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Coached by stepfather, Alex Kodat; working with physios Pavel Kovac and David Hogarth ... Introduced to tennis by mother, Riana, at age 6; has two younger brothers, Oliver and Toby ... Lived in Germany until age 6 ... Trained at Nick Bollettieri Academy ... Has an all-court game; biggest weapon is serve ... Follows NHL (ice hockey) ... Likes reading, watching movies, yoga, bike riding ... Enjoys pop music, especially by Madonna ... Speaks Czech, German, English; studying French ... Favorite city is New York because of its constant activity.
Winner (6): 2006 - Strasbourg; 2005 - Seoul, Tokyo [Japan Open], Bangkok; 2004 - Vancouver, Tashkent, ITF/Columbus-USA; 2003 - ITF/Plzen-CZE.
Finalist (1): 2005 - Istanbul.
Semifinalist (13): 2008 - Sydney; 2007 - Sydney, Australian Open, Zürich, Linz; 2006 - Sydney, Roland Garros, Stanford, San Diego, Moscow, Linz; 2005 - Memphis, Philadelphia.
Czech Fed Cup Team, 2004-08; Czech Olympic Team, 2008.
Career in Review
2003 - Played and won first event of career at ITF/Plzen-CZE.
2004 - First Top 100 season; won first Tour singles title at Vancouver (as qualifier and in only third Tour main draw, d. Granville in final); at 15y/3m/23d, was sixth-youngest singles titlist in Tour history; won second Tour singles title at Tashkent (d. Razzano in final); made Top 100 debut afterwards on October 18 (rose from No.103 to No.74); QF at Tokyo [Japan Open]; made Grand Slam debut at US Open, falling 1r (as qualifier, l. to world No.1 Henin 61 64; led 4-1 second set); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Breakthrough season, highlighted by three-tournament streak at Seoul (d. Jankovic in final), Tokyo [Japan Open] (won when Golovin ret. in final w/left Achilles tendonitis) and Bangkok (d. Petrova in final); was first player to win three Tour singles titles in three weeks since Davenport in summer 2004; was also sixth woman to win five Tour singles titles before 17th birthday (also Austin, Jaeger, Seles, Capriati and Hingis); runner-up once, at Istanbul (l. to V.Williams in final); SF twice, at Memphis (l. to Shaughnessy) and Philadelphia (extended win streak to 18 matches to reach SF; l. to Mauresmo); QF three times, at Hobart, Charleston and Toronto; notched first two Top 10 wins, at Charleston (No.6 Myskina) and Bangkok (No.9 Petrova); played all four majors in a year for first time, best result being 4r at US Open (l. to Petrova); made Top 50 debut on April 4 (after Miami; rose from No.53 to No.47) and Top 20 debut on October 10 (after Tokyo [Japan Open]; rose from No.21 to No.18), reaching No.15 on November 14 year-end rankings.
2006 - First Top 10 season; won sixth Tour singles title at Strasbourg (d. Peng in final); SF six times, most notably first Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros (l. to Kuznetsova 57 76(5) 62, having led 75 53; was sixth-youngest player in Open Era to reach Roland Garros SF) but also Sydney (l. to Schiavone), Stanford, San Diego (l. to Clijsters at both), Moscow and Linz (l. to Petrova at both); QF at Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; strong showings at other majors, reaching 4r at Australian Open (l. to Mauresmo) and Wimbledon (l. to Li) and 3r at US Open (l. to Jankovic); beat Mauresmo twice during season at Roland Garros and Moscow, for third and fourth Top 10 wins (first wins over a reigning No.1); made Top 10 debut on August 7 (after San Diego; rose from No.12 to No.9 (at 17y/3m/2w, was 12th-youngest to crack Top 10 after Capriati, Jaeger, Austin, Sabatini, Seles, Hingis, Graf, Kournikova, Zvereva, Sharapova, Bassett-Seguso); surpassed $1 million in career prize money earnings (fifth-youngest).
2007 - Near-Top 10 finish after season marred somewhat by illness and injury; SF four times, at Sydney (l. to Jankovic), Australian Open (l. to S.Williams; second Grand Slam SF), Zürich (l. to Henin) and Linz (l. to Hantuchova); QF six times, at Indian Wells, Miami, Roland Garros (l. to Jankovic), Eastbourne (l. to Henin), Wimbledon (l. to Ivanovic 46 62 75; led 5-3 third set w/3mp at 5-4) and Moscow (l. to S.Williams); had three Top 10 wins, at Australian Open (No.8 Dementieva), Wimbledon (No.4 Mauresmo) and Zürich (No.3 Jankovic); reached career-high No.7 on May 28 (going into Roland Garros); only four pre-QF losses, incl. US Open (l. to Peer in 3r); had two separate lay-offs, during European clay court season w/right wrist injury (withdrew from Berlin, Rome, Strasbourg) and summer hardcourt season w/viral illness (withdrew from San Diego, Los Angeles, Toronto).
2008 - Coming off three Top 15 seasons, fell to No.41 by year's end after somewhat inconsistent results; strong showings in five of 19 events, reaching QF at Gold Coast (as top seed, l. to eventual champion Li), SF at Sydney (d. No.6 seed Hantuchova and No.3 seed Jankovic en route, falling to No.2 seed Kuznetsova; wins over world No.9 Hantuchova and world No.3 Jankovic were eighth and ninth Top 10 wins), 4r at Australian Open (as No.12 seed, l. to No.7 seed S.Williams), QF at Birmingham (as No.3 seed, l. to Mattek) and fifth Grand Slam QF at Wimbledon (as No.18 seed, d. No.8 seed Chakvetadze en route, falling to WC Zheng in 3s; win over world No.8 Chakvetadze was 10th Top 10 win of career); went 3-14 in other 14 events, winning matches at Dubai (d. qualifier Nakamura in 1r; l. to No.3 seed Ivanovic in 2r), Los Angeles (as No.11 seed, d. Morita in 1r; l. to WC Mattek in 2r) and US Open (as No.20 seed, d. Cetkovska in 1r; l. to WC Brémond in 2r) but dropping opening matches 11 times, incl. Roland Garros (as No.15 seed, l. to qualifier Benesova in 1r) and Olympics (l. to No.15 seed Cornet in 3s in 1r); member of Czech Fed Cup team that d. Slovakia 3-2 in World Group II (went 3-0); withdrew from Amelia Island, Linz and Québec City w/right wrist injury.