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Helena Sukova was born with tennis in her blood: her mother, Vera, reached the Wimbledon final in 1962; her brother, Cyril, played on the ATP World Tour, and they teamed up to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles together.
In 1999, Sukova helped re-establish the International Lawn Tennis Club of the Czech Republic and became its President - and she still holds that position today. From 2001 to 2008, she served as a co-opted member of the Executive Committee of the Council of International Clubs. She has remained active in the further development of tennis in the Czech Republic and is co-founder of the Kids and Junior Tennis Advancement Organization in the Czech Republic. She served on the presidium of the Czech Olympians' Club from 2001 to 2008. Additionally, she is a member of the Champions for Peace Club, a group of famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport Organization.
Sukova got her University doctor degree as a psychologist and since February 2011 serves as a Vice President of the Association of Sport Psychologists in the Czech Republic, and serves on the working group of the Task Force on Sport Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations. She works as a psychologist on a regular basis with her clientele, who range from non-sporting circles to former or current professional athletes.
Winner (10): 1992 - Osaka, Indianapolis; 1991 - Brisbane; 1989 - Brisbane; 1987 - Eastbourne, Piscataway; 1986 - Montreal, Hilversum; 1984 - Brisbane; 1982 - Newport.
Finalist (21): 1996 - Austin; 1994 - Brighton; 1993 - US Open; 1990 - Indian Wells, Birmingham, Brighton; 1989 - Australian Open; 1988 - Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Berlin; 1987 - Boca Raton; 1986 - Princeton, Eastbourne, US Open, Zurich; 1985 - Tour Championships, Eastbourne; 1984 - Worcester, Australian Open; 1982 - Austin, Indianapolis.
Winner (69): 1998 - Sydney (w/Hingis); 1997 - Strasbourg (w/Zvereva), Luxembourg (w/Neiland); 1996 - Wimbledon, Zurich (both w/Hingis), Karlovy Vary (w/Habsudova); 1995 - Oakland, Philadelphia (both w/McNeil); 1993 - US Open, Los Angeles, Essen (all w/Sánchez-Vicario), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Navratilova), Indian Wells (w/Stubbs), Lucerne (w/M.J. Fernandez), Stratton Mountain (w/Smylie), San Diego (w/G. Fernandez); 1992 - Australian Open, Virginia Slims Championships, Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Los Angeles, Filderstadt (all w/Sánchez-Vicario), Osaka (w/Stubbs), Rome (w/Seles), Zurich (w/Zvereva); 1991 - Sydney, Amelia Island (both w/Sánchez-Vicario), Tarpon Springs (w/G. Fernandez); 1990 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Miami, Brisbane, Sydney, Indian Wells, Boca Raton (all w/Novotna), Brighton (w/Tauziat), New England (w/G. Fernandez); 1989 - Wimbledon, Miami, Boca Raton, Brisbane, Zurich (all w/Novotna); 1988 - San Antonio (w/McNeil), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Shriver), Montreal, Mahwah (both w/Novotna); 1987 - Wimbledon, Tokyo [Bridgestone], Berlin, Chicago (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Brighton (w/K. Jordan); 1986 - Miami (w/Shriver), Chicago, Amelia Island, Dallas (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Berlin, Brighton (both w/Graf), Hilversum (w/K. Jordan); 1985 - US Open, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Lugano (w/Gadudek); 1984 - Marco Island (w/Mandlikova), Perugia (w/Budarova), Stuttgart, Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (all w/Kohde-Kilsch).
Finalist (58): 1997 - Los Angeles, Zurich (both w/Neiland), Eastbourne (w/McNeil), Leipzig (w/Basuki); 1996 - Sydney, Essen (both w/McNeil), Berlin, Filderstadt (both w/Hingis), Linz (w/Stubbs), Rosmalen (w/Boogert), Olympics (w/Novotna), Toronto (w/MJ. Fernandez); 1995 - Brighton (w/McNeil); 1994 - Indian Wells, Delray Beach (both w/Bollegraf), Eastbourne (w/Gorrochategui); 1993 - Toronto (w/Sánchez-Vicario); 1991 - Brisbane (w/Fendick), Hamburg (w/Sánchez-Vicario), Toronto (w/Kohde-Kilsch); 1990 - Hamburg (w/Neiland), US Open (w/Novotna); 1989 - Hamburg, Eastbourne, Chicago (all w/Novotna); 1988 - Brisbane, Sydney, Boca Raton, Berlin, Roland Garros, Zurich (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Washington DC, Worcester (both w/Sabatini), Olympics (w/Novotna); 1987 - Miami, Rome, Toronto, Tour Championships (March), Tour Championships (November) (all w/Kohde-Kilsch); 1986 - Washington DC, Worcester, Tour Championships, Eastbourne, Los Angeles (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Oakland (w/Gadusek), Princeton (w/Mandlikova), Montreal (w/Shriver), Mahwah (w/Graf); 1985 - Washington DC, Tour Championships, Roland Garros, Mahwah, Zurich, Brisbane, Australian Open (all w/Kohde-Kilsch), Houston (w/Maleeva-Fragniere), Brighton (w/Potter); 1984 - Australian Open (w/Kohde-Kilsch); 1983 - Sydney (w/Mandlikova).
Winner (5): 1997 - Wimbledon (w/Suk); 1996 - Wimbledon (w/Suk); 1994 - Wimbledon (w/Woodbridge); 1993 - US Open (w/Woodbridge); 1991 - Roland Garros (w/Suk).
Finalist (3): 1998 - Australian Open (w/Suk); 1994 - Australian Open (w/Woodbridge); 1992 - US Open (w/Nijssen).
Czechoslovakian Fed Cup Team 1981-89, 1992-93 (champions in 1983-85, 1988). Czech Republic Fed Cup Team 1995-96. Czechoslovakian Olympic Team 1988, 1992. Czech Republic Olympic Team 1996.
Career in Review
1984 - At Australian Open, stopped Navratilova's 74-match historic win-streak
1987 - At Eastbourne, became fourth player to d. Evert and Navratilova in same tournament and stopped Navratilova's grass win-streak of 69 matches
1988 - Handed Navratilova her only indoor loss of season at Virginia Slims Championships
1993 - At US Open, became lowest seed (No. 12), since Shriver in 1978 (No. 16 seed), to reach singles final; won doubles and mixed doubles titles; became seventh woman in Open Era to reach all three finals at a Grand Slam even
1995 - Reached SF at Italian Open; upset No. r seed Sabatini in 3r 26 76 76; saved 5mp in second set and came back after trailing 0-3 final set
1996 - Two-time champion at Wimbledon, winning doubles with Hingis and mixed doubles with brother, Cyril Suk; second time to win both doubles and mixed doubles at a Grand Slam (1993 US Open); second Grand Slam title with brother (1991 Roland Garros); won 600th career match by d. No. 4 Majoli in QF at Rosmalen, becoming the ninth woman in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach that milestone; seeded No. 8, continued on to reach final of Rosmalen; upset world No. 2 Sanchez Vicario in QF at Leipzig; at the Olympics with countrywoman Novotna, recaptured the Olympic Silver Medal in doubles that they first won at 1988 Olympics
1997 - D. No. 10 seed and former champion C. Martinez in 3r of Wimbledon; also defended mixed doubles title with brother, Cyril Suk; at season-ending championships w/Neiland, upset top seeds G. ernandez/Zvereva 1r, ending Fernandez' career, before falling in the SF
1998 - Announced in December 1997 in Prague that the final singles event of her career would be the 1998 Australian Open in January, but that she would continue to play double; came out of singles retirement to play at 1998 Wimbledon, l. to No. 13 seed Schnyder in 3s 1r