Jarmila Gajdošová

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Jarmila Gajdošová
Jarmila Groth in Brisbane on January 2009.jpg
Country  Slovakia (2005–2009),  Australia (2009–present)
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Born (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 27)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
now Slovakia
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Turned pro May 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,078,412
Official website Official website
Singles
Career record 336 - 223
Career titles 2 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (16 May 2011)
Current ranking No. 177 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2006-2014)
French Open 4R (2010)
Wimbledon 4R (2010)
US Open 3R (2006)
Doubles
Career record 143 - 119
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 31 (27 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 68 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2014)
French Open QF (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2006)
US Open 3R (2011)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2013)
French Open SF (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2011)
US Open QF (2011)
Last updated on: 16 June 2014.

Jarmila Gajdošová (born 26 April 1987), known as Jarmila Groth from 2009 to 2011, is a Slovak Australian tennis player. She achieved a career high singles ranking of World No. 25 on 16 May 2011. Highlights of Gajdošová's career thus far include winning two WTA singles titles, one WTA doubles title and the 2013 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Matthew Ebden.

Personal life[edit]

Gajdošová's father is an engineer, as was her mother who died in September 2012; her older brother Ján was a professional skier. She enjoys biking. She married Australian tennis player Samuel Groth in February 2009. The couple was divorced in 2011; since then, Gajdošová has used her birth name again.[2]

Junior career[edit]

Although she had already been playing in senior events for some years by the time, the highlights of her junior career came as she reached the semifinals at two junior Grand Slam tournaments. In the 2003 Wimbledon junior competition she lost in semifinal to the eventual winner Kirsten Flipkens. In the Australian Open junior competition, 2004, she reached semifinal in both singles and doubles (with Shahar Pe'er). Both times she lost to Nicole Vaidišová. Another success came in winning doubles at the Italian Open junior tournament in 2003 with Andrea Hlaváčková.

Professional career[edit]

2001–2003[edit]

Gajdošová began competing on the ITF circuit just days after her fourteenth birthday in late April 2001, and that year entered three ITF tournaments, winning two matches and losing three. In 2002, she again entered only three tournaments, but this time won four matches and lost three.

Early in 2003, still aged fifteen, she stepped up her schedule, and that February she reached the semi-final of a $25,000 tournament at Redbridge, defeating Séverine Beltrame, Sandra Kloesel, and Roberta Vinci before losing to Olga Barabanschikova. She won the next tournament she entered, her third of the year and only the ninth of her career. It was the $10,000 event at Rabat in March; and in the semi-final she defeated Ekaterina Bychkova. On the strength of this result, she found herself wild-carded into qualifying for her first WTA Tour event, a clay-court tournament at Budapest in April, and justified the wild-card by defeating all three of her opponents in the qualifying draw, including Melinda Czink, in straight sets, then Virginie Razzano of France in the second round of the main draw, before losing 6–4, 6–3 to Alicia Molik of Australia.

On her sixteenth birthday she entered qualifying for a $50,000 ITF event on grass at Gifu, Japan. Again, she qualified, defeating Aiko Nakamura of Japan in the qualifying round; and she reached the second round of the main draw before losing to another top Japanese player, Akiko Morigami. The next week, she came through three straight matches in qualifying at her third successive event, another Japanese $50,000 grass-court tournament, at Fukuoka, defeating Sanda Mamić of Croatia in the qualifying round, before advancing to the quarter-final of the main draw after a second-round victory over Zheng Jie of China, only to lose to Saori Obata.

At the US Open in August, and reached the final round of qualifying with upset of Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, but ultimately lost to Anikó Kapros of Hungary. Her season ended with two more losses in the later stages of qualifying draws at WTA events to higher ranked players. The sixteen-year-old Slovak ended the year ranked World No. 197.

2004–2005[edit]

In 2004, Gajdošová suffered six successive losses between August and October. Earlier in the season she scored wins over Lilia Osterloh and Tzipora Obziler in qualifying for Memphis, Akiko Morigami and Tiffany Dabek at Fukuoka, Zuzana Ondrášková in Wimbledon qualifying, and Elena Baltacha in a $50,000 ITF event at Lexington, while her performance in reaching the final of the $50,000 event at Fukuoka was her career-best in a tournament of its class. Her year-end ranking was World No. 217.

In February 2005, she qualified for the annual WTA Tour event at Hyderabad, and beat Li Ting of China in the first round of the main draw before losing to Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany. She did not play in March or April, but returned in May to win her first $25,000 ITF event and her second career tournament on the clay of Catania, Italy, beating Ivana Abramović of Croatia in the final. The following week, she reached the quarter-final of another $50,000 event at Saint-Gaudens, France, beating Argentine María Emilia Salerni and French player Pauline Parmentier to this end. She entered qualifying at the French Open, and defeated Shikha Uberoi but lost to Swede Sofia Arvidsson in the second leg.

Over May and June, the eighteen-year-old suffered two consecutive losses in $25,000 tournaments to Chinese player Yuan Meng. She was able to win her second $25,000 tournament of the year and third career title on the grass courts of Felixstowe in July, beating Katie O'Brien of Great Britain in the semi-final and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia in the final. The following week, she reached the semi-final of the $50,000 event at Vittel, France, with wins over German Jana Kandarr and her countrywoman Sandra Kloesel.

For the second successive summer, she experienced several consecutive early defeats. But in late September she defeated Alona Bondarenko, Kateryna Bondarenko, and María Emilia Salerni of Argentina to qualify for the WTA event at Luxembourg, in the first round of which she defeated Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik in two close sets before losing to Russian Dinara Safina. She had improved her year-end ranking to World No. 147.

2006[edit]

The 18-year-old Gajdošová came through the qualifying draw to gain entry to her first Grand Slam main draw at the Australian Open. She then lost a close three set first-round match to Martina Müller of Germany. But the ranking points accrued were sufficient to lift her to World No. 117 on 6 February 2006.

Staying in Australia for the rest of the month, she retreated temporarily to the ITF circuit, winning two $25,000 tournaments in consecutive weeks, at Gosford and Sydney, the fourth and fifth ITF singles titles of her career. These two minor tournament victories resulted in her ranking rising to World No. 106.

In mid-March, she followed up these two tournament victories by entering another $25,000 event at Canberra, and again came through as the victor, defeating World No. 178 Hanna Nooni of Sweden in the semifinals and Australian Monique Adamczak in the final.

The next week, she extended her winning streak to seventeen matches in reaching the quarter-finals of a $25,000 event in Melbourne, but then lost to Australian World No. 260 Sophie Ferguson, 6–1, 6–4. She had succeeded in breaking through into the WTA Top 100 for the first time in her career.

In April, staying at the $25,000 tournament level that had recently brought her so much success, she reached another semi-final at Patras, Greece (losing in three sets to Estonian World No. 240 Margit Rüütel), but only reached the second-round at Bari, Italy, before retiring when trailing upcoming French player Alizé Cornet 6–0, 4–1.

In early May she decided to return to the WTA Tour, entering qualifying for the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin while ranked World No. 94. However, she lost in three sets in the second-round of the qualifying draw to Ukrainian World No. 147 Julia Vakulenko, 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–3. The next week, she lost in the first round of qualifying for the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome to World No. 115 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6–3, 6–3.

At the end of the month, entering a Grand Slam as a direct entrant for the first time at the French Open, as World No. 100, she defeated lower-ranked wildcard Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro in Round One before losing in straight sets to World No. 9 Patty Schnyder in Round Two.

The following week, in early June, she entered a $75,000 ITF event at Prostějov in the Czech Republic and defeated two Czech players in succession, World No. 31 Lucie Šafářová and World No. 239 Renata Voráčová (3–6 6–2 7–6), before losing in the quarter-finals to in-form Italian Romina Oprandi in straight sets, 3–6 4–6.

Buoyed by her career-best ranking of World No. 86, she reached the second round of the Tier III tournament at Birmingham with a 6–3 6–4 win over Yuan Meng of China before losing to Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama. She then came through three rounds of qualifying in straight sets at Eastbourne, a Tier II tournament, with wins over Stéphanie Foretz of France, Galina Voskoboeva of Russia and Samantha Stosur of Australia, but lost in the first round of the main draw to Russian former World No. 2 Anastasia Myskina. A week later, as a direct entrant at The Championships, Wimbledon, she lost to Australian Nicole Pratt in the first round.

At the $50,000 event in Vittel, France, she won the event, beating Frenchwoman Olivia Sanchez. Her ranking rose ten places to No. 86. However, in the Tier IV WTA tournament in Budapest the following week, she lost 6–7 2–6 in the first round to fellow Slovak Martina Suchá.

As a direct entrant to the main draw of the US Open, she reached the third round with straight-sets victories over American hopeful Alexa Glatch and the Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova before succumbing to Russian Dinara Safina 3–6 0–6. As a result, her ranking leapt to World No. 65.

Despite an uninspired finish to 2006, she finished the year ranked World No. 71.

2007[edit]

She began the new season, still in Australia, at the end of December 2006, by narrowly failing to qualify for Gold Coast. Then in qualifying for Hobart in January, she fell at the first hurdle to Czech Klára Zakopalová in straight sets. And as a direct entrant to the Australian Open, she lost in Round One to Venezuelan Milagros Sequera, also in straight sets.

In February, she managed to pull together a string of back-to-back victories in an ITF $75,000 tournament at Las Vegas, with wins over Kristina Barrois of Germany (in three sets), Ahsha Rolle of the United States (6–0 6–2) and Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus (6–4 6–3), before bowing out to Japan's Akiko Morigami in the semifinals.

In March, as a direct entrant to the Tier I event at Indian Wells, ranked World No. 90, she lost in the first round to Dane Caroline Wozniacki, 3–6 1–6. Then she came through qualifying for Miami with a straight-sets wins over Kristina Barrois and Luxembourg's Anne Kremer before losing a close two-set match in the first round of the main draw to Catalina Castaño of Colombia, 3–6 5–7. And in the first round of the main draw of the Tier II fixture at Amelia Island, her ranking having slipped back to World No. 99, she was defeated by American Alexa Glatch, 4–6 3–6.

In May, ranked World No. 95, she reached the quarter-finals of the Tier IV fixture at Prague with straight-sets victories over Anastasia Rodionova of Russia and Sandra Kloesel of Germany before losing to French player Marion Bartoli. At the end of the month, in the first round, she lost to Andrea Petkovic of Germany at the French Open.

In June, at The Championships, Wimbledon, she defeated American Meghann Shaughnessy 6–2 7–4 before losing to Jelena Janković of Serbia in Round Two, 1–6 1–6. She returned to action in mid-August in Canada, again ranked World No. 105, and attempted to qualify for the Tier I Canadian Open, but lost to Italian Flavia Pennetta. Her only other tournament that month was the US Open, where she again faced Jelena Janković, this time losing 2–6 6–7.

The Slovak would play only four more tournaments that season, recording her sole victory in the first round of the Tier III event at Kolkata, India against Youlia Fedossova of France in mid-September. Her ranking was World No. 142 by the end of the year.

2008[edit]

Gajdošová received a wild card into the main draw of the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia where she lost in the first round to World No. 15 Dinara Safina 4–6, 6–1, 6–2. She then lost in the second round of the qualifying competition for the Medibank International in Sydney to World No. 100 Jill Craybas 7–5, 6–2. Gajdošová then received a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open where she lost in the first round to World No. 7 Serena Williams 6–3, 6–3.

She then played two tournaments in the United States. She lost in the first round of the qualifying competition for the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California to World No. 101 Alla Kudryavtseva 6–2, 6–0. She then lost in the first round of the ITF Circuit event in Redding, California to World No. 199 Margalita Chakhnashvili 4–0 retired.

She then played three ITF Circuit tournaments in South Korea. In Incheon, she lost in the first round to World No. 374 Jin-A Lee 6–4, 5–7, 6–2. The following week, Gajdošová won the tournament in Gimcheon, defeating World No. 295 Lu Jingjing in the final. She then lost in the second round of the tournament in Changwon to World No. 432 Zhang Ling 6–1, 6–4. As of 26 May 2008, her ranking had dropped to World No. 195.

2009[edit]

Jarmila Gajdošová at 2009 Estoril Open, Oeiras, Portugal

Gajdošová started the year at the Brisbane International losing in a tight second round to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. In the Sydney International Gajdošová again lost in the second round to eventual champion Elena Dementieva. At the Australian Open Gajdošová lost a tight three-setter to Virginie Razzano. She then married Sam Groth taking his name from Feb onwards. At the 2009 Indian Wells tournament Groth played in the qualifying winning her first match and losing her final qualifying match, resulting in a slight rise in the rankings.

At Roland Garros, Groth defeated French wildcard Kinnie Laisné 6–4 6–3 and Mariana Duque Marino 6–2 7–6. She then lost to fifth seed Jelena Janković in the third round 1–6 1–6. At Wimbledon, in the first round, Gajdošová defeated Lucie Šafářová 6–3 3–6 6–3, and lost to second seed Serena Williams 2–6 1–6 in the second round. After solid performances at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon Groth received a career high singles ranking of No. 57.

She was then out of action with an ankle injury until returning to the tour in 2010 as a fully fledged Australian player available for Fed Cup Team selection after being granted Australian citizenship on 23 November 2009.

2010[edit]

Starting 2010 with the task to re-enter the top 100 she started the year at Brisbane and Sydney falling in 2nd round of Qualifying. Then lost another tough three set 1st round at Australia Open to Sofia Arvidsson 6–2 4–6 6–4. Groth remained in Australia to gain ranking points and was very successful winning the $25 000 Sydney ITF, Finalist at the $25 000 Burnie ITF and a Quarterfinalist at the Midura ITF. She also had success in doubles with a Semifinal and Final showings at the Burnie and Mildura ITF's. She received a wild card entry into the 2010 French Open and played Chan Yung-jan in the first round. Groth moved into the 2nd round winning 6–2 6–3. She then played Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan. Krumm had knocked out Dinara Safina the round before. She beat Krumm 6–0 6–3. Groth then faced fellow Australian player Anastasia Rodionova. They played a long 3 setter but Groth prevailed 6–3 5–7 6–2. In the fourth round Groth lost to Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 6–4, 6–3. Her French Open rund was her best in Grand Slam tournaments. After the French Open, she was ranked No. 88. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, she progressed to the fourth round where she was beaten by Venus Williams 6–4 7–6.

On 23 August, she reached a new career high ranking of 56 and became the second highest ranked Australian behind No. 6 Samantha Stosur.

At the 2010 U.S. Open, she lost to Maria Sharapova 6–4, 3–6, 1–6 in the first round. In doubles partnering Klára Zakopalová she defeated Angelique Kerber and Līga Dekmeijere 6–1 4–6 6–2.

After the US Open, Groth participated in the 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open as top seed. She made it to her first WTA tour final after defeating Edina Gallovits in the semifinals 6–0, 6–1 in 38 minutes. In the final Groth defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6–1, 6–4 to win her maiden title. Groth's ranking rose to a career high of 41 as a result of her performance.

Her next tournament was the 2010 Hansol Korea Open where she faced top seed Nadia Petrova in the first round. She was defeated, 3–6, 2–6.

2011[edit]

Groth started off the year at the 2011 Brisbane International where she reached the quarterfinals after beating her countrywoman and 1st seed Samantha Stosur in the previous round. It was Groth's first win against a top 10 player. However she lost to German Andrea Petkovic. She then competed at the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International where she defeated Johanna Larsson, Tamira Paszek, fourth seed Roberta Vinci and Klára Zakopalová all in stright sets to reached the final. Groth defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the final to gain her second WTA title. In doubles, Gajdošová and her partner Zakopalová won their first round match in striaght sets and then defeated fourth seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimíra Uhlířová in the quarter finals. They lost to Kateryna Bondarenko and Līga Dekmeijere in the semi-finals. At the 2011 Australian Open she faced 2009 US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer in the first round. Wickmayer eventually triumphed in a close three set match.

Groth then became part of the Australia Fed Cup team for the first time. Despite Australia losing the tie, she managed to win against World No. 4 Francesca Schiavone after dropping the first set. Groth then played at the Dubai Tennis Championships where she defeated Slovak Dominika Cibulková in the first round. However, she lost to 15th seed Alisa Kleybanova. She then took part in the Qatar Ladies Open where she had to qualify to reach the main draw. As top seed in qualifying, she defeated Wild Card Selima Sfar in the first round, fellow Australian Jelena Dokić in the second round and sixth seed Timea Bacsinszky to qualify in the main draw. There, she faced Dominika Cibulková in the first round, where she lost 8–10 in the third set tiebreak. Groth's next tournament was the 2011 BMW Malaysian Open where she received a wild card into the main draw and was seeded fourth. She won her first match against qualifier Sun Shengnan and followed that up with a win against Misaki Doi. She then defeated the sixth seed Ayumi Morita in three close sets to advance to the semi-finals where she met her doubles partner and fifth seed Lucie Šafářová. She ended up losing to Šafářová in straight sets.

Groth was the 29th seed at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open and received a first round bye. She was defeated in the second round to Sara Errani. At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, Groth was seeded 28 and had a first round bye. In the second round, she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova. Gorth was up by a set and break. Groth was defeated in the next round by World No. 3 Vera Zvonareva.

Groth next travelled to Melbourne to partake with Anastasia Rodionova in the 2011 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs. Although she won both of her singles matches against Olga Savchuk and Lesia Tsurenko, Rodionova lost both of her singles matches. As such, it came down to the doubles, where despite easily taking the first set 6–0, Groth and Rodionova ended up losing to Savchuk and Tsurenko. Australia, as a result, was relegated to the 2012 Fed Cup World Group II.

At the 2011 Estoril Open, Groth, who from that point changed her name to Jarmila Gajdošová, was seeded 2nd. She defeated Renata Voráčová and compatriot Casey Dellacqua to successfully defend her quarterfinal appearance. However, she advanced no further as she lost to Romanian Monica Niculescu. Gajdošová competed at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open where she defeated Maria Kirilenko in the first round in a third set tiebreak. She then upset tenth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets before losing to Lucie Šafářová.

Gajdošová at the 2011 US Open.

Gajdošová's next tournament was 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she opened up by defeating wildcard Corinna Dentoni and followed that up with a win against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Her next opponent was World No. 6 and 4th seed Li Na, and she lost in straight sets. In doubles, Groth partnered with Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru as an alternative. Their run ended in the semifinals against Chinese pair Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie. However, their best victory was in the quarterfinals where they upset top seed and world no. 1 doubles players Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets.

Gajdošová beat Virginie Razzano and Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in the 2011 French Open, where she was seeded 24th, but lost in three sets in the third round to Germany's Andrea Petkovic, the 15th seed. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships she defeated former top 20 player Alona Bondarenko. As the last Australian standing in the women's singles draw, she then beat Andrea Hlaváčková to reach the third round, but lost against World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then went on a 5 match losing streak. Losing in first rounds at the 2011 Gastein Ladies open, 2011 Mercury Insurance open in Carslbad, 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto, the 2011 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati where she led world number 11 Andrea Petkovic and at the 2011 Texas Tennis Open. She broke her losing streak at the 2011 U.S. Open although hitting 57 unforced errors she did hit 29 winners and it was enough to defeat Iveta Benešová. In the second round she was defeated by Vania King.

Gajdošová's first tournament of the Asian swing was at the 2011 Guangzhou International Women's Open where she was the defending champion. She reached the quarterfinals by defeating Xinyun Han and Mandy Minella. In the quarterfinal however, she lost to world number 72 Magdaléna Rybáriková. Gajdosova then played in the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open where in the first round she played world number 55 Rebecca Marino and won in three sets. She then played World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki going down in three sets. The next week she played at the China Open where she defeated world number 29 Anabel Medina Garrigues but again lost to Wozniacki, this time in straight sets. Her last tournament of the year was at the 2011 HP Open where she lost in the second round. Gajdošová ended the year ranked World No. 33 in singles and No. 41 in doubles.

2012[edit]

Jarmila Gajdošová at 2012 US Open

Gajdosova started her year at the 2012 Hopman Cup partnering Lleyton Hewitt. In the first tie against Spain, Gajdosova put Australia up by beating Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets. They eventually lost the tie by losing the deciding mixed doubles, 9–11 in the final set tiebreak despite leading 5–1. In the second tie against France, Gajdosova left the court in tears after losing to Marion Bartoli, 6–0 6–0.[3] In the final tie against China, Gajdosova lost to Li Na however Australia won the tie in the mixed doubles.[4] She then played at the 2012 Moorilla Hobart International, where she was the defending champion. In the first round, she defeated Ayumi Morita in straight sets and then defeated Anastasia Rodionova in a very tough second-round match.[5] Although she started well against qualifier Mona Barthel, she eventually lost in three sets to the eventual champion.[6]

Gajdosova then played in the 2012 Australian Open, where she faced Maria Kirilenko. She was trying to get past the first round for the first time in seven attempts, but lost the match. Gajdosova left that disappointing result behind and headed to Fribourg, Switzerland, to take on the Swiss in the Fed Cup. Gajdosova competed in the second singles rubber, but had a loss to Stefanie Vögele, 0–6, 7–6(8), 8–6. She then played in the fourth rubber and confirmed a victory for Australia with a 6–3, 3–6, 8–6 win over Amra Sadikovic.[7]

Gajdosova then competed at the 2012 Open GDF Suez, where she again lost her opening round in three sets to Monica Niculescu.[8] She then lost in the first round of the 2012 Qatar Total Open to Sorana Cîrstea.[9] She was the fourth seed at the 2012 Malaysian Open where she won her first round over Kathrin Wörle after losing the first set. She lost her second-round match against Eleni Daniilidou.[10]

At the BNP Paribas Open, she defeated American wildcard Coco Vandeweghe.[11] In the second round she defeated Yanina Wickmayer after another first-set loss.[12] She lost in the third round to American Jamie Hampton. Gajdosova was down 5–2 in the second-set but came back to win it in a tie-break, but eventually lost the match.[13] Then at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, she was dealt a tough first-round match against four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters, who had not played since the Australian Open semifinal. Gajdosova started well and won the opening set before Clijsters came storming back to win with just the loss of one more game.[14]

Her next tournament was the 2012 Family Circle Cup, where she played Stefanie Vögele in the first round and lost in three sets.[15] Gajdosova then competed in the 2012 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs against Germany in Stuttgart, enjoying a return to good form where she beat top 20 player Julia Görges.[16] Gajdošová finished the year as World No. 183.

2013[edit]

Gajdošová began her 2013 season at the Brisbane International as a wildcard. She came back from a set down to defeat world number 16 Roberta Vinci in the first round and thus ended her nine match losing streak from the previous season.[17] She lost in the second round to Lesia Tsurenko despite winning the first set.[18] After receiving a wildcard into the Hobart International, Gajdošová reached the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year after defeating Romina Oprandi and Olga Govortsova but lost to the eventual champion Elena Vesnina in straight sets.[19] At the Australian Open, Gajdošová failed to progress beyond the first round of the event for the eighth consecutive year, losing to twentieth seed Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets. However, she won the mixed doubles title with compatriot Matthew Ebden and in doing so, won her first grand slam title and first mixed doubles title. This win made Gajdošová and Ebden the third all Australian pairing to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title and the first since 2005 when Samantha Stosur and Scott Draper won that title.[20]

In April, Gajdošová was diagnosed with mononucleosis which left her out of the game for six months.[21] She made her comeback at the 2013 Nanjing Ladies Open where she advanced to the semifinal before losing to Ayumi Morita.[22] At the Wildcard Playoff for the 2014 Australian Open, Gajdošová opened with a straight sets win over Jelena Dokic. However she lost in the quarterfinals against Tammi Patterson.[23][24] Gajdošová ended 2013 ranked 232 in the world.

2014[edit]

Gajdošová received a wild card for the APIA International but lost in the opening round against Lauren Davis.[25] She was also awarded a wild card for the 2014 Australian Open where she lost in the first round to Angelique Kerber.[26] In Mixed Doubles, teaming up again with Matthew Ebden, she reached the semifinals.

In June, Gajdošová won the 2014 Aegon Nottingham Challenge defeating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 6-2 in the singles final. This earned a wild card into 2014 Wimbledon Championships and was her first title in over 3 years.[27] Gajdošová also won the doubles, pairing with Arina Rodionova.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam[edit]

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 Title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2013 Australian Open Hard Australia Matthew Ebden Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic František Čermák
6–3, 7–5

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 19 September 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva 6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 15 January 2011 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 5 (1–4)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 April 2006 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Czech Republic Eva Birnerová China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
0–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 24 February 2007 Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard Japan Akiko Morigami Australia Nicole Pratt
Australia Bryanne Stewart
5–7, 6–4, [5–10]
Runner-up 2. 17 July 2011 Gastein Ladies, Bad Gastein, Austria Clay Germany Julia Görges Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–4, 2–6, [10–12]
Runner-up 3. 16 July 2012 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard United States Vania King New Zealand Marina Erakovic
United Kingdom Heather Watson
5–7, 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 4. 22 September 2012 Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China Hard Romania Monica Niculescu Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
China Zhang Shuai
6–2, 2–6, [8–10]

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles 17 (13–4)[edit]

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Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 30 February 2003 Morocco Rabat, Morocco Clay Spain Astrid Waernes-Garcia 6–3 6–0
Runner-up 2. 9 May 2004 Japan Fukuoka, Japan Carpet Serbia Ana Ivanovic 2–6 7–6(7–4) 6–7(4–7)
Winner 3. 7 May 2005 Italy Catania, Italy Clay Croatia Ivana Abramović 6–3 7–5
Winner 4. 10 July 2005 United Kingdom Felixstowe, England Grass Russia Alla Kudryavtseva 7–5 6–1
Winner 5. 19 February 2006 Australia Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Sophie Ferguson 6–4 3–6 7–6(7–3)
Winner 6. 26 February 2006 Australia Gosford, Australia Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan 6–3 3–0 RET
Winner 7. 19 March 2006 Australia Canberra, Australia Clay Australia Monique Adamczak 7–6(7–5) 6–2
Winner 8. 23 July 2006 France Vittel, France Clay France Olivia Sanchez 6–4 6–0
Winner 9. 4 May 2008 South Korea Gimcheon, South Korea Hard China Lu Jing-jing 6–3 6–2
Runner-up 10. 14 September 2008 Australia Rockhampton, Australia Hard Australia Monique Adamczak 6–4 2–6 6–7(4–7)
Winner 11. 21 September 2008 Australia Kawana, Australia Hard Australia Isabella Holland 7–5 6–4
Winner 12. 12 October 2008 Australia Traralgon, Australia Hard United Kingdom Melanie South 6–3 3–6 6–1
Winner 13. 26 October 2008 Chinese Taipei Taipei, Taiwan Carpet Italy Corinna Dentoni 4–6 6–4 6–1
Runner-up 14. 2 November 2008 Japan Tokyo, Japan Hard Japan Ayumi Morita 2–6 6–2 3–6
Runner-up 15. 7 February 2010 Australia Burnie, Australia Hard Russia Arina Rodionova 1–6 0–6
Winner 16. 7 March 2010 Australia Sydney, Australia Hard Japan Yurika Sema 6–3 6–3
Winner 17. 15 June 2014 United Kingdom Nottingham, UK Grass Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-2

Doubles: 18 (9–9)[edit]

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Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 9 July 2005 United Kingdom Felixstowe, England Grass Russia Alla Kudryavtseva New Zealand Leanne Baker
Italy Francesca Lubiani
1–6 6–4 2–3 ret.
Runner-up 2. 23 July 2005 Italy Galatina, Italy Clay Belarus Tatiana Poutchek Australia Casey Dellacqua
Australia Lucia Gonzalez
4–6 3–6
Winner 3. 16 April 2006 Greece Patras, Greece Hard Australia Christina Horiatopoulos Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Ukraine Yana Levchenko
6–1 6–4
Winner 4. 9 June 2006 Czech Republic Prostějov, Czech Republic Clay Japan Akiko Morigami Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–3 7–6(7–3)
Winner 5. 6 August 2006 Germany Baden-Baden, Germany Clay Portugal Frederica Piedade Czech Republic Libuše Průšová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7–5 4–6 7–6(8–6)
Winner 6. 27 April 2008 South Korea Incheon, South Korea Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei South Korea Chang Kyung-mi
South Korea Lee Jin-a
6–2 6–0
Winner 7. 4 May 2008 South Korea Gimcheon, South Korea Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei South Korea Cho Yoon-jeong
South Korea Lee Jin-a
6–2 6–0
Runner-up 8. 12 September 2008 Australia Rockhampton, Australia Hard Sweden Michaela Johansson Japan Remi Tezuka
China Zhou Yi-Miao
6–7(2–7) 4–6
Runner-up 9. 10 October 2008 Australia Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Jessica Moore South Africa Natalie Grandin
United States Robin Stephenson
4–6 2–6
Runner-up 10. 10 October 2008 Australia Mildura, Australia Grass Australia Jade Hopper Australia Casey Dellacqua
Australia Jessica Moore
2–6 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 11. 27 March 2010 United Kingdom Jersey, England Hard United Kingdom Melanie South Estonia Maret Ani
United Kingdom Anna Smith
5–7 4–6
Runner-up 12. 15 November 2010 New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Hard Australia Jade Hopper Hungary Timea Babos
Australia Tammi Patterson
3-6 2-6
Runner-up 13. 22 November 2010 Australia Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Jade Hopper Hungary Timea Babos
United Kingdom Melanie South
3-6 2-6
Runner-up 14. 29 November 2010 Australia Bendigo, Australia Hard Australia Jade Hopper Hungary Timea Babos
United Kingdom Melanie South
3-6 2-6
Winner 15. 27 January 2014 Australia Burnie, Australia Hard Australia Storm Sanders Japan Eri Hozumi
Japan Miki Miyamura
6–4, 6–4
Winner 16. 28 April 2014 Japan Gifu, Japan Hard Australia Arina Rodionova Japan Misaki Doi
Chinese Taipei Shu-Ying Hsieh
6-3 6-3
Winner 17. 12 May 2014 Japan Kurume, Japan Grass Australia Arina Rodionova Japan Junri Namigata
Japan Akiko Yonemura
6-4 6-2
Winner 18. 15 June 2014 United Kingdom Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass Australia Arina Rodionova Croatia Verónica Cepede Royg
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt
7–6(7–0), 6–1

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered. This table is current through the 2014 Australian Open.

 Slovakia  Australia
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–9
French Open LQ LQ 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 3R 2R A A 9–7
Wimbledon LQ 1R 2R LQ 2R 4R 3R 1R A 7–6
US Open LQ LQ LQ 3R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 1R A 3–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 1–4 0–2 3–4 6–4 5–4 1–4 0–1 0-1 19–28
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A 0–0
Tournament of Champions Not Held A A A 0–0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held Not Held 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A LQ A A 1R LQ LQ A 2R 3R A 2–3
Miami A A A A 1R A LQ A 3R 1R 1R 1–3
Madrid Not Held A A 3R 1R A 2–2
Beijing Not Tier I A A 2R A A 1–1
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I A A 2R NP5 1–1
Doha Not Tier I A Not P5 1R A 0–1
Rome A A A LQ A A A A 3R 2R A 2–2
Cincinnati NH Not Tier I LQ A 1R A A 0–1
Toronto / Montreal A A A A LQ A A 2R 1R A A 1–2
Tokyo A A A A A A A LQ 2R A A 1–1
Overall Win–Loss 2–1 0–1 2–2 8–12 6–14 3–6 9–14 19–12 31–24 9–13 11-9 0-1 333-219
Win % 67% 0% 50% 30% 33% 33% 39% 61% 56% 41% 55% 0% 60%
Year End Ranking 197 217 145 71 145 98 112 42 33 180 232

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour are considered. This table is current through the 2014 Australian Open.

 Slovakia  Australia
Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R QF 4–7
French Open 3R 1R 2R QF 6–4
Wimbledon 3R 2R 1R 2R 4–4
US Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 4–5
Win–Loss 2–2 5–4 0–1 0–4 1–2 5–4 5–2 0–1 18–20

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