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Name: Amanda Coetzer                                                                 
Born: 22 October 1971 Hoopstad, South Africa                                         
Amanda Coetzer (born October 22, 1971 in Hoopstad, South Africa) is a former         
professional tennis player from South Africa.                                       
Coetzer turned professional in 1988. She won her first top-level singles title       
in 1993 in Melbourne, and her second later that year in Tokyo.                       
Coetzer entered the top-20 on the women's world rankings in 1992 and remained       
there for most of the next 10 years. She developed a reputation for regularly       
beating players who were higher ranked than her as she climbed to her career         
high ranking of World No. 3 in 1997.                                                 
At the Canadian Open in 1995, Coetzer defeated three players ranked in the world's   
top-5 – Steffi Graf (No. 1), Jana Novotna (No. 4) and Mary Pierce (No. 5) –     
before finally losing to Monica Seles in the final. The defeat of Graf ended a       
32-match winning-streak for the German.                                             
At the Australian Open in 1996, Coetzer became the first South African woman in     
the Open era to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, where she lost in three sets to       
Anke Huber.                                                                         
1997 was the best season of Coetzer's career. In reaching the Australian Open       
semi-finals for the second consecutive year, she defeated World No. 1 Graf in       
the fourth round. She then beat Graf for a second time in the quarter-finals at     
Berlin, handing her her worst-ever loss by defeating her 6-0, 6-1 in just 56         
minutes. And then in the quarter-finals of the French Open she defeated Graf yet     
again to become one of just six players to beat Graf three times in one year,       
and one of only four to defeat her more than once in Grand Slam play. Coetzer       
lost in the French Open semi-finals to eventual-champion Iva Majoli. Later in       
the year in Leipzig, Coetzer beat Martina Hingis who by then had taken over the     
World No. 1 ranking. Coetzer won two singles titles that year in Budapest and       
Coetzer won the biggest title of her career in 1998 at Hilton Head (Tier 1 event).   
In 1999 Coetzer became the only player ever to defeat Steffi Graf, Martina           
Hingis and Lindsay Davenport while they were ranked No. 1.                           
In 2000, Coetzer teamed-up with Wayne Ferreira to win the Hopman Cup for South       
Africa. She also played of South Africa's Fed Cup team for six years and             
represented South Africa in the Olympic Games three times.                           
In 2001 she qualified for her ninth consecutive year-end championship.               
During her career, Coetzer won nine top-level singles titles and nine doubles       
titles. Her final singles title was won in Acapulco in 2003. Her career prize-money 
earnings totalled US$5,594,821.                                                     
Coetzer retired from the professional tour in 2004.