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LUCIE ŠAFářOVá (Czech pronunciation: ; born 4 February 1987) is a Czech professional tennis player from Brno
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
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
French Open
. She also won the 2015 Australian Open , 2015 French Open
French Open
, 2016 US Open , 2017 Australian Open
Australian Open
and 2017 French Open
French Open
women's doubles titles partnering with Bethanie Mattek-Sands .

CONTENTS

* 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
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

PLAYING STYLE

Šafářová plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand and possesses a high topspin forehand similar to that of male tennis star Rafael Nadal
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 .

CAREER

2005–2006

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
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
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
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
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
France
in Paris. She reached the final by defeating Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets and Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova , and Justine Henin
Justine Henin
, all in straight sets. However, she lost the final against Nadia Petrova
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
Serena Williams
, respectively. She defeated Daniela Hantuchová in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
vs. Slovak Republic Fed Cup encounter. She then lost in the semifinals of the Tier IV Estoril tournament to Victoria Azarenka
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
Anna Chakvetadze
. As the 25th seed at Wimbledon , she defeated 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
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.

2008

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
Alicia Molik
of Australia. She lost the match followed by a loss with her partner on and off the court, Tomáš Berdych
Tomáš Berdych
, in mixed doubles . Against the United States, she lost to Serena Williams
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
India
2-1. Šafářová won her singles match against Sania Mirza
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
Australian Open
as the 22nd seed. In the first round, she faced Catalina Castaño of Colombia
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 the Pacific Life Open in the United States, Šafářová, seeded 26th, lost in three sets in the second round to Ashley Harkleroad
Ashley Harkleroad
. Following that, Šafářová played the Sony Ericcson Open , where she lost to fourth seed Jelena Janković.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
, Šafářová competed in both singles and women's doubles. She reached the third round of the singles by beating Maret Ani
Maret Ani
and Mariya Koryttseva
Mariya Koryttseva
before losing to Sybille Bammer . In the women's doubles, she and partner Petra Kvitová
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.

2009

Šafářová began the year with a quarterfinal showing at the international hard court event in Brisbane . She defeated the Australians Isabella Holland and Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
before being defeated by second-seeded Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
of Belarus. After failing to qualify for the premier event in Sydney , she reached the third round of the Australian Open
Australian Open
by defeating Sybille Bammer
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 2009.

2010

Šafářová at the 2010 US Open

Šafářová started the 2010 season by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Brisbane International , where she lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters
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
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
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
Julie Coin
. Then at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, she lost to Julia Görges . At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open , she was unseeded. She won her first round match against Kaia Kanepi
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 Victoria Azarenka.

At the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix , Šafářová upset world No. 2 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki
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
Nadia Petrova
. She retired due to a thigh injury while trailing Aravane Rezaï
Aravane Rezaï
by a set in the semifinals. At the 2010 French Open
French Open
, she was seeded 24th. She defeated Jelena Dokić
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 .

2011

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
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
in three sets. As the 31st seed at the Australian Open
Australian Open
, she struggled through her first two rounds, but defeated Zhang Shuai and Klára Zakopalová
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 Hantuchová of Slovakia
Slovakia
in the 2011 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
, but retired in her second rubber against Jana Čepelová
Jana Čepelová
. Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez , where she fell to a resurgent Jelena Dokić
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
Klára Zakopalová
. Her performance at the Qatar Ladies Open was more positive, as she defeated world No. 10 Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
in two sets, before losing in three sets in the second round to Flavia Pennetta
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
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
Patty Schnyder
and lost to fourth seed Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
.

Šafářová was forced to pull out of the Czech Fed Cup
Fed Cup
tie against Belgium
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
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
French Open
, Šafářová opened with an easy win over 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
Michaëlla Krajicek
opened with a win over Miami champions Radwańska and Hantuchová, and then defeated Pauline Parmentier and Kristina Mladenovic before falling to fifth-seeded Madrid Champions Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
and Maria Kirilenko
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 beating Johanna Konta , Michaëlla Krajicek
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 champion Marion Bartoli despite holding a match point.

At Wimbledon , Šafářová was seeded 31st. She defeated fellow Czech Lucie Hradecká
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 another Czech, Klára Zakopalová
Klára Zakopalová
, in the second round 6–0, 6–7(3), 6–4. She next played on clay in Båstad , but was taken out by 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
Serena Williams
in three sets. In Cincinnati the following week, she defeated Klára Zakopalová
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
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
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
Kaia Kanepi
in the semifinals in three sets. To finish the year, Šafářová was a part of the Czech Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team that had qualified for the final against Russia
Russia
. Despite losing both her matches to the higher-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
, she and the Czech team won 3–2 to win their first championship as the Czech Republic ( Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
had previously won five Fed Cup
Fed Cup
titles).

2012

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 Open by Christina McHale
Christina McHale
. On 23 March 2012 at the Miami Masters, she lost to Heather Watson
Heather Watson
of Great Britain in a match lasting one hour, 20 minutes. The young British player was ranked No. 129 in the world. At the 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
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
Fed Cup
title. She won both her singles matches against Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
and Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
in the final against Serbia
Serbia
. Her victory against Janković clinched a 3–1 victory for the Czechs.

2013

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
Australian Open
and the French Open
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
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
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
Fed Cup
team that played the final against Germany
Germany
. In front of the home crowd at the O2 Arena in Prague
Prague
, she won her singles match against Angelique Kerber in straight sets, which contributed to a 3–1 victory for the Czech team.

2015: GRAND SLAM DOUBLES TITLES AND SINGLES FINAL, BECOMING A TOP 5 PLAYER, STRUGGLES WITH ILLNESS

Šafářová at the 2015 French Open
French Open

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
Zheng Jie
.

Šafářová then played at the Diamond Games and lost in the quarterfinals to fellow countrywoman Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
. She next traveled to Dubai where she made it to the quarterfinals by upsetting defending champion 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
Ekaterina Makarova
, 6th seed Andrea Petkovic
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
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
France
at the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
, where she beat Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
in three sets after saving five match points. The Czech Republic
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
Prague
Open and lost in the first round to 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
Alexandra Dulgheru
in three sets.

Šafářová started her French Open
French Open
singles campaign by defeating long time friend Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
in two tiebreakers. She went on to defeat Kurumi Nara
Kurumi Nara
and 20th seed Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
, which set up a clash with the defending champion Maria Sharapova
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
Ana Ivanovic
in two tight sets to advance to her first ever Grand Slam final, which she lost to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in three sets. In doubles she and Mattek-Sands claimed their second Grand Slam title of the year by beating 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 unseeded Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe
in two tiebreakers.

In the North American hard court season, Šafářová participated in the Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup
, but lost in the second round to Daria Gavrilova
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
Petra Kvitová
. She then lost in the first round of the US Open to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets.

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
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 lost to Garbine Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza
and Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in round robin matches, but she did get a win by beating eventual world #1 and 2 time Grand Slam Champion Angelique Kerber
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
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
Australian Open
Series, including the Australian Open
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
Çağla Büyükakçay
.

In Indian Wells , Šafářová lost to Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round after receiving a bye as the 11th seed. Šafářová then partnered Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in doubles as the 5th seed, but they lost to Andreja Klepač
Andreja Klepač
and Katarina Srebotnik
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
Elena Vesnina
to set up a blockbuster meeting with Australian Open
Australian Open
finalists Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká
Lucie Hradecká
, who are known as "The Silent-Hs". Mattek-Sands and Šafářová prevailed in straight sets, and dominated Chinese pairing Xu Yifan
Xu Yifan
and Zheng Saisai
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
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 Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the final. Next, she played in the Stuttgart Open and lost in the first round to Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
.

Šafářová turned her season around by winning her seventh career title at the Prague
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
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
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
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 Strýcová .

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
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 DOUBLES

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 eventual champion Serena Williams
Serena Williams
. In doubles, Šafářová and Mattek-Sands won their fourth Grand Slam title, defeating Andrea Hlaváčková and Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the final.

Šafářová reached the semifinals in Taipei , where she lost to Peng. She played for the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
quarterfinals against Spain
Spain
in a dead rubber alongside Kateřina Siniaková . They lost to 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
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
Anett Kontaveit
, Nao Hibino and Kurumi Nara
Kurumi Nara
, before losing to CoCo Vandeweghe in the fourth round.

PERSONAL LIFE

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.

CAREER STATISTICS

Main article: Lucie Šafářová career statistics

SINGLES

KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH

(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
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.

TOURNAMENT 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS

Australian Open
Australian Open
A Q1 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 2R 0 / 11 12–11

French Open
French Open
A 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R F 3R 1R 0 / 13 19–13

Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 4R 4R 2R 0 / 12 16–12

US Open Q2 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 4R 1R 2R 4R 0 / 13 15–13

WIN–LOSS 0–0 0–3 1–3 11–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 6–4 3–4 3–4 13–4 9–4 6–3 2–3 0 / 49 62–49

DOUBLES

TOURNAMENT 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS

Australian Open
Australian Open
A 1R 1R A 3R 1R 2R 1R QF QF W A W 2 / 10 21–8

French Open
French Open
A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R W 1R W 2 / 12 19–10

Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 1R 2R 0 / 12 8–12

US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R A W

1 / 11 11–10

WIN–LOSS 0–2 0–3 0–4 1–3 3–4 3–4 3–4 0–4 8–4 7–4 15–1 6–2 13-1 5 / 45 59–40

GRAND SLAM FINALS

Singles: 1 (1 Runner-up)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Runner-up 2015 French Open
French Open
Clay Serena Williams
Serena Williams
3–6, 7–6(7–2), 2–6

Doubles: 5 (5 Titles)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENT SCORE

Winner 2015 Australian Open
Australian Open
Hard Bethanie Mattek-Sands Chan Yung-jan Zheng Jie
Zheng Jie
6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Winner 2015 French Open
French Open
Clay Bethanie Mattek-Sands Yaroslava Shvedova Casey Dellacqua 3–6, 6–4, 6–2

Winner 2016 US Open Hard Bethanie Mattek-Sands Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4

Winner 2017 Australian Open
Australian Open
(2) Hard Bethanie Mattek-Sands Andrea Hlaváčková Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3

Winner 2017 French Open
French Open
(2) Clay Bethanie Mattek-Sands Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty
Casey Dellacqua 6–2, 6–1

WTA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS

Doubles: 1 (1 Runner-up)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENT SCORE

Runner-up 2016 Singapore Hard (i) Bethanie Mattek-Sands Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
6–7(5–7), 3–6

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