Hradecká at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
|Full name||Lucie Hradecká|
|Residence||Prague, Czech Republic|
21 May 1985 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed strokes)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 18 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 41 (6 June 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 130 (16 September 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2012, 2013)|
|French Open||2R (2009, 2011)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|US Open||2R (2012)|
|Career titles||17 WTA, 30 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (22 October 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 8 (8 July 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2012)|
|French Open||W (2011)|
|US Open||W (2013)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||Silver Medal (2012)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2013)|
|French Open||W (2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2011, 2013)|
|US Open||SF (2012)|
|Last updated on: 17 June 2013.|
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
Lucie Hradecká (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlutsɪjɛ ˈɦradɛtskaː]; born 21 May 1985 in Prague) is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. In her career, Hradecká has won 17 WTA doubles titles, including the 2011 French Open, in which she won her first Grand Slam title, and the 2013 US Open.
- 1 Career
- 2 Significant finals
- 3 WTA career finals
- 4 ITF Circuit finals
- 5 Doubles performance timeline
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 References
- 8 External links
She won her first doubles title on the WTA Tour in 2006 at Portorož with partner Renata Voráčová, as the fourth-seeded team. In the final, the Czech team defeated Eva Birnerová and Émilie Loit, the second seeds, by walkover. They also had a victory over the top seeds Maria Elena Camerin and Emmanuelle Gagliardi in the semifinal.
She reached the third round of doubles competition with Hana Šromová as qualifiers at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships before going down to fifth seeds Meghann Shaughnessy and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. En route they defeated twelfth seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amélie Mauresmo, both Grand Slam singles champions at the time and the previous year's Wimbledon doubles runner-ups by walkover.
In 2007, she made the doubles semifinals of the 2007 Indian Wells Masters tournament with Voráčová. En route, the team defeated Janette Husárová and Meghann Shaughnessy, the seventh seeds, in the first round, and legendary team and third-seeded Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez in three sets in the quarterfinals, before losing to top seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur.
Later that year, Hradecká and Voráčová won Bad Gastein over Ágnes Szávay and Vladimíra Uhlířová. She again won the 2007 Portorož title with Voráčová over Elena Likhovtseva and Andreja Klepač in the final.
Hradecká reached her very first singles final at Bad Gastein in July 2008, where, as a qualifier, she defeated players such as Patricia Mayr of Austria to get to the final, where she lost to the fourth seed Pauline Parmentier 4–6, 4–6, after leading 4–1 in the first set. She also reached the doubles final. As a result of the singles final, Hradecká rose from her ranking of 237 to about 150 in the world.
At her home tournament, the 2010 ECM Prague Open, Hradecká pleased her fans with a dramatic comeback to defeat Stefanie Vögele in the first round. Hradecká came back from 1–5 down in the first set to win 7–6, 6–2. In the second round she crushed fellow double-hander Monica Niculescu 6–2, 6–1 and reached the semifinals before losing to Ágnes Szávay. A year later at the same tournament, Hradecká was the winner, defeating qualifier Paula Ormaechea in the final.
Lucie kicked-off the 2012 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She defeated Alberta Brianti and upset second seed Peng Shuai to book a place in the quarterfinals, where she fell to eventual champion Zheng Jie. Then, Lucie went to Hobart for the Moorilla International, where she was overpowered by Shahar Pe'er in round one.
Going into the Australian Open, Hradecká crushed Evgeniya Rodina in the first round. She lost to Vera Zvonareva in the second. Next, at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland, she made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Jamie Hampton. At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Hradecká defeated Anna Tatishvili before falling to Lesia Tsurenko.
She then suffered two-first round deficits at the Premier Mandatory events BNP Paribas Open and the Sony Ericsson Open, falling to Zheng Jie and Irina-Camelia Begu, respectively. Then, at the Oaks Club Challenger in Osprey, Lucie made it to the quarterfinals, with wins over Melinda Czink and Eugenie Bouchard, where she was beaten by Edina Gallovits-Hall. Next, Hardecká went on to beat Urszula Radwańska in the first round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, before losing to Stefanie Vögele.
After losing early in Estoril, Hradecká qualified for Madrid. She caused the two biggest upsets in the tournament by beating both the world no.4, Petra Kvitová (who also was the defending champion) and the world no.5, Samantha Stosur, on the way to her first ever semifinals appearance at the Premier level. In the semifinals, she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets, 6–7(5–7), 0–6, where she won just six points in the second set.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Winner||2011||French Open||Clay||Andrea Hlaváčková|| Sania Mirza
|Runner-up||2012||Wimbledon||Grass||Andrea Hlaváčková|| Serena Williams
|Runner-up||2012||US Open||Hard||Andrea Hlaváčková|| Sara Errani
|Winner||2013||US Open||Hard||Andrea Hlaváčková|| Ashleigh Barty
|6–7(4), 6–1, 6–4|
Mixed Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2013||Australian Open||Hard||František Čermák|| Jarmila Gajdošová
|Winner||2013||French Open||Clay||František Čermák|| Kristina Mladenovic
|1–6, 6–4, [10–6]|
Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)
|Silver||2012||London||Grass||Andrea Hlaváčková|| Serena Williams
WTA career finals
Singles: 6 (6 runners-up)
Doubles: 27 (17 titles, 10 runners-up)
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 25 (18–7)
Doubles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records. This table is current through the 2013 US Open.
Singles performance timeline
This table is current through the US Open.