LUCIE ŠAFářOVá (Czech pronunciation: ; born 4 February 1987) is
a Czech professional tennis player from
Brno . She is currently the
WTA world No. 1 doubles player. Šafářová has won seven WTA tour
singles titles, fifteen doubles titles and reached the quarterfinals
of the 2007
Australian Open by upsetting defending champion Amélie
Mauresmo in the fourth round. She reached her first Grand Slam
semifinal at the
2014 Wimbledon Championships and her first Grand Slam
final at the 2015
French Open . She also won the 2015 Australian Open
French Open , 2016 US Open , 2017
Australian Open and 2017
French Open women's doubles titles partnering with Bethanie
* 1 Playing style
* 2 Career
* 2.1 2005–2006
* 2.2 2007: First Grand Slam quarterfinal
* 2.3 2008
* 2.4 2009
* 2.5 2010
* 2.6 2011
* 2.7 2012
* 2.8 2013
* 2.9 2014: First Grand Slam semifinal
* 2.10 2015: Grand Slam doubles titles and singles final, becoming a
Top 5 player, struggles with illness
* 2.11 2016: Continuous struggles with injuries, first Olympic Medal
and US Open doubles title
* 2.12 2017: Australian and
French Open doubles champion and World
Number 1 in Doubles
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Career statistics
* 4.1 Singles
* 4.2 Doubles
* 4.3 Grand Slam finals
* 4.3.1 Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
* 4.3.2 Doubles: 5 (5 titles)
* 4.4 WTA Tour Championships finals
* 4.4.1 Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Šafářová plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand and
possesses a high topspin forehand similar to that of male tennis star
Rafael Nadal . Her timing off the ground allows her to project
groundstrokes with power, and she is quick to spot opportunities to
take the initiative. Šafářová is notorious for having a volatile
return that is capable of hitting clean winners, as well as unforced
errors. Her preferred surface is clay . She was coached by Rob
Steckley until September 2016 when she split with him, ending a
coaching relationship of more than three and a half years, and hired
František Čermák .
Šafářová won her first WTA Tour event in May 2005 at the Estoril
Open in Portugal, where she defeated fourth-seeded
Li Na in a
three-sets final. In June she lost the final of the Rosmalen grass
court tournament to fellow Czech
Klára Koukalová in three sets. She
won her second tournament at the Forest Hills Tennis Classic in
August, which was played at the historic
West Side Tennis Club , after
a victory in the final against
Sania Mirza .
Šafářová started off 2006 by upsetting world No. 6 Patty Schnyder
in the semifinals of the Gold Coast tournament and then winning in the
final with a straight-set victory. Also in 2006, she made her first
Tier II semifinal at
Amelia Island , where she upset Nicole
Vaidišová in the round of 16. She later lost to eventual champion
Nadia Petrova . She then made another semifinal at the Tier IV Palermo
tournament, where she was defeated by
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues .
2007: FIRST GRAND SLAM QUARTERFINAL
At the start of 2007, Šafářová elected to represent the Czech
Republic in the Hopman Cup instead of defending her Gold Coast title.
Due to not defending the points at that tournament, she came into the
first Grand Slam of the year ranked No. 70 and unseeded. Yet she made
headlines at the 2007
Australian Open , when she stunned the defending
champion and No. 2 seed
Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round. She then
lost to fellow Czech
Nicole Vaidišová in the quarterfinals. After
the Australian Open, her ranking rose from No. 70 to No. 31.
Šafářová continued her good start to 2007 at the Open Gaz de
France in Paris. She reached the final by defeating Tsvetana Pironkova
in three sets and Nicole Vaidišová,
Svetlana Kuznetsova , and
Justine Henin , all in straight sets. However, she lost the final
Nadia Petrova in three sets. She pulled out of her next event
in Antwerp due to a shoulder injury.
Šafářová lost in round three of both Indian Wells and Miami to
Shahar Pe\'er and
Serena Williams , respectively. She defeated Daniela
Hantuchová in the
Czech Republic vs. Slovak Republic Fed Cup
encounter. She then lost in the semifinals of the Tier IV Estoril
Victoria Azarenka .
At Roland Garros , Šafářová defeated Mauresmo in the third round
in straight sets. It was the second time in a row that she had beaten
Mauresmo in a Grand Slam after winning their only previous encounter
in January at the Australian Open. In the next round, she lost in
three sets to
Anna Chakvetadze . As the 25th seed at Wimbledon , she
Zuzana Ondrášková followed by a win over Eleni Daniilidou
in three sets. However in the third round, she lost to third seed (and
world No. 3)
Jelena Janković in three sets after coming within two
points of another Grand Slam upset. The match was described as the
best WTA match of 2007 up to that point and the best women's Wimbledon
match in many years. Šafářová entered the 2007 US Open as the 20th
seed. She defeated Jessica Moore in the first round and Andrea
Petkovic in the second round. She fell to
Marion Bartoli in the third
round. In 2007, she advanced to the third round or better in all four
Grand Slams including the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, which
was the best Grand Slam result at that point of her career.
At the beginning of 2008, Šafářová again decided to enter the
Hopman Cup in Perth. She was ranked No. 23 and took on world No. 56
Alicia Molik of Australia. She lost the match followed by a loss with
her partner on and off the court,
Tomáš Berdych , in mixed doubles .
Against the United States, she lost to
Serena Williams in three sets.
Šafářová and Berdych lost the first set of the mixed doubles and
then retired from the match due to Berdych's health concerns. The
Czechs closed the Cup by defeating
India 2-1. Šafářová won her
singles match against
Sania Mirza in three sets. After Berdych also
won his singles match and clinched the victory, Šafářová and
Berdych lost the mixed doubles match.
Šafářová's second competition of the year was the Sydney Medibank
International . In the first round, she faced Alicia Molik.
Šafářová won in two tiebreaks. Both players had set points and
match points throughout the tiebreaker, but Šafářová was able to
come out on top. She subsequently pulled out of the second round
against world No. 1 Justine Henin.
Šafářová entered the
Australian Open as the 22nd seed. In the
first round, she faced
Catalina Castaño of
Colombia and lost in 71
minutes. Later, it was revealed that a gluteal strain was plaguing her
during the match. She sustained the injury during her first round
encounter against Molik at the Medibank International. Competing at
Pacific Life Open in the United States, Šafářová, seeded 26th,
lost in three sets in the second round to
Ashley Harkleroad .
Following that, Šafářová played the
Sony Ericcson Open , where she
lost to fourth seed Jelena Janković.
2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics , Šafářová competed in both singles
and women's doubles. She reached the third round of the singles by
Maret Ani and
Mariya Koryttseva before losing to Sybille
Bammer . In the women's doubles, she and partner
Petra Kvitová were
knocked out in the first round. She followed the Olympics by winning
the Forest Hills Tennis Classic for the second time. She became the
first and only player to win the Classic more than once as 2008 was
the last edition of the tournament.
Šafářová began the year with a quarterfinal showing at the
international hard court event in Brisbane . She defeated the
Isabella Holland and
Samantha Stosur before being defeated
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. After failing to
qualify for the premier event in Sydney , she reached the third round
Australian Open by defeating
Sybille Bammer and Marina Erakovic
before losing to
Marion Bartoli in three sets. She did not advance
past the second round in any of the other Grand Slam tournaments in
Šafářová at the 2010 US Open
Šafářová started the 2010 season by reaching the quarterfinals of
2010 Brisbane International , where she lost to eventual champion
Kim Clijsters . She then suffered first round losses at the 2010
Moorilla Hobart International , where she retired against Kateryna
Bondarenko in the third set, and the 2010
Australian Open , where she
lost to sixth seed
Venus Williams . She made her first final of the
year at the
2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris by defeating Flavia Pennetta
in the semifinals. In the final, she won the first set, but could not
hold on and fell in three sets to top seed
Elena Dementieva . In her
next two tournaments, she then suffered two more first round losses.
First, at the
2010 Monterrey Open , she lost to
Julie Coin . Then at
2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, she lost to
Julia Görges .
2010 Sony Ericsson Open , she was unseeded. She won her first
round match against
Kaia Kanepi and then defeated María José
Martínez Sánchez in the second round in three sets, after being down
match points at 5–2 in the second set. She then fell to fourth seed
2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix , Šafářová upset world No.
2 and top seed
Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. She then fell
in three sets to qualifier
Anna Lapushchenkova in the quarterfinals.
At the Internazionali BNL d\'Italia , she upset world No. 9 Agnieszka
Radwańska in the third round, but lost to eventual champion María
José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets in the quarterfinals. At the
Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open , she upset world No. 12 Maria Sharapova
in the first round. She then defeated
Olga Govortsova and Alexandra
Dulgheru to advance to the quarterfinals, where she beat world No. 18
Nadia Petrova . She retired due to a thigh injury while trailing
Aravane Rezaï by a set in the semifinals. At the 2010
French Open ,
she was seeded 24th. She defeated
Jelena Dokić in the first round,
but was defeated by
Polona Hercog in the second round. The French Open
would be her best singles result at a Grand Slam in 2010 as she lost
in the first round at both Wimbledon and the US Open .
Šafářová began the year at the Brisbane International where she
made it to the quarterfinals after tough matches against Akgul
Amanmuradova and Shahar Pe'er. In the quarterfinal match, she lost to
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. As the 31st seed at the
Australian Open , she struggled through her first two rounds, but
defeated Zhang Shuai and
Klára Zakopalová , respectively. In the
third round, she lost in two sets to world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva
despite having had a set point in the second set.
Following the Australian Open, Šafářová defeated Daniela
Slovakia in the 2011
Fed Cup , but retired in her
second rubber against
Jana Čepelová . Her next tournament was the
Open GDF Suez , where she fell to a resurgent
Jelena Dokić in the
first round. A week later at the Dubai Tennis Championships , she
again exited in the first round by losing to
Klára Zakopalová . Her
performance at the Qatar Ladies Open was more positive, as she
defeated world No. 10
Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets, before losing
in three sets in the second round to
Flavia Pennetta . She had her
best result in 2011 at the Malaysian Open , where she reached the
final against an in-form Jelena Dokić. She held two championship
points in the second set tiebreaker, but was unable to convert either
chance and succumbed in three sets. She reached the second round in
Indian Wells by beating
Kristina Barrois , while serving a WTA
season-high 18 aces, before losing a close match to 21st seed Andrea
Petkovic. The following week as the 31st seed, she had a bye in round
one of the Miami Masters . She then defeated
Patty Schnyder and lost
to fourth seed
Samantha Stosur .
Šafářová was forced to pull out of the Czech
Fed Cup tie against
Belgium the following week due to a left thigh problem. She attempted
to play at Stuttgart , but lost to Barrois. She pulled out of
Barcelona with the same leg injury. Her next tournament was the
premier Madrid event . She defeated Spanish player Anabel Medina
Garrigues by coming back from match point down in the third set. She
followed this victory with a three-set win over seventh seed Jelena
Janković in round two and a two-set win over
Jarmila Gajdošová in
round three. These victories meant that for the second consecutive
year, she had made the quarterfinals in Madrid. In the quarterfinals,
she lost a hard-fought match to fourth seed
Victoria Azarenka in three
sets. In Rome the following week, she began with a win over Kimiko
Date-Krumm . In the second round, she fell to Jelena Janković.
Unseeded at the
French Open , Šafářová opened with an easy win
Kirsten Flipkens . In round two, she was up a set and a break
against 17th seeded German
Julia Görges , but eventually succumbed in
three sets. In the doubles event, she and
Michaëlla Krajicek opened
with a win over Miami champions Radwańska and Hantuchová, and then
Pauline Parmentier and
Kristina Mladenovic before falling to
fifth-seeded Madrid Champions
Victoria Azarenka and
Maria Kirilenko .
Reaching the third round marked her best doubles result at the French
Open up to that point in her career.
As the fourth seed in Copenhagen , Šafářová made a series of
tough three-set wins by never winning the first set. However, after
Johanna Konta ,
Michaëlla Krajicek , Zhang Shuai, and Petra
Martić (after trailing by a set and 4–0), she lost the final to
home favourite and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then traveled
to Eastbourne , where she lost in the opening round to eventual
Marion Bartoli despite holding a match point.
At Wimbledon , Šafářová was seeded 31st. She defeated fellow
Lucie Hradecká in the first round 2–6, 6–3, 6–3. This
victory was her first win at Wimbledon since 2007. She was defeated by
Klára Zakopalová , in the second round 6–0,
6–7(3), 6–4. She next played on clay in Båstad , but was taken
Vesna Dolonc in straight sets in the first round. She then
pulled out of tournaments in Baku and San Diego before returning to
the tour in Toronto . Following wins over
Polona Hercog and Simona
Halep , she took out 8th seeded
Francesca Schiavone to reach her
second Toronto quarterfinal. She lost this match to eventual champion
Serena Williams in three sets. In Cincinnati the following week, she
Klára Zakopalová in the first round, but lost her second
round match to the fifth seed,
Li Na .
Seeded 27th at the US Open , Šafářová began by defeating
Magdaléna Rybáriková . The victory was her first US Open win since
2007. She then defeated wildcard
Madison Keys before a disappointing
third round loss to
Monica Niculescu . In Quebec City the week
following the US Open, she lost in round two to Andrea Hlaváčková
as the second seed. After taking a small break, she re-entered the
tour in Beijing , but lost in the first round to Petkovic. She
followed this tournament up with a semifinal appearance in Linz ,
Austria, where she lost to
Dominika Cibulková . The following week in
the premier Moscow event, she took out second seed Agnieszka
Radwańska in round two before losing to
Kaia Kanepi in the semifinals
in three sets. To finish the year, Šafářová was a part of the
Fed Cup team that had qualified for the final against
Despite losing both her matches to the higher-ranked Svetlana
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova , she and the Czech team won
3–2 to win their first championship as the Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia had previously won five
Fed Cup titles).
Šafářová in 2012
Šafářová reached the quarterfinals in Sydney , but lost to Li Na
in two sets. She was taken out in the first round of the Australian
Christina McHale . On 23 March 2012 at the Miami Masters, she
Heather Watson of Great Britain in a match lasting one hour,
20 minutes. The young British player was ranked No. 129 in the world.
2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics , Šafářová competed in the women's
singles and the women's doubles, but lost in the first round of both
competitions. She reached the semifinals of the
Rogers Cup in
Montreal, where she lost to
Li Na in three sets. With this result, she
was ranked well within the top 20 for the first time in her career. In
2012, she also helped the Czech team defend its
Fed Cup title. She won
both her singles matches against
Ana Ivanovic and
Jelena Janković in
the final against
Serbia . Her victory against Janković clinched a
3–1 victory for the Czechs.
In 2013, Šafářová did not advance past the second round at any of
the Grand Slams in singles. She was more successful in doubles.
Partnering with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, they reached the
quarterfinals at both the
Australian Open and the
French Open . The
week following the US Open , Šafářová won her fifth WTA singles
title at the
2013 Challenge Bell .
2014: FIRST GRAND SLAM SEMIFINAL
Šafářová had a match point in the third round of the Australian
Open against Li Na, but was eventually beaten in three sets as Li went
on to win her second major title. At the
2014 Sony Open Tennis , she
lost in three tight sets to
Maria Sharapova in the third round. She
would go on to lose to Sharapova again in the first round of the 2014
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix . Roland Garros was her next Grand Slam,
where she was the 23rd seed. She defeated the in-form
Ana Ivanovic in
the third round, but lost in the next round to
Svetlana Kuznetsova in
straight sets. At Wimbledon , she reached her first ever Grand Slam
semifinal, where she lost in two sets to fellow Czech Petra Kvitová.
In November Šafárová was a part of the Czech
Fed Cup team that
played the final against
Germany . In front of the home crowd at the
O2 Arena in
Prague , she won her singles match against Angelique
Kerber in straight sets, which contributed to a 3–1 victory for the
2015: GRAND SLAM DOUBLES TITLES AND SINGLES FINAL, BECOMING A TOP 5
PLAYER, STRUGGLES WITH ILLNESS
Šafářová at the 2015
Šafářová had a slow start to the year with a first round loss at
the Apia International Sydney to Samantha Stosur. At the Australian
Open , she suffered another first round exit to
Yaroslava Shvedova .
Despite the early loss in singles, she rebounded by capturing her
first Grand Slam title in doubles. Partnering with American Bethanie
Mattek-Sands , they defeated the 14th seeded team of
Chan Yung-jan and
Zheng Jie .
Šafářová then played at the Diamond Games and lost in the
quarterfinals to fellow countrywoman
Karolína Plíšková . She next
traveled to Dubai where she made it to the quarterfinals by upsetting
Venus Williams along the way. However, in the
quarterfinals she lost again to Plíšková. At the Qatar Total Open
, she defeated former Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur, 5th seed
Ekaterina Makarova , 6th seed
Andrea Petkovic , and 9th seed Carla
Suárez Navarro en route to her first final in over a year. In the
final she defeated former No. 1
Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to
win her first WTA Premier Tournaments title. She then lost early at
both the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open to Elina Svitolina
and Johanna Larsson , respectively. Next, she played for the Czech
Republic in the semifinals against
France at the
Fed Cup , where she
Caroline Garcia in three sets after saving five match points. The
Czech Republic would go on to win the tie to advance to the finals for
the fourth time in five years.
Šafářová began her clay season in Stuttgart where she lost in the
second round to eventual finalist and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki
in straight sets, but she would go on to win the doubles title with
Mattek-Sands. She then played at the
Prague Open and lost in the first
Tereza Smitková . Next, she played at the Madrid Open and
made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to eventual finalist
Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets. In that match, she had been up
5–2 in the second set tiebreak and also failed to convert two match
points on her own serve in the third set. She then lost in the second
round at the Italian Open to
Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets.
Šafářová started her
French Open singles campaign by defeating
long time friend
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two tiebreakers. She went
on to defeat
Kurumi Nara and 20th seed
Sabine Lisicki , which set up a
clash with the defending champion
Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
She won the match in straight sets. It was Sharapova's earliest French
Open loss since 2010. In the quarterfinals, she played the 21st seed
Garbiñe Muguruza and won in straight sets to advance to her second
semifinal in a Grand Slam. With her quarterfinal win, she secured her
place in the Top 10. She then defeated former champion
Ana Ivanovic in
two tight sets to advance to her first ever Grand Slam final, which
she lost to
Serena Williams in three sets. In doubles she and
Mattek-Sands claimed their second Grand Slam title of the year by
Yaroslava Shvedova and
Casey Dellacqua in three sets in the
final. With this win she moved up to No. 5 in doubles.
Šafářová began the grass court season by playing in 2015 Aegon
International . However, she lost her first match to Dominika
Cibulková in straight sets. Next, she played at the Wimbledon
Championships . She reached the fourth round, but was then defeated by
Coco Vandeweghe in two tiebreakers.
In the North American hard court season, Šafářová participated in
Rogers Cup , but lost in the second round to
Daria Gavrilova after
receiving a first round bye. This loss occurred despite having a
6–4, 5–5, 30–0 lead on her serve. She then reached the
quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Open , where she lost to Elina
Svitolina in three sets. She reached the final of the Connecticut Open
, but lost to defending champion and compatriot
Petra Kvitová . She
then lost in the first round of the US Open to
Lesia Tsurenko in
The rest of Šafářová's season was blighted by a bacterial
infection which hospitalized her. As a result, she was unable to play
for most of the autumn and early winter. However, she managed to play
in the Linz Open and the Moscow Open , but she lost her opening
matches in both tournaments. Since
Serena Williams withdrew from the
tournament, Šafářová was able to play the
WTA Finals for the first
time in her career. She failed to advance to the semifinals as she
Garbine Muguruza and
Petra Kvitová in round robin matches,
but she did get a win by beating eventual world #1 and 2 time Grand
Angelique Kerber in straight sets to finish the round
with a record of 1–2. She closed the year once again in the Fed Cup
Finals , where the
Czech Republic won their fourth title in five
years. However, she was not chosen to play in any of the matches.
2016: CONTINUOUS STRUGGLES WITH INJURIES, FIRST OLYMPIC MEDAL AND US
OPEN DOUBLES TITLE
Šafářová skipped the whole
Australian Open Series, including the
Australian Open and thus failing to defend her doubles title, due to
the same bacterial infection which hospitalized her at the end of
2015. She returned to tennis at the Qatar Total Open , where she
was the defending champion. However, she lost to Turkish wildcard
Çağla Büyükakçay .
In Indian Wells , Šafářová lost to
Yaroslava Shvedova in the
second round after receiving a bye as the 11th seed. Šafářová then
Ekaterina Makarova in doubles as the 5th seed, but they lost
Andreja Klepač and
Katarina Srebotnik in the first round. As the
11th seed in the Miami Open , Šafářová received a bye into the
second round where she faced Belgian
Yanina Wickmayer . However, she
lost the match in straight sets. For doubles, Šafářová partnered
with her usual partner
Bethanie Mattek-Sands for their first
tournament together in 2016. They defeated
Sloane Stephens and
Madison Keys and then Daria Kasatkina
Elena Vesnina to set up a
blockbuster meeting with
Australian Open finalists Andrea
Lucie Hradecká , who are known as "The Silent-Hs".
Mattek-Sands and Šafářová prevailed in straight sets, and
dominated Chinese pairing
Xu Yifan and
Zheng Saisai in the semifinals.
They then defeated the fourth seeds
Tímea Babos and Yaroslava
Shvedova in the final, winning their first title together of the year.
Šafářová's next tournament was the Charleston Open . As the
fourth seed in singles, she lost to
Louisa Chirico in her opening
singles match after receiving a first round bye. Seeded first in
doubles, Šafářová and Mattek-Sands proceeded to the final after
winning all their matches in straight sets, but lost to Caroline
Kristina Mladenovic in the final. Next, she played in the
Stuttgart Open and lost in the first round to
Karolína Plíšková .
Šafářová turned her season around by winning her seventh career
title at the
Prague Open . She won her first singles match of the year
in the first round against Duque Marino , whom she beat in three sets
3–6, 6–3, 6–3. She followed this result up with a second round
win over compatriot
Lucie Hradecká 6–4, 2–0 (retired). In the
quarterfinal she beat Hsieh Su-Wei in straight sets 7–6, 7–5. In
the semifinals she avenged her Stuttgart defeat to compatriot
Karolína Plíšková by beating her in straight sets 6–4 7–6. In
the final she delighted a home crowd by coming from a set down to beat
grand slam champion
Samantha Stosur 3–6, 6–1, 6–4. This result
ended her title drought of more than a year since her Doha win. Next,
she played in the
2016 Mutua Madrid Open . She defeated Coco
Vandeweghe in the first round, but withdrew from the tournament, both
from singles and doubles due to gastrointestinal illness. At the
Summer Olympics in Rio , she won her first round singles match, but
retired in her second round match after losing the first set. However,
she recovered in time for doubles and on 13 August 2016, she won her
first ever Olympic medal, which was a bronze with her partner Barbora
At the 2016 US Open , Šafářová was unseeded in singles. She won
in the first round against Daria Gavrilova, but lost in the second
round to 5th seed Simona Halep. In doubles, she teamed once again with
Mattek-Sands. They were seeded 12th and would go on to win their third
Grand Slam title together. In the semifinals they defeated the 5th
seeded Russian team of Makarova and Vesnina, who had just defeated
Mattek-Sands and Šafářová the month before in the semifinals of
the Olympics and gone on to win the gold medal. In the finals,
Mattek-Sands and Šafářová defeated the French team of Garcia and
Mladenovic, who had won the
French Open earlier in the year.
Šafářová and Mattek-Sands would team up to win two more
tournaments in 2016, Wuhan and Beijing . Their performance during the
season qualified them for the
WTA Finals , where they made the finals,
but lost to Makarova and Vesnina. Šafářová ended the year ranked
6th in doubles.
2017: AUSTRALIAN AND FRENCH OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPION AND WORLD NUMBER 1
In Hobart , Šafářová defeated
Viktorija Golubic in the first
round, but then she lost to qualifier
Risa Ozaki . At the Australian
Open , Šafářová defeated
Yanina Wickmayer in the first round,
after defending nine match points. In the second round, she lost to
Serena Williams . In doubles, Šafářová and
Mattek-Sands won their fourth Grand Slam title, defeating Andrea
Peng Shuai in the final.
Šafářová reached the semifinals in Taipei , where she lost to
Peng. She played for the
Czech Republic in the
Fed Cup quarterfinals
Spain in a dead rubber alongside
Kateřina Siniaková . They
María José Martínez Sánchez
María José Martínez Sánchez and
Sara Sorribes Tormo . In
Budapest , Šafářová lost in the final to
Tímea Babos . These two
players were the two top seeds of the tournament. They also partnered
in doubles, where they withdrew before the semifinal match.
Šafářová and Mattek-Sands would continue their doubles success in
the spring. They won at Charleston and then won another Grand Slam
title at the
French Open . Šafářová would not have as much success
in singles during this time. She lost in the first round at the French
and then in the second round at Wimbledon . Also at Wimbledon,
Mattek-Sands injured her knee in a singles match causing the duo to
withdraw from the tournament after winning a first round match.
At US Open Šafářová defeated
Anett Kontaveit ,
Nao Hibino and
Kurumi Nara , before losing to CoCo Vandeweghe in the fourth round.
Šafářová speaks three languages: Czech , German and English .
She was in a relationship with fellow Czech tennis player Tomáš
Berdych until they broke up in 2011. She has been in relationship
with American tennis coach Troy Hahn since 2013.
Lucie Šafářová career statistics
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R)
rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round;
(A) absent; (Z#) Davis/
Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or
(PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal;
a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. To
avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either
at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation
in the tournament has ended.
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS
0 / 11
0 / 13
0 / 12
0 / 13
0 / 49
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS
2 / 10
2 / 12
0 / 12
1 / 11
5 / 45
GRAND SLAM FINALS
Singles: 1 (1 Runner-up)
3–6, 7–6(7–2), 2–6
Doubles: 5 (5 Titles)
Zheng Jie 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Casey Dellacqua 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Kristina Mladenovic 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Australian Open (2)
Peng Shuai 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
French Open (2)
Casey Dellacqua 6–2, 6–1
WTA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS
Doubles: 1 (1 Runner-up)
Elena Vesnina 6–7(5–7), 3–6
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