Former Clemson Standout Julie Coin Makes History by Defeating
U.S. Open’s Top Seed, World’s No. 1 Ana Ivanovic
WHO IS JULIE COIN?
· Julie Coin is 25 years old and from Amiens, France.
· She played tennis under Coach Nancy Harris at Clemson University from 2002-05, where she led Clemson to back-to-back NCAA semifinal appearances in 2004 and 2005 and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships in 2004.
· Coin was a three-time ITA All-American at Clemson and the ACC Player of the Year in 2004 after leading the Tigers to the conference championship.
· She was ranked as high as #2 in the ITA singles rankings during the 2005 season.
· Was ranked in ITA top 10 for 19 straight ranking periods during her junior and senior seasons including a No. 2 ranking the last seven ranking periods of the 2005 season.
· Reached quarterfinals of NCAA singles tournament as a senior in 2005 and semifinals of ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships that same season. Best NCAA showing was 2004 semifinals as a junior.
· Beat 2008 NCAA singles champ Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech in opening round of U.S. Open qualifying tournament last week.
· Her win over 40th-ranked Casey Dellacqua in the first round of the 2008 U.S. Open was her first over a top-100 opponent.
* Tennis great Gigi Fernandez also played at Clemson and is being inducted into ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame next month. (Fernandez reached the 1983 NCAA singles final.)
ABOUT THE MATCH
· Ranked No. 188 in the world, Julie Coin defeated No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
· Up 5-3, Coin won on her third match point, acing Ivanovic to seal the victory.
· According to an on-site WTA official, it was the biggest upset of a No. 1-seeded woman since the current rankings system was devised in 1975.
· She won three qualifying matches here at the U.S. Open and followed that up with a victory in her first WTA-level match in the first round.
· This was Ivanovic's 275th WTA match but only the second for Coin.
WHAT IT MEANS
· Next up for Coin is another former No. 1 player, fellow Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who is seeded No. 32.
· Coin has played ITF events for 10 years, and she had won exactly $99,563 for her career before taking the court in New York. She already has accrued $46,000, and a win over Mauresmo would bring her one-week total to a relatively staggering $80,000.
· Coin, who had been thinking of making this her last year on tour but is now reconsidering
· "I'm not thinking about anything right now," Coin said. "Just like enjoying the moment, and I will see what's going to happen next."
· "I don't realize yet that I beat the No. 1 in the world," she said later. "I don't realize that I played at the big court. I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. I don't know. It's just -- maybe tomorrow I will be -- I will … I don't know when I will realize everything."
· "Julie Coin was a gem of a person and a gem of a player for Clemson", said fomer Clemson Coach Nancy Harris, "that's why we called her "Jewel". "To sit in her box and cheer her at court side at the US Open was surreal. It was though we had walked into Julie's dream and it came alive. From the beginning of the match to the end it seemed magical, a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life. Julie is faster, get's up to the ball and though the ball much faster, her serve is bigger, her composure is off the charts and her fight and heart remain unchanged-simply magnificant! She remembers Clemson fondly and we remember "Jewel" always with affection and admiration." Harris quoted Coin----"Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!" and smiled.