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Coached by Peter Huber; fitness coach is Kristian Cupak ... Father is Anton (retired after working in power stations); mother's name is Maria; has two siblings, Filip and Nada; has a dog named Dolor ... Began playing tennis at age 8; was born in Piestany but moved to Bratislava at age 15 to train at national tennis center ... Favorite surfaces are grass and hardcourts; favorite shots are serve and forehand ... Favorite food is sushi; favorite drinks are water and iced tea ... Favorite movie is Pretty Woman; favorite actors are Richard Gere and Tom Cruise ... Favorite group is Coldplay ... Favorite cities are New York and Paris; favorite tournaments are Wimbledon and US Open ... Admires Roger Federer for being a great player and person; also admires Martina Hingis ... If she weren't a tennis player would play another sport (loves all sports) ... Lucky charm is a toy turtle... Goal is to reach Top 10.
Winner (4): 2013 - Washington DC; 2012 - Washington DC; 2011 - Memphis; 2009 - Birmingham.
Finalist (4): 2018 - Birmingham; 2017 - Linz; 2014 - New Haven; 2011 - Guangzhou.
Winner (1): 2012 - Budapest (w/Husarova).
Finalist (1): 2010 - Tashkent (w/Dulgheru).
Slovak Fed Cup Team, 2005-15, 2018.
Career in Review
2018 - Third straight Top 50 season (finishing No.50); runner-up at Birmingham (l. to Kvitova); QF at Monterrey (l. to Vickery); reached 4r once (Australian Open), 3r (Roland Garros) and 2r eight times; fell 1r 10 times (incl. Wimbledon and US Open).
2017 - Posted best year-end finish on a career-high ranking of No.20; became Slovak No.1 on October 23, 2017 (ahead of Cibulkova); reached seventh career tour-level singles final at 2017 Linz (l. Strycova in final); reached career first Grand Slam semifinal at 2017 Wimbledon (l. eventual champion Muguruza), becoming first Slovak woman to reach this stage at the All England Club, defeated No.3 Ka.Pliskova in 2r en route; after All England Club run, finished with 18-2 record on grass in 2017, including two ITF singles titles at Surbiton (d. Watson in F) and Ilkley (d. Van Uytvanck in F), and made SF run at Nottingham (l. eventual R-Up Konta); qualified for WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai in 2017, going 1-1 in group stage.
2016 - QF at Indian Wells; reached 2r twice (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r four times (incl. Roland Garros and Wimbledon) and in qualifying once; missed second half of season due to wrist and knee surgeries, finishing year at No.156.
2015 - Seventh Top 100 season in last eight years (finishing No.77); SF at Istanbul (l. to U.Radwanska); QF twice at Acapulco and Monterrey; reached 3r twice (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r four times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r 12 times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying three times.
2014 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.51); runner-up at New Haven (l. to Kvitova in final); SF at 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Zheng); QF three times at Monterrey, Katowice and Seoul; reached 3r once and 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other two majors); struggled w/left hip injury in the fall (retired in US Open 1r, Seoul QF and Linz 2r and withdrew from Moscow).
2013 - Best season to date (finishing No.38); won one WTA title at Washington DC (d. Petkovic in final); SF twice at Memphis (l. to Lisicki) and Birmingham (l. to Vekic); QF twice at Florianopolis and Toronto; reached 3r four times and 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 10 times (incl. Australian Open - l. to Muguruza 46 61 1412; held 3mp in third set - 1mp at 8-7, 2mp at 9-8, also Wimbledon and US Open); struggled w/back injury during season (withdrew from Katowice, retired in 's-Hertogenbosch 2r and withdrew from Bastad and New Haven).
2012 - Another Top 100 season; won one WTA title at Washington DC (d. Pavlyuchenkova in final); QF twice at Acapulco and Baku; reached 2r four times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying twice; won one WTA doubles title; retired in Roland Garros 1r w/back injury.
2011 - Another Top 100 season; won one WTA title at Memphis (won when Marino ret. in final w/abdominal injury); runner-up at Guangzhou (l. to Scheepers in final); QF at Birmingham; reached 2r twice; fell 1r 10 times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying twice; struggled throughout summer w/left knee injury (retired in Wimbledon 1r and subsequently withdrew from Budapest, Bad Gastein and Carlsbad).
2010 - QF at Kuala Lumpur; reached 3r once and 2r eight times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 11 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying once.
2009 - First Top 50 season (finishing No.45); won one WTA title at Birmingham (d. Li in final); SF twice at Hobart (l. to Benesova) and Pattaya City (l. to Mirza); QF four times at Bad Gastein, New Haven, Seoul and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 13 times (incl. other two majors); fell in RR stage at Bali (went 0-2); made Top 50 debut on January 19 (rose from No.57 to No.50).
2008 - First Top 100 season; SF at Tashkent (ret. vs. Cirstea w/illness); reached 3r once (US Open) and 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r three times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying three times; made Top 100 debut on August 4 (rose from No.102 to No.100); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Fell 1r twice and in qualifying three times (incl. Wimbledon).
2006 - QF at Prague; fell 1r once and in qualifying once.
2005 - Played first WTA qualifying at Portoroz and Hasselt; won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.