Lucie Šafářová

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Lucie Šafářová
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Šafářová at the 2016 US Open
Kintra  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1987-02-04) 4 Februar 1987 (age 32)
Brno, Czechoslovakie
(nou Czech Republic)
Hicht 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Left-haundit (twa-haundit backhaund)
Coach(es) František Čermák
Prize money $10,067,274
Singles
Career record 448–317
Career titles 7 WTA, 7 ITF
Heichest rankin No. 5 (14 September 2015)
Current rankin No. 34 (3 Julie 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open F (2015)
Wimbledon SF (2014)
US Open 4R (2014, 2017)
Doubles
Career record 198–146
Career titles 13 WTA, 1 ITF
Heichest rankin No. 1 (21 August 2017)
Current rankin No. 1 (21 August 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2015, 2017)
French Open W (2015, 2017)
Wimbledon QF (2014, 2015)
US Open W (2016)
Team competeetions
Fed Cup W (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Record 13–12
Last updatit on: 30 Januar 2017.

Lucie Šafářová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlutsɪjɛ ˈʃafaːr̝ovaː]) (born 4 Februar 1987) is a professional Czech tennis player. Šafářová haes won seiven WTA tour singles titles, thirteen doobles titles an reached the quarterfinals o the 2007 Australian Open, upsetting defendin champion Amélie Mauresmo en route. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, an her first Grand Slam final at the 2015 French Open. She an aa won 2015 Australian Open an 2015 French Open doubles titles pairtnerin wi Bethanie Mattek-Sands. As o 30 Januar 2017, she is ranked warld No. 55 in singles, an warld No. 2 in doobles.

Playing style[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová plays left-handed wi a twa-handed backhaund,[1] an possesses a heich topspin forehaund seemilar tae that o male tennis starn Rafael Nadal. Her timing off the grund allows her tae project groundstrokes wi power, an she is quick tae spot opportunities tae tak the initiative. Šafářová is notorious for haein a volatile return, capable o hitting clean winners, as well as unforced errors. Her preferred surface is clay.[1] She is bein coached bi Rob Steckley.[2][3]

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

2005–2006[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová won in Portugal, but lost in the Netherlands tae fellae Czech tennis player Klara Koukalová, in three sets. In August, she won her seicont tournament ower Sania Mirza in the final.

Šafářová stairtit off 2006 wi a straucht-set victory in the final o the Gold Coast tournament, upsetting warld No. 6 Patty Schnyder in the semifinal, en route tae the title. An aa in 2006, she made her first Tier II semifinal at Amelia Island, upsetting Nicole Vaidišová in the roond o 16. She later lost tae eventual champion Nadia Petrova. Šafářová then made anither semifinal, this time at the Tier IV Palermo. She wis eventually defeatit bi Anabel Medina Garrigues.

2007: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[eedit | eedit soorce]

At the stairt o 2007, instead o defendin her Gold Coast title, Šafářová played the Hopman Cup, representin the Czech Republic. Due tae nae defendin the pynts at that tournament, she came intae the first Grand Slam o the year ranked No. 70 an unseedit. Yet Šafářová made headlines at the 2007 Australian Open, when she stunned the defendin champion an No. 2 seed Amélie Mauresmo in the fowert roond. She then lost tae fellae Czech Nicole Vaidišová in the quarterfinals. Efter the Australian Open, her ranking rose frae No. 70 tae No. 31.

Šafářová continued her good stairt tae 2007 at the Open Gaz de Fraunce in Paris. She reached the final, defeatin Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets an Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova, an Justine Henin, aw in straucht sets. Houiver, she failed against Nadia Petrova in three sets. She pulled oot o her next event in Antwerp due tae a shoulder injury.

Šafářová lost in roond three o baith Indian Wells an Miami tae Shahar Pe'er an Serena Williams, respectively. She defeatit Daniela Hantuchová in the Czech Republic vs. Slovak Republic Fed Cup encounter. Šafářová then lost in the SF o Tier IV Estoril tae Victoria Azarenka.

At Roland Garros, Šafářová defeatit Mauresmo again, this time in the third roond, in straucht sets. It wis the seicont time in a row that Šafářová haed beaten Mauresmo in a Grand Slam, efter winnin thair anly previous encounter in Januar at the Australian Open. In the next roond, Šafářová lost in three sets tae Anna Chakvetadze. As the 25t seed, Šafářová defeatit Zuzana Ondrášková at Wimbledon, followed bi a win ower Eleni Daniilidou in three sets. Houiver, she lost tae third seed (an warld No. 3) Jelena Janković in roond three, an aa in three sets, efter coming within twa pynts o anither Grand Slam upset. The match wis describit as the best WTA match o 2007 up tae that pynt an the best women's Wimbledon match in mony years. Šafářová entered the 2007 US Open as the 20t seed, defeatin Jessica Moore in the first roond an Andrea Petkovic in the seicont roond. She fell tae Marion Bartoli in the third roond. Closin oot the 2007 Grand Slams, she placed third roond or better in aw, an made the quarterfinals in the Australian Open.

2008[eedit | eedit soorce]

At the beginnin o 2008, Šafářová ance again decidit tae enter the Perth Hopman Cup. She wis ranked No. 23 an teuk on warld No. 56 Alicia Molik. The Czechs lost the match followed bi a loss wi her pairtner on an off the court, Tomáš Berdych, in mixed Doubles. She then competit against Serena Williams. Šafářová lost in three sets. Šafářová an Berdych lost the first set o the mixed doubles an haed tae leave the tournament, due tae Berdych's heal concerns.

Šafářová's seicont competeetion o the year wis the Medibank International. In roond 1, she faced Australie's Alicia Molik. Šafářová won in twa tiebreaks. Baith haed set pynts an match pynts throughout the tiebreaker, but Šafářová wis able tae come oot on tap. She subsequently pulled oot o the seicont roond against warld No. 1 Justine Henin.

Šafářová entered the Australian Open as the 22nt seed. In the first roond, she faced Catalina Castaño o Colombia, losin in 71 minutes. Later it wis revealed that a gluteal strain wis plaguing Šafářová during the match. She sustained the injury frae her first-roond encounter against Molik at the 2008 Sydney Medibank International. Competin at the Pacific Life Open in the United States, Šafářová, seedit 26t, lost in three sets in the seicont roond tae Ashley Harkleroad. Follaein that, Šafářová played the Sony Ericcson Open, whaur she lost tae fowert seed Jelena Janković.

2009[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová began the year wi a quarterfinal shawin at the international haurd-court event in Brisbane. She defeatit the Australians Isabella Holland an Samantha Stosur, afore bein defeatit bi seicont-seedit Victoria Azarenka o Belarus. Efter failing tae qualify for the premier event in Sydney, Šafářová reached the third roond o the Australian Open en route defeatin Sybille Bammer an Marina Erakovic, afore losin tae Marion Bartoli in three sets.

2010[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová at the 2010 US Open

Šafářová stairtit the 2010 saison bi reachin the quarterfinals o the 2010 Brisbane International, afore losin tae eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

She then suffered first-roond losses at the 2010 Moorilla Hobart International, retiring against Kateryna Bondarenko in the third set, an the 2010 Australian Open, losin tae saxt seed Venus Williams. Šafářová made her first final o the year at the 2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris bi defeatin Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals. She won the first set, but coud nae haud on, fawin in three sets tae tap seed Elena Dementieva in the final. Šafářová then suffered twa mair first-roond losses, first at the 2010 Monterrey Open, losin tae Julie Coin, an seicont at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, losin tae Julia Görges. At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, Šafářová wis unseedit an won her first-roond match, defeatin Kaia Kanepi an then defeatit María José Martínez Sánchez in the seicont roond in three sets, efter bein doun match pynts at 5–2 in the seicont set. She then fell tae fowert seed Victoria Azarenka.

At the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Šafářová upset warld No. 2 an tap seed Caroline Wozniacki in the seicont roond. She then fell in three sets tae qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova in the quarterfinals. Šafářová upset warld No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the third roond o the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, but lost tae eventual champion María José Martínez Sánchez in straucht sets in the quarterfinals. Šafářová upset warld No. 12 Maria Sharapova in the first roond o the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. She then defeatit Olga Govortsova an Alexandra Dulgheru tae advance tae the quarterfinals, whaur she beat warld No. 18 Nadia Petrova. She retired frae a thigh injury while trailing Aravane Rezaï bi a set in the semifinals. Šafářová wis seedit 24t at the 2010 French Open. She defeatit Jelena Dokić in the first roond, but wis defeatit bi Polona Hercog in the seicont roond.

2011[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová attended the 2011 Brisbane International an made it tae the quarterfinals wi tough matches frae Akgul Amanmuradova an Shahar Pe'er, afore losin tae Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

As the 31st seed at the 2011 Australian Open, Šafářová struggled throu her first twa roonds, defeatin Shuai Zhang in the first roond, an Klára Zakopalová in the seicont. In the third roond, she lost in twa sets tae warld No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, haein haed a set pynt in the seicont set. Follaein the Australian Open, Šafářová defeatit Daniela Hantuchová o Slovakia in the 2011 Fed Cup, but retired in her seicont rubber against Jana Čepelová.

Her next tournament wis the 2011 Open GDF Suez, whaur she fell tae a resurgent Jelena Dokić in the first roond. A week later at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, Šafářová ance again lost in the first roond, this time tae Klára Zakopalová. Her performance at the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open wis mair positive, as she defeatit warld No. 10 Agnieszka Radwańska in twa sets, afore fawin in three sets in the seicont roond tae Flavia Pennetta. Šafářová haed her best result in 2011 at the 2011 Malaysian Open, whaur she reached the final an held championship pynts against an in-form Jelena Dokić, but succumbed in three sets, haein held twa match pynts in the seicont-set tiebreaker. She reached the seicont roond o Indian Wells, beatin Kristina Barrois in roond ane, while serving a WTA saison-heich 18 aces, afore losin a close match tae 21st seed Petkovic. The follaein week as 31st seed, she haed a bye in roond ane o Miami, afore beatin Patty Schnyder in roond 2. She then lost tae fowert seed Samantha Stosur.

Šafářová wis forced tae pull oot o the Czech Fed Cup tie against Belgium the follaein week due tae a left thigh problem. She attempted tae play Stuttgart, but lost tae Barrois. She then pulled oot o Barcelona wi the same leg injury. Her next tournament wis the premier Madrid event. She defeatit Spainyie player Anabel Medina Garrigues, coming back frae match pynt doun in the third set tae win. She followed this wi a three set win ower seivent seed Jelena Janković in roond twa, an a twa set win ower Gajdosova in roond three, makin this the seicont consecutive year she haes reached the Madrid quarterfinals. She lost a haurd-focht match tae fowert seed Victoria Azarenka, in three sets in the quarterfinals.

In Roum the follaein week, she began wi a win ower Kimiko Date-Krumm. In the seicont roond, she fell tae Janković. Unseedit at the French Open, she opened wi an easy win ower Kirsten Flipkens. In roond 2, she wis up a set an a break against 17t seedit German Julia Görges, but eventually succumbedin three sets. In the doubles event, she an Michaëlla Krajicek opened wi a win ower Miami champions A. Radwańska/Hantuchová, an then defeatit Pauline Parmentier an Kristina Mladenovic afore fawin tae fift seedit Madrid Champions Victoria Azarenka an Maria Kirilenko. This merked her best doubles result at the French Open. As the fowert seed in Copenhagen, she made a series o tough three-set wins, never winnin the first set. Beatin Konta, Krajicek, Zhang, an Martić (efter trailing bi a set an 4–0), she lost the final tae home favourite an warld No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then travelled tae Eastbourne, whaur she lost in the openin roond tae eventual champion Marion Bartoli, despite holding match pynt.

At Wimbledon, Šafářová wis seedit 31st. She defeatit fellae Czech Lucie Hradecká in roond ane; her first win at Wimbledon syne 2007. She wis defeatit bi anither Czech, Zakopalová in roond twa. She next played on clay in Båstad, but wis taken oot bi Vesna Dolonts in straucht sets. She pulled oot o tournaments in Baku an San Diego, afore returning tae the tour in Toronto. Follaein wins ower Polona Hercog an Simona Halep, she teuk oot 8t seedit Francesca Schiavone tae reach her seicont Toronto quarterfinal. She lost this match tae eventual champion Serena Williams in three sets. In Cincinnati the follaein week, she defeatit Zakopalová but lost her seicont-roond match tae fift seed, Li Na.

Seedit 27t at the US Open, she began bi defeatin Magdaléna Rybáriková, scoring her first US Open win syne 2007. She then defeatit wildcard Madison Keys afore a disappointing third roond loss tae Monica Niculescu. In Quebec City the week follaein the US Open, she lost in roond twa tae Andrea Hlaváčková as the seicont seed. Takin a smaw break, she re-entered the tour in Beijing but lost in the first roond tae Petkovic. She followed this up wi a semifinal appearance in Linz, Austria, losin tae Dominika Cibulková. The follaein week in the premier Moscow event, she teuk oot seicont seed Agnieszka Radwańska in roond twa afore losin tae Kaia Kanepi in the semifinals in three sets. Tae finish the year, Lucie wis a pairt o the Czech Fed Cup team. Despite losin baith her matches tae the higher-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova an Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, she an the Czech team won 3 rubbers tae 2.

2012[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová reached the quarterfinals in Sydney, but lost tae Li Na in twa sets. She wis taken oot in the first roond o the Australian Open bi Christina McHale. On 23 Mairch 2012, at the Miami Masters, Šafářová lost tae Heather Watson o Great Britain in a match lasting ane oor, 20 minutes. The young Breetish player wis ranked 129 in the warld.[4] Šafářová reached the semifinals o the Rogers Cup in Montreal, losin tae Li Na in three sets. Wi this result she wis ranked well within the tap 20 for the first time in her career.

2014: First Grand Slam semifinal[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafárová haed a match pynt in the third roond o the Australian Open against Li Na, but wis eventually beaten in three sets as Li went on tae win her seicont major title. At the 2014 Sony Open Tennis she lost in three tight sets tae Maria Sharapova in the 3rd roond. She wad go on tae lose tae Sharapova again in the first roond o the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Roland Garros wis her next grand slam. Šafárová wis the 23rd seed at the tournament. She defeatit the in-form Ana Ivanovic in the 3rd roond but lost in the next roond tae Svetlana Kuznetsova in straucht sets. At Wimbledon, she reached her first ever Grand Slam Semifinal, losin in twa sets tae fellae Czech Petra Kvitová for the 5t time this year.[5]

2015: Two Grand Slam doubles titles and singles final, debut in Top 10[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafárová haed a slow stairt tae the year stairtin wi a first roond loss at the Apia International Syndey tae Samantha Stosur. At the Australian Open she suffered anither first roond exit tae Yaroslava Shvedova. Despite the early loss in singles, Šafárová rebounded bi capturing her first Grand Slam title in doubles pairtnerin wi American Bethanie Mattek-Sands tae win the doubles title, defeatin the 14t seeds Chan Yung-jan an Zheng Jie.

Šafárová then played at the Proximus Diamond Games an lost in the quarterfinals tae fellae countrywoman Karolína Plíšková. She next traveled tae Dubai whaur she made it tae the semifinals, upsetting defendin champion Venus Williams alang the wey an lost again tae Plíšková.[2] At the Qatar Total Open, Šafárová defeatit umwhile Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur in the first roond, teuk oot 5t seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6t seed Andrea Petkovic an 9t seed Carla Suarez Navarro en route tae her first final in ower a year. In the final she defeatit umwhile No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in straucht sets tae win her first premier title.[2]

Šafárová then lost early at baith the Indian Wells Masters an the Miami Open tae Elina Svitolina an Johanna Larsson, respectively. Šafárová next played for the Czech Republic in the semifinals against Fraunce at the Fed Cup whaur she beat Caroline Garcia in three sets efter saving five match pynts. The Czech Republic wad go on tae win the tie tae advance tae the finals for the fowert time in five years.

Šafárová began her clay saison in Stuttgart whaur she lost in the seicont roond tae eventual finalist an umwhile No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straucht sets, but she wad go on tae win the doubles title wi Mattek-Sands. She then played at the Prague Open an lost in the first roond tae Tereza Smitkova. She then played at the Madrid Open an made it tae the quarterfinals whaur she lost tae eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets efter bein up 5–2 in the seicont set tiebreak an efter failing tae convert twa match pynts on her ain serve in the third set. She then lost in the seicont roond at the Italian Open tae Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets.

Šafárová stairtit her French Open singels campaign bi defeatin lang time friend Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in twa tiebreakers. She went on tae defeat Kurumi Nara an 20t seed Sabine Lisicki, afore setting up a clash wi the defendin champion Maria Sharapova in the fowert roond. She won the match in straucht sets handing Sharapova her earliest French Open loss syne 2010. In the quarterfinals she played the 21st seed Garbine Muguruza an won in straucht sets tae advance tae her seicont semifinal in a grand slam. Wi her quarterfinal win, she secured her place in the Tap 10. She then defeatit umwhile champion Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals in twa tight sets tae advance tae her first ever Grand Slam final which she lost tae Serena Williams in three sets.[6] In doubles she an Mattek-Sands claimed thair seicont grand slam title o the year, beatin Yaroslava Shvedova an Casey Dellacqua in three sets in the final.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Šafářová speaks three leids, Czech, German an Inglis.[1] She wis in a relationship wi fellae Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych until thay broke up in 2011.[7]

Career stateestics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Singles[eedit | eedit soorce]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won toornament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Roond 4, 3, 2, 1; competit at a Roond Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent frae toornament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (wi its nummer indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, siller (F or S) or gowd medal at the Olympics; a doungradit Masters Series/1000 toornament (Nae a Masters Series); or a toornament that was Not Held in a gien year.

Tae avoid confusion an double coontin, these charts are updatit either at the conclusion o a toornament, or when the player's pairteecipation in the toornament has endit.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam Toornaments
Australian Open A Q1 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 10 11–10
French Open A 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R F 0 / 11 17–11
Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 0 / 9 9–9
US Open Q2 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 4R 0 / 10 11–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 1–3 11–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 6–4 3–4 3–4 13–4 6–2 0 / 40 48–40

Doubles[eedit | eedit soorce]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R A 3R 1R 2R 1R QF QF W 1 / 9 16–8
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R W 1 / 10 13–9
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF 0 / 9 4–9
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 10 5–10
Win–Loss 0–2 0–3 0–4 1–3 3–4 3–4 3–4 0–4 8–4 7–4 12–0 2 / 38 38–36

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