Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová

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Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
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Záhlavová-Strýcová at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
Full name Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Country  Czech Republic
Born (1986-03-28) 28 March 1986 (age 28)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,714,590
Singles
Career record 384–271
Career titles 1 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 28 (29 September 2014)
Current ranking No. 28 (29 September 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2011)
French Open 2R (2004)
Wimbledon QF (2014)
US Open 3R (2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2004)
Doubles
Career record 309–175
Career titles 17 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest ranking 14 (31 January 2011)
Current ranking 28 (23 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2008, 2011)
French Open 3R (2006, 2010)
Wimbledon QF (2013)
US Open SF (2014)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2010)
French Open 2R (2010, 2011)
Wimbledon QF (2004)
US Open QF (2011)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 13–7
Last updated on: 23 June 2014.

Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbarbora ˈzaːɦlavovaː ˈstriːtsovaː]; born Barbora Strýcová, 28 March 1986 in Plzeň) is a professional Czech tennis player. Her highest WTA singles ranking has been world number 29, a ranking she achieved on 25 August 2014.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Strýcová was a strong junior player, winning two Grand Slams in girls' singles: the 2002 Australian Open and then defending that title at the 2003 Australian Open. She also won three Grand Slam girls' doubles titles between 2001 and 2003.

She reached world number 1 in both singles and doubles on the junior rankings, achieving both in 2002, and was named the ITF Junior World Champion that same year.[1] In her junior career, she beat several players who went on to become notable professionals such as Maria Sharapova, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Tatiana Golovin, Shahar Pe'er and Maria Kirilenko.

Turning professional in 2003, Strýcová had already worked her ranking into the top 300 after some good results in ITF Women's Circuit events over 2002. She continued to play mostly ITF circuit events throughout the year, and made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, qualifying and losing in the first round to Tatiana Perebiynis. She finished the year ranked world number 161.

2004 turned out to be the year that Strýcová stepped up considerably. She began the year by qualifying for the Australian Open and then reached the fourth round at the WTA tournament in Indian Wells, beating seeded player Eleni Daniilidou before losing to Justine Henin, a result that broke her into the top 100 for the first time. She recorded another notable win over Anna Smashnova in Amelia Island, and won her first two Grand Slam main draw matches at the Australian Open and French Open. After hitting a rough patch in the middle part of the season, she finished the year strongly by reaching her first WTA semifinal at an event in Guangzhou and winning an ITF event in Saint-Raphaël, France. She finished the season ranked world number 56.

Strýcová's progress took a step backwards in 2005, dropping out of the top 100 in the world after failing to back up her breakthrough season and winning just 17 matches throughout the season. Despite this, she achieved some notable results in doubles, reaching four WTA doubles finals and winning the title on two of those occasions. 2006 also begun poorly for her in singles, as she struggled to string together wins and subsequently dropped out of the top 200 of the world rankings in April 2006 before recovering slightly after some good results in ITF events. She married her coach between the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In 2007, Záhlavová-Strýcová played mostly on the ITF circuit once more and achieved some good results, reaching several semifinals throughout the season, but still sat outside the top 100.

After a few years seemingly in limbo, Záhlavová-Strýcová's plugging away at ITF events finally managed to bring with it some results by 2008, winning titles in Fort Walton Beach, Redding (both American events) and Szczecin, Poland, and reaching the second round in WTA events in Amelia Island and Charleston. She qualified for Wimbledon and made the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career thus returning to the top 100, where she remained until the end of the season, her second top-100 year-end finish.

2009[edit]

Záhlavová-Strýcová failed to make any progress in her first five tournaments of the season, including at the Australian Open where she lost to Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, but she enjoyed some success in two small tournaments in Mexico, reaching the semifinals in Acapulco and the quarterfinals in Monterrey, beating top 20 player Flavia Pennetta at the latter event.

Following that, she returned to struggling ways, losing her opening match in all but three tournaments up to July. She fell out of the top 100 after Wimbledon, where she was defending third round points, by losing in the first round to Ekaterina Makarova.

Záhlavová-Strýcová's results improved during the latter part of the year, starting with a quarterfinal appearance at the WTA event in Bad Gastein, as well as reaching the doubles final in Prague. She then played a $25,000 in Trnava, Slovakia, where she reached the semifinals, before qualifying and winning her first round match at the US Open, losing to Victoria Azarenka in the second round. She built on these performances in ITF Women's Circuit events at the end of the season, winning the $100,000+H event in Ortisei, Italy, and the $50,000+H event is Ismaning, Germany, and worked her way back into the top 100 for the end of the season. In doubles, she won two straight events at the WTA tournaments in Quebec City and Luxembourg, her fourth and fifth WTA doubles titles.

2010[edit]

Záhlavová-Strýcová at 2010 US Open

At the 2010 Australian Open, Záhlavová-Strýcová won her first round against Regina Kulikova in a match that lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes – breaking the record for longest match in women's Grand Slam history (which itself was broken a year later by Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova). She lost in the second round to Dinara Safina. In February and March, she won three doubles titles in Paris, Acapulco and Monterrey, her sixth, seventh and eighth tournament wins in the doubles discipline.

At the French Open, Záhlavová-Strýcová lost in first round to Rossana de los Ríos, before reaching the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time at Wimbledon, where she beat Elena Vesnina and Daniela Hantuchová and lost to Maria Sharapova. Her Wimbledon performance boosted her confidence and thus at the Prague Open she managed to make the first singles final of her career, dismantling Patty Schnyder with the loss of only two games in the semifinals. In the final, she lost to Ágnes Szávay. As a result of her recent form, she rose into the top 50 for the first time in singles following Prague.

Záhlavová-Strýcová continued to enjoy success in doubles for the rest of the season. With her regular partner Iveta Benešová, she won the biggest title of her career at the Premier 5 tournament in Tokyo, and then partnered Renata Voráčová to win Linz, helping her to finish the season in the top 20 of the doubles ranking. In singles competition, she struggled to build on her strong summer results, failing to advance in six of the ten tournaments she played following Prague, among them a first round loss at the US Open to Maria Kirilenko, thus dropping to world number 69 by the end of the year.

2011[edit]

Záhlavová-Strýcová defeated Marina Erakovic in the final of the 2011 Bell Challenge to claim her first WTA singles title.

2013[edit]

Záhlavová-Strýcová was banned for six months, backdated to 16 October 2012 until 15 April 2013, for doping. The ban disqualified all results during the period of the ban and mandates the return of all prizes won during that period.[2] Záhlavová-Strýcová made her return at the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She lost in first round of qualifying to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. In the first round of doubles, she and partner Julia Görges lost to the pairing of Liezel Huber and Janette Husárová. In May, she won the 2013 Empire Slovak Open, a $75,000 ITF event, and her first tournament win since coming back from her ban.

2014[edit]

At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the 4th round in straight sets after a struggle at the end of the second, during which Wozniacki defended four match points. Advancing to a grand slam singles quarterfinal for the first time, she lost in straight sets to eventual champion, compatriot Petra Kvitová.

Court demeanor[edit]

She is noted for her changeover tantrums and racket abuse.[3] In 2008 at the Bausch & Lomb Championships threw her tennis racket, slammed it against her shoe and the ground, and yelled at herself and the chair umpire.[3] In 2010 at Wimbledon, in a match against Maria Sharapova she twice slammed her racket on the ground.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is related to tennis player Sandra Záhlavová by marriage — she is married to Záhlavová's cousin, former tennis player, Jakub Herm-Záhlava. He is also her coach, having been in that position since 2007.[5]

Significant finals[edit]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Tokyo Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Israel Shahar Pe'er
China Peng Shuai
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]

WTA finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 18 July 2010 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Hungary Ágnes Szávay 2–6, 6–1, 2–6
Winner 1. 18 September 2011 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard New Zealand Marina Erakovic 4–6, 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 9 July 2012 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Sara Errani 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 15 June 2014 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Serbia Ana Ivanovic 3–6, 2–6

Doubles (17–10)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–0)
Tier II / Premier (4–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (12–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (10–6)
Clay (6–4)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 20 February 2005 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Slovakia Ľubomíra Kurhajcová Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Slovenia Tina Pisnik
4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1 May 2005 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland Clay Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 8 May 2005 Marrakech Grand Prix, Rabat, Morocco Clay France Émilie Loit Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–5
Runner-up 2. 15 May 2005 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Croatia Jelena Kostanić Australia Nicole Pratt
France Émilie Loit
7–6(8–6), 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 2 January 2006 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard France Émilie Loit Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Vera Zvonareva
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 6 January 2008 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Germany Martina Müller United States Lilia Osterloh
Russia Mariya Koryttseva
3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 2 March 2009 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová France Nathalie Dechy
Italy Mara Santangelo
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 13 July 2009 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
1–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 14 September 2009 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard United States Vania King Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Beltrame
6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. 25 October 2009 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–1, 0–6, [10–7]
Winner 6. 14 February 2010 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Hard (i) Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
w/o
Winner 7. 28 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
2–6, 6–1, [10–2]
Winner 8. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 7. 10 July 2010 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Czech Republic Renata Voráčová Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–7(0–7), 0–6
Runner-up 8. 19 September 2010 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Johanna Larsson
1–6, 6–2, 6–10
Winner 9. 2 October 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Israel Shahar Pe'er
China Peng Shuai
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 10. 7 October 2010 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Czech Republic Renata Voráčová Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 9. 24 October 2010 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 14 January 2011 Sydney International, Sydney, Australia Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 12. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 13. 1 May 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benešová South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
5–7, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 14. 18 June 2011 UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Italy Flavia Pennetta
1–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 15. 25 October 2011 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
7–5, 6–3
Winner 16. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Germany Julia Görges
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–4, 7–5
Winner 17. 14 July 2012 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay Czech Republic Renata Voráčová Croatia Darija Jurak
Hungary Katalin Marosi
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 10. 14 October 2012 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) Germany Julia Görges Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R A 2R 6–7
French Open A 2R 1R A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–8
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R A 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R QF 11–11
US Open A 1R 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q1 1–7
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 1–4 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 1–2 5–3 18–31

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 8 8–8
French Open A 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 10 7–10
Wimbledon A 3R 2R 2R A 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 2R 0 / 9 15–9
US Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF 2R 2R SF 0 / 10 12–10
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 3–4 1–4 2–3 5–4 7–4 7–4 3–4 4–3 7–4 0 / 37 42–37
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A SF 2R 1R QF QF 2R SF A 0 / 7 12–7
Miami A A 2R A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 3–6
Madrid Not held A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Beijing Tier II A QF 2R QF 0 / 3 5–3
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Tier II A A A Premier 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Tier II A Not held P 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Rome A A A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1
Montreal/Toronto 1R A A A A QF QF 1R 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Cincinnati Tier III A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Tokyo A A A A A A W 1R SF 1 / 3 6–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITF Junior World Champions". International Tennis Federation. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Decision in the case of Barbora Zahlavova Strýcová". International Tennis Federation. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lindsay Davenport wins opener; Maria Sharapova into 3rd round. New York Times. 9 April 2008
  4. ^ Sharapova to face Serena: Sport: Tennis: Wimbledon. Sport24.co.za. Retrieved on 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Q&A: Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová". tennishead.net. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Svetlana Kuznetsova
ITF Junior World Champion
2002
Succeeded by
Kirsten Flipkens