Kristína Kučová

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Kristína Kučová
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Kristína Kučová at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 28)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$ 761,512
Singles
Career record316–242
Career titles0 WTA, 10 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (12 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 209 (14 August 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open1R (2017, 2018)
Wimbledon2R (2009, 2017)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record58–62
Career titles0 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 168 (5 October 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
Team competitions
Fed Cup1–5
Last updated on: 2 July 2017.

Kristína Kučová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkristiːna ˈkutʃɔʋaː]; born 23 May 1990) is a Slovak tennis player.

Kučová has won ten singles and five doubles on the ITF tour in her career. In September 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 71. On 5 October 2009, she peaked at world number 168 in the doubles rankings.

Kučová was an accomplished junior player, having won the Girls' Singles title at the 2007 US Open and reaching a combined career-high junior ranking of world number 3 on 10 September 2009.

Playing for Slovakia at the Fed Cup, she has a win-loss record of 1-5.[1]

Kučová was born in Bratislava. Her elder sister Zuzana is also a tennis player, who retired from the professional tour in 2013.

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

At the 2007 US Open – Girls' Singles, the unseeded Kučová took the title, defeating the thirteenth seed Julia Glushko in the third round, top seed and defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals, and number two seed Urszula Radwańska in the final. Kučová also reached the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and 2007 French Open girls' doubles quarter-finals. She reached the French Open quarter-finals with her compatriot Klaudia Boczová, losing to the eventual champions and third seeds Ksenia Milevskaya and Urszula Radwańska. With her compatriot, Lenka Juríková, she reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals and lost to the eventual runners-up Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara.

2014[edit]

Kučová started the year in the qualifying for Sydney where she lost to Misaki Doi 4–6 3–6, then she lost in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open to Paula Kania 6–4 5–7 2–6. She lost in qualifying for Doha to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 5–7 4–6 and also in Dubai where she lost to Flavia Pennetta 6–3 1–6 4–6. She managed to qualify for Katowice and then beat Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-1 in the first round before losing to Alizé Cornet 3–6 6–4 3–6. She lost in qualifying for the French Open to the wildcard Irina Ramialison 1–6 0–6 and in qualifying for Wimbledon to Maryna Zanevska 4–6 6–4 3–6.

She reached her first WTA semi-final at Bucharest by beating Anna Schmiedlova 6–3 6–3, Cristina Dinu 6–2 6–3 and Danka Kovinic 6–4 1–6 6–3 before losing to Roberta Vinci 1–6 3–6 in the semi-finals. She won $50,000 in the ITF event in Sobota in Poland by beating Sesil Karatantcheva 1-6 7–5 6–3 in the final. She won a $25,000 event in Fleurus, Belgium by beating Evgeniya Rodina 6–3 6–4 in the final. She lost in the second round of qualifying in Linz to Anna-Lena Friedsam 5–7 0–6 and in the first round of qualifying for Limoges to Katarzyna Piter 2–6 4–6.

2016: Breakthrough and into the Top 100[edit]

Kučová failed to qualify for the Australian Open. She lost in the final qualifying round to Wang Yafan, despite having a match point in the second set.[2]

After defeating Stefanie Vögele and Hsieh Su-wei, Kučová reached the quarter-finals in Kuala Lumpur, where she lost to the second seed Elina Svitolina despite winning the first set 6–1.

She qualified for the main draw of the 2016 Rogers Cup by defeating Erin Routliffe and Christina McHale. She upset Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in the first round, who had won the singles and doubles titles in Washington the week before. In the second round she caused a bigger upset by defeating the No. 8 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, setting up a third round clash with the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Kučová won the match in three sets to reach her first WTA Premier level quarter-final, where she beat the 15th seed Johanna Konta in straight sets. She was eventually eliminated in the semi-finals by the 10th seed Madison Keys. Following the tournament she broke into the world's top 100 in the rankings for the first time in her career.

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 22 (10–12)[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. 20 April 2007 Hvar, Croatia Clay Serbia Karolina Jovanović 1–6 4–6
Winner 2. 14 May 2007 Michalovce, Slovakia Clay Poland Katarzyna Piter 2–6 6–3 6–4
Runner–up 3. 25 May 2008 Galați, Romania Clay Italy Valentina Sulpizio 2–6 6–7(2)
Runner–up 4. 10 August 2008 Hechingen, Germany Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 6–3 6–7(1) 3–6
Runner–up 5. 7 September 2008 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 2–6 6–7(6)
Runner–up 6. 29 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 6–4 1–6 1–6
Runner–up 7. 5 June 2009 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 3–6 4–6
Runner–up 8. 6 June 2010 Brno, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrášková 3–6 6–4 2–6
Runner–up 9. 26 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay Romania Mădălina Gojnea 4–6 4–6
Winner 10. 18 June 2012 Alkmaar, Netherlands Clay Austria Janina Toljan 6–3 6–4
Winner 11. 8 July 2012 Denain, France Clay Slovakia Michaela Hončová 6–2 1–6 6–2
Runner–up 12. 30 June 2013 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay Austria Melanie Klaffner 3–6 2–6
Winner 13. 28 July 2013 Les Contamines, France Hard France Clothilde de Bernardi 7–5 6–7(3) 6–3
Winner 14. 18 August 2013 Craiova, Romania Clay Italy Alberta Brianti 7–5 3–6 6–4
Runner–up 15. 15 September 2013 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Austria Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 2–6 6–1 3–6
Runner–up 16. 26 October 2013 Herzliya, Israel Hard Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer 3–6 6–4 2–5 ret.
Winner 17. 27 July 2014 Sobota, Poland Clay Kazakhstan Sesil Karatantcheva 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 18. 31 August 2014 Fleurus, Belgium Clay Russia Evgeniya Rodina 6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. 28 February 2015 Beinasco, Italy Clay (i) Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 20. 5 July 2015 Toruń, Poland Clay Italy Giulia Gatto-Monticone 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 21. 26 September 2015 Bucha, Ukraine Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanțu 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0
Runner–up 22. 18 March 2018 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Marie Bouzková 4–6 0–6

Doubles (5–2)[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
Winner 1. 17 March 2007 Cairo, Egypt Clay Slovakia Zuzana Kučová United Kingdom Melissa Berry
Netherlands Michelle Gerards
6–7 (3) 6–4 6–3
Winner 2. 20 May 2007 Michalovce, Slovakia Clay Slovakia Klaudia Boczová Poland Olga Brózda
Poland Justyna Jegiołka
7–5 4–6 6–3
Runner-up 3. 11 May 2008 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay Switzerland Stefanie Vögele Russia Nina Bratchikova
Ukraine Veronika Kapshay
5–7, 6–3, [6–10]
Winner 4. 25 May 2008 Galați, Romania Clay Italy Valentina Sulpizio Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
Romania Antonia Xenia Tout
6–0 6–2
Runner-up 5. 3 May 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Latvia Anastasija Sevastova United Kingdom Naomi Cavaday
Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
2–6 6–2 [9–11]
Winner 6. 14 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Zuzana Kučová Czech Republic Nikola Fraňková
Germany Carmen Klaschka
6–3 6–4
Winner 7. 20 September 2015 Saint-Malo, France Clay Latvia Anastasija Sevastova Russia Maria Marfutina
Russia Natalia Vikhlyantseva
6–7(1–7), 6–3, [10–5]

Fed Cup participation[edit]

Singles (1–3)[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2008 Fed Cup World Group II Play-offs 27 April 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Clay (i) Uzbekistan Vlada Ekshibarova W 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
2010 Fed Cup World Group II 7 April 2010 Bratislava, Slovakia China China Hard (i) China Han Xinyun L 1-6, 1-6
2014 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs 19 April 2014 Quebec City, Canada Canada Canada Hard (i) Canada Eugenie Bouchard L 6-7(0-7), 6-2, 1-6
2017 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs 23 April 2017 Bratislava, Slovakia Netherlands Netherlands Clay (i) Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp L 5-7, 4-6

Doubles (0–2)[edit]

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2010 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs 28 April 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia China China Hard (i) Slovakia Dominika Cibulková China Lu Jingjing
China Zhang Shuai
L 3-2, ret.
2015 Fed Cup World Group II 8 February 2015 Apeldoorn, Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Clay (i) Slovakia Kristína Schmiedlová Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
L 5-7, 1-6

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2007 US Open Hard Poland Urszula Radwańska 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R A Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q3 2R 1R 1–3
French Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A 2R Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q2 2R A 2–2
US Open Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 A A Q1 Q1 1R A 0–1
Total 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–2 3–8

Top 10 wins[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2016
1. Spain Carla Suárez Navarro No. 9 Rogers Cup, Canada Hard 2nd Round 3–6, 6–4, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kristina Kucova". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Kučová nevyužila mečbal, v hlavnej súťaži grandslamu si po šiestich rokoch nezahrá" (in Slovak). 16 January 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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