Karina Habšudová

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Karina Habšudová
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born (1973-08-02) 2 August 1973 (age 46)
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1989
Retired2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,878,228
Singles
Career record189–183
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 10 (10 February 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1991, 1995, 1997)
French OpenQF (1996)
Wimbledon2R (1991, 1999, 2000)
US Open4R (1996, 1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (1996, 2000)
Doubles
Career record140–162
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 32 (28 May 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1995, 1997)
French OpenQF (1998)
Wimbledon3R (1993, 2001)
US Open3R (1992, 1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2000)
French OpenQF (2001)
WimbledonSF (2001)
US OpenQF (2000)

Karina Habšudová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkaɾina ˈɦapʃudɔʋaː]; born 2 August 1973) is a Slovak former professional tennis player. She has been ranked as high as 10 in the world (1997). Together with Karol Kučera, she won the Hopman Cup in 1998. Her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came when she got to the quarterfinals of the 1996 French Open, defeating Kristin Godridge, Nathalie Tauziat, Martina Hingis and Anke Huber before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

She also had a successful junior career. She won the girls' singles at the 1991 US Open, and was junior No. 1 for some time.

Biography[edit]

Born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia, Habšudová originally trained as a gymnast but at the age of ten, she switched to tennis under the encouragement of her mother, herself a former amateur tennis player.[1] By the age of fourteen, she had already become the top junior player in Czechoslovakia.[2] In 1990, she was crowned ITF Junior World Champion, and the following year she won the girls' singles title at the US Open.[3]

As a professional, she made the fourth round of the 1991 Australian Open while still a schoolgirl, but her early promise was curtailed by health problems and injuries, including a bout of pneumonia in 1993 and an ankle injury the following year.[4] After suffering another injury just as she had made it to the top 30 in the spring of 1995, she bounced back to enjoy her most successful year in 1996, where she had results such as reaching the final of the German Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open.[1] At the latter event, she beat Martina Hingis and Anke Huber and served for a place in the semifinals against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, but ultimately lost 8–10 in the third set.[5]

Habšudová eventually broke the top 10 in early 1997 after reaching the final of the Generali Ladies Linz, becoming the first woman representing Slovakia to do so.[3] Though she continued to play on the tour until 2003, she never again matched the same success of her breakthrough season, with later highlights including winning the Hopman Cup in 1998 and her only WTA singles title at the Austrian Open in 1999. In 2001, she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles tournament partnering David Rikl.[6]

Following her retirement, she worked for several years as a sports editor.[7] She married her husband Milan Cílek in 2003 and they have three children together.[2]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (1–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (1)
Titles by surface
Hard 0
Clay 1
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 19 May 1996 Berlin, Germany Clay Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 27 October 1996 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Carpet (i) Germany Anke Huber 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 16 February 1997 Linz, Austria Carpet (i) United States Chanda Rubin 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 11 July 1999 Portschach, Austria Clay Croatia Silvija Talaja 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 18 July 1999 Sopot, Poland Clay Spain Conchita Martínez 1–6, 1–6

Doubles: 12 (6–6)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (2)
Tier IV & V (3)
Titles by surface
Hard 1
Clay 5
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 24 May 1992 Lucerne, Switzerland Clay United States Marianne Werdel United States Amy Frazier
South Africa Elna Reinach
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 31 July 1994 Maria Lankowitz, Austria Clay France Alexandra Fusai Italy Sandra Cecchini
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
5–7, 5–7
Winner 1. 15 September 1996 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Helena Suková Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Bulgaria Elena Pampoulova
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 22 June 1997 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass Argentina Florencia Labat Czech Republic Eva Melicharová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
3–6, 6–7
Winner 2. 20 July 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir Czech Republic Eva Martincová
Czech Republic Helena Vildová
6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 3. 12 July 1998 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Italy Silvia Farina Czech Republic Květa Hrdličková
Czech Republic Michaela Paštiková
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. 19 July 1998 Warsaw, Poland Clay Ukraine Olga Lugina South Africa Liezel Huber
Austria Karin Kschwendt
7–6, 7–5
Winner 5. 11 July 1999 Pörtschach, Austria Clay Italy Silvia Farina Ukraine Olga Lugina
Argentina Laura Montalvo
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 20 February 2000 Hanover, Germany Hard (i) Italy Silvia Farina Sweden Åsa Carlsson
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 24 June 2000 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Australia Catherine Barclay United States Erika deLone
Australia Nicole Pratt
6–7(4–7), 3–4 ret.
Winner 6. 29 October 2000 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová Hungary Petra Mandula
Austria Patricia Wartusch
w/o
Runner-up 6. 24 February 2001 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Sweden Åsa Carlsson Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Netherlands Caroline Vis
0–6, 6–4, 2–6

ITF Finals[edit]

Singles (6–5)[edit]

Legend
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 27 November 1989 Budapest, Hungary Carpet Hungary Nóra Köves 6-4 6-1
Runner-up 2. 26 March 1990 Limoges, France Carpet France Pascale Paradis-Mangon 4-6 4-6
Runner-up 3. 23 April 1990 Sutton, United Kingdom Clay Czechoslovakia Radka Bobková 6-3 5-7 6-7
Runner-up 4. 7 May 1990 Swansea, United Kingdom Clay Czechoslovakia Radka Bobková 5-7 5-7
Winner 5. 21 May 1990 Katowice, Poland Clay Hungary Anna Földényi 6-3 6-2
Runner-up 6. 13 August 1990 Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia Clay Czechoslovakia Andrea Strnadová 3-6 4-6
Winner 7. 12 December 1994 Přerov, Czech Republic Hard (i) Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 6-1 6-4
Winner 8. 27 February 1995 Prostějov, Czech Republic Hard (i) Switzerland Martina Hingis 7-5 6-4
Winner 9. 27 January 1997 Prostějov, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Paulus 6-7(4) 6-1 6-3
Winner 10. 7 December 1998 Bad Gogging, Germany Carpet Germany Marlene Weingärtner 7-6(3) 6-2
Runner-up 11. 11 June 2001 Marseille, France Clay Czech Republic Klára Koukalová 4-6 6-4 6-7

Doubles (3–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 July 1991 Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia Clay Czechoslovakia Radka Bobková Czechoslovakia Kateřina Šišková
Czechoslovakia Markéta Stusková
6-1 6-3
Winner 2. 22 July 1991 Schwarzach, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia Katarína Studeníková Latvia Agnese Gustmane
Austria Heidi Sprung
6-3 6-1
Winner 3. 13 September 1993 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Clay Latvia Larisa Neiland Czech Republic Radka Bobková
Czech Republic Petra Langrová
6-3 6-4

Head-to-head record against other players in the top 10[edit]

Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tennis: Karina Habšudová".
  2. ^ a b "Po tenise zostalo prázdne miesto. Zaplnila ho rodina".
  3. ^ a b "Karina Habsudova".
  4. ^ "DATE BECOMES HABSUDOVA'S LATEST UPSET VICTIM".
  5. ^ "TENNIS;Sampras Scrambles to Win, but Seles Exits".
  6. ^ "Clijsters doubles the odds of a Belgian fairy tale".
  7. ^ "Ako dnes žije tenistka Karin Habšudová a za čo vymenila kurty?".

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