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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 47)
Aalst, Belgium
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1988
Retired2001
PlaysLeft-handed
(two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 2,054,352
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)

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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 titles (11)Edit

Legend
WTA Tour Championships
Tier I Event

Singles (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 November 1991 Scottsdale, USA Hard   Chanda Rubin 7–5, 6–1
2. 10 November 1991 Nashville, USA Hard (i)   Katrina Adams 6–2, 6–4
3. 19 April 1992 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Andrea Strnadová 7–5, 3–6, 7–5
4. 13 February 1994 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Meike Babel 6–1, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
5. 17 April 1994 Pattaya, Thailand Hard   Patty Fendick 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–2
6. 30 April 1995 Zagreb, Croatia Clay   Silke Meier 6–4, 6–3
7. 3 March 1996 Linz, Austria Carpet (i)   Julie Halard-Decugis 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. 20 February 1994 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Laurence Courtois   Mary Pierce
  Andrea Temesvári
6–4, 6–4
2. 15 February 1998 Paris, France Carpet (i)   Miriam Oremans   Anna Kournikova
  Larisa Neiland
1–6, 6–3, 7–6
3. 21 June 1998 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Miriam Oremans   Cătălina Cristea
  Eva Melicharová
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
4. 21 May 2000 Antwerp, Belgium Clay   Kim Clijsters   Jennifer Hopkins
  Petra Rampre
6–1, 6–1

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 - Chech Republic Fed Cup semifinal results in 2011".

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