Petra Cetkovská

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Petra Cetkovská
Cetkovska WMQ13-002.jpg
Country  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 2R (2007, 2011, 2014)
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 serving at the New Haven Open 2011

Petra Cetkovská (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈtsɛtkofskaː]; born 8 February 1985 in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia) is a professional female 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 breakthrough in her WTA ranking, and notched 3 ITF titles. Also, she won her first WTA doubles title with compatriot Andrea Hlaváčková in ECM Prague Open.

She made her grand slam main draw debut in 2007 US Open, going through to 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 6–3, 6–0 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 4–6, 7–5.

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]

New Haven Open 2011[edit]

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 (6–4, 6–1) in the final to the then #1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki.[9] Despite her loss, Cetkovska set the record as the only qualifier to make it to the final round of a Premier tournament in 2011.

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.


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 6–2, 2–6, 6–3 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 6–0, 6–2. In her second round match she upset the 19th seed, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7–5, 2–6, 6–4. She lost her third round match against the 15th seed Roberta Vinci 6–2, 2–6, 6–1. On her second tournament back from injury she managed her third best performance at a Grand Slam in her career.

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships which she qualified for, Cetkovská upset former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–2, in the second round before losing to Sloane Stephens in the third round.


At the 2014 Qatar Total Open entering the tournament as a qualifier, Petra defeated Li Na in the third round to capture her third Top 5 career win.[10] She was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals with a score of 6–1, 6–0.[11] Cetkovska got revenge in Rome, defeating Kerber in the second round 4–6, 6–3, 6–4.

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 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 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–4 0–3 0–0 4–1 3–3 4–4 2–3 17–19
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Year End Ranking 219 103 82 149 142 31 55 132

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. 
  10. ^ "Li upset by qualifier in third round of Qatar Open". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Halbfinale! Kerber fertigt Na-Li-Bezwingerin ab" (in German). Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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