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Xian
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:05 AM
Many of them disappeard like Amiella Mojzis, Maretha van Niekerk or Natascha van der Merwe.

Some others play only 3 to 5 tournies a year like Giselle Swart or Surina de Beer.

And what about Liezel Huber and Jessica Steck. Do they only play doubles now? :confused:

Monica_Rules
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:12 AM
Huber plays doubles quite a bit.

Kruger played Indian Wells and i think is playing Miami!

Jakeev
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Sorry to say that once Amanda Coetzer leaves the tennis scene, South African tennis might be nonexistent.

I read all the players you mentioned but don't recognize those first three. Are there any promising players on the horizon?

Randy H
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:06 AM
Mojzis plays with the NCAA now, I believe.

I have no idea why Steck or Huber don't try and play more singles because they are both better than what their current rankings would suggest IMO.

I think it is probably a tough choice though, because obviously when they are both getting decent money in doubles, they have to sacrifice that if they want to go down to challenger level to get their singles rankings boosted.

Chanelle Scheepers has made strides this year, and Joannette Kruger is finally back from injury, but as far as young talent goes, Scheepers appears to be the only one who is showing that at a high level of competition anyway.

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:11 AM
Chanelle Scheepers will be #1 South African soon! ;)

Xian
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:11 AM
Mojzis was a former top 10 junior and van Niekerk was top 80

also Anca Anastasiu came back this year after a long time?

what has happened to Surina de Beer? Was she injured? she was the one who reached Wimbledons 3rd round or?

Jakeev
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:39 AM
I see Surina's name in challeger tournaments nowadays. Xian didn't Surina actually make it to the quarters of Wimbledon?

Libertango
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:29 PM
Well Amanda definitely seems to be returning to some form and Kruger has finally returned, lets hope to some kind of form, she is pretty decent when she wants to be. Channelle Scheepers had some OK results second half of last year, but so far this year has been injured. So when Coetzer and Kruger are gone there won't be too many left.
(Still keeping fingers crossed for a black South African to come through one day! ;) )

Jem
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:17 PM
de Beer had a bad injury, but was playing lousy before the injury occurred. I'd be surprised if she makes much of a comeback.

Natalie Grandin has improved tremendously in the past six months and is now inside the top 200, with a chance to go higher, as she has few points to defend until the fall.

Scheepers may be the best of the youngsters at the moment.

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:30 AM
Look out for Chani Scheepers! She's only 18, hasn't played many WTA tourneys and is already ranked 164! I saw her play at the AO, and she's quite good! I think she will end up being the #1 RSA player after Amanda retires. She's for sure top 100 potential, if not top 50!

Natalie Grandin's actually been doing quite well at the end of last year. She's not just inside the top 200 - she'd not done that yet. I'm not sure what's happening with Nicole Rencken, she's not been playing well lately.

Surina's just making a comeback. She had been off injured for quite a while, but she's been playing some challengers in Australia the last few weeks, and she will be moving up the rankings. Giselle Swart also played in a couple of those challengers.

Joanette's played three tourneys this year now (Acapulco, IW and she's playing Nasdaq). I'm not sure why she was off - I guess an injury, but I never did find anything out about that.

Anca has played a few tourneys this year - in England and America. She hadn't done that well until a couple of weeks ago, and then she had a good tourney which put her ranking into the 900's I think. (She's only had points from 4 or so tourneys though).

I think Liezel's pretty much concentrating on doubles these days coz she's doing so well. I'm a bit disappointed that Jessie isn't playing singles more. She did have potential, but it seems like she's just concentraing on doubles for the moment also!

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:32 AM
Well Amanda definitely seems to be returning to some form and Kruger has finally returned, lets hope to some kind of form, she is pretty decent when she wants to be. Channelle Scheepers had some OK results second half of last year, but so far this year has been injured. So when Coetzer and Kruger are gone there won't be too many left.
(Still keeping fingers crossed for a black South African to come through one day! ;) )

Chani inured??? She played in Oz! She made the second round on the Gold Coast as a qualifier, and she got to the second round of AO quallies too! I guess she must have been injured after that.

She has her name down to play in the next few weeks though! :D

Giselle Swart is a black South African, and she was having some decent results in the challengers, but then she just disappeared. She played in a couple of challengers in Oz the last couple of weeks, but didn't dothat well. :sad:

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:34 AM
de Beer had a bad injury, but was playing lousy before the injury occurred. I'd be surprised if she makes much of a comeback.

Natalie Grandin has improved tremendously in the past six months and is now inside the top 200, with a chance to go higher, as she has few points to defend until the fall.

Scheepers may be the best of the youngsters at the moment.

Hey! My fellow Nat supporter! :D :wavey: She's been doing well lately! I have high hopes of her getting into the top 150 at least this year! I think she should be able to do it!

King Lindsay
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:02 AM
i think huber and steck are hampered by their high doubles ranking. most of the tournaments they get to play in doubles their singles rankings would never qualify them for. so it's either drop some lucrative doubles events to go play challengers, or to continue on as they are.

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:58 AM
Are you sure Giselle Swart is a black woman? :confused:

I saw a picture of her in a few weeks ago and it was white! :o

Libertango
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:40 AM
Are you sure Giselle Swart is a black woman? :confused:

I saw a picture of her in a few weeks ago and it was white! :o

I know I was wondering this too!! :confused: ;)

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 20th, 2003, 09:18 AM
I know I was wondering this too!! :confused: ;)
I'm glad that I'm not only one thought she's white! ;)

TS
Mar 20th, 2003, 09:44 AM
Giselle only played in Warrnambool $10K a couple weeks ago, she didn't play the following satellites...she qualified and reached the second round of the MD. I think she is about 28 years old now...she actually coaches in Warrnambool and lives there obviously and I don't think she wants to travel as a pro anymore...after that event she won the Warrnambool Open that weekend (no ranking points), beating Beti Sekulovski, ranked 300ish, in the final. And yes she is black.

Chanelle Scheepers is quite the talent. Pretty impressive player. Natalie Grandin is also pretty decent, but would really benefit from getting in better shape IMO.

I was speaking to a South African friend who used to post here a while back, and he is coaching at an Academy or something like that in South Africa and there are a couple girls there that are the top juniors in South Africa....Lizaan du Plessis, Tarryn Terblanche and Nadia Solomon. They're 15 or 16 and apparently they seem to have a good future ahead of them.

DutchieGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:30 AM
hehe I KNEW Giselle was black! :D :p I saw a pic of her ages ago when she was playing the challengers here before! :p I didn't realise she's 28 though I thought she was younger than that!

Actually, Nadia Salomon has been having some good results lately - she has a ranking, and has moved up a bit in the last few weeks I think. It seems like Terblanche has been around for a few years but I never hear much about her, but I have seen her name around for a while, Lizaan I haven't seen many results for, just some junior ones.

Terry, I agree about Nathalie benfitting from getting into shape a bit more!