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Coached by Daniel Fiala...Baseline player who sometimes serves-and-volleys; prefers clay courts; favorite shot is her backhand...Nickname is Liba...Mother, Eva Prusova, is a piano teacher; father, Zbynek Prusa, is the director of a chemical company; has a twin sister, Zuzana, who is a student...Graduated from high school in 1998 and studied at West Bohemian University...Admires her parents, and tennis players Martina Hingis and Andre Agassi...Likes being a pro tennis player because she can be the master of her time and meet interesting people in different countries...Describes herself as friendly...Likes to visit Prague, says it is a wonderful city...Favorite movie is The Pelican Brief and some Czech movies; favorite author is John Grisham; favorite actors are Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2004 - ITF/Valasske Mezirici-CZE; 2002 - ITF/Cesky Krumlov-CZE; 1999 - ITF/Bucharest 4-ROM, ITF/Plzen-CZE; 1998 - ITF/Plzen-CZE, ITF/Zadar-CRO, ITF/Prerov-CZE; 1997 - ITF/Warsaw-POL; 1995 - ITF/Stare Splavy-CZE; 1994 - ITF/Umag-CRO.
Semifinalist (1): 2002 - Bol.
Winner (0 WTA Tour): 2005 - ITF/Prague Pruhonice-CZE (w/Hradecka).
Finalist (1): 2003 - Sopot (w/Ani).
Semifinalist (2): 2004 - Australian Open (wAni); 2002 - Helsinki (w/Benesova).
ADDITIONAL Czech Fed Cup Team 2004. Czech Olympic Team 2004.
Career in Review
1993 - Debuted on pro circuit at an ITF Circuit event in Prerov, winning first match; only appearance during year
1994 - Failed to qualify at Prague (first WTA Tour effort); competed in 10 ITF Circuit events, claiming first title (reached one final)
1995 - Tried to qualify at Prague (second year); competed at eight ITF Circuit events (twice as a LL) and won second title
1996 - Unable to qualify at five WTA Tour events; competed in 10 ITF Circuit events, once as a qualifier, reaching one SF
1997 - Failed to qualify at Prague (third time); competed in 14 ITF Circuit events, winning third title and reaching two other finals
1998 - Tried to qualify at two Tour events (fourth time at Prague); claimed three titles (and one final) in seven ITF Circuit starts
1999 - Unable to qualify at two WTA Tour events; competed at 10 ITF Circuit events, winning two and reaching one final
2000 - Broke through qualifying at three WTA Tour events (failed to do so at 10 others, including the four Grand Slams), winning 1r match at Warsaw over Sanchez Lorenzo before falling to No. 3 seed Garbin in three sets; competed at six ITF Circuit events, reaching one QF; at Plzen (as two-time defending champion), ret. during first match and was out for remainder of season with a right knee injury suffered October 10 (see surgery note in 2001)
2001 - Underwent right knee surgery on March 13 (see injury note in 2000); entered four ITF Circuit events, winning Prague
2002 - Continued comeback from knee injury (see Career in Review - 2000 and 2001); appeared in five WTA Tour event, all but once as a qualifier, surpassing 2r once; with a SR of No. 180, reached SF at Bol as a qualifier, falling to world No. 33 Majoli in 3s after holding 3mp; won ninth career ITF Circuit title and first in three years at ITF/Cesky Krumlov-CZE, d. top-seed Kleinova in final
2003 - L. 1r at Australian Open (Grand Slam debut) and Roland Garros; d. Talaja at Budapest before l. 2r to Mandula; reached career-first doubles final at Sopot w/Ani (first-time partners); Won doubles at ITF/Bordeaux-FRA w/Ani; reached SF at ITF/Biella-ITA and won doubles w/Kurhajcova; reached two other ITF Circuit doubles finals
2004 - Reached 2r at Sopot as world No.191 LL (l. to No.68 Pennetta) and 1r at Australian Open as world No.211 qualifier (l. 76(5) 75 to No.60 Gagliardi); failed to qualify at 10 Tour events and all three other Grand Slams; in doubles, reached SF at Australian Open (w/Ani - d. No.15 seeds Schett/Schnyder and No.6 seeds Widjaja/Vento-Kabchi en route) and l. in 1r at Olympics (w/Strycova); member of Czech Republic Fed Cup team that l. to Italy 3-1 in 1r (doubles rubber not played); on ITF Circuit, won $25K ITF/Valasske Mezirici-CZE (first title in two years) and one doubles title.
2005 - Doubles winner at $25K ITF/Prague Pruhonice-CZE (w/Hradecka).