Anke Huber (born 4 December 1974) is a German retired professional tennis player. She was the runner-up in women's singles at the 1996 Australian Open. Her career-high singles ranking was World No. 4, also in 1996.
Huber was born in Bruchsal, Baden-Württemberg. She started playing tennis at the age of seven, after being introduced to the game by her father, Edgar. In junior competition, she won the under-12 German Championships in 1986, the under-14s in 1987, the under-16s in 1988, and the European Championships in 1989. She was also a semifinalist at Wimbledon's junior tournament in 1990.
Huber made her Grand Slam tournament debut at the 1990 Australian Open, a year before she graduated from high school. After defeating Maider Leval and Elise Burgin, she was defeated in the third round by 13th-seeded Raffaella Reggi. In August 1990, she defeated Marianne Werdel Witmeyer to win the Schenectady tournament, a warm-up for the US Open. Jennifer Capriati then defeated Huber in the first round of that tournament 7–5, 7–5. Huber was the runner-up in her next event, losing in Bayonne to Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets. She finished 1990 ranked World No. 34.
Huber became Germany's top female tennis player upon Steffi Graf's retirement in 1999. Only two years later, however, it was Huber's turn to hang up her racquet. She cited a persistent ankle injury and the desire for a "normal life" as the reasons for her retirement. She originally planned to quit after the 2002 Australian Open, her favorite tournament, but changed her mind when she unexpectedly qualified for the year-ending Sanex Championships in Germany. "I thought there's nothing better than to celebrate saying goodbye in front of the home fans in your own country", said Huber. Huber's final match took place on 31 October 2001, against Justine Henin, in which she lost 6–1, 6–2.
During her twelve-year professional career, Huber reached 23 singles finals (winning twelve of them), 29 singles semifinals, and 50 singles quarterfinals. Her career record in singles was 447–225, and she amassed US$4,768,292 in career prize money.
Huber represented her country at three levels: the Olympic Games in 1992 in Barcelona and in 1996 in Atlanta; the Fed Cup from 1990 through 1998 and in 2000 and 2001, helping Germany to victory in 1992 by beating Spain's Conchita Martínez in the final; and the Hopman Cup, which she won with Boris Becker in 1995.
Although she did not win a Grand Slam title, Huber felt proud of her accomplishments, especially because she had to walk in Graf's footsteps. "I recognised pretty early on that I would never have her success, but I was still always measured against her", she says. "So, whenever I got into the quarterfinals or the semis of a Grand Slam tournament, it counted for nothing. Sometimes it was good to have her, because she drew the attention away from me", Huber continued. "On the other side, there was always the pressure to be the second Steffi Graf."
In 2002, Huber accepted a role with the German Tennis Federation and became the co-tournament director for the annual Porsche Tennis Grand Prix WTA tournament in Filderstadt, Germany.
In April 2005, Huber gave birth to her first child, a boy (Moritz Luca), to her partner Roger Wittmann. A second, a girl (Laura Sophie), followed in October 2006.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1996||Australian Open||Hard||Monica Seles||4–6, 1–6|
Year-End Championships finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1995||New York City||Carpet (I)||Steffi Graf||1–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6|
WTA Tour finals
Singles: 23 (12–11)
|Winner||1.||20 August 1990||Schenectady||Hard||Marianne Werdel||6–1, 5–7, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||24 September 1990||Bayonne||Hard (i)||Nathalie Tauziat||3–6, 6–7(8–10)|
|Winner||2.||14 October 1991||Filderstadt||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||2–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||2.||11 January 1993||Sydney||Hard||Jennifer Capriati||1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||12 July 1993||Kitzbühel||Clay||Judith Wiesner||6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||3.||18 October 1993||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Jana Novotná||2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||25 July 1994||Styria||Clay||Judith Wiesner||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||5.||10 October 1994||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||7 November 1994||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||Mary Pierce||6–0, 6–7(4–7), 7–5|
|Winner||7.||25 September 1995||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Magdalena Maleeva||w/o|
|Runner-up||4.||13 November 1995||WTA Tour Championships||Carpet (i)||Steffi Graf||1–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Runner-up||5.||15 January 1996||Australian Open||Hard||Monica Seles||4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||8.||17 June 1996||'s-Hertogenbosch||Grass||Helena Suková||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||6.||12 August 1996||Los Angeles||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||9.||30 September 1996||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Iva Majoli||5–7, 6–3, 6–1|
|Runner-up||7.||7 October 1996||Filderstadt||Hard (i)||Martina Hingis||2–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Winner||10.||21 October 1996||Luxembourg||Carpet (i)||Karina Habšudová||6–3, 6–0|
|Runner-up||8.||10 February 1997||Paris||Carpet (i)||Martina Hingis||3–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Runner-up||9.||11 August 1997||Toronto||Hard||Monica Seles||2–6, 4–6|
|Winner||11.||10 April 2000||Estoril||Clay||Nathalie Dechy||6–2, 1–6, 7–5|
|Winner||12.||17 July 2000||Sopot||Clay||Gala León García||7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|Runner-up||10.||5 February 2001||Paris||Carpet (i)||Amélie Mauresmo||6–7(2–7), 1–6|
|Runner-up||11.||21 May 2001||Strasbourg||Clay||Silvia Farina Elia||5–7, 6–0, 4–6|
Doubles: 4 (1–3)
|Runner-up||1.||18 October 1993||Brighton||Carpet (i)||Larisa Neiland|| Laura Golarsa
|3–6, 6–1, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||28 April 1997||Hamburg||Clay||Mary Pierce|| Ruxandra Dragomir
|2–6, 7–6(1), 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||11 January 1999||Sydney||Hard||Mary Joe Fernández|| Elena Likhovtseva
|3–6, 6–2, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||18 October 1999||Moscow||Carpet (i)||Julie Halard-Decugis|| Lisa Raymond
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||3R||QF||QF||4R||3R||4R||F||4R||SF||2R||1R||A||0 / 11|
|French Open||A||A||3R||2R||SF||4R||4R||4R||1R||A||A||4R||2R||0 / 9|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||4R||3R||4R||2R||4R||3R||3R||A||1R||4R||4R||0 / 11|
|US Open||A||1R||2R||1R||3R||2R||4R||1R||3R||1R||QF||QF||3R||0 / 12|
|SR||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 43|
Head-to-head record against other players in the top 10
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.
- Martina Hingis 1-12
- Lindsay Davenport 2-10
- Dominique Monami 2-1
- Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2-12
- Venus Williams 1-3
- Steffi Graf 0-10
- Kim Clijsters 1-2
- Justine Henin 0-3
- Amélie Mauresmo 2-3
- Nadia Petrova 1-0
- Monica Seles 0-9
- Martina Navratilova 2-1
- Conchita Martínez 6-2
- Jennifer Capriati 1-7
- Amanda Coetzer 4-3
- Anna Kournikova 3-3
- Mary Joe Fernández 3-4
- Kimiko Date 1-2
- Nathalie Tauziat 4-8
- Jana Novotná 4-8
- Irina Spîrlea 7-1
- Gabriela Sabatini 3-4
- Mary Pierce 5-6
- Helena Suková 2-0
- Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 2-0