Zuzana Kučová

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Zuzana Kučová
Zuzana Kučová.jpg
Kučová at the 2010 Open GDF Suez
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava
Born (1982-06-26) 26 June 1982 (age 36)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 418,032
Singles
Career record328–258
Career titles8 ITF
Highest ranking101 (7 June 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2010)
French Open2R (2013)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open1R (2010)
Doubles
Career record104–106
Career titles4 ITF
Highest ranking175 (7 December 2009)

Zuzana Kučová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈzuzana ˈkutʃɔʋaː]; born 26 June 1982 in Bratislava) is a former Slovak tennis player.

Kučová won eight singles and four doubles titles on the ITF circuit. On 7 June 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 101. On 7 December 2009, she peaked at No. 175 in the doubles rankings. She is the sister of Kristína Kučová.

Career[edit]

Kučová qualified for the 2004 French Open, and drew 10th seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round of the clay court tournament. She struggled to find a way past the Russian and was beaten in straight sets.

In 2008, Kučová competed at the 2008 GDF Suez Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.[1] She knocked young Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky out of the tournament in the opening round, but failed to defeat hometown favourite Gréta Arn in the second, bowing out in straight sets.

Kučová qualified for her second Grand Slam, the 2010 Australian Open, by beating German Julia Schruff in the third round of qualifying. Kučová drew Argentine Gisela Dulko in the opening round, and after a first set shocker that lasted just 18 minutes,[2] Kučová fought back, but was ultimately knocked out in three sets. Following 18 months absent from the tennis court, Kučová qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw appearance in three years at the 2013 French Open. There, she caused a huge upset by defeating 24th seed Julia Görges in straight sets. In the second round, she lost to Virginie Razzano in three sets. Her last professional tournament was at the 2013 French Open.

ITF finals[edit]

Singles 24 (8-16)[edit]

Legend
$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. 4 September 2000 Zadar Clay Switzerland Daniela Casanova 4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 2. 2 October 2000 Cairo Clay Austria Sandra Klemenschits 4–1, 4–2, 1–4, 4–5(4), 3–5
Winner 1. 24 June 2001 Algiers Clay France Mathilde Johansson 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 3. 24 July 2001 Horb am Neckar Clay Czech Republic Lenka Novotná 5–7, 4–6
Runner–up 4. 27 Aug 2001 Bad Saulgau Clay Germany Lisa Fritz 1–6, 0–6
Runner–up 5. September 24, 2001 Verona Clay Germany Angelika Rösch 4–6, 0–6
Runner–up 6. 2 June 2002 Mostar Clay Austria Sybille Bammer 6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Runner–up 7. 8 July 2002 Darmstadt Clay Germany Sandra Klösel 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 24 Mar 2003 Rome Clay Romania Delia Sescioreanu 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–0
Runner–up 8. 13 September 2004 Sofia Clay Hungary Virág Németh 1–5 ret.
Runner–up 9. 29 May 2005 Campobasso Clay Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva 7–5, 1–6, 5–7
Runner–up 10. 9 April 2006 Athens Clay France Aurélie Védy 2–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 3. 15 December 2007 Lagos Hard Germany Syna Kayser 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 11. 22 December 2007 Lagos Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers 2–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 25 October 2008 Lagos Hard Romania Ágnes Szatmári 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–3
Runner–up 12. 8 June 2009 Zlín Clay Slovenia Polona Hercog 3–6, 1–6
Runner–up 13. 13 July 2009 Darmstadt Clay Germany Sarah Gronert 1–6, 1–6
Runner–up 14. 10 October 2009 Jounieh Clay Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 16 October 2009 Lagos Hard Greece Anna Gerasimou 6–3, 7–5
Winner 6. 24 October 2009 Lagos Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova 6–0, 7–6(7–5)
Runner–up 15. 3 April 2010 Monzón Hard Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 7. 24 April 2010 Bari Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrášková 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 23 October 2010 Lagos Hard France Natalie Piquion 6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 16. 30 October 2010 Lagos Hard Russia Nina Bratchikova 5–7, 1–6

Doubles 8 (4-4)[edit]

Legend
$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
Runner–up 1. 31 July 2000 Bucharest Clay Czech Republic Dominika Luzarová Romania Liana Ungur
Romania Edina Gallovits-Hall
5–7, 0–4 ret.
Runner–up 2. 15 October 2000 Cairo Clay Czech Republic Barbora Blahutiakova Austria Sandra Klemenschits
Austria Daniela Klemenschits
0–4, 0–4
Winner 1. 25 Mar 2001 Rome Clay Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Italy Claudia Ivone
Italy Roberta Vinci
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 29 July 2001 Horb Clay Slovakia Martina Strussova Germany Annette Kolb
Croatia Ivana Zupa
6–7(0–7) 2–6
Winner 2. 2 September 2001 Saulgau Clay Czech Republic Renata Kučerová Czech Republic Gabriela Chmelinová
Czech Republic Lenka Novotná
w/o
Runner–up 4. 22 Jan 2006 Fort Walton Beach Hard South Africa Chanelle Scheepers Canada Maureen Drake
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 17 Mar 2007 Cairo Clay Slovakia Kristína Kučová United Kingdom Melissa Berry
Netherlands Michelle Gerards
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 14 June 2009 Zlín Clay Slovakia Kristína Kučová Czech Republic Nikola Fraňková
Germany Carmen Klaschka
6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A Q2 1R Q3 A A 6–6
French Open A Q2 1R A Q1 A A Q1 Q3 Q1 A 2R 10–7
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 1R Q3 A A 3–6
US Open Q3 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 Q2 1R Q1 A A 6–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zuzana Kučová Stats, News, Photos, Record". Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Australian Open Tennis Championships 2010 – Scores". Retrieved 20 January 2010.

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