The 2005 AAA Cup
The South (of Africa) Rises again!
She stands only five-foot-two (1.57 meters), but height doesn't measure the fight of Amanda Coetzer. She gained the nickname "Tiny Assassin" as a women's tennis player. Now a year after retirement, she's won South Africa a three-continent championship - as the nation with the best hair in Africa, Asia and Australasia!
Coetzer knocked off a much-loved movie star in the finals -- and battled back from her first-ever deficit to do it. She defeated India's Aishwarya Rai with two-thirds of the vote, and was praised for "very soft.... fuller, more lush" hair. (Hair which also resists collapsing, from the pictures we've seen.) The South African champ winds up with an impressive winning percentage of 440.0, against five very good styles -- quite a comeback from World Cup I in 2002, when Charlize Theron failed to win a match in a very challenging group.
The Consolation Final was a challenge of its own, with Japanese actress and "wild card" Koyuki edging Australian supermodel Elle McPherson for a 56-percent win. That assures a World Cup spot for Japan in 2006, while the Aussies (a 2002 group winner) will have to qualify elsewhere.
We divided 12 national entries into three groups in a 12 April drawing -- then had six weeks of head-to-head matches based on our Super-Hair Wars format, with one woman representing each country. Three group winners and a "wild card" advanced to elimination playoffs:
INDIA: AISHWARYA RAI.
The star of "Bollywood" movies lived up to her reputation as one of the most beautiful women on Earth. She cruised through three matches with almost no votes against her, but finally succumbed after leading early in the final round. (Courtesy Aishwarya World)
Rai 15 points, Ziyi Zhang (China) 7, Zain Verjee (Kenya) 5, Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) 0.
SOUTH AFRICA: AMANDA COETZER.
Retired from pro tennis, she proved impressive hair can keep right on going strong. She had the highest vote count in any group play match.
WILD CARD: JAPAN -- KOYUKI.
This movie star won her final match with just enough of a margin to advance, as China seemed to stumble more at the end (or was some anti-voting going on here?). Her strong playoff performance may have surprised some people.
Coetzer 15 points, Koyuki (Japan) 9, Wendy Petrie (New Zealand) 2, Sade Adu (Nigeria) 0.
AUSTRALIA: ELLE MACPHERSON.
She's calling herself an "old" supermodel at 40-something, but she prevailed in a tough group which included a double Crown Award winner. (Courtesy Wireimage.com )
MacPherson 10 points, Kiran Chetry (Nepal) 8, Queen Rania (Jordan) 5, Bettina Chua (Singapore) 0.
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