Johannesburg, South Africa - Thomas Hogstedt, one of the world’s most prominent tennis coaches, has identified two South African sisters as potential Grand Slam champions and has taken them under his wing.
The Swede, who has guided the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki to the pinnacle of their careers, was invited by Tennis South Africa to conduct a clinic in Stellenbosch last November.
At the clinic he came across the then 10-year-old Zoe Kruger who immediately caught his eye. “I saw from the first day I could transform Zoe Kruger into one of the best players in the world,” said Hogstedt.
He then discovered that Kruger, who comes from Pretoria, has an equally talented younger sister, Isabella, who is just eight years old. Hogstedt has an uncanny ability to recognise what it takes to turn a pre-teenager into a champion as he proved when coaching Wozniacki as a 13-year-old. He took her to No 1 in the world.