Zuzana Kučová

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Zuzana Kučová
Zuzana Kučová.jpg
Kučová at the 2010 Open GDF Suez
Full name Zuzana Kučová
Country  Slovakia
Residence Bratislava, Slovakia
Born (1982-06-26) 26 June 1982 (age 32)
Bratislava, Slovakia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro 2000
Retired 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $418,032
Singles
Career record 328–258
Career titles 8 ITF
Highest ranking 101 (7 June 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2010)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 1R (2010)
US Open 1R (2010)
Doubles
Career record 104–106
Career titles 4 ITF
Highest ranking 175 (7 December 2009)

Zuzana Kučová (born 26 June 1982 in Bratislava) is a Slovakian former professional tennis player.

Kučová won eight singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 7 June 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 101. On 7 December 2009, she peaked at world number 175 in the doubles rankings. Her favourite surface is clay. She is the sister of Kristína Kučová.

Career[edit]

Kučová qualified for the 2004 French Open, and drew 10th seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round of the clay court tournament. She struggled to find a way past the Russian and was beaten in straight sets.

In 2008, Kučová competed at the 2008 GDF SUEZ Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.[1] She knocked young Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky out of the tournament in the opening round, but failed to defeat hometown favourite Gréta Arn in the second, bowing out in straight sets.

Kučová qualified for her second grand slam, the 2010 Australian Open, by beating German Julia Schruff in the third round of qualifying. Kučová drew Argentine Gisela Dulko in the opening round, and after a first set shocker that lasted just 18 minutes,[2] Kučová fought back, but was ultimately knocked out in three sets. Following 18 months absent from the tennis court, Kučová qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw appearance in three years at the 2013 French Open. There, she caused a huge upset by defeating 24th seed Julia Görges in straight sets. In the second round, she lost to Virginie Razzano in three sets. Her last professional tournament was at the 2013 French Open.

ITF finals[edit]

Singles 24 (8-16)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 4 September 2000 Croatia Zadar Clay Switzerland Daniela Casanova 4-6 1-6
Runner–up 2. 2 October 2000 Egypt Cairo Clay Austria Sandra Klemenschits 4–1, 4–2, 1–4, 4–5(4), 3–5
Winner 3. 24 June 2001 Algeria Algiers Clay France Mathilde Johansson 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 4. 24 July 2001 Germany Horb am Neckar Clay Czech Republic Lenka Novotna 5-7, 4-6
Runner–up 5. 27 Aug 2001 Germany Bad Saulgau Clay Germany Lisa Fritz 1-6, 0-6
Runner–up 6. September 24, 2001 Italy Verona Clay Germany Angelika Roesch 4-6, 0-6
Runner–up 7. 2 June 2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar Clay Austria Sybille Bammer 6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Runner–up 8. 8 July 2002 Germany Darmstadt Clay Germany Sandra Klösel 4–6 6–7(3–7)
Winner 9. 24 Mar 2003 Italy Rome Clay Romania Delia Sescioreanu 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-0
Runner–up 10. 13 September 2004 Bulgaria Sofia Clay Hungary Virag Nemeth 1-5 RET
Runner–up 11. 29 May 2005 Italy Campobasso Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva 7-5 1-6 5-7
Runner–up 12. 9 April 2006 Greece Athens Clay France Aurélie Védy 2-6 7-5 3-6
Winner 13. 15 December 2007 Nigeria Lagos Hard Germany Syna Kayser 6-2 6-2
Runner–up 14. 22 December 2007 Nigeria Lagos Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers 2-6 0-6
Winner 15. 25 October 2008 Nigeria Lagos Hard Romania Agnes Szatmari 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3
Runner–up 16. 8 June 2009 Czech Republic Zlín Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog 3-6 1-6
Runner–up 17. 13 July 2009 Germany Darmstadt Clay Germany Sarah Gronert 1-6 1-6
Runner–up 18. 10 October 2009 Lebanon Jounieh Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3 3-6 4-6
Winner 19. 16 October 2009 Nigeria Lagos Hard Greece Anna Gerasimou 6-3 7-5
Winner 20. 24 October 2009 Nigeria Lagos Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova 6-0 7-6(5)
Runner–up 21. 3 April 2010 Spain Monzón Hard Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova 4-6 6-4 3-6
Winner 22. 24 April 2010 Italy Bari Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrášková 6-4 6-2
Winner 23. 23 October 2010 Nigeria Lagos Hard France Natalie Piquion 6-2 6-0
Runner–up 24. 30 October 2010 Nigeria Lagos Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova 5-7 1-6

Doubles 8 (4-4)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Runner–up 1. 31 July 2000 Romania Bucharest Clay Czech Republic Dominika Luzarova Romania Liana Ungur
Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall
5-7 0-4 RET
Runner–up 2. 15 October 2000 Egypt Cairo Clay Czech Republic Barbora Blahutiakova Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
0-4 0-4
Winner 3. 25 Mar 2001 Italy Rome Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benesova Italy Claudia Ivone
Italy Roberta Vinci
4-6 6-4 6-4
Runner–up 4. 29 July 2001 Germany Horb Clay Slovakia Martina Strussova Germany Annette Kolb
Croatia Ivana Zupa
6-7(0) 2-6
Winner 5. 2 September 2001 Germany Saulgau Clay Czech Republic Renata Kucerova Czech Republic Gabriela Chmelinova
Czech Republic Lenka Novotna
W/O
Runner–up 6. 22 Jan 2006 United States Fort Walton Beach Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers Canada Maureen Drake
Czech Republic Vladimira Uhlirova
6-2 4-6 5-7
Winner 7. 17 Mar 2007 Egypt Cairo Clay Slovakia Kristina Kucova United Kingdom Melissa Berry
Netherlands Michelle Gerards
6-7 (3) 6-4 6-3
Winner 8. 14 June 2009 Czech Republic Zlin Clay Slovakia Kristina Kucova Czech Republic Nikola Frankova
Germany Carmen Klaschka
6-3 6-4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A Q2 1R Q3 A A 6–6
French Open A Q2 1R A Q1 A A Q1 Q3 Q1 A 2R 10–7
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 1R Q3 A A 3–6
US Open Q3 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 Q2 1R Q1 A A 6–7

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