Iveta Melzer

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Iveta Melzer
Iveta Benesova at the 2011 Australian Open1.jpg
Melzer at the 2011 Australian Open
Country  Czech Republic
Residence Most, Czech Republic
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 31)
Most, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 1998
Retired 2014
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,329,488
Singles
Career record 378 - 332
Career titles 2 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (6 April 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2011, 2012)
French Open 3R (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2007, 2009, 2011)
US Open 2R (2004, 2008, 2010)
Doubles
Career record 269 - 224
Career titles 14 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 17 (31 January 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2008, 2011)
French Open 3R (2005, 2006, 2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open QF (2011)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2009)
French Open QF (2011)
Wimbledon W (2011)
US Open 2R (2009), 1R (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 11–12

Iveta Melzer (née Benešová, Czech pronunciation: [ˈɪvɛta ˈbɛnɛʃovaː]; born 1 February 1983 in Most, Czechoslovakia) is a former professional tennis player. She began playing tennis at age of 7 and turned professional in 1998 in Prague. She has won two WTA Tour events and one Grand Slam in mixed doubles partnering with Jürgen Melzer at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She married Melzer in September 2012 and officially changed her name to Iveta Melzer.[1] She announced her retirement from professional tennis via her Facebook page 13/08/2014.

Career[edit]

2005–2008[edit]

In the 2006 Australian Open, for the first time, she reached the third round of a Grand Slam by beating fifth seed Mary Pierce. She lost in the next round to former world number 1 Martina Hingis.[2]

Entering as a qualifier in the 2008 French Open, she reached the third round, beating 15th seed and compatriate Nicole Vaidišová in the first round, but lost to Petra Cetkovská.

2009[edit]

Melzer at the 2009 French Open

Benešová started the year by playing the first edition of the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva. A week later, Benešová lost in the final of the tournament in Hobart to fellow-Czech Petra Kvitová. At the Australian Open, Benešová lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist and fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva.

Immediately after the Australian Open Series, Benešová played in front of her home crowd in the Fed Cup tie against Spain. Despite losing her singles rubber to Nuria Llagostera Vives, the Czech team advanced to the semifinals after winning the tie 4–1.

At the 2009 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Benešová lost in the first round to world number 1 Serena Williams. Benešová then reached the semifinals of the tournament in Acapulco, a clay court event. In the quarterfinals, Benešová beat Mathilde Johansson before losing in the semifinals to defending champion Flavia Pennetta.

On 6 April 2009, Benešová achieved her career-high singles ranking of world number 25.

Benešová was seeded sixth at the first edition of the Monterrey Open. She beat fellow Czech Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to unseeded Li Na.

Benešová fell to Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the 2009 French Open.

At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Benešová beat Britain's Katie O'Brien in the first round, before falling to Jelena Janković in the second round.

2010[edit]

In singles, she defeated Romanian Simona Halep in the final of 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem to win her first WTA Tour trophy since 2004.

In doubles, she has won three titles. Along with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, she grabbed the titles in Paris as their opponents Cara Black and Liezel Huber withdrew and Monterrey defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Vania King. Partnering with Anabel Medina Garrigues, she won Fes, making her winning both singles and doubles in the tournament.

Melzer at the 2008 French Open

2011[edit]

Benešová reached the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open, but was defeated by second seed Vera Zvonareva.[3]

At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Benešová won the mixed doubles title with partner and later husband Jürgen Melzer.[4][5]

2012[edit]

Benešová once again reached the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, being defeated by eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed Doubles (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2011 Wimbledon Championships Grass Austria Jürgen Melzer India Mahesh Bhupathi
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–2

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–6)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 October 2002 WTA Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Slovenia Maja Matevžič 0–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 7 March 2004 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Italy Flavia Pennetta 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 2. 20 April 2004 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay France Émilie Loit 5–7, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 3. 28 August 2004 Forest Hills, Queens, Forest Hills, United States Hard Russia Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 January 2006 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 20 May 2008 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Russia Maria Kirilenko 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 January 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 5–7, 1–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Romania Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 26 (14 titles, 12 runners-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–3)
Tier II / Premier (5–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (8–7)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 July 2004 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard Luxembourg Claudine Schaul Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Australia Nicole Pratt
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 13 February 2005 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Carpet Czech Republic Květa Peschke Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Dinara Safina
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 24 April 2005 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Clay (green) Czech Republic Kveta Peschke Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 18 June 2005 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Dinara Safina
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(11-9)
Runner-up 4. 15 October 2006 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet Russia Galina Voskoboeva Italy Francesca Schiavone
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
4–6, 7–6(7-4), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 6 January 2007 Gold Coast, Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia Hard Russia Galina Voskoboeva Russia Dinara Safina
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 September 2007 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Israel Shahar Pe'er
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 23 February 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay United States Bethanie Mattek Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
Germany Martina Müller
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 18 May 2008 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová Taiwan Chuang Chia-jung
Taiwan Chan Yung-jan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 4. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 2 March 2009 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Italy Mara Santangelo
France Nathalie Dechy
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 13 July 2009 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 29 August 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 25 October 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 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 Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
w/o
Winner 7. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 8. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 2 October 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Israel Shahar Pe'er
China Peng Shuai
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Runner-up 11. 24 October 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Italy Tathiana Garbin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 14 January 2011 Medibank International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 11. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 12. 1 May 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
5–7, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 13. 25 October 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
7–5, 6–3
Winner 14. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Germany Julia Görges
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská France Kristina Mladenovic
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
3-6, 6-2, [5-10]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open LQ 1R LQ 1R 3R 2R LQ 2R 2R 4R 4R 11–8
French Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 7–11
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3–11
US Open 1R 1R 2R1 1R 1R 1R 2R2 1R 2R 1R 1R 3–11
Win–Loss 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–4 3–4 2–4 3–3 4–4 2–4 4–4 3–4 24–41
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 2R Not Held - 1–2
Year-End Championship
WTA Champ's Absent 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tour
Indian Wells 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 9–11
Key Biscayne 1R A 1R 2R 2R A QF 1R 3R 3R 11–8
Madrid Not Held Not Tier 1 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–4
Beijing Not Play 1R A 1R A 0–2
WTA Premier 5 Tour
Dubai Not Held & Tier I 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Rome 2R 1–1
Cincinnati Not Held & Tier I 1R 3R LQ 2–2
Montreal / Toronto 1R LQ 0–1
Tokyo LQ QF LQ QF 1R A 5–3
Year End Ranking 81 140 36 54 60 119 43 39 60 54 81

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 7–9
French Open 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 7–9
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R 9–9
US Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 10–9
Win–Loss 1–4 2–4 3–4 1–4 4–4 5–4 7–4 7–4 3–4 33–36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jürgen Melzer heiratete Tennisspielerin". nachrichten.at (in German). 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Venus Oz Open jinx continues, mixed luck for Indians". The Statesman. 23 January 2009. 
  3. ^ AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2011: Vera Zvonareva bounces out Czech Iveta Benesova to make last eight | Mail Online
  4. ^ "Melzer-Benesova win Wimbledon mixed doubles title". The Sacramento Bee. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Straight win in mixed doubles". The Mercury. 5 July 2011. p. 44. 

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