Ann Devries

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Ann Devries
Full nameAnn Devries
Country (sports) Belgium
Born (1970-02-27) 27 February 1970 (age 49)
Bree, Belgium
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$180,271
Singles
Career record100–104
Highest rankingNo. 77 (7 November 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1987, 1988, 1992)
French Open2R (1988)
Wimbledon3R (1990)
US Open2R (1987, 1988)
Doubles
Career record43–59
Highest rankingNo. 93 (10 June 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1988, 1989, 1991)
French Open1R (1988, 1989, 1991)
Wimbledon2R (1988, 1990)
US Open2R (1988)

Ann Devries (born 27 February 1970) is a former professional tennis player from Belgium.

Biography[edit]

Devries, a right-handed player, was born in the Flemish city of Bree. She trained in Antwerp from the age of 12 and by 15 was making her debut for the Belgium Fed Cup team. Her match against Steffi Graf in the first round of the 1986 Fed Cup was the first appearance of the then West German in the competition. She was a member of Belgium's World Youth Cup winning side in 1986 and won the girls' doubles title at the 1987 Australian Open with Nicole Provis.[1]

Early in her career she was in a relationship with top Swedish player Magnus Gustafsson.[2]

She broke through on the WTA Tour in 1987 with singles quarter-final appearances in four tournaments, at Auckland, Taipei, Singapore and Knokke. These efforts made her the first Belgian woman to reach the world's top 100 in singles. Her best performance came at the Sofia Open in 1988 where she made the semi-finals and three months later reached her career best ranking of 77 in the world. She made the third round of the 1990 Wimbledon Championships as a qualifier. Her run was ended by seventh seed Katerina Maleeva.[3]

As a doubles player she peaked at 93 in 1991 and later reached her only WTA final in the doubles at the 1993 edition of the Belgian Open.[4]

A hernia injury caused her retirement from professional tennis in 1994.[2]

After finishing her Fed Cup playing career with a 12/13 overall record from 15 ties, she returned to captain the team from 2012 to 2016. She has also been the personal coach of several Belgian players, including Yanina Wickmayer.[5]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles (0-1)[edit]

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss May, 1993 Liege, Belgium Tier IV Clay Belgium Dominique Monami Czech Republic Radka Bobková
Argentina María José Gaidano
6–4, 2–6, 7–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles 4 (1–3)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 20 October 1986 Saga, Japan Grass China Yan Sun 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 24 June 1991 Caltagirone, Italy Clay Italy Silvia Farina Elia 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 3 February 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 26 October 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia Clay United States Jennifer Santrock 6–2, 4–6, 6–7

Doubles 3 (3–0)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 26 March 1990 Limoges, France Carpet Poland Iwona Kuczyńska France Catherine Tanvier
France Sandrine Testud
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 2. 28 September 1992 Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy Clay Romania Irina Spîrlea Italy Ginevra Mugnaini
Romania Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
6–0, 6–0
Winner 3. 6 June 1994 Elvas, Portugal Hard Portugal Sofia Prazeres Austria Désirée Leupold
Spain Janet Souto
6–2, 4–6, 7–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coppejans wint Roland Garros voor junioren" (in Dutch). sport.be. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Bij vrouwen moet je veel meer doen dan alleen maar met tennis bezig zijn". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 12 September 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Graf `Takes Break` At Home". Sun-Sentinel. 1 July 1990. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Belgian Open - 03 May - 09 May 1993". ITF. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ann Devries: "Met Yanina Wickmayer weet je nooit"". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 26 June 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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