|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Residence||Hoopstad, South Africa, Africa|
22 October 1971 |
Hoopstad, South Africa, Africa
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Turned pro||January, 1988|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||9 WTA|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (3 November 1997)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1996, 1997)|
|French Open||SF (1997)|
|US Open||QF (1994, 1996, 1998)|
|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)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1995, 2001)|
|French Open||QF (1994)|
|US Open||2R (1992, 1993)|
|Fed Cup||QF (1995, 1996), Total 31 - 13|
|Hopman Cup||W (2000)|
Amanda Coetzer (born 22 October 1971) is a South African former professional tennis player.
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 twenty on the women's world rankings in 1992 and remained there for most of the next ten years. She earned a reputation for regularly beating players who ranked higher than she, while climbing to her peak in 1997. So many upset wins at five-foot-two inspired her nickname, "The Little Assassin."
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.
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.
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 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.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 1 (1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1993||US Open||Hard||Inés Gorrochategui|| Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
WTA Tour Finals
Singles: 21 (9–12)
|Runner-up||1.||21 October 1991||San Juan||Hard||Julie Halard||5–7, 5–7|
|Winner||1.||11 January 1993||Melbourne||Hard||Naoko Sawamatsu||6–2, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||22 February 1993||Indian Wells||Hard||Mary Joe Fernández||6–3, 1–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Winner||2.||20 September 1993||Tokyo||Hard||Kimiko Date||6-3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||21 February 1994||Indian Wells||Hard||Steffi Graf||0–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||9 May 1994||Prague||Clay||Åsa Carlsson||6–1, 7–6(16–14)|
|Runner-up||4.||14 August 1995||Toronto||Hard||Monica Seles||0–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||5.||16 October 1995||Brighton||Carpet (I)||Mary Joe Fernández||4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||6.||19 February 1996||Oklahoma City||Hard (I)||Brenda Schultz-McCarthy||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||21 April 1997||Budapest||Clay||Sabine Appelmans||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||7.||22 September 1997||Leipzig||Carpet (I)||Jana Novotná||2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Winner||5.||20 October 1997||Luxembourg||Carpet (I)||Barbara Paulus||6–4, 3–6, 7–5|
|Winner||6.||30 March 1998||Hilton Head Island||Clay||Irina Spîrlea||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||8.||1 February 1999||Tokyo||Carpet (I)||Martina Hingis||2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||9.||22 February 1999||Oklahoma City||Hard (I)||Venus Williams||4–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||10.||8 May 2000||Berlin||Clay||Conchita Martínez||1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||7.||15 May 2000||Antwerp||Clay||Cristina Torrens Valero||4–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||8.||26 February 2001||Acapulco||Clay||Elena Dementieva||2–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||11.||9 April 2001||Amelia Island||Clay||Amélie Mauresmo||4–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||12.||16 Fegruary 2003||Memphis||Clay||Lisa Raymond||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||9.||24 February 2003||Acapulco||Clay||Mariana Díaz-Oliva||7–5, 6–3|
Doubles: 23 (9–14)
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|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%|
|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%|
- 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
Coetzer's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows: Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.
- Dominique Monami 1–4
- Anna Kournikova 7–2
- Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–18
- Steffi Graf 4–11
- Elena Dementieva 3–2
- Jana Novotná 3–3
- Lindsay Davenport 3–13
- Justine Henin 2–1
- Nadia Petrova 2–2
- Anastasia Myskina 2–2
- / Jelena Dokić 2–3
- Martina Hingis 2–10
- Flavia Pennetta 1–0
- Amélie Mauresmo 1–4
- Gabriela Sabatini 1–7
- // Monica Seles 1–9
- Serena Williams 0–1
- Francesca Schiavone 0–3
- / Martina Navratilova 0–4
- Kim Clijsters 0–4
- Conchita Martinez 3–15
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