Joannette Kruger

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Joannette Kruger
Country  South Africa
Residence Benoni, South Africa
Born (1973-09-03) 3 September 1973 (age 41)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money 1,083,908
Singles
Career record 257 - 226
Career titles 2 WTA 4 ITF
Highest ranking No 21 (4 May 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1998)
French Open 3R (1994)
Wimbledon 2R (1997)
US Open 4R (1997)
Doubles
Career record 65 - 111
Career titles 1 WTA 0 ITF
Highest ranking 91 (29 April 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1995)
French Open 2R (1995)
Wimbledon 1R (1995)
US Open 1R (1994-96, 2001, 2003)

Joannette Kruger (born 3 September 1973 in Johannesburg) is a former professional tennis player from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her career high ranking is No. 21 in the world, a ranking she achieved on 4 May 1998.

Kruger turned professional in 1989, but it was not until 1992 that she finally broke into the world's top 100. In 1995, she had her breakout season winning her first WTA Tour title in San Juan where she beat Kyoko Nagatsuka in the final. She also recorded her first two top ten wins over Anke Huber and Lindsay Davenport.

After an injury-plagued 1996 season, she won her second career title in 1997 in Prague, Czech Republic by defeating Marion Maruska in the final. Other highlights included the quarterfinals of the Tier I in Rome, defeating Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Karina Habšudová en route, both top twenty players, and reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the US Open, beating Barbara Paulus in the first round.

She continued her success in 1998, reaching her third WTA Tour final at Oklahoma City, beating Serena Williams in the quarterfinals but losing to her sister Venus Williams in the final. Her win over Serena was the most embarrassing defeat of Williams' career, losing just two games (only Annie Miller of the US finished with such a scoreline in Quebec City in 1995). At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, she upset Amanda Coetzer for the first top five win of her career. On 4 May 1998, she reached her career high of No. 21.

At the Qatar Telecom German Open in 2000, she achieved the biggest win of her career by taking down world number three Nathalie Tauziat with the loss of just two games and then went on to make her first Tier I semifinal. The following year she reached her fourth WTA Tour final at the Wismilak International, beating Grand Slam champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in semifinals before losing to Angelique Widjaja. She also reached two doubles finals in this year, winning Sopot with Francesca Schiavone and finishing runner-up at Basel with Marta Marrero.

Kruger's last year on the Tour was in 2003, where she used a special ranking. She went 0–5 during this year with her last match being a 6–2, 6–1 loss to Jennifer Capriati at the French Open.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2-2)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Olympic Gold (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (1-2) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (1-0) International (0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 5 March 1995 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Hard Japan Kyoko Nagatsuka 7–65, 6–3
Winner 2. 20 July 1997 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Clay Austria Marion Maruska 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 23 February 1998 United States Oklahoma City, United States Hard United States Venus Williams 3-6 2-6
Runner-up 4. 30 September 2001 Indonesia Bali, Indonesia Hard Indonesia Angelique Widjaja 6-7 6-7

Doubles: 3 (1-2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 2 May 1998 Croatia Bol, Croatia Clay Croatia Mirjana Lučić-Baroni Argentina Laura Montalvo
Argentina Paola Suárez
w/o
Winner 2. 29 July 2001 Poland Sopot, Poland Clay Italy Francesca Schiavone Ukraine Yulia Beygelzimer
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 3. 5 August 2001 Switzerland Basel, Switzerland Clay Spain Marta Marrero Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
6–7(5–7), 2–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles finals: 5 (4–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 November 1989 Israel Haifa, Israel Hard Israel Yael Segal 0-6 4-6
Winner 1. 14 May 1990 United Kingdom Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay Italy Anna Benzon 7–6, 6–1
Winner 2. 11 May 1992 United Kingdom Bournemouth, United Kingdom Hard Netherlands Amy van Buuren 6–2, 6–2
Winner 3. 14 June 1992 Italy Modena, Italy Clay France Alexandra Fusai 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 5 July 1992 Germany Vaihingen, Germany Clay Bulgaria Lubomira Bacheva 6–1, 6–0

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Katrina Adams
WTA Player Service
1998
Succeeded by
Nicole Pratt