Hana Strachoňová

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Hana Strachoňová
Full nameHana Strachoňová
Country (sports) Czechoslovakia
Born (1961-01-02) 2 January 1961 (age 59)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open3R (1978, 1980)
Wimbledon3R (1979)
US Open2R (1978)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open2R (1981, 1982)
Wimbledon1R (1978, 1979, 1981)
US Open2R (1980)

Hana Strachoňová (born 2 January 1961) is a retired professional tennis player who represented both Czechoslovakia and Switzerland.


Born in Brno, Strachoňová competed originally for her native Czechoslovakia.

As a 17-year old in 1978 she played in two Fed Cup ties for Czechoslovakia's national team against Portugal and Indonesia. In both ties, she partnered with Hana Mandlíková in the doubles rubbers, and the pair won both matches. At the 1978 French Open, she had a win over ninth seed Renáta Tomanová to make the third round.[1]

Strachoňová, a right-handed player, reached the third round of the 1979 Wimbledon Championships. Soon after her appearance at Wimbledon, she defected to Switzerland and in November it was announced that she had been granted political asylum.[2] She already had been based out of Zurich.[3]

She returned to the WTA Tour in February 1980 under the Swiss flag. Highlights that year included making the quarterfinals at Kitzbühel and Amsterdam as well as at the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Indianapolis, where she upset third seed Virginia Ruzici.[4] Her best performance in a Grand Slam tournament after defecting was a third round appearance at the 1980 French Open, which was the first time someone who entered the draw as a lucky loser had reached that stage at Roland Garros.[5]

In 1981 she defeated Dianne Fromholtz en route to the quarterfinals again at Indianapolis and was a quarterfinalist at Lugano.

She retired from professional tennis after the 1984 US Open.


  1. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - French Open - 29 May - 11 June 1978". ITF. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  2. ^ Getler, Michael (1 November 1979). "Defections From East Europe Surge". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Swiss asylum for Czech tennis star". The Straits Times. 1 November 1979. p. 4. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Day of Surprises at Clay Courts". The Indianapolis Star. 7 August 1980. p. 29. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Record Breakers - RG Spirit". French Open. Official website of Roland Garros. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

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