Married Abri Kruger in November 2001...Father, Gerrit, is an engineer; mother, Petro, coaches Joannette now and did from ages 6 to 25; younger sister, Etresia, played tennis at Clemson University and now is a marketing manager in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA; older sister, Ronel, and her husband are pastors in South Africa...Other sports interests include golfing, aerobics, hiking and fishing...Enjoys art, movies, music, reading and shopping...Favorite book is the Bible...Favorite movie is Dances With Wolves.
• Past representative on the WTA Tour Players Council and Players Committee• Recipient of the 1998 WTA Tour Player Service Award
SINGLESWinner (2 WTA Tour): 1997 - Prague; 1995 - Puerto Rico; 1992 - ITF/Bournemouth-GBR, ITF/Modena-ITA, ITF/Vaihingen-GER; 1990 - ITF/Bournemouth-GBR. Finalist (2): 2001 - Bali; 1998 - Oklahoma City.Semifinalist (8): 2001 - Tokyo [Japan Open]; 2000 - Sao Paulo, German Open, Tokyo [Japan Open]; 1999 - Kuala Lumpur; 1998 - Hobart, Bol; 1993 - San Marino.DOUBLESWinner (1): 2001 - Sopot (w/Schiavone).Finalist (2): 2001 - Basel (w/Marrero); 1998 - Bol (w/Lucic).Semifinalist (2): 2000 - Sopot (w/Maruska); 1996 - Bol (w/Nagyova).ADDITIONALSouth African Fed Cup Team 1992, 1994-97, 2001. South African Olympic Team 1996.
1989-91 - Played first six ITF Circuit events, reaching final of ITF/Haifa 2-ISR1990 - Won first professional singles title at ITF/Bournemouth-GBR1991 - Reached three ITF Circuit SF1992 - Won three more ITF titles and broke into Top 100 on Nov. 30 at No. 99; played first WTA Tour main draw in San Marino, reaching 2r; season-ending ranking improved 169 spots 1993 - Played 13 Tour main draws, including first Grand Slam at Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon; reached SF at San Marino, l. 76 third set to No. 1 seed Rittner1994 - First Top 100 finish; qualified for Hilton Head, stretching world No. 3 and eventual champion C. Martinez to 75 final set; qualified for Amelia Island, reaching 2r; reached 3r at Roland Garros, stretching No. 1 seed Graf to 3s (only sixth set Graf dropped in 91 played there); reached QF at Birmingham; improved her ranking from No. 122 to 59 in two months; qualified for Brighton, pushing world No. 4 and eventual champion Novotna to 3s in 1r1995 - Unseeded at Puerto Rico, d. three seeds en route to career-first WTA Tour singles title; ranking cracked Top 50 first time afterwards on March 6 at No. 50; reached QF at Houston, Italian Open (d. world No. 10 Huber in 1r for first Top 10 win), Leipzig (d. world No. 9 Davenport) and Zurich; first Top 50 season-finish1996 - Hit ranking of No. 27 in Feb.; illness kept her off the Tour for much of the remainder of the year and her ranking dropped to No. 1761997 - Unseeded, won first singles title in two years at Prague (d. Maruska in final); scored six Top 20 wins, incl. three over Habsudova; reached five QF - Budapest (as a qualifier; d. world No. 20 Dragomir Ilie), Bol, Italian Open (d. world No. 14 Schultz-McCarthy and No. 12 Habsudova), Warsaw (d. No. 18 Habsudova) and Luxembourg (d. world No. 13 Testud); upset No. 14 seed Paulus in US Open 1r en route to 4r for career-best Grand Slam performance; rebounded from illness for second Top 30 finish1998 - Scored first Top 5 win, d. countrywoman world No. 5 Coetzer en route to Indian Wells QF; reached Oklahoma City final, d. S. Williams in QF (l. to V. Williams); d. world No. 10 Spirlea in San Diego 1r and No. 20 Majoli to reach QF; reached SF in Hobart and Bol losing to eventual winners, Schnyder and Lucic, respectively; after Bol, reached career-best ranking of No. 21; finished season in Top 30 for third time1999 - Missed four-and-a-half months of the season, including Australian Open, due to right foot stress fracture and returned in May; finished season with Kuala Lumpur SF and Pattaya City QF in consecutive weeks2000 - Scored biggest win of career at German Open, d. world No. 3 Tauziat 62 60 en route to first Tier I SF; also reached SF in Sao Paulo and Tokyo [Japan Open]; l. in US Open 1r to world No. 9 Sanchez-Vicario after leading 5-3 third set2001 - Played all four Grand Slams for first time in three years; at Bali, reached fourth career singles final and first in three years, d. world No. 18 Sanchez-Vicario in SF (l. to Widjaja); reached two doubles finals, winning first title at Sopot w/Schiavone (first-time partner) and finishing runners-up at Basel (w/Marrero); d. world No. 11 Tauziat en route to third Italian Open QF2002 - D. Majoli in Gold Coast 1r in 3s before falling to No. 7 seed Bedanova after leading 63 52; seeded No. 6, l. 1r to qualifier Muller at Hobart; fell 1r Australian Open to Tu; lost 1r at Antwerp to qualifier Dyrberg in 3s; withdrew from tournaments for remainder of year with a strained abdominal muscle and had two ribs removed2003 - In Acapulco, returned to action with a SR of No. 63 after a year off the Tour during which she had two ribs removed; l. 1r to No. 7 seed Loit; still competing with a special ranking of No. 63, suffered two 1r losses: at Indian Wells to Talaja and at Miami to WC Gullickson; competing with SR of No. 63, eliminated in 1r of Strasbourg by No. 8 seed and world No. 29 Likhovtseva; fell in 1r at Roland Garros to No. 7 seed Capriati
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