Petra Cetkovská

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Petra Cetkovská
Petra Cetkovská 1, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Czech Republic
Residence Paris, France
Born (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 30)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,594,388
Career record 394–208
Career titles 0 WTA, 21 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (18 June 2012)
Current ranking No. 147(18 May 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 4R (2008)
Wimbledon 4R (2011)
US Open 3R (2015)
Career record 188–100
Career titles 2 WTA, 24 ITF
Highest ranking No. 91 (13 June 2011)
Current ranking No. 250 (18 May 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2012)
French Open 1R (2007, 2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 1R (2007, 2008)
US Open 1R (2007, 2008)
Last updated on: 23 June 2014.
Petra Cetkovska at the 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying

Petra Cetkovská (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈtsɛtkofskaː]; born 8 February 1985 in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia) is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. She reached her career high singles ranking World No. 25 on 18 June 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Cetkovska has been playing tennis since she was five. Her father, Petr works at a pro shop in a local tennis club, whilst her mother Alena is a nurse. She has one younger brother, Matej. Petra's father is of Macedonian origin.[1][2]

When she was 14, Cetkovska was involved in an incident with a friend whilst playing sport where her friend had accidentally pushed her against a wall. Two years later she was having brain surgery due to the swelling caused by the incident. A year later after that, she had contracted glandular fever, further hampering her tennis career prospects and the third obstacle had come when she broke her foot playing the Australian Open junior doubles final. [3]

She is coached by Stéphane Charret and cites Roger Federer as her favorite player because he's "a great player and a good person." Cetkovska speaks Czech, French and English. She was involved in a relationship with ATP player Marcos Baghdatis when she was 19.[4]


Cetkovská turned professional in 2000. Since then, she has won 21 ITF singles titles and 24 doubles titles.

In 2007, she made a breakthrough in her WTA ranking, and notched 3 ITF titles. Also, she won her first WTA doubles title with compatriot Andrea Hlaváčková at the ECM Prague Open.

She made her grand slam main draw debut in 2007 US Open, going through to the second round by defeating Jill Craybas from USA. She eventually lost to 14th seed Elena Dementieva in her second round match.


At the 2008 French Open, she upset the 23rd seed Alona Bondarenko in the first round en route to a fourth round showing, her best Grand Slam showing to date. However, on 1 June she suffered the worst defeat of her entire playing career, losing to then-World No.2 and eventual French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, 6–0, 6–0.[5]


Cetkovská lost in the opening round of the 2009 Australian Open to Marina Erakovic.


2011: 1st WTA Final[edit]

Cetkovská matched her best-ever showing at a Grand Slam tournament at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships where she reached the fourth round by beating Kristina Barrois and seeded players Agnieszka Radwańska and Ana Ivanovic, the latter avenging the aforementioned heavy defeat at Roland Garros three years earlier.

Cetkovská is known for her unusual dominance against former World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwańska. She is currently leading their head-to-head 4–0, despite Radwańska's heavy favourite status in most matches.[6]

At the 2011 New Haven Open, Cetkovska set her highest career achievement by making it to the final round of a WTA Premier tournament. She upset the fifth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round, the fourth seed Marion Bartoli[7] in the quarterfinals and the second seed Li Na in the semifinals en route.[8] She eventually lost in the final to the then #1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki.[9] Despite her loss, Cetkovska became the only qualifier in 2011 to make it to the final round of a Premier tournament.

2012: Highest Ranking (25)[edit]

At the 2012 Rome Masters, Cetkovská upset World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round.

Cetkovská withdrew from the 2012 US Open due to injury. She subsequently dropped out of the Top 50.

2013: Return from Injury[edit]

Cetkovská did not play for the first 4 months of the 2013 season due to a recurring left foot stress fracture, having pulled out of nine tournaments. She made her comeback in Strasbourg where she lost to Johanna Larsson in the first round. Placed in the main draw at the French Open with a protected ranking, she defeated Olga Puchkova in the 1st round. In her second round match she upset the 19th seed, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She lost her third round match against the 15th seed Roberta Vinci.

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships which she qualified for, Cetkovská upset former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the second round before losing to Sloane Stephens in the third round.


Cetkovská missed the 2014 Australian Open due to a hip injury. The 1st tournament of the year Cetkovská played in was the 2014 Open GDF Suez in Paris, France. She played qualifying to be in the main draw, and beat Sloane Stephens in the first round. In the 2nd round, she beat Shuai Zhang. In the 3rd round, Cetkovská upset World Number 2 Li Na. In the Quarterfinal, Cetkovská lost easily to eventual finalist Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-0. At the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, Cetkovská lost in the 1st round to American Wildcard Shelby Rogers. Next, Cetkovská played at the 2015 50 K in Osprey Florida. In the 1st round, Cetkovská beat Melanie Oudin, but then needed to withdraw before her second round match. At the 2014 Family Circle Cup, Cetkovská beat American Varvara Lepchenko in the 1st round, but lost in the 2nd round to Elena Vesnina. At the 2014 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Cetkovská lost in the 1st round to Yvonne Meusburger. At the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open, she qualified and beat Stefanie Vögele in the first round before losing in the 2nd round to Sloane Stephens. At the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Cetkovská qualified and beat Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round. In the 2nd round, Cetkovská upset 7th seed Angelique Kerber. She lost in the 3rd round to home crowd favorite, and 10th seed, Sara Errani. At the 2014 French Open, Cetkovská lost in the 1st round to Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-1. Cetkovská started her grass court season at the 2014 Aegon Classic. Cetkovska beat Alexandra Cadantu in the 1st round 6-3, 6-4 and Magdaléna Rybáriková in the 2nd round 6-4, 7-5. She lost in the 3rd round to eventual semifinalist Shuai Zhang 6-0, 7-6. At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Cetkovská beat Jovana Jakšic in the 1st round 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. In the 2nd round, Cetkovská lost to 25th seed Alizé Cornet 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

2015: More Injuries[edit]

Cetkovská withdrew from the 2015 Australian Open due to a hip injury.

WTA career finals[edit]

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

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 27 August 2011 New Haven Open at Yale, New Haven, United States Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 May 2007 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková China Chunmei Ji
China Shengnan Sun
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 28 April 2012 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Russia Alexandra Panova Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
Romania Alexandra Cadanțu
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–9]
Runner-up 3. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Czech Republic Iveta Melzer France Kristina Mladenovic
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
3–6, 6–2, [5–10]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R A Q 2R A A 1–3
French Open Q Q 4R 1R A Q 2R 3R 1R 6–5
Wimbledon Q Q 1R 1R A 4R 2R 3R 2R 7–6
US Open Q 2R 1R Q Q 2R A 1R 2R 3R* 5–5
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–4 0–3 0–0 4–1 3–3 4–4 2–3 2-0 17–19
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Year End Ranking 219 103 82 149 142 31 55 132 59

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Australian Open 1R 2R 1–2
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 0–4
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 0–3
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Win–Loss 0–3 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 2–13


  1. ^ День шестой. Вендетта, Пеннетта и Скьявоне
  2. ^ Zvolte miss Roland Garros.
  3. ^ " Profile". Eric Frosio. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ " Profile". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Ivanovic taking it game by game after thrashing Cetkovska in French Open fourth round | Mail Online
  6. ^ Cetkovska vs. Radwanska head to head
  7. ^ Nowak, Dan (25 August 2011). "NEW HAVEN OPEN: Qualifier Petra Cetkovska upsets No. 4 Marion Bartoli". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Borges, David (27 August 2011). "NEW HAVEN OPEN: Cetkovska upsets Li Na in thriller". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  9. ^ DOYLE, PAUL (27 August 2011). "Wozniacki Makes It Four In A Row In New Haven". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 

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