Záhlavová-Strýcová at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
|Full name||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|
28 March 1986 |
(now Czech Republic)
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 9 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 23 (19 January 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 23 (19 January 2015)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011, 2015)|
|French Open||2R (2004)|
|US Open||3R (2014)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2004)|
|Career titles||17 WTA, 10 ITF|
|Highest ranking||14 (31 January 2011)|
|Current ranking||28 (23 June 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2015)|
|French Open||3R (2006, 2010)|
|US Open||SF (2014)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2004)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2010)|
|French Open||2R (2010, 2011)|
|US Open||QF (2011)|
|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 is world number 23, a ranking she achieved on 19 January 2015. She currently holds the record for the fastest serve recorded in the WTA at 225 km/h (140 mph).
- 1 Career
- 2 Court demeanor
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Significant finals
- 5 WTA finals
- 6 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she defeated reigning Australian Open champion Na Li in third round, in soon-to-be last professional match for world No. 2. Also, she beat 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.
Záhlavová-Strýcová started the year strongly, with a semifinal finish at the 2015 ASB Classic in Auckland and a quarterfinal showing in Sydney, losing to Caroline Wozniacki and Tsvetana Pironkova respectively. Seeded 25th in the women's singles draw of the Australian Open, she lost in the third round to former 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka.
She is noted for her changeover tantrums and racket abuse. 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. In 2010 at Wimbledon, in a match against Maria Sharapova she twice slammed her racket on the ground.
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.
Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals
|Winner||2010||Tokyo||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Shahar Pe'er
|6–4, 4–6, [10–8]|
Singles: 5 (1 title, 4 runners-up)
|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||Ágnes Szávay||2–6, 6–1, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||18 September 2011||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Marina Erakovic||4–6, 6–1, 6–0|
|Runner-up||2.||9 July 2012||Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy||Clay||Sara Errani||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||15 June 2014||Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Ana Ivanovic||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||4.||18 October 2014||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Annika Beck||2–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 27 (17 titles, 10 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||20 February 2005||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Ľubomíra Kurhajcová|| Emmanuelle Gagliardi
|Winner||1.||1 May 2005||Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland||Clay||Tatiana Perebiynis|| Klaudia Jans
|Winner||2.||8 May 2005||Marrakech Grand Prix, Rabat, Morocco||Clay||Émilie Loit|| Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Nuria Llagostera Vives
|3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||15 May 2005||Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Jelena Kostanić|| Nicole Pratt
|7–6(8–6), 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||2 January 2006||ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Émilie Loit|| Elena Likhovtseva
|Runner-up||4.||6 January 2008||ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Martina Müller|| Lilia Osterloh
|Winner||3.||3 August 2008||Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Petra Cetkovská
|Runner-up||5.||2 March 2009||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Nathalie Dechy
|Runner-up||6.||13 July 2009||Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Iveta Benešová|| Kateryna Bondarenko
|Winner||4.||14 September 2009||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Vania King|| Sofia Arvidsson
|Winner||5.||25 October 2009||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Iveta Benešová|| Vladimíra Uhlířová
|6–1, 0–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||6.||14 February 2010||Open Gaz de France, Paris, France||Hard (i)||Iveta Benešová|| Cara Black
|Winner||7.||28 February 2010||Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Polona Hercog|| Sara Errani
|2–6, 6–1, [10–2]|
|Winner||8.||7 March 2010||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||7.||10 July 2010||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Renata Voráčová|| Gisela Dulko
|Runner-up||8.||19 September 2010||Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada||Hard||Bethanie Mattek-Sands|| Sofia Arvidsson
|1–6, 6–2, 6–10|
|Winner||9.||2 October 2010||Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Shahar Pe'er
|6–4, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Winner||10.||7 October 2010||Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Renata Voráčová|| Květa Peschke
|Runner-up||9.||24 October 2010||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Iveta Benešová|| Timea Bacsinszky
|Winner||11.||14 January 2011||Sydney International, Sydney, Australia||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Květa Peschke
|4–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Winner||12.||6 March 2011||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Iveta Benešová|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]|
|Winner||13.||1 May 2011||Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Iveta Benešová|| Natalie Grandin
|5–7, 6–4, [11–9]|
|Winner||14.||18 June 2011||UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Klára Zakopalová|| Dominika Cibulková
|1–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Winner||15.||25 October 2011||Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Hard (i)||Iveta Benešová|| Lucie Hradecká
|Winner||16.||29 April 2012||Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany||Clay||Iveta Benešová|| Julia Görges
|Winner||17.||14 July 2012||Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy||Clay||Renata Voráčová|| Darija Jurak
|Runner-up||10.||14 October 2012||Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Julia Görges|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|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|
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- "Q&A: Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová". tennishead.net.
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