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COETZER, AMANDA
South Africa
Born 22 October 1971 in Hoopstad
Married Arnon Michan in late 2004
Height: 5' 2" (1.58m)
Nickname: "The Little Assassin."
Played: Righthanded with two-handed backhand
Pronunciation: (koot-sur)
[Active 1986-2004]

The Little Assassin

Despite her height challenges the tiny blonde South African stood toe to toe with many of the giants in women's tennis throughout the 1990s. Coetzer ended every year from 1991 to 2001 ranked inside the top 20. Her height challenge, dogged determination and sheer cuteness often made her a crowd favorite. More often that not the power players eventually hit through her, but she was always a tough out, especially on clay or hard courts, where she won 8 of her 9 WTA titles.

Coetzer's game was built on running and retrieving until she drew an error. Her fitness was supreme. Her home base in the United States was the resort of Hilton Head. Hilton Head was the site of her biggest title-the 1998 Family Circle Cup.

Fast indoor and grass courts were never her friend. Wimbledon, with it's fast grass, was the only slam where Amanda never got the quarterfinals.

Amanda was a cool cucumber on court, never displaying open anger or tossing her racquet.

Amanda's most memorable year was 1997. She downed Steffi Graf in 3 of 4 matches in that golden period, at the Aussie, German, and French Opens. Her 6-0 6-1 defeat of Graf at Berlin in 1997 was the German's worst defeat ever. She followed up her upsets by reaching the semis of Australia and France. This brought her a career high ranking of #3.

For many years she was in a high profile relationship with baseball star Brady Anderson. Coetzer married the wealthy Hollywood producer Arnon Michan after retiring. They have two children, Shimon (born circa 2009) Olivia (born circa 2011) and Shimon. The billionaire couple globetrot the world.

Singles

Career record 568–337
Career titles 9 WTA
Highest ranking #3 (3 November 1997)

Doubles

Career record 269–219
Career titles 9 WTA
Highest ranking #15 (27 September 1993)

Quality slam results (3 semifinals, 4 quarterfinals)

Australia: 1996-1997 semifinalist and 2001 quaterfinals
French Open: 1997 semifinal

US Open: Quaterfinals in 1994, 1996, and 1998

Doubles finalist at the 1993 US Open; 1993-1994 Frenh semifinals in doubles.

Titles (9 WTA titles, 4 ITF titles)

2003: Acapulco
2001: Acapulco
2000: Antwerp
1998: Family Circle Cup
1997: Budapest; Luxembourg
1994: Prague
1993: Melbourne Open, Tokyo Nichirei
1988: 4 ITS titles at Haifa; Ramat Hasharon; Modena, and Vaihingen




WTA Rankings


2004: #286
2003: #25
2002: #21
2001: #19
2000: #12

1999: #11
1998: #17
1997: #4 (career high #3 during year with semifinals at Aussie and French)
1996: #17
1995: #19 (Won WTA Sportsmanship award)
1994: #18
1993: #15
1992: #17 (voted WTA's most improved player)
1991: #67
1990: #75
1989: #63
1988: #153
1987: #442




Sources:

2000 WTA Media Guide (pages 60-61)
2005 Official Guide to Professional Tennis. (page 236)

[The Amanda Coetzer Photo Album]
https://www.tennisforum.com/59-blast-past/8709-amanda-coetzer-photo-album.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Coetzer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnon_Milchan

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MARINKELLE, "FREDY" (Frederike Marinkell)
Netherlands
Born 07 June 1937 in The Hague
Died 17 January 2005 in The Hague
Nickname variant: "Fredi"
[Active circa 1955-70

Frederike Marinkelle was the daughter of the tennis player Willem Marinkelle, and the sister of another player, Joyce Marinkelle, with whom Frederike won the women's doubles event at the Dutch National Championships in 1959. Frederike was also runner-up in the women's doubles event at the Dutch National Championships in 1957 and won the mixed doubles event at the same tournament three times in a row with three different partners: in 1958 with Piet van Eijsden, 1959 with Lex Karamoy and 1960 with Hans van den Weg.

Fredy was good enough to achieve a #3 Dutch ranking. In addition she entered Wimbledon in 1958 and 1959. She was a junior entry at Wimbledon in 1955 and 1957, suggesting she was born in or after 1939.

Known Dutch Rankings

1955: #13
1956: #3
1959: #3
1960: #8
1961: #4

Joyce Marinkelle was probably her sister.

Fredy (on left) with Betty Stove (on right) on 13 August 1962



http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/draws_archive/player_profile/8249b838-5693-473a-a4c2-9261b34ba077.html

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MARINKELLE, JOYCE
Netherlands
[Active in 1955-1959]

In 1959 Fredy and Joyce were the Dutch National doubles champions.

Known Dutch Rankings

1955: #12
1956: #10

Fredy Marinkelle was probably her sister.

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SCHOFIELD, M
Australai
[Active in 1962]

M. Schofield lost in the first round if the 1962 Australian Championships. It is possible she equals Mrs Max Schofield.

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THOMAS, B.
Australia
Born in or after 1944
[Active in 1962]

Miss B. Thomas was a 1st Round loser in the 1962 Australian Nationals. Miss Thomas also lost in the 2nd Round
of the Junior Girl's singles.

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KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA (Svetland Alexandrovna Kuznetsova); in Russian (Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва)
Russia
Born 27 June 1985 in St. Petersburg, Russia
Height: 5' 9" (1.74m)
Plays: Right-handed with a twohanded backhand.
Nicknames: "Kuzzy", "Sveta"
Trademarks: usually wears a headband, tattoos
[Active 2000-present]

She's Got Legs: Svetlana Kuznetsova: Two-Time Slam Champion of the United States (2004) and the French (2009)

Sports quite literally runs in her blood, her father being an Olympic cycling coach, her mother a 6 time world cycling champion, even her brother won an Olympic medal in the sport. This heritage has served her well, for Kuznetsova scampers around the court with sturdy legs. Physically imposing, her strong core is an asset that kept her a contender for titles for over a decade.

At the age of 7 the young blonde first picked up a tennis racquet. At 13 was sent to train in Spain. Here she honed a clay court style game with a lot to topspin off both wings. Clay has always been her favorite and most successful surface. It also made her fluent in Spanish. By 16 she was the top junior in the world and on tour, in 2002 and 2003 steady progress was made with a top 50 ranking. Perhaps more crucial for her development was being doubles partner to the legendary Martina Navratilova. This allowed her to stand beside a champion on court and develop a net game to round out her baseline play.

2004 saw all this bear fruit. 3 of the 4 majors went to Russian that year. Kuznetsova was still in braces when she upset fellow Russian Elena Dementieva 6-3 7-5 to win the US Open. On this occassion she was perhaps too young to let nerves affect her, instead it was the older Elena who folded under pressure. Basically shy and unprepared for the spotlight, Kuznetsova predictably faded in 2005 to fall from #5 to #19.



Rebounding in 2006, Sveta was probably at her peak from 2006 through 2009. 4 out of 5 of her best slam results came in this period.

2006: Finalist at the French, losing 6-4 6-4 to Justine Henin.
2007: Finalist at the US Open, losing 6-1 6-3 to Justine Henin.
2008: Semifinalist at the French-falling to Dinara Safina.
2009: Won the French Open with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Dinara Safina. She defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Justine Henin was her bete noire-holding a 16-3 winning record vs Sveta. More often than not Henin's nerves were superior.

Tight matches have a habit of slipping through her fingers: some of most notable examples have been in 2004 in the 4R at Roland Garros, a 1-6 6-4 8-6 loss to Myskina where she held mp at 6-5 third set. Myskina went on to win the event. This nightmarish scenario repeated itself at the French the very next year, where Kuznetsova held 2 match points vs Justine Henin. Justine recovered to win 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-5 and marched on to take the title.
"Kuznetsova can alter the spin, speed and height of her shots and owns the variety that plays well on clay" but since her recent failures, "consistency has eluded her, and she's prone to flakiness and frustration under pressure."-Richard Pagliaro of ESPN.
Few can match her in fitness. Kuznetsova lost an epic match in 2011 to Francesca Schiavone at the Australian Open. It was a epic all-court battle of thrills that lasted over 4 hours. Schiavone won the 4R match 6–4 1–6 16–14. Kuznetsova held 6 match points in that last set, failing to convert. Both women left the court to a standing ovation.

Another example of her toughness was winning 22 matches in 3 sets over the 2016 season. This is a WTA record in the 2000s.

The aging Russian has been afflicted with several injuries from 2012. This and the grind of the tour has hurt her rankings-a huge effort to get back into the top ten for the 6th year in 2016 was a temporary blip. On July 16th 2018 she fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 12 August 2002-an incredible run of 831 weeks.

Known as a jock, Kuznetsova was never going to be a glamour queen of the tour. What she has proved to be was extremely friendly, likeable, and down to earth. Tour insiders declare she is often the funniest and best interview on tour. No one has much negative to say about Kuzzy-a rarity on the diva-full WTA tour. Dedicated to Mother Russia, she has often played for her nation in Federation Cup, her efforts key in Russia's 2004 and 2008 victories.

She is reticent about her private life.

When it all ends the Russian will have earned her rest after tennis journey certain to one day get her into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Grand Slam singles resume: (2 Won, 2 Finals, 1 Semifinal, 10 quarterfinals)

Australian Open: Quarterfinalist (2005, 2009, 2013)
French Open: Won (2009); Finalist (2006), Semifinalist (2008); Quarterfinalist (2007, 2011, 2013-2014)
Wimbledon: Quarterfinalist (2003, 2005, 2007, 2017)
US Open: Won (2004); Finalist (2009)

Grand slam Doubles (2 titles and 5 finals)

Won 2005 Australian (w/Alica Molik) and 2012 Australian (w/Vera Zvonareva)
Kuznetsova has been a doubles finalist at all 4 majors.

Career-high Singles ranking: #2 on 2007-09-10
Carrer-high Doubles ranking: #3 on 2004-06-07

WTA Year End Rankings

2019: #54
2018: #107 (1st year outside top 100 in 17 years)
2017: #12
2016: #9
2015: #25
2014: #28
2013: #21
2012: #72
2011: #19
2010: #27
2009: #3
2008: #8
2007: #2
2006: #4
2005: #18 (#8 in doubles)
2004: #5 (#8 in doubles)
2003: #36 (#7 in doubles)
2002: #43
2001: #259
2000: #889

Personal:

Coached by Guillermo Cañas; fitness trainer is Marco Panichi ... Father is Alexandr Kuznetsov, cycling coach of six Olympic champions and world champions and now coach of Lokomotiv (best cycling club in Russia); also coached Svetlana's mother, Galina Tsareva (six-time world champion and holder of 20 world records) and Svetlana's brother, Nikolai Kuznetsov (silver medalist at 1996 Atlanta Olympics) ... Began playing tennis at age 7 ... Favorite movies are Love Actually and Save the Last Dance ... Never leaves home without her iPod ... Best tennis memories are winning 2004 US Open final and 2009 Roland Garros final.

Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (17): 2016 - Sydney, Moscow; 2015 - Moscow; 2014 - Washington DC; 2010 - San Diego; 2009 - Stuttgart, Roland Garros, Beijing; 2007 - New Haven; 2006 - Miami, Bali, Beijing; 2004 - Eastbourne, US Open, Bali; 2002 - Helsinki, Bali.

Finalist (24): 2019 - Cincinnati; 2017 - Indian Wells; 2016 - Miami; 2015 - Madrid; 2014 - Oeiras; 2011 - Dubai; 2009 - Rome; 2008 - Sydney, Dubai, Indian Wells, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Beijing; 2007 - Doha, Indian Wells, Berlin, Rome, US Open; 2006 - Warsaw, Roland Garros; 2005 - Warsaw; 2004 - Dubai, Doha, Warsaw, Beijing.

DOUBLES

Winner (16): 2013 - Moscow (w/Stosur); 2012 - Australian Open (w/Zvonareva); 2009 - Miami (w/Mauresmo); 2006 - Eastbourne (w/Mauresmo); 2005 - Australian Open, Miami (both w/Molik); 2004 - Gold Coast, Doha (both w/Likhovtseva); 2003 - Gold Coast, Dubai, Rome, Toronto, Leipzig (all w/Navratilova); 2002 - Sopot, Helsinki, Tokyo [Princess Cup] (all w/Sánchez-Vicario).

Finalist (15): 2007 - Dubai (w/Molik); 2006 - Dubai (w/Petrova); 2005 - Dubai (w/Molik), Wimbledon (w/Mauresmo); 2004 - Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Roland Garros, Eastbourne, US Open (all w/Likhovtseva), Bali (w/Sánchez-Vicario); 2003 - US Open (w/Navratilova); 2002 - Bali, Tokyo [Japan Open] (both w/Sánchez-Vicario).



Kuznetsova in 2014



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Kuznetsova

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/brian-viner-interviews-svetlana-kuznetsova-lsquoin-britain-the-first-girl-who-hits-two-balls-in-they-850667.html [A delightful interview from 2008 that captures her character]

https://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1332222-svetlana-kuznetsova-what-happened-post-2009-a.html

Svetlana Kuznetsova | WTA Tennis

https://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1314381-svetlana-kuznetsova-out-top100-first-time-after-831-consecutive-weeks.html


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CHITTY, RUTH (Ruth Victoria Chitty)
Australia
Born circa 1919
Alive as of April 2015

[Active circa 1936-55]

Ruth Chitty notably won the women’s single title at the Tasmanian Championships in 1950. She was probably still alive as of 2014. Sister of fellow tennis players Barbara and Nancy Chitty.

https://issuu.com/mlckew/docs/the_star_-_april_2015/31

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BANDY, VALMAI (nee Valmai Esme Watts)
Australia
Born 19 May 1923 in Perth, Western Australia
Married Laurence Henry Bandy on 9 October 1943 in Perth, Western Australia
[Active circa 1945-55]

Valmai (Watts) Bandy was runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Western Australia Championships in 1951.

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RYAN, RONA (Rona Gwendoline Rose Ryan)
Australia
Born circa 1925
Married Milton Hesford on 13 September 1950 in Saint Joseph’s Church, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
[Active circa 1945-55]

Rona Ryan was runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Western Australia Championships in 1947 and at the City of Perth Championships in 1948. Sister of fellow tennis player Joan Ryan.

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NICHOLAS, MARINA
Australia
Born circa 1925
[Active circa 1945-55]

Marina Nicholas was runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Western Australia Championships in 1949.

It is unclear if she married or remained single.

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MCLEOD, JUNE (June McLeod)
Australia
Born circa 1935
[Active circa 1950-60]

June McLeod was runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Western Australia Championships in 1956.

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WHITE, MARY (nee Mary Frances Macfarlane)
Australia
Born circa 1926 in Melbourne
Married Vernon John White on 19 November 1948 in Saint Peter’s Eastern Hill Church, Melbourne
[Active circa 1942-55]

Mary (MacFarlane) White notably won the women’s singles title at the Western Australia Championships in 1953 and 1954. Vernon White, a native of Perth, Western Australia, was also a tennis player.

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GRACE, "MARGOT"(Margaret Joan Grace)
Australia
Born circa 1926
Married Raymond Walter Arcus (b. 1924) in 1950 in Perth, Western Australia
[Active circa 1940-50]

Popularly known as Margot, this player notably won the women’s singles title at the Western Australia Championships in 1949. Raymond Arcus was also a tennis player.

In the 1980 election rolls Margot and Raymond are listed as living in Riverton, the Tangey district, Western Australia.

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COLLINS, HELEN (nee Helen May Caldow)
Australia
Born 13 November 1922 in Moora, Western Australia
Died 08 April 2006 in Perth, Western Australia
Married Norman William Collins in 1943 or 1944
[Active circa 1946-55.]

Helen Collins won the women’s singles title at the Western Australia Championships in 1950.

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ZSCHECH, DOROTHY (nee Dorothy Jesmond Anderson)
Australia (Victoria)
Born in 1911
Died 03 August 1955 in Melbourne, Victoria
Married Eric Leslie Zschech (1909-1981) on 30 June 1945 in Saint John’s Lutheran Church in South Melbourne
[Active in 1932 and from 1940-50]

Entered the 1932 Australian-where she is listed as Miss D. J. Anderson. She was probably active both before and after this event.

She reappears in tennis draws from about 1940 to 1950. In 1945 she wed Eric Zschech, who was a top Australian rules footballer. From 1951-1954 Eric and Dorothy were living in Tasmania.

Sources:

http://www.boylesfootballphotos.net.au/article74-Eric-Zschech-The-Minyip-Tiger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Zschech

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WELSBY, GABRIELLE (nee Gabrielle Rose Coward)
Great Britain/Australia
Born in 1899 in London, England
Died in 1972 in Perth, Western Australia
Married Edward Grindrod Welsby in 1920 in Middlesex, England
[Active circa 1946-55]

Mother of fellow tennis player Rosemary Welsby.

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WELSBY, ROSEMARY (Rosemary Gabrielle Welsby)
Australia
Born in 1928 in Croydon, London, England
Married Crooks
[Active circa 1946-60]

Daughter of fellow tennis player Gabrielle Welsby.

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KENT, ALICE (nee Alice Marguerite Hawthorn)
Australia
Born in 1883
Died in 1950 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Married Norman Edward Kent on 7 June 1910 in Saint George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia
[Active circa 1905-14]

Alice Kent was runner-up in the women’s singles event at the Western Australia Championships in 1913. Norman Kent was also a tournament tennis player.


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