Barbora Krejčíková

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Barbora Krejčíková
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Krejčíková at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidenceIvančice, Czech Republic
Born (1995-12-18) 18 December 1995 (age 24)
Brno, Czech Republic
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,674,242
Singles
Career record255–150 (63.0%)
Career titles0 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 85 (12 October 2020)
Current rankingNo. 85 (12 October 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French Open4R (2020)
WimbledonQ2 (2017)
US OpenQ3 (2014)
Doubles
Career record242–107 (69.3%)
Career titles6 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 1 (22 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 9 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2020)
French OpenW (2018)
WimbledonW (2018)
US OpenSF (2018)
Mixed doubles
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2019, 2020)
French Open1R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US OpenQF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (2018), record 1–1
Last updated on: 10 October 2020.

Barbora Krejčíková (born 18 December 1995) is a Czech tennis player.

Together with Czech compatriot Kateřina Siniaková, she won the women's doubles at the 2018 French Open and 2018 Wimbledon Championships.[1] With American partner Rajeev Ram, she won the mixed doubles competition at the 2019 Australian Open, and she successfully defended her title the next year alongside Nikola Mektić.

Krejčíková was ranked junior world No. 3 in October 2013.[2] In 2013, she won the French Open girls' doubles, the Wimbledon girls' doubles and the US Open girls' doubles titles with fellow Czech Kateřina Siniaková, and reached the final at the Australian Open girls' doubles, falling one match shy of completing the calendar year Grand Slam. The same year, she also won European Junior Championship U18 in Klosters, Switzerland in singles and doubles.

Additionally, Krejčíková has won six more doubles titles on the WTA Tour, one WTA 125K series doubles title, as well as 14 singles titles and 19 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

On 22 October 2018, she reached No. 1 in the doubles rankings, jointly with Kateřina Siniaková. Together they were the fifth and sixth Czechs ranked No. 1 since 1975, and the 14th pair that attained the No. 1 together.

In October 2020, she reached the 4th round of the French Open and with that result, attained her best singles ranking at No. 85.

Personal life and background[edit]

Krejčíková started playing tennis aged 6. She was later coached and mentored by Jana Novotná.[3]

Professional career review[edit]

2014: First steps on WTA Tour, first WTA final (doubles)[edit]

Krejčíková made her WTA debut at the Gastein Ladies, where she lost in first round together with her partner Kateřina Siniaková. In singles, her debut was at Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec, where she qualified for the main draw, and reached the second round where she lost to Lucie Hradecká. Also, in the doubles, she reached the semifinal. At Luxemborg Open, she reached her first WTA final in doubles with Lucie Hradecká, but they lost to Timea Bacsinszky-Kristina Barrois.

2015: First WTA title (doubles)[edit]

Barbora Krejčíková in May 2015

Singles[edit]

In 2015, Barbora didn't progress so much in singles, where she played only in one WTA main draw event, at the Coupe Banque Nationale, where she was defeated in the first round. At all four grand slams she failed to qualify for the main draw, losing in the first round of Wimbledon and US Open, and the second round of Australian Open and French Open.

Doubles[edit]

In doubles, she had a bit more success, reaching the semifinal at Diamond Games, debuting in the main draw of the French Open, and winning her first title at Coupe Banque Nationale. In November she won her first, and so far only, WTA 125K title at Open de Limoges, partnering with Mandy Minella.

2016: Breakthrough in doubles, French Open semifinal, top 30 in doubles[edit]

Barbora Krejčíková at the 2016 US Open

Singles[edit]

In singles, Krejčíková mainly played on the ITF Tour. However, she took a part in a few WTA tournaments but fell in the qualification rounds or the early rounds of the main draw. At Australian Open and Wimbledon, she lost in first round qualification, losing a chance to debut in the main draw of a grand slam. At the Qatar Ladies Open, she attempted to qualify for her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory event, but failed in the first round of qualification.

Doubles[edit]

Krejčíková started the year well, reaching the semifinal in first week, at the ASB Classic. Next, she played for the first time at the Australian Open, reaching second round. In February, she played her first Premier final in doubles at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, but missed the chance to win the title. At the Qatar Ladies Open, she made her first appearance at a Premier 5/Premier Mandatory tournament, where she lost in the second round. Her first major breakthrough came at the French Open, where she, with her doubles partner Kateřina Siniaková, reached the semifinal, but they lost to the duo, Elena Vesnina-Ekaterina Makarova. This result ranked her in the top 50 for the first time, getting her up to 34. At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round. At the US Open, she reached her second grand slam quarterfinal, but lost there with her partner Siniaková to Martina Hingis-CoCo Vandeweghe. After US Open, she ranked in the top 30 for the first time in her career.

2017: First WTA final (singles)[edit]

Barbora Krejčíková at the 2017 Wimbledon

Singles[edit]

In first few months, Barbora had success at ITF Tour, but didn't do well on WTA Tour. She failed in qualification at Taiwan Open and Morocco Open, and failed to reached main-draw of Australian Open again, losing in second round of qualification. Then suddenly, in late May, she reached her first and so far only WTA singles final, specifically at the Nurember Cup, where she firstly need to play at qualification, in order to play in main-draw. She lost in that final from No. 1 seed Kiki Bertens.[4] This result bring her back to top 150, for the first time since September 2015. On Grass season, she only played in qualification of Wimbledon, but missed chance to play in main-draw. In Bastad, she played in quarterfinal, where she lost from Caroline Garcia.[5] For the first she had to chance to play in main-draw of Rogers Cup, but lost in second round of qualification. On US Open, she also didn't have success, losing in first round of qualification.

Doubles[edit]

As in singles, the first few months were not really successful for Barbora, reaching only second round at the Australian Open, and first round of Sydney International, Taiwan Open and Hungarian Ladies Open. In the clay season, things get better. At Morocco Open, she reached her first semifinal in 2017. At Madrid Open, she lost in the first round, but at the Italian Open she reached her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory quarterfinal. At the French Open, partnering with Chan Hao-Ching, lost from Lucie Hradecká-Kateřina Siniaková in the third-round. In the grass season, she only played at Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round. At Swedish Open, she reached doubles final, but missed a chance to win the title. At Rogers Cup, she lost in the second round in the doubles, while at the US Open she reached third round in doubles. In October, she played semifinal in doubles at the Kremlin Cup.

2018: French Open and Wimbledon Champion, No. 1 in doubles[edit]

Krejčíková together with Siniakova won 2018 French Open and Wimbledon

Singles[edit]

Unlike previous seasons, Krejčíková now had chance to play at least in qualifications at more Premier 5/Premier Mandatory then before. Unfornatelly, she missed chance to qualify for main-draw at Qatar Total Open, Indian Wells Open, Miami Open and Madrid Open, and then finally qualify at the Rogers Cup, where she lost in first round. At the grand slams also happened a little bit of progress, as she finally made into main-draw, specifially at the French Open, where she was forced to firstly play in qualifications.[6] In first round in main-draw she faced seed No. 6 Karolína Plíšková, but didn't make it to second round.[7] At the US Open, she again failed to qualify.

Doubles[edit]

This tennis season was so far the most successful season for Krejčíková. She started year really well, reaching final at the Shenzhen Open, where to together with Siniaková lost in that final from Romanian combination Irina-Camelia Begu-Simona Halep. At the Australian Open, she reached third round in doubles, that in that moment was her best result at that tournament. In February, she reached Premier 5 semifinal, at the Qatar Total Open, together with, again, Siniaková. At the Indian Wells Open, she reached second round, but had more success at the Miami Open, where she played her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory final, but missed chance to win title. Clay season didn't start so well, reaching only second round of Madrid Open, and first round of Italian Open, but after that, she won her first doubles major title at the French Open. At the French Open, together with Siniaková, they defeated japanese combination Eri Hozumi-Makoto Ninomiya in final.[8] Grass season was successful for Krejčíková, reaching semifinal at the Birmingham Classic, and title at the Wimbledon. At the Wimbledon, again with Siniaková, they defeated Květa Peschke-Nicole Melichar in final.[9] After Wimbledon, Krejčíková entered top 5 in doubles, for the first time in her career. US Tour wasn't unsuccessful at all. She didn't do well at Rogers Cup, losing in second round, but at Cincinnati Open she reached quarterfinal. At the US Open, she was close to reach another grand slam final, but was stopped in semifinal together with Siniaková, from Ashleigh Barty-CoCo Vandeweghe. On October 22, 2018 Krejčíková, together with her doubles partner, Siniaková, became world No.1 doubles player.[10] For the first time in her career, Krejčíková had chance to play at WTA Final, where she had success. In First round, Siniaková and Krejčíková defeated Peschke-Melichar, then in semifinal they defeated Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková-Barbora Strýcová, but then lost in final from Tímea Babos-Kristina Mladenovic. Both, Krejčíková and Siniaková finish year as world No.1 doubles players.[11] At the end of 2018, they received award for the Doubles Team of the 2018.[12]

2019: Rogers Cup title, Wimbledon semifinal (doubles)[edit]

Singles[edit]

Krejčíková back to play mostly at ITF Tour where she had success. On WTA Tour, only tournament where she played in main-draw was Bucharest Open, where she reached quarterfinal. Also, she failed to qualify at Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Rogers Cup.

Doubles[edit]

Season started really well for Barbora. Firstly, she played at Brisbane International, where she get to semifinal. After that, she finally reached quarterfinal at Australian Open, and with that result she completed quarterfinals at all four grand slams. At Indian Wells Open, she played in final, where she and Siniaková lose from Elise Mertens-Aryna Sabalenka. In Miami, she had less success, losing in first round. Clay season started well, with quarterfinal of Madrid Open and semifinal at Italian Open, but lost in first round of French Open. Wimbledon was successful for Barbora, reaching semifinal, where she and Siniaková, lost from Gabriela Dabrowski-Xu Yifan. At the Rogers Cup, she finally win her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory title. Together with Siniaková, they defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld-Demi Schuurs in final in straight-sets. At Cincinnati Open, she reached quarterfinal. Barbora planned to play in doubles, but during second round match in qualification against Asia Muhammad, Krejčíková was forced to retire, so she missed doubles. In October, she won title at Linz Open. For the second year in row, Krejčíková played at WTA Finals, again with Siniaková, but they didn't pass the group stage, winning only one match and faced with two loses.

Mixed doubles[edit]

Krejčíková also played in mixed doubles competition. At the Australian Open, she and american player Rajeev Ram, won the title.[13]

2020: Good grand-slam results (Singles and doubles)[edit]

Singles[edit]

Season of 2020, is year where Barbora progress at grand slams in singles. For the first time in her career, she qualify for the main-draw of Australian Open, but also made her first win. At the French Open, she even went two steps forward, and get to round of 16. In round of 16, she played against qualifier Nadia Podoroska, but lose great opportunity to play her first singles grand-slam quarterfinal.[14]

Doubles[edit]

Season started really well, with title in Shenzhen. There, together with Siniaková, they defeated chinese combination Yingying Duan-Saisai Zheng in three sets. After that, she played at Australian Open, where with her semifinal result, she completed semifinals at all four grand-slams. In Dubai, together with Saisai Zheng, lose from Hsieh Su-wei-Barbora Strýcová. In Doha, again with Siniaková, she reached semifinal, just like semifinal of Prague Open. At French Open, Krejčíková and Siniaková, lose their chance to made another grand-slam final, losing in semifinal from defending champions Babos-Mladenovic.[15]

Mixed doubles[edit]

For the second year in row, Krejčíková won title in mixed doubles, but this time with croatian player Nikola Mektić.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments[17]
Australian Open A Q2 Q3 Q2 Q3 Q2 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
French Open A Q2 A A 1R Q1 4R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Wimbledon A Q1 Q1 Q2 A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open Q3 Q1 A Q1 Q1 Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 4–2 0 / 3 4–3 57%

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 3R QF SF 0 / 5 11–5 69%
French Open A 1R SF 3R W 1R SF 1 / 6 16–5 76%
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R W SF NH 1 / 4 10–3 77%
US Open A A QF 3R SF A A 0 / 3 9–3 75%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 8–4 5–4 18–2 7–2 8–2 2 / 18 46–16 74%
Career statistics
Titles 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 Career total: 6
Finals 1 1 1 1 5 3 2 Career total: 14
Year-end ranking 121 87 32 54 1 13 $2,674,242

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2018 French Open Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Japan Eri Hozumi
Japan Makoto Ninomiya
6–3, 6–3
Win 2018 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková United States Nicole Melichar
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
6–4, 4–6, 6–0

Mixed doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2019 Australian Open Hard United States Rajeev Ram Australia Astra Sharma
Australia John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Win 2020 Australian Open (2) Hard Croatia Nikola Mektić United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
5–7, 6–4, [10–1]

Year-end championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 WTA Finals, Singapore Hard (i) Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
4–6, 5–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Němeček, Ivan (1 June 2016). "Barbora Krejčíková se v deblu postarala o grandslamovou senzaci". Deník (in Czech). Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Barbora Krejčíková". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation.
  3. ^ "Bio".
  4. ^ The Sports Xchange (May 27, 2017). "Kiki Bertens wins second straight Nuremberg title". Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  5. ^ WTA Staff (July 28, 2017). "Wozniacki joins Garcia in Bastad semis". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Macpherson, Alex (May 26, 2018). "Getting to know you: Introducing Roland Garros 2018's Grand Slam debutantes". Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  7. ^ Livaudais, Stephanie (May 28, 2018). "Pliskova downs Krejcikova in all-Czech battle". Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  8. ^ WTA Staff (June 10, 2018). "Krejcikova and Siniakova win first Grand Slam title in Paris". Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  9. ^ WTA Staff (July 14, 2018). "Krejcikova and Siniakova secure doubles 'double' at Wimbledon". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  10. ^ WTA Staff (October 22, 2018). "Krejcikova and Siniakova earn World No.1 doubles ranking". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  11. ^ WTA Staff (October 29, 2018). "Krejcikova and Siniakova secure 2018 WTA Year-End World No.1 Doubles ranking". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  12. ^ WTA Staff (October 19, 2018). "2018 WTA Doubles Team of the Year: Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  13. ^ Macpherson, Alex (January 26, 2019). "Krejcikova, Ram clinch Melbourne mixed doubles crown over Sharma, Smith". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  14. ^ WTA Staff (October 4, 2020). "Podoroska fights back to beat Krejcikova and move into Paris quarters". Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Macpherson, Alex (October 8, 2020). "Babos, Mladenovic battle into Paris final past Krejcikova, Siniakova". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  16. ^ WTA Staff (February 1, 2020). "Different partner, same champion: Krejcikova defends Melbourne mixed crown". WTA. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  17. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".

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