (İ)   Raffaella Reggi   Sandy Collins
  Lori McNeil
6–7(0), 3–6
Loss 3. Oct 1991 San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard   Camille Benjamin   Rika Hiraki
  Florencia Labat
3–6, 3–6
Loss 4. Feb 1992 Faber Grand Prix, Germany Carpet   Claudia Porwik   Katerina Maleeva
  Barbara Rittner
5–7, 3–6
Loss 5. Feb 1992 Cesena, Italy Carpet (I)   Raffaella Reggi   Catherine Suire
  Catherine Tanvier
w/o
Win 1. Feb 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Laurence Courtois   Mary Pierce
  Andrea Temesvári
6–4, 6–4
Loss 6. May 1995 Strasbourg, France Hard (i)   Miriam Oremans   Lindsay Davenport
  Mary Joe Fernandez
2–6, 3–6
Loss 7. May 1996 Madrid, Spain Clay   Miriam Oremans   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7, 2–6
Loss 8. Oct 1996 Leipzig, Germany Carpet   Miriam Oremans   Kristie Boogert
  Nathalie Tauziat
4–6, 4–6
Loss 9. Mar 1997 Key Biscayne, USA Hard   Miriam Oremans   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6
Win 2. Feb 1998 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Miriam Oremans   Anna Kournikova
  Larisa Neiland
1–6, 6–3, 7–6
Win 3. Jun 1998 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Miriam Oremans   Cătălina Cristea
  Eva Melicharová
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
Loss 10. Jan 2000 Gold Coast, Australia Hard   Rita Grande   Julie Halard-Decugis
  Anna Kournikova
3–6, 0–6
Win 4. May 2000 Antwerp, Belgium Clay   Kim Clijsters   Jennifer Hopkins
  Petra Rampre
6–1, 6–1

ITF finalsEdit

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles (1–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 April 1988 Bari, Italy Clay   Petra Schwarz 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 24 July 1989 Kitzbuhel, Austria Clay   Federica Bonsignori 3–6, 6–4, 6–7(2)
Runner-up 3. 12 June 1989 Porto, Portugal Clay   Emanuela Zardo 5–7, 3–6
Winner 4. 26 April 1993 Porto, Portugal Clay   Barbara Mulej 2–6, 7–6(1), 7–5

Doubles (1–1)Edit

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 16 August 1987 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Caroline Van Renterghem   Kathleen Schuurmans
  Joy Tacon
6–7(2), 6–2, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 2. 7 December 1992 Val-d'Oise, France Hard (i)   Julie Halard-Decugis   Isabelle Demongeot
  Catherine Suire
5–7, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Australian Open - - 3R 4R 1R 1R 3R 3R 4R QF 1R 3R 3R 2R
French Open 2R - 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R -
Wimbledon - - - 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 4R 4R 3R 2R 4R -
US Open - - 3R 1R 4R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R - 4R 1R -
WTA Tour Championships - - - - - - - - - 1R - - - -

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belgium - Czech Republic Fed Cup semifinal results in 2011".

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