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Aphrodite
Mar 2nd, 2003, 06:58 AM
Coetzer sweeps Loit to make final in Acapulco
March 1, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports




ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Amanda Coetzer of South Africa beat France's Emilie Loit 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Mexican Open on Saturday.

Coetzer will face Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina. Diaz-Oliva defeated Shinobu Asagoe of Japan 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1 in a match that featured several long rallies.

Coetzer, the second-seeded player and No. 23 in the world, used a deceptively speedy serve to put away Loit in just 1 hour, 12 minutes. Her serves climbed to maximum speeds near 88 mph and overcame a steady breeze that carried both players' long shots out of bounds.

"I've worked hard with my game to adapt and stay with the younger players," said Coetzer, who won the Mexican Open in 2001. "I still feel like I'm at my peak physically. I feel young and ready to compete with anyone."

Loit, 23, used a crushing but accurate forehand to hug the court's corners early and break her opponent's serve for a 2-1 lead in the first set. But Coetzer, 31, responded with shutout victories in three straight games against Loit, the seventh seed and world No. 55.

Loit again took an early advantage in the second set, but Coetzer broke her serve twice as she put the match away.

As the sun set behind the palm trees ringing center court, Diaz-Oliva came within a double-fault of a shutout victory in the first set.

Asagoe struggled to find her game early. She landed solid shots throughout most of the exhausting second set, but tired in the third.

Asagoe sat down for about 10 extra minutes and had a trainer massage her left leg toward the end of the final set. She looked afraid to put much weight on the leg during the match's last four games and doctors said she was suffering from heat-related cramps.

In men's doubles, Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Canadian Daniel Nestor beat the Spanish duo of David Ferrer and Fernando Vicente 6-3, 6-3 to win the championship.

On the woman's side, Loit teamed with Asa Svensson of Sweden to top Slovakians Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the final. The pair will meet Hungary's Petra Mandula and Austrian Patricia Wartusch on Sunday.

LucasArg
Mar 2nd, 2003, 07:33 AM
Go Mariana!!! :worship:

spencercarlos
Mar 2nd, 2003, 08:30 AM
Its easy to feel confident winning 3 sets matches most of the times against normally Tier III/IV players?
No way she can challenge the top 10 right now. (withtout counting the fluke Dokic)

caramel
Mar 2nd, 2003, 08:33 AM
Good luck,Amanda! I know you can do it!!!! :bounce: :angel:

Gowza
Mar 2nd, 2003, 08:42 AM
good luck mandy!

King Lindsay
Mar 2nd, 2003, 09:40 AM
she was saying she can still hang with the newer generation, and it's true. look at her hanging around the top twenty while veterans of the same stripe like arantxa sanchez, pitkowski and martinez are either retired or struggling badly.

however, this is a typical coetzer start. she always starts fast and then cools once we hit the french open/wimbledon. her first halves are way better than the seconds.

Robbie.
Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:13 AM
Already this year Amanda has beaten Maleeva, Pistolesi and Sugiyama who are all top 20 callibre players - she also beat Schett who under normal circumstances would be a good win (Babsi :sad: ). At the moment I would say Coetzer is the equal of any player ranked below #12, which, at this stage of her career is a mighty achievement and is certainly an indication that she can still hang with the younger generation. No, maybe she is not so much of a threat against the top 10 players, but then again, who ranked below Chanda really is? And she did put in a mighty effort against Henin in Sydney when she really should have won the first set. Put Coetzer on a claycourt against Dokic, Mauresmo, Davenport or even Capriati in her current form and IMO you would see a mighty tough struggle.

After Miami, Coetzer has 91 pts to defend for the entire clay season as she was injured last year so expect her to be close to or inside the top 15 by the time Wimby comes around *fingers crossed* After that, well KL's point is sadly true, Amanda just doesn't seem to have the stamina in her body to play her rigorous style all season - her form tends to get sloppy towards the end. Although last year she was more solid towards the second half of the year.

Pfff@all those who continually underrate her :rolleyes: In July last yr she was #40 and seemingly washed up, now she is solidly back in the top 20. If one of the young guns had made this transition we would all be hailing her name, with Amanda its just taken for granted. She won't be around for too much longer so lap up the last days of this truly remarkable player.

butch
Mar 2nd, 2003, 10:22 AM
Its easy to feel confident winning 3 sets matches most of the times against normally Tier III/IV players?
No way she can challenge the top 10 right now. (withtout counting the fluke Dokic)


Seems like we have another one of those Williams fans who refuse to give credit to anybody but Venus and Serena.

Anyway - GO AMANDA. We, your fans, are proud of you. :)

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 2nd, 2003, 11:39 AM
Good Luck Amanda,Asa&Emilie! :D:D:D

David & Fernando :sad:

Becool
Mar 2nd, 2003, 11:44 AM
Seems like we have another one of those Williams fans who refuse to give credit to anybody but Venus and Serena.

Anyway - GO AMANDA. We, your fans, are proud of you. :)

Sorry but he's full of reason while saying that. Amanda's only chance to win a top player is on clay, and when they're playing bad. Really bad!

Amanda doesn't have the weapons.. She only returns the balls back! That's all. I don't think she has chances against, not only Venus and Serena, but Kim, Justine, Jennifer (Well I don't know, but on her best form, Amanda has no chances), Lindsay, Monica, Amelie and even Dokic who tends to still lose for the players ranker below the top 15 and etc.

I really like Amanda, but that's the only thing she can do to actually stay active. Have confidence to play these players, cause we know that she can't compete with them coming back to reality

Experimentee
Mar 2nd, 2003, 11:50 AM
Great post Rob. Pffff at all these people putting Amanda down. Lets see any of your faves still in the top twenty and being a challenge at 31 years old. No one can still be in the top 20 by 'just returning the ball back'. Throughout her career no one gives her credit for her game and when she reaches the top 20 and a final after all these years its still no different.

Experimentee
Mar 2nd, 2003, 11:52 AM
Seems like we have another one of those Williams fans who refuse to give credit to anybody but Venus and Serena.

Anyway - GO AMANDA. We, your fans, are proud of you. :)

He isnt even a Williams fan. Stop thinking anyone that says something negative must be a Williams fan :rolleyes:

Becool
Mar 2nd, 2003, 12:06 PM
BTW I think Amanda used to be better in her early years. Now the fact that she's older, she doesn't have the same stamina, or the same will to challenge those players. I really think she's really a great and talented player to be on top 20 with 31 years old. But we have to be realistic here! I think even Amanda knows she can't challenge some players in the top ten! If they're in a bad day, then who knows, but normally I keep on saying she doesn't.

King Lindsay
Mar 2nd, 2003, 03:24 PM
becool, obviously she has at least the will to be challenging the players otherwise she would not still be out there, nor would she have worked as hard as she has to re-ignite her career.

anyway, nobody is saying she's suddenly a contender to beat Venus and Serena at every major. but she's back playing top twenty tennis, and more power to her.