Chanelle Scheepers

Chanelle Scheepers

South African tennis player.
Date of Birth: 13.03.1984
Country: South Africa

  1. Biography of Chanel Scheepers
  2. Early Career
  3. Professional Breakthrough
  4. Continued Career
  5. Grand Slam Debut and Recent Years

Biography of Chanel Scheepers

Chanel Scheepers is a South African tennis player who was born on March 13, 1984, in Harrismith, South Africa. Her father's name is Piet, and her mother's name is Nici. It was Nici who influenced her daughter to start playing tennis. Chanel has a brother named Jozua. She was trained by her fellow countrywoman, Liezel Huber.

Early Career

Chanel turned professional in 2000 and played in two ITF tournaments. In 2001, she reached the finals of four ITF tournaments and won the Durban tournament in South Africa and one in the United States. In 2002, Scheepers won one ITF tournament in Mackay, Australia, and reached the finals in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Professional Breakthrough

In the 2003 season, Chanel participated in the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts tournament and made it to the main draw, where she defeated Samantha Stosur but was unable to defeat Tathiana Garbin in the next round. She then suffered 19 consecutive losses in Tour Level and ITF qualifying matches.

The following year, in 2004, Scheepers had her best season. She returned to the ITF circuit and became a champion four times, twice in Benin City, Nigeria, and twice in Pretoria, South Africa. She also reached the finals of four other tournaments in Italy, Luxembourg, and Nigeria.

Continued Career

In 2005, Chanel started playing in the main draw of Tour Level tournaments again but had limited success, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals of ITF tournaments only once each. The following year, she had a similar performance, reaching the semifinals and quarterfinals of several tennis tournaments.

Finally, in 2007, Scheepers became an ITF champion for the first time in three years. She won two tournaments in Nigeria and the United States. In 2008, she reached one semifinal and two quarterfinals in ITF tournaments.

Grand Slam Debut and Recent Years

In 2009, Chanel made a breakthrough in her career by debuting in a Grand Slam tournament, reaching the main draw of the Australian Open and the French Open. She won four matches in the main draw and won the tournament in Irapuato, Mexico. In 2010, she reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open and won an ITF tournament in Fort Walton Beach, United States. She also had a successful run in the French Open, defeating Mathilde Johansson, Gisela Dulko, and Akgul Amanmuradova before losing to Elena Dementieva in the fourth round.

In 2011, Scheepers reached the third round of the Australian Open. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and watching movies.