In a sport that has produced many a champion for South Africa in the past but has gone quiet of late, Liezel Huber remains one of the few to fly the South African flag at the top of the world's tennis rankings. Born is Durban in 1976, Huber is based in the United States, where she lives with her husband and coach, Tony. She started playing tennis at the age of five and enjoyed much success at a local and national level. She has since excelled in the professional doubles circuit, teaming up with Zimbabwe's Cara Black to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 2005. Later that year, she was named as the South African Sportswoman of the Year. A career-threatening knee injury picked up just five days after her Wimbledon victory ruled her out of competitive tennis for several months, but a remarkable recovery saw her once again joining Black on the court to take the Australian Open doubles title earlier this year � the pair's 19th major victory to date. Huber represented South Africa in the Federation Cup in 2003 and at the Olympic Games in 2000. In 2005, she set up a foundation called Liezel's Cause to raise funds for the victims of hurricane Katrina.
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