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Coached by former doubles partner Lori McNeil...Father, Nico, is a lawyer; mother, Suska, is a housewife; has three sisters: Isabel, Martelle and Nicola...Hobbies include reading and shopping...Favorite books are My TraitorÆs Heart and Gifts of Unknown Things.
Winner (9): 2003 - Acapulco; 2001 - Acapulco; 2000 - Antwerp; 1998 - Hilton Head; 1997 - Budapest, Luxembourg; 1994 - Prague; 1993 - Melbourne, Tokyo [Nichirei].
Finalist (12): 2003 - Memphis; 2001 - Amelia Island; 2000 - Berlin; 1999 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Oklahoma City; 1995 - Brighton, Toronto; 1994 - Indian Wells; 1993 - Indian Wells; 1991 - San Juan.
Winner (9): 2001 - Oklahoma City, Bahia (both w/McNeil); 1997 - Budapest (w/Fusai); 1996 - Tokyo [Nichirei] (w/Pierce); 1995 - Amelia Island, Berlin (both w/Gorrochategui); 1994 - Prague (w/Wild); 1992 - Taranto (w/Gorrochategui), San Juan (w/E.Reinach).
Finalist (14): 2001 - Strasbourg (w/McNeil); 2000 - Berlin (w/Morariu); 1999 - Tokyo [Toyota Princess Cup]; 1998 - Rome (w/Sánchez Vicario) (w/Dokic), Hamburg (w/Novotna), Oklahoma City (w/Steck); 1995 - Tokyo Nichirei (w/Wild); 1994 - Amelia Island (w/Gorrochategui); 1993 - Amelia Island, US Open, Oakland (all w/Gorrochategui), Tokyo Nichirei (w/Wild); 1992 - Kitzbuhel (w/Probst), Taipei (w/MacGregor).
South African Fed Cup Team 1992-93, 1995-97. South African Olympic Team 1992, 1996, 2000.
Career in Review
1986 - Played five ITF Circuit events in South Africa, reaching one SF and three QF
1987 - Reached first final at ITF/Port Elizabeth-RSA; first season-ending rank of No. 442
1988 - Turned professional in January, winning four ITF Circuit singles titles and two doubles titles; contested Wimbledon and US Open qualifying and made Tour debut at Aix-en-Provence, reaching 3r; also qualified for Los Angeles, reaching 2r; sliced 289 spots from ranking to finish season at No. 153
1989 - Reached 4r of Roland Garros in Grand Slam debut (l. to eventual champion Sanchez-Vicario), breaking into Top 100 afterwards on April 10 at No. 81; reached Phoenix SF; first Top 100 finish
1990 - Reached QF at Boca Raton, Geneva, Albuquerque and Scottsdale and scored first two Top 20 wins
1991 - Reached career-first Tour final at Puerto Rico (l. to Halard-Decugis); qualified for Berlin, d. world No. 11 K. Maleeva en route to 3r; also reached 3r of Los Angeles, l. to world No. 1 Seles
1992 - Breakthrough year, first of 10 consecutive Top 20 finishes at No. 17; reached four SF, Boca Raton (d. world No. 3 Sabatini in 3s, l. to C. Martinez in 3s), Rome (d. world No. 6 Capriati in 3r), Kitzbuhel and Taipei; also reached QF at Miami, Taranto, Lucerne and San Juan; nine of 16 Tour losses came to Top 10 players; broke into Top 20 on August 17 at No. 20
1993 - Won first WTA Tour titles at Melbourne Open (d. Sawamatsu in final) and Tokyo [Nichirei], d. world No. 2 Sanchez-Vicario in SF (first win in eight meetings) and hometown favorite Date in final; runner-up at Indian Wells falling to MJ Fernandez in 76 third set after holding mp; reached SF of Boca Raton (d. Davenport) and QF of Amelia Island (d. Capriati); qualified for first season-ending Championships, d. MJ Fernandez to reach QF (l. to world No. 1 Graf); also qualified in doubles (w/Gorrochategui)
1994 - As No. 1 seed in Prague, did not drop a set en route to title; reached Indian Wells final for second straight year, d. No. 2 seed MJ Fernandez and No. 3 seed Davenport before falling to world No. 1 Graf; reached SF of US Hardcourts and Schenectady, first Grand Slam QF at US Open and 4r at Roland Garros (d. world No. 6 Date) and Wimbledon
1995 - At Canadian Open (Toronto), scored three Top 5 victories in a tournament for the first time, d. co-No. 1 Graf (76 third set), No. 4 Novotna and No. 5 Pierce; l. to co-No. 1 Seles in final, SelesÆs first tournament in 28 months after stabbing; Coetzer handed Graf her first loss of the year and ended her 32-match win-streak; win over Graf marked CoetzerÆs first over a reigning world No. 1; extended Graf to 3s again in US Open 1r; also reached Brighton final
1996 - At Australian Open, became first South African woman to reach a Grand Slam SF (l. to A. Huber in 3s); reached final at Oklahoma City (d. No. 1 seed Rubin, l. to No. 2 seed Schultz-McCarthy); in US Open 1r, avenged Australian Open SF loss to world No. 5 A. Huber en route to QF
1997 - Career-best season, breaking into Top 5, reaching two Grand Slam SF and a career-high No. 3; became one of six players to d. Graf three or more times in a calendar year (alongside Evert, Navratilova, Sabatini, Sanchez-Vicario and Davenport); d. Graf in QF of Australian Open (ending her 45-match Grand Slam win-streak), Berlin (60 61 win in 56 minutes for GrafÆs worst-ever loss) and Roland Garros, becoming one of just four players to defeat Graf more than once in Grand Slam play since 1987 (alongside Sanchez-Vicario, Navratilova, Seles); broke into Top 10 at No. 10 on April 28 after winning Budapest, her first title in three years; a week after winning Luxembourg, rose to a career-high world No. 3 for one week on November 3; reached Leipzig final (d. world No.1 Hingis in SF, l. to No. 2 Novotna) and 10 other SF; played a Tour-leading 87 singles matches during the year, winning 61
1998 - Won biggest title of her career at Hilton Head, her first Tier I crown (d. Spirlea in final); seeded No. 4, became lowest seed to win in the eventÆs 26-year history and first South African woman in 19 years to win an event of that level; reached SF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Amelia Island and QF of US Open
1999 - Reached Australian Open 4r for fourth straight year, taking the only set from eventual champion Hingis; runner-up at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], d. world No. 1 Davenport in QF, No. 4 Seles in SF (only time to take a set from Seles in 10 career meetings to date); l. to No. 2 Hingis (only player to d. Graf, Hingis and Davenport while they were ranked No. 1); reached second straight final in Oklahoma City (l. to V. Williams); reached SF at Eastbourne, l. in a three-hour, 29-minute match to Zvereva 67(5) 76(4) 10-8; reached back-to-back SF in Stanford and San Diego
2000 - At Berlin, d. world No. 10 Halard-Decugis and No. 12 A. Huber en route to final (l. to C. Martinez); reached final in consecutive weeks at Antwerp, winning first title in two years and returning to Top 10 after being ranked No. 20 seven weeks earlier; d. world No. 3 V. Williams at Hamburg to reach SF, avenging loss to Williams there a year earlier; l. in SF to Sanchez-Vicario 76 third set; also reached SF in Oklahoma City and New Haven
2001 - Won eighth career singles title (Acapulco) and at Australian Open reached first Grand Slam QF since 1998 US Open; at Australian Open, l. QF to world No. 3 V. Williams 86 third set after leading 5-3; won Acapulco, d. world No. 10 Dementieva (saved a mp in QF vs. Kuti Kis) to improve ranking to No. 8; reached Amelia Island final to push her ranking to No. 7, her highest since October 1999; reached SF at Hamburg and won 500th match vs. Shaughnessy in Berlin before falling in QF in 3s to eventual winner Mauresmo; celebrated her 30th birthday at Luxembourg by reaching SF after a two-and-half-hour QF victory over Hrdlickova to qualify for season-ending Championships for a ninth straight year; also qualified in doubles (w/McNeil) for first time in eight years; 10th consecutive Top 20 finish
2002 - Finished at No. 21, first time outside Top 20 since 1991; reached SF at Moscow (d. world No. 5 Dokic in 2r), first Tour SF in 11 months and first Tier I SF since 2000 Berlin; ranking moved back to No. 20 after being as low as No. 40 after Wimbledon; also reached QF at Acapulco, Indian Wells, Charleston and Bahia (led Dokic 4-2 third set before falling), 4r at Australian Open and Miami and 3r at Los Angeles, Canadian Open and US Open; in doubles, semifinalist at Amelia Island (w/Steck)
2003 - For third time in career, reached consecutive Tour singles finals, finishing runner-up at Memphis (l. to Raymond) and winning ninth career singles title at Acapulco (d. Diaz-Oliva in final), venue of her last Tour victory two years earlier; also reached SF at Sydney, Indian Wells (d. world No. 5 Hantuchova) and Los Angeles and 4r at Australian Open for seventh time; d. world No. 10 Myskina in 1r of Eastbournel; in doubles, semifinalist at Sydney and Memphis (both w/Steck)
2004 - Reached 2r as world No.30 at Sydney (d. No.25 Schnyder, l. to No.7 Myskina) and as No.27 seed at Australian Open (d. No.104 Snyder, l. to No.48 Safina); as No.49 (top seed) with 1r bye, l. opening match at Acapulco to No.108 Marrero; withdrew from Indian Wells, Amelia Island, Charleston, Berlin, Roland Garros and Wimbledon for rest and recovery, and then announced retirement after 16-and-a-half-year career