12 Facts About Amanda Coetzer


Amanda Coetzer reached three Grand Slam semifinals and one Grand Slam doubles final.


Amanda Coetzer earned a reputation for regularly beating players who were ranked higher than her.


Amanda Coetzer was born in Hoopstad, South Africa, to Nico and Suska Amanda Coetzer.


Amanda Coetzer started playing tennis at the age of six.


Amanda Coetzer is married to the Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan.


In 1993, Amanda Coetzer won her first WTA Tour title in Melbourne, defeating Naoko Sawamatsu in the final, and reached the final of the US Open women's doubles with Ines Gorrochategui.


At the Australian Open in 1996, Amanda Coetzer became the first South African woman in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, where she lost in three sets to Anke Huber.


Amanda Coetzer lost in the French Open semifinals to eventual champion Iva Majoli.


Amanda Coetzer won the biggest title of her career in 1998, at the Charleston Open.


Amanda Coetzer beat Conchita Martinez on her way to a third quarterfinals showing at the US Open.


In 1999, Amanda Coetzer defeated world No 1, Lindsay Davenport, and world No 4, Monica Seles, on her way to the final of Tokyo, thereby becoming the only player to ever defeat Graf, Hingis and Davenport while they were ranked number one.


Amanda Coetzer beat world No 3, Venus Williams, in Hamburg and reached the final of the German Open in Berlin.