Appelmans started playing at the neighbour’s court at the age of seven. Her first trainer, Fred Debruyn, saw immediately that she was very talented. Although right-handed, she played left-handed. At a children’s tennis training session she claimed to be left-handed so she could stay with her friend in the left-handed group. Appelmans turned pro in 1988, and won her first title against Chanda Rubin in Phoenix in 1991. She made her first Fed Cup appearance in 1988, with a 2–1 loss against Austria. In 1997, she married Serge Haubourdin. Throughout her career, she won seven singles titles and 4 doubles titles.
In February 2007 she was appointed captain of Belgium’s Fed Cup squad in replacement of Carl Maes…more