Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbarbora ˈzaːɦlavovaː ˈstriːtsovaː]; born Barbora Strýcová, 28 March 1986 in Plzeň) is a professional Czech tennisplayer. Her highest WTA singles ranking has been world number 39, a ranking she achieved on 19 July 2010.


 [hide*1 Career


Early years[edit]Edit

Záhlavová-Strýcová was a strong junior player, winning two Grand Slams in girls' singles: the 2002 Australian Open and then defending that title at the 2003 Australian Open. She also won three Grand Slam girls' doubles titles between 2001 and 2003.

She reached world number 1 in both singles and doubles on the junior rankings, achieving both in 2002, and was named the ITF Junior World Champion that same year.[1] In her junior career, she beat several players who went on to become notable professionals such as Maria SharapovaAnna-Lena GrönefeldTatiana Golovin,Shahar Pe'er and Maria Kirilenko.

Turning professional in 2003, Záhlavová-Strýcová had already worked her ranking into the top 300 after some good results in ITF Women's Circuit events over 2002. She continued to play mostly ITF circuit events throughout the year, and made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, qualifying and losing in the first round to Tatiana Perebiynis. She finished the year ranked world number 161.

2004 turned out to be the year that Záhlavová-Strýcová stepped up considerably. She began the year by qualifying for the Australian Open and then reached the fourth round at the WTA tournament in Indian Wells, beating seeded player Eleni Daniilidou before losing to Justine Henin, a result that broke her into the top 100 for the first time. She recorded another notable win over Anna Smashnova in Amelia Island, and won her first two Grand Slam main draw matches at the Australian Open and French Open. After hitting a rough patch in the middle part of the season, she finished the year strongly by reaching her first WTA semifinal at an event in Guangzhou and winning an ITF event in Saint-Raphaël, France. She finished the season ranked world number 56.

Záhlavová-Strýcová's progress took a step backwards in 2005, dropping out of the top 100 in the world after failing to back up her breakthrough season and winning just 17 matches throughout the season. Despite this, she achieved some notable results in doubles, reaching four WTA doubles finals and winning the title on two of those occasions. 2006 also begun poorly for her in singles, as she struggled to string together wins and subsequently dropped out of the top 200 of the world rankings in April 2006 before recovering slightly after some good results in ITF events. In 2007, Záhlavová-Strýcová played mostly on the ITF circuit once more and achieved some good results, reaching several semifinals throughout the season, but still sat outside the top 100.

After a few years seemingly in limbo, Záhlavová-Strýcová's plugging away at ITF events finally managed to bring with it some results by 2008, winning titles in Fort Walton Beach, Redding (both American events) and Szczecin, Poland, and reaching the second round in WTA events in Amelia Island and Charleston. She qualified forWimbledon and made the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career thus returning to the top 100, where she remained until the end of the season, her second top-100 year-end finish.


Záhlavová-Strýcová failed to make any progress in her first five tournaments of the season, including at the Australian Open where she lost to Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, but she enjoyed some success in two small tournaments in Mexico, reaching the semifinals in Acapulco and the quarterfinals in Monterrey, beating top 20 player Flavia Pennetta at the latter event.

Following that, she returned to struggling ways, losing her opening match in all but three tournaments up to July. She fell out of the top 100 after Wimbledon, where she was defending third round points, by losing in the first round to Ekaterina Makarova.

Záhlavová-Strýcová's results improved during the latter part of the year, starting with a quarterfinal appearance at the WTA event in Bad Gastein, as well as reaching the doubles final in Prague. She then played a $25,000 in Trnava, Slovakia, where she reached the semifinals, before qualifying and winning her first round match at the US Open, losing to Victoria Azarenka in the second round. She built on these performances in ITF Women's Circuit events at the end of the season, winning the $100,000+H event in Ortisei, Italy, and the $50,000+H event is Ismaning, Germany, and worked her way back into the top 100 for the end of the season. In doubles, she won two straight events at the WTA tournaments in Quebec City and Luxembourg, her fourth and fifth WTA doubles titles.


[1][2]Záhlavová-Strýcová at 2010 US Open

At the 2010 Australian Open, Záhlavová-Strýcová won her first round against Regina Kulikova in a match that lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes – breaking the record for longest match in women's Grand Slam history (which itself was broken a year later by Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova). She lost in the second round to Dinara Safina. In February and March, she won three doubles titles in ParisAcapulco and Monterrey, her sixth, seventh and eighth tournament wins in the doubles discipline.

At the French Open, Záhlavová-Strýcová lost in first round to Rossana de los Ríos, before reaching the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time at Wimbledon, where she beat Elena Vesnina and Daniela Hantuchová and lost to Maria Sharapova. Her Wimbledon performance boosted her confidence and thus at the Prague Open she managed to make the first singles final of her career, dismantling Patty Schnyder with the loss of only two games in the semifinals. In the final, she lost to Ágnes Szávay. As a result of her recent form, she rose into the top 50 for the first time in singles following Prague.

Záhlavová-Strýcová continued to enjoy success in doubles for the rest of the season. With her regular partner Iveta Benešová, she won the biggest title of her career at the Premier 5 tournament in Tokyo, and then partnered Renata Voráčová to win Linz, helping her to finish the season in the top 20 of the doubles ranking. In singles competition, she struggled to build on her strong summer results, failing to advance in six of the ten tournaments she played following Prague, among them a first round loss at the US Open toMaria Kirilenko, thus dropping to world number 69 by the end of the year.


Záhlavová-Strýcová defeated Marina Erakovic in the final of the 2011 Bell Challenge to claim her first WTA singles title.


Záhlavová-Strýcová was banned for six months, backdated to 16 October 2012 until 15 April 2013, for doping. The ban disqualified all results during the period of the ban and mandates the return of all prizes won during that period.[2] Záhlavová-Strýcová made her return at the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She lost in first round of qualifying to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. In the first round of doubles, she and partnerJulia Görges lost to the pairing of Liezel Huber and Janette Husárová. In May, she won the 2013 Empire Slovak Open, a $75,000 ITF event, and her first tournament win since coming back from her ban.

Court demeanor[edit]Edit

She is noted for her changeover tantrums and racket abuse.[3] In 2008 at the Bausch & Lomb Championships threw her tennis racket, slammed it against her shoe and the ground, and yelled at herself and the chair umpire.[3] In 2010 at Wimbledon, in a match against Maria Sharapova she twice slammed her racket on the ground.[4]

Personal life[edit]Edit

She is related to tennis player Sandra Záhlavová by marriage — she is the wife of Záhlavová's cousin, former tennis player, Jakub Herm-Záhlava. He is also her coach, having been in that position since 2007.[5]

Significant finals[edit]Edit

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]Edit

Doubles (1–0)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Tokyo Hard [3]

Iveta Benešová


Shahar Pe'er [5]Peng Shuai

6–4, 4–6, [10–8]

WTA finals[edit]Edit

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 18 July 2010 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay [6]

Ágnes Szávay

2–6, 6–1, 2–6
Winner 1. 18 September 2011 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard [7]

Marina Erakovic

4–6, 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 2. 9 July 2012 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay [8]

Sara Errani

1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 15 June 2014 Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass [9]

Ana Ivanovic

3-6, 2-6

Doubles (17–10)[edit]Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–0)
Tier II / Premier (4–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (12–10)
Finals by surface
Hard (10–6)
Clay (6–4)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 20 February 2005 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay [10]

Ľubomíra Kurhajcová


Emmanuelle Gagliardi [12]Tina Pisnik

4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 1 May 2005 Warsaw Open, Warsaw, Poland Clay [13]

Tatiana Perebiynis


Klaudia Jans [15]Alicja Rosolska

6–1, 6–4
Winner 2. 8 May 2005 Marrakech Grand Prix, Rabat, Morocco Clay [16]

Émilie Loit


Lourdes Domínguez Lino [18]Nuria Llagostera Vives

3–6, 7–6(8–6), 7–5
Runner-up 2. 15 May 2005 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay [19]

Jelena Kostanić


Nicole Pratt [21]Émilie Loit

7–6(8–6), 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 2 January 2006 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard [22]

Émilie Loit


Elena Likhovtseva [24]Vera Zvonareva

3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 6 January 2008 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard [25]

Martina Müller


Lilia Osterloh [27]Mariya Koryttseva

3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard [28]

Iveta Benešová


Petra Cetkovská [30]Lucie Šafářová

7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 2 March 2009 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard [31]

Iveta Benešová


Nathalie Dechy [33]Mara Santangelo

3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 13 July 2009 Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay [34]

Iveta Benešová


Kateryna Bondarenko [36]Alona Bondarenko

1–6, 2–6
Winner 4. 14 September 2009 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard [37]

Vania King


Sofia Arvidsson [39]Séverine Beltrame

6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. 25 October 2009 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) [40]

Iveta Benešová


Vladimíra Uhlířová [42]Renata Voráčová

6–1, 0–6, [10–7]
Winner 6. 14 February 2010 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Hard (i) [43]

Iveta Benešová


Cara Black [45]Liezel Huber

Winner 7. 28 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay [46]

Polona Hercog


Sara Errani [48]Roberta Vinci

2–6, 6–1, [10–2]
Winner 8. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard [49]

Iveta Benešová


Anna-Lena Grönefeld [51]Vania King

3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 7. 10 July 2010 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay [52]

Renata Voráčová


Gisela Dulko [54]Flavia Pennetta

6–7(0–7), 0–6
Runner-up 8. 19 September 2010 Bell Challenge, Quebec City, Canada Hard [55]

Bethanie Mattek-Sands


Sofia Arvidsson [57]Johanna Larsson

1–6, 6–2, 6–10
Winner 9. 2 October 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard [58]

Iveta Benešová


Shahar Pe'er [60]Peng Shuai

6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 10. 7 October 2010 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) [61]

Renata Voráčová


Květa Peschke [63]Katarina Srebotnik

7–5, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 9. 24 October 2010 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) [64]

Iveta Benešová


Timea Bacsinszky [66]Tathiana Garbin

4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 14 January 2011 Sydney International, Sydney, Australia Hard [67]

Iveta Benešová


Květa Peschke [69]Katarina Srebotnik

4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 12. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard [70]

Iveta Benešová


Anna-Lena Grönefeld [72]Vania King

6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 13. 1 May 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay [73]

Iveta Benešová


Natalie Grandin [75]Vladimíra Uhlířová

5–7, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 14. 18 June 2011 UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass [76]

Klára Zakopalová


Dominika Cibulková [78]Flavia Pennetta

1–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 15. 25 October 2011 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) [79]

Iveta Benešová


Lucie Hradecká [81]Ekaterina Makarova

7–5, 6–3
Winner 16. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay [82]

Iveta Benešová


Julia Görges [84]Anna-Lena Grönefeld

6–4, 7–5
Winner 17. 14 July 2012 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay [85]

Renata Voráčová


Darija Jurak [87]Katalin Marosi

7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 10. 14 October 2012 Generali Ladies Linz, Linz, Austria Hard (i) [88]

Julia Görges


Anna-Lena Grönefeld [90]Květa Peschke

3–6, 4–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]Edit


Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R A 2R 6–7
French Open A 2R 1R A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–7
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R A 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 7–10
US Open A 1R 1R A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R Q1 1–7
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 1–4 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–4 3–4 3–4 1–4 1–2 1–1 14–29


Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R A 2R 0 / 8 8–8
French Open A 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 9 6–9
Wimbledon A 3R 2R 2R A 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 0 / 8 14–8
US Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R QF 2R 2R 0 / 9 8–9
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 3–4 1–4 2–3 5–4 7–4 7–4 3–4 4–3 1–1 0 / 34 36–34
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A SF 2R 1R QF QF 2R SF A 0 / 7 12–7
Miami A A 2R A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 6 3–6
Madrid Not held A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 0–3
Beijing Tier II A QF 2R QF 0 / 3 5–3
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Tier II A A A Premier 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Tier II A Not held P 2R A 0 / 1 1–1
Rome A A A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1
Montreal/Toronto 1R A A A A QF QF 1R 1R 0 / 5 4–5
Cincinnati Tier III A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Tokyo A A A A A A W 1R SF 1 / 3 6–2
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