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Mariaan de Swardt

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Mariaan de Swardt - (RSA) Residences: Johannesburg, South Africa and Bluffton, South Carolina, USA Birthdate: March 18, 1971 Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa Height: 5' 9 3/4" (1.77 m) Weight: 170 lbs. (77 kg) Plays: Right-handed Status: Pro (February 1988) Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 1 Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 4 Grand Slam titles: 2 mixed doubles ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 9 2000 Prize Money: $88,855 Career Prize Money: $1,127,365 2000 W-L Record: 0-4 Career W-L Record: 204-134 2000 HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES QUARTERFINALIST: Wimbledon (w/Navratilova), Madrid (w/Navratilova) THIRD ROUND: Roland Garros (w/Navratilova) ADDITIONAL: South African Olympic Team. 2000 HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES WINNER: Roland Garros (w/Adams) THIRD ROUND: Wimbledon (w/Adams) GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) AND CHASE CHAMPIONSHIPS (S/D) HISTORY 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 AUSTRALIAN -- 1r -- -- 1r 1r -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ROLAND GARROS 1r 3r 1r -- 1r 2r -- -- 2r 2r -- -- -- -- -- WIMBLEDON 1r 2r 3r -- 1r 4r -- -- 3r 2r -- -- -- -- -- UNITED STATES -- 2r 2r -- 2r 1r 3r -- 1r 2r -- -- -- -- -- CHASE CHAMPS (S) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- CHASE CHAMPS (D) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES WINNER (1 Sanex WTA TOUR): 1998 - Boston, ITF/Salt Lake City-USA; 1994 - ITF/San Luis Potosi-MEX; 1991 - ITF/Ramat Hasharon-ISR [April], ITF/Oporto-POR; 1990 - ITF/Ramat Hasharon-ISR [May], ITF/Francavilla-ITA, ITF/Mantova-ITA; 1988 - TF/Vereeniging-RSA; 1986 - ITF/Vereeniging-RSA SEMIFINALIST (3): 1996 - Sydney; 1995 - Zurich; 1992 - Strasbourg CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES WINNER (4): 1999 - Hobart (w/Tatarkova); 1998 - Eastbourne (w/Novotna); 1996 - Cardiff (w/Adams); 1995 - Bournemouth (w/Dragomir) FINALIST (6): 1999 - Wimbledon (w/Tatarkova); 1998 - Boston (w/M.J. Fernandez), New Haven (w/Novotna), Zurich (w/Tatarkova); 1996 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Spirlea); 1995 - Barcelona (w/Majoli) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES WINNER (2): 2000 - Roland Garros (w/Adams); 1999 - Australian Open (w/Adams) SEMIFINALIST (1): 1997 - Wimbledon (w/Broad) ADDITIONAL: South African Fed Cup Team 1992, 1994-97. South African Olympic Team 1992, 1996, 2000. QUICK FACTS * Missed the 2000 Australian Open due to a herniated disc suffered in August 1999 at the Canadian Open; led 10th seed Sandrine Testud 6-4 before suffering the injury and retiring the match; played just one more tournament the rest of the year * Collected second career Grand Slam mixed doubles title at the 2000 French Open with partner David Adams * Doubles quarterfinalist at 2000 Wimbledon with Martina Navratilova * Won first Grand Slam title at the 1999 Australian Open, winning the mixed doubles with David Adams; saved a match point in the final, and afterward received a congratulatory call from Nelson Mandela * Upset 12th seed Sandrine Testud 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round at 1999 Roland Garros, her best career showing there * As a qualifier into 1999 Eastbourne, upset seventh seed Irina Spirlea to reach the quarterfinals * Won a set from Steffi Graf in the second round of 1999 Wimbledon and reached the doubles final with Elena Tatarkova * Served the third-fastest serve on the tour in 1999 with a 116 mph serve (186.6 km/h) serve at Wimbledon * At 1998 Hilton Head, earned best win since coming back from a shoulder injury by defeating world No. 8 Iva Majoli in the second round, her third career win over a Top 10 player * Enjoyed 1998 grass court success with a win over 19th-ranked Lisa Raymond in the first round at Eastbourne and winning the doubles title, then won first match at Wimbledon in three years and advanced to the third round; also reached the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon * Won first singles title in four years at a 1998 ITF event in Salt Lake City (USA) * Capped off her 1998 comeback from injury by collecting her first singles title on the Sanex WTA TOUR in Boston; unseeded, ousted second seed Anke Huber and third seed Lisa Raymond; in the final against seventh seed Barbara Schett, came back from a 1-5 deficit in the third set, saved a championship point in the 10th game and served three aces in the last game * Missed 1992-93 season and end of 1996 season and start of 1997 due to right rotator cuff tendinitis impingement * Ranked No. 54, earned best career win and second over a Top 10 player at 1995 Brighton by defeating world co-No. 1 Steffi Graf 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; the loss was only Graf's second of the year; de Swardt was lowest-ranked player to defeat Graf in 10 years; Graf said of the match: "For the first one-and-a-half sets, it was the best that a woman has ever played against me." * Two weeks before upsetting Steffi Graf in 1995 Brighton, reached semifinals in Zurich as a qualifier, upsetting No. 10 Anke Huber in second round for first-ever win over a Top 10 player * Named the 2000 Female Most Valuable Player in World TeamTennis; finished 1995 WORLD TeamTennis season ranked No. 1 in women's doubles with Martina Navratilova, helping to lead the New Jersey Stars to league championship * Elected treasurer of the Sanex WTA TOUR Players Association for 1996-97 and served on Player Committee * Nominated for 1991 Sanex WTA TOUR Most Improved Player Award * Favorite surfaces are grass and hard court * Trains at the van der Meer Tennis Center in Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA * Managed by her sister, Daleen de Swardt PERSONAL Father, Awie, is a retired businessman; mother, Marie, is a housewife and retired journalist; has two older brothers, Awie and Jaco; has younger sister, Daleen, who attends college and manages Mariaan's career...Has two nephews, Tristen and Armand...Grew up on a farm...Has met Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk...Never takes off her great-grandmother's ring, a bracelet from her sister or a ring from her mother...Likes working out in the gym, in-line skating, cycling and swimming...Enjoys writing, golfing, fishing and listening to music...Favorite movies are Dead Poets Society, It's a Wonderful Life and As Good As It Gets...Is involved with the Girls and Boys Club of her adopted Hilton Head, South Carolina, corresponding with them on a regular basis via e-mail while on the road, visiting the children when she is in town and donating bags of tennis clothing and assorted gifts to the kids...Has done television commentary for Eurosport and South African television. Sanex WTA TOUR RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES) 2000-887 (Injury Ranking: 71); 1999-75; 1998-35; 1997-161 (Injury Ranking: 34); 1996-83; 1995-33; 1994-98; 1993-NR; 1992-94; 1991-53; 1990-158; 1989-306; 1988-167; 1987-418; 1986-NR HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING: No. 28 (April 8-21, 1996; May 13-19, 1996)

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