Coached by Jan Kuval ... Favorite surface is clay; best shot is backhand ... Mother’s name is Anna; father is deceased; has a younger brother, Ludovit ... Graduated from high school in 1997 ... Favorite places to visit are Paris and Rio de Janeiro, a great city with great people ... Self-described as ambitious, hard-working and capricious ... Enjoys reading, swimming and beach volleyball ... favorite musical is My Fair Lady; favorite author is Jackie Collins.
• In 1995, was No.23 in singles and No.7 in doubles on ITF junior rankings; won the European Championships Under 18s; participated in the 1995 World Youth Cup qualifying and finals, and the 1993 NTT World Junior Tennis qualifying.
SINGLESWinner: 2000 - ITF/Poitiers-FRA; 1998 - ITF/Presov-SVK, ITF/Nitra-SVK, ITF/Bytom-POL, ITF/Vaihingen-GER; 1997 - ITF/Biograd-CRO, ITF/Campinas-BRA.Finalist (2): 2005 - Acapulco; 2004 - Casablanca.Semifinalist (5): 2006 - Bogotá; 2003 - Casablanca, Budapest, Palermo; 2001 - Bratislava.Quarterfinalist (12): 2004 - Bogotá, Budapest, Palermo; 2003 - Estoril, Bol, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Helsinki; 2002 - Porto, Warsaw, Casablanca; 2001 - Porto; 1999 - Sopot.ADDITIONALSlovak Fed Cup Team 1999, 2003-04.
1995 - SF on debut at ITF/Nitra-SVK.1996 - Reached two ITF Circuit SF.1997 - Won ITF/Beograd-CRO and ITF/Campinas-BRA.1998 - Made Tour debut at Warsaw as qualifier (l. 2r); won four ITF Circuit titles, three consecutively.1999 - In fourth Tour event and seventh main draw match, ranked No.111, scored career-best win at Budapest, d. world No.4 Novotna in 1r, becoming lowest-ranked player since computer rankings began inNovember 1975 to d. a reigning Wimbledon champion, and tied for third-fastest (with Evert) to defeat a Top 5player; afterwards (April 26), broke into Top 100 (at No.88); played first Grand Slams at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open; reached first Tour QF at Sopot as a qualifier (l. to No.17 Testud 75 third set); first-time member of Slovak Fed Cup Team.2000 - Qualified for Berlin, Klagenfurt, Sopot, US Open (l. 1r to No.8 Tauziat in 3s); won ITF/Poiters-FRA.2001 - Reached first Tour SF at Bratislava; also QF at Porto (as qualifier) and 3r at Berlin as qualifier (l. to Sánchez-Vicario in 3s); first Top 100 finish.2002 - Reached QF at Porto, Warsaw and Casablanca; at Roland Garros, reached Grand Slam 3r for first time, d. former champion Majoli in 2r (l. to Seles).2003 - Made three SF (Casablanca, Budapest, Palermo) and four QF (Estoril, Bol, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Helsinki); at ’s-Hertogenbosch, l. to No.3 Henin-Hardenne 36 75 63; qualified for Indian Wells and Linz; went 1-1 in singles to help Slovakia d. Germany 3-2 in Fed Cup World Group 1r.2004 - Reached first Tour final at Casablanca (l. to top seed Loit); QF at Bogotá, Budapest (l. to Jankovic) and Palermo (l. to Srebotnik); l. to Mauresmo in Australian Open 2r, Roland Garros 1r and Wimbledon 3r (had d. No.26 seed Raymond in 2r for season-best win); went 1-1 in 3-2 1r Fed Cup loss to Austria.2005 - Season highlighted by reaching second career Tour singles final; unseeded at Acapulco, upset No.6 seed Sánchez Lorenzo and No.5 seed Randriantefy en route to first Tier III final, falling 36 75 63 to top seed Pennetta; 2r three times, incl. Tier I Indian Wells (l. to Pierce 75 third set) and Roland Garros (l. to Clijsters); in other majors, fell 1r at Australian Open and Wimbledon, and in qualifying at US Open; withdrew from Pattaya City and Hyderabad w/virus, from Istanbul w/illness and from Palermo w/shoulder injury.
FEBRUARY - Playing in first Tour main draw of season after failing to qualify at two prior events, reached SF at Bogotá (unseeded, upset No.5 seed Diaz-Oliva and No.2 seed Dulko en route; l. to No.6 seed and eventual champion Dominguez Lino).
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