Amanda Coetzer

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Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer.jpg
Country  South Africa
Residence Hoopstad, South Africa
Born (1971-10-22) 22 October 1971 (age 42)
Hoopstad, South Africa
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Turned pro January, 1988
Retired June, 2004
Plays Right-Handed (two-handed Backhand)
Prize money $5,594,821
Singles
Career record 568–337
Career titles 9 WTA
Highest ranking No. 3 (3 November 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1996, 1997)
French Open SF (1997)
Wimbledon 4R (1994)
US Open QF (1994, 1996, 1998)
Doubles
Career record 269–219
Career titles 9 WTA
Highest ranking No. 15 (27 September 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2002)
French Open SF (1993, 1994)
Wimbledon 3R (1998, 2001)
US Open F (1993)
Team competitions
Fed Cup QF (1995, 1996), Total 31 - 13
Hopman Cup W (2000)
Last updated on: 18 April 2013.

Amanda Coetzer (born 22 October 1971 in Hoopstad, South Africa) is a former professional tennis player from South Africa.

Coetzer turned professional in 1988 and retired in 2004. She won her first top-level singles title in 1993 in Melbourne, and her second later that year in Tokyo.

Coetzer entered the top-20 on the women's world rankings in 1992 and remained there for most of the next 10 years. She developed a reputation for regularly beating players who were higher ranked than her as she climbed to her career high ranking of World No. 3 in 1997. As a result of her many upset wins and her small size, she earned the nickname "The Little Assassin."

Personal life[edit]

Coetzer is the daughter of Nico and Suska Coetzer. She started playing tennis at the age of 6. During her playing career she resided primarily in Hilton Head, South Carolina and was coached by Gavin Hopper. She is married to the Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan.[1]

Career[edit]

At the Canadian Open in 1995, Coetzer defeated three players ranked in the world's top-5 – Steffi Graf (No. 1), Jana Novotná (No. 4) and Mary Pierce (No. 5) – before finally losing to Monica Seles in the final. The defeat of Graf ended a 32-match winning-streak for the German.

At the Australian Open in 1996, Coetzer became the first South African woman in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, where she lost in three sets to Anke Huber.

1997 was the best season of Coetzer's career. In reaching the Australian Open semi-finals for the second consecutive year, she defeated World No. 1 Graf in the fourth round. She then beat Graf for a second time in the quarter-finals at Berlin, handing her worst-ever loss by defeating her 6–0, 6–1 in just 56 minutes. And then in the quarter-finals of the French Open she defeated Graf yet again to become one of just six players to beat Graf three times in one year, and one of only four to defeat her more than once in Grand Slam play. Coetzer lost in the French Open semi-finals to eventual-champion Iva Majoli. Later in the year in Leipzig, Coetzer beat Martina Hingis who by then had taken over the World No. 1 ranking. Coetzer won two singles titles that year in Budapest and Luxembourg.

Coetzer won the biggest title of her career in 1998 at Hilton Head (Tier 1 event).

In 1999 Coetzer became the only player ever to defeat Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport while they were ranked No. 1.

In 2000, Coetzer teamed-up with Wayne Ferreira to win the Hopman Cup for South Africa. She also played of South Africa's Fed Cup team for six years and represented South Africa in the Olympic Games three times.

In 2001, she qualified for her ninth consecutive year-end championship.

In 2002, she obtained an invite from the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play The Hong Kong Ladies Challenge 2002.

During her career, Coetzer won nine top-level singles titles and nine doubles titles. Her final singles title was won in Acapulco in 2003. Her career prize-money earnings totalled US$5,594,821.

Major Finals[edit]

Grand Slam Finals[edit]

Women's Doubles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner–up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1993 US Open Hard Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–4, 6–2

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles: 21 (9–12)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (1–3)
Tier II (1–5)
Tier III, IV & V / International (7–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (6–3)
Carpet 1–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 21 October 1991 San Juan Hard France Julie Halard 5–7, 5–7
Winner 1. 11 January 1993 Melbourne Hard Japan Naoko Sawamatsu 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 22 February 1993 Indian Wells Hard United States Mary Joe Fernández 6–3, 1–6, 6–7(6)
Winner 2. 20 September 1993 Tokyo Hard Japan Kimiko Date 6-3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 21 February 1994 Indian Wells Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 0–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 9 May 1994 Prague Clay Sweden Åsa Carlsson 6–1, 7–6(14)
Runner-up 4. 14 August 1995 Toronto Hard United States Monica Seles 0–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 16 October 1995 Brighton Carpet (I) United States Mary Joe Fernández 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 19 February 1996 Oklahoma City Hard (I) Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 3–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 21 April 1997 Budapest Clay Belgium Sabine Appelmans 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 22 September 1997 Leipzig Carpet (I) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 5. 20 October 1997 Luxembourg Carpet (I) Austria Barbara Paulus 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 6. 30 March 1998 Hilton Head Island Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 1 February 1999 Tokyo Carpet (I) Switzerland Martina Hingis 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 9. 22 February 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (I) United States Venus Williams 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 10. 8 May 2000 Berlin Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 1–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 15 May 2000 Antwerp Clay Spain Cristina Torrens Valero 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 8. 26 February 2001 Acapulco Clay Russia Elena Dementieva 2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 11. 9 April 2001 Amelia Island Clay France Amélie Mauresmo 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 12. 16 Fegruary 2003 Memphis Clay United States Lisa Raymond 3–6, 2–6
Winner 9. 24 February 2003 Acapulco Clay Argentina Mariana Díaz-Oliva 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 23 (9–14)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I (1–2)
Tier II (3–7)
Tier III, IV & V / International (5–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–6)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (5–7)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 27 April 1992 Taranto Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Australia Rachel McQuillan
Czechoslovakia Radka Zrubáková
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(0)
Runner-up 1. 6 July 1992 Kitzbühel Clay Germany Wiltrud Probst France Alexia Dechaume
Argentina Florencia Labat
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 28 September 1992 Taipei Hard United States Cammy MacGregor Australia Jo-Anne Faull
New Zealand Julie Richardson
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 26 October 1992 San Juan Hard South Africa Elna Reinach United States Gigi Fernández
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6–2, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 5 April 1993 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
Georgia (country) Leila Meskhi
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 30 August 1993 US Open Hard Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 20 September 1993 Tokyo Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lisa Raymond
United States Chanda Rubin
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 1 November 1993 Oakland Carpet (I) Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Patty Fendick
United States Meredith McGrath
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 7. 4 April 1994 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 7–6(6), 4–6
Winner 3. 9 May 1994 Prague Clay United States Linda Wild Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Italy Laura Golarsa
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 3 April 1995 Amelia Island Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 5. 115 May 1995 Berlin Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui Latvia Larisa Neiland
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
4–6, 7–6(3), 6–2
Runner-up 8. 18 September 1995 Tokyo Hard United States Linda Wild United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Mary Joe Fernández
3–6, 2–6
Winner 6. 16 September 1996 Tokyo Hard France Mary Pierce South Korea Park Sung-hee
Taiwan Wang Shi-ting
6–1, 7–6(5)
Winner 7. 21 April 1997 Budapest Clay France Alexandra Fusai Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Germany Elena Wagner
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 4 May 1998 Rome Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–7(1), 4–6
Runner-up 10. 22 February 1999 Oklahoma City Hard (I) South Africa Jessica Steck United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 26 April 1999 Hamburg Clay Czech Republic Jana Novotná Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 12. 20 September 1999 Tokyo Hard Australia Jelena Dokic Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–6(5), 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 8 May 2000 Berlin Clay United States Corina Morariu Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–7(7)
Winner 8. 19 February 2001 Oklahoma City Hard (I) United States Lori McNeil Taiwan Janet Lee
Indonesia Wynne Prakusya
6–3, 2–6, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 21 May 2001 Strasbourg Clay United States Lori McNeil Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova
1–6, 6–7(0)
Winner 9. 10 September 2001 Bahia Hard United States Lori McNeil United States Nicole Arendt
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
6–7(8), 6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 SR W–L W%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 2R 3R SF SF 4R 4R 2R QF 4R 4R 2R 0 / 12 31–12 72%
French Open A 4R 1R 2R 3R 2R 4R 2R 4R SF 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 15 23–15 61%
Wimbledon Q3 1R 2R 2R A 2R 4R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R 2R 2R A 0 / 14 17–14 55%
US Open Q1 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R QF 1R QF 4R QF 1R 3R 1R 3R 3R A 0 / 15 25–15 63%
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 1–3 2–3 4–2 4–4 11–4 4–4 13–4 14–4 8–4 5–4 6–4 8–4 6–4 6–4 1–1 0 / 56 96–56 63%
Year-End Championships
Tour Championships A A A A A QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 1R A A A 0 / 9 2–9 18%
Tier I Tournaments
Tokyo Tier III Tier II A A A A QF SF F QF 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 10–7 59%
Boca Raton Tier II 2R SF Tier II Not Held 0 / 2 5–2 71%
Indian Wells NH T III Tier II 2R 3R 3R 2R A QF QF A 0 / 6 8–6 57%
Miami A 3R 2R 2R QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R 4R QF QF 4R 4R 2R A 0 / 15 26–15 63%
Charleston Tier II A 2R 3R QF 3R 3R 2R QF W 3R QF QF QF 3R A 1 / 13 28–12 70%
Berlin A 2R 1R 3R A A A 2R 2R SF 3R 1R F QF 1R A A 0 / 11 15–11 58%
Rome T IV T II 2R 2R SF 3R 2R 3R A 3R 2R 2R A A A 2R A 0 / 10 13–10 57%
San Diego T V T IV Tier III Tier II A 0 / 0 0–0 0%
Montreal / Toronto Tier II A A 3R 3R 3R F 3R QF 3R QF 2R 3R 3R 3R A 0 / 12 22–12 65%
Moscow NH Tier V Not Held Tier III A A A A A SF 1R A 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Zürich T IV T III Tier II A A A 1R 2R QF QF 2R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 8 7–8 47%
Philadelphia Not Held Tier II QF 1R 1R Tier II Not Held Tier II 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Career Statistics
Year-End Ranking 157 63 76 67 17 15 18 19 14 4 17 11 12 19 21 25 286
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

Record against other top players[edit]

Coetzer's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:[2] Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

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