Barbora Krejčíková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbarbora ˈkrɛjtʃiːkovaː]; born 18 December 1995) is a Czech professional tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of World No. 4, achieved on 18 October 2021, and on 22 October 2018, she became world No. 1 in doubles.
|Country (sports)||Czech Republic|
|Residence||Ivančice, Czech Republic|
|Born||18 December 1995|
Brno, Czech Republic
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||301–164 (64.7%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (18 October 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 4 (18 October 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2020, 2021)|
|French Open||W (2021)|
|US Open||QF (2021)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2021)|
|Career record||274–115 (70.4%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (22 October 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 3 (18 October 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2021)|
|French Open||W (2018, 2021)|
|US Open||SF (2018)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||F (2018)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2019, 2020, 2021)|
|French Open||QF (2021)|
|US Open||QF (2016)|
|Fed Cup||W (2018), record 1–1|
|Last updated on: 20 September 2021.|
Krejčíková is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, having won the 2021 French Open singles title, the women's doubles titles at the 2018 French Open, 2018 Wimbledon Championships and 2021 French Open, all alongside compatriot Kateřina Siniaková, and the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021 partnering Rajeev Ram, and in 2020 with Nikola Mektić. She is one of only four active female players to have won a Grand Slam title in all three different disciplines after Serena and Venus Williams and Samantha Stosur.
Krejčíková has won three singles and nine doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including two at WTA 1000 level in doubles. With Siniaková, she finished runner-up at the 2018 WTA Finals and 2021 Australian Open, and the pair won Olympic gold in doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Krejčíková was also part of the Czech team which won the 2018 Fed Cup.
Personal life and backgroundEdit
Krejčíková was ranked junior world No. 3 in October 2013. In that year, she won the girls' doubles titles at the French Open, at Wimbledon and the US Open with fellow Czech Kateřina Siniaková. Alongside Oleksandra Korashvili from Ukraine, she also reached the final of the Australian Open, falling one match shy of completing the calendar-year Grand Slam. The same year, she also won the European Junior Championship U18 in Klosters, Switzerland in singles and doubles.
Professional career highlightsEdit
In March 2021, she made progress to her first singles final of a WTA 1000 tournament at the Dubai Championships, eventually losing to Garbine Muguruza. As a result, she climbed to her career-high of No. 38 in the singles rankings.
In May 2021, she won her first WTA singles title at Strasbourg the day before the 2021 French Open started. Krejčíková went on to win the subsequent French Open, her first grand slam final in singles. As a result, she climbed to a career-high of No. 15 in the singles rankings.
Krejčíková has also won 14 singles titles on the ITF Circuit.
Together with compatriot Kateřina Siniaková, she won the doubles titles at the 2018 French Open and 2018 Wimbledon Championships. With American partner Rajeev Ram, she won the mixed-doubles competition of the 2019 Australian Open. She succeeded in defending her title the following year alongside Nikola Mektić, and in 2021 again, with Rajeev Ram.
On 22 October 2018, she reached No. 1 in the doubles rankings, jointly with Kateřina Siniaková. Together they were the fifth and sixth Czechs ranked No. 1 since 1975, and the 14th pair that attained the No. 1 together.
In February 2021, she reached her first Australian Open doubles final with Siniaková and won the mixed-doubles event with Rajeev Ram.
In June 2021, she reached the French Open doubles final again with Siniaková. They won, beating the duo of Iga Świątek and B. Mattek-Sands.
Professional career reviewEdit
2014: WTA Tour debut, first WTA final in doublesEdit
Krejčíková made her WTA Tour debut at the Gastein Ladies, where she and partner Kateřina Siniaková lost in the first round. In singles, her debut was at the Tournoi de Québec, where she qualified for the main draw, and reached the second round, losing to Lucie Hradecká. Also in doubles, she reached the semifinals. At the Luxembourg Open, she reached her first WTA Tour doubles final with Lucie Hradecká. However, they were defeated by Timea Bacsinszky and Kristina Barrois.
2015: First WTA doubles titleEdit
In 2015, Krejčíková did not progress much in singles. She only played one WTA Tour main-draw event, at the Tournoi de Québec, where she was defeated in the first round. At all four Grand Slam championships, she failed to qualify for the main draw, losing in the first round of Wimbledon and the US Open, and the second round of the Australian Open and French Open.
In doubles, she had more success, reaching the semifinals at the Diamond Games, debuting in the main draw of the French Open, and winning her first title at the Tournoi de Québec. In November, she won her first, and so far only, WTA 125K title at the Open de Limoges, partnering with Mandy Minella.
2016: Doubles breakthrough, French Open doubles semifinal, top 30 in doublesEdit
In singles, Krejčíková mainly played on the ITF Circuit. However, she took part in a few WTA tournaments but fell in qualifying or in early rounds of the main draw. At the Australian Open and Wimbledon, she lost in the first round of qualification; so she did at the Qatar Open.
Krejčíková started the year well in doubles, reaching the semifinals at the Auckland Open. Next, she played for the first time at the Australian Open, reaching the second round. In February, she played her first Premier final in doubles at the St. Petersburg Trophy. At the Qatar Open, she made her first appearance at a Premier 5/Premier Mandatory tournament, where she lost in the second round.
Her first breakthrough came at the French Open, where she, with her doubles partner Siniaková, reached the semifinals, but they lost to the duo Elena Vesnina/Ekaterina Makarova. This result ranked her in the top 50 for the first time, getting her up to 34. At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round. At the US Open, she reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, but lost there with Siniaková to Martina Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe. After that, she was ranked in the top 30 for the first time in her career.
2017: First WTA final in singlesEdit
In the first few months, Krejčíková had success in singles on the ITF Circuit, but didn't do well on the WTA Tour. She failed in qualification at Taiwan Open and Morocco Open, and failed to reached the main-draw of Australian Open again, losing in the second round of qualification. Then suddenly, in late May, she reached her first WTA singles final at the Nurember Cup, where she played from the qualifying rounds. She lost the final to top seed Kiki Bertens. This result brought her back to the top 150, for the first time since September 2015. In the Grass season, she only played in qualification for Wimbledon, but missed the chance to play in the main-draw. In Bastad, she played in the quarterfinal, where she lost to Caroline Garcia. For the first time, she had the chance to play in the main-draw of Rogers Cup, but lost in the second round of qualification. At US Open, she also didn't have success, losing in the first round of qualification.
Also in doubles, the first few months were not really successful for Krejčíková, reaching only the second round at the Australian Open, and first round of Sydney International, Taiwan Open and Hungarian Ladies Open. During the clay season, things get better. At Morocco Open, she reached her first semifinal in 2017. At Madrid Open, she lost in the first round, but at the Italian Open she reached her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory quarterfinal. At the French Open, partnering with Chan Hao-Ching, lost to Lucie Hradecká-Kateřina Siniaková in the third round. In the grass season, she only played at Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round. At Swedish Open, she reached the doubles final, but missed the chance to win the title. At Rogers Cup, she lost in the second round of the doubles, while at the US Open, she reached the third round in doubles. In October, she played the semifinal doubles at the Kremlin Cup.
2018: French Open and Wimbledon champion, No. 1 in doublesEdit
Unlike previous seasons, Krejčíková now had the chance to play, at least, in singles qualifying rounds at more Premier 5/Premier Mandatory events than before. Unfortunately, she failed to qualify for the main draw at Qatar Open, Indian Wells Open, Miami Open and Madrid Open, but finally qualified at the Rogers Cup, where she lost in the first round. At the majors, she also made a little bit of progress, as she finally made it to the main draw of the French Open after qualifying. In the first round of the main draw, she faced sixth seed, Karolína Plíšková, but lost. At the US Open, once again, she failed to qualify.
This season was so far the most successful doubles season for Krejčíková. She started well, reaching the final at the Shenzhen Open, where she and Siniaková lost to Romanian combination Irina-Camelia Begu/Simona Halep. At the Australian Open, they reached the third round, Siniaková's best result at that tournament. In February, she reached semifinals at the Premier 5 Qatar Open, again with Siniaková. At the Indian Wells Open, they reached the second round. And at the Miami Open, she played her first Premier 5/Mandatory final, but missed the chance to win the title. The clay-court season didn't start so well, reaching only second round of the Madrid Open, and first round of the Italian Open. After that, she won her first major doubles title at the French Open. Together with Siniaková, she defeated Japanese pair Eri Hozumi/Makoto Ninomiya in the final. Grass-court season was successful for Krejčíková, reaching semifinal at the Birmingham Classic, and title at the Wimbledon. At the Wimbledon, again with Siniaková, they defeated Květa Peschke and Nicole Melichar in the final. After Wimbledon, Krejčíková entered top 5 in doubles for the first time in her career. The US Open Series wasn't unsuccessful at all. She didn't do well at Rogers Cup, losing in the second round, but at Cincinnati, she reached the quarterfinals. At the US Open, she was close to reach another Grand Slam final, but was stopped in the semifinal together with Siniaková, by Ashleigh Barty/CoCo Vandeweghe. On 22 October, Krejčíková, together with her doubles partner, Siniaková, became world No. 1 doubles player. For the first time in her career, Krejčíková had the opportunity to play at the WTA Finals, where she had success. In the first round, Siniaková and Krejčíková defeated Peschke/Melichar, then in semifinals, they defeated Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková/Barbora Strýcová, but lost in the final against Tímea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic. Both, Krejčíková and Siniaková finished the year as world-No.-1 doubles players. At the end of 2018, they received the award for the 2018 Doubles Team.
2019: Rogers Cup doubles title, Wimbledon semifinals in doublesEdit
Krejčíková played singles draws mostly on the ITF Circuit where she had success. On the WTA Tour, only tournament where she played in main-draw was Bucharest Open, where she reached quarterfinal. Also, she failed to qualify at Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Rogers Cup.
In doubles, season started really well for Krejčíková. She played at the Brisbane International, where she reached thesemifinals. After that, she finally reached quarterfinal at the Australian Open, and with that result she completed quarterfinals at all four Grand Slam tournaments. At Indian Wells, she entered the final, where she and Siniaková lost to Elise Mertens/Aryna Sabalenka. In Miami, she had less success, losing in the first round. Clay-court season started well, with a quarterfinal at the Madrid Open and semifinal at the Italian Open, but losing in the first round of the French Open. Wimbledon was successful for Krejčíková, reaching semifinals, where she and Siniaková lost to Gabriela Dabrowski/Xu Yifan.
At the Rogers Cup, she finally won her first Premier 5/Premier Mandatory title. Together with Siniaková, they defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld/Demi Schuurs in the final, in straight sets. At Cincinnati, she reached quarterfinal. Krejčíková planned to play in doubles, but during her second-round match in qualifying against Asia Muhammad, Krejčíková was forced to retire. In October, she won the title at the Linz Open. For the second year in row, Krejčíková played at the WTA Finals, again with Siniaková, but they didn't pass the group stage, winning only one match.
2020: Good Grand Slam performance in singles and doublesEdit
In the COVID-affected 2020 season, Krejčíková finally made progress in singles. For the first time in her career, she qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open, but also got her first win. In mixed doubles, she won a second consecutive title, this time with Nikola Mektić. At the French Open, she even went two steps forward, and got to the round of 16. There, she played against qualifier Nadia Podoroska, but missed her first singles Grand Slam quarterfinal. Krejčíková followed this up with good performances in Linz where she made the semi finals before losing to Aryna Sabalenka and in Ostrava, she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16. She ended the year ranked 65.
The season started really well in doubles, with the title in Shenzhen. There, together with Siniaková, they defeated the Chinese combination Duan Yingying-Zheng Saisai in three sets. After that, she played at Australian Open, where with her semifinal result, she completed semifinals at all four grand-slams. In Dubai, together with Zheng Saisai, she lost in the final to Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strýcová. In Doha, again with Siniaková, she reached the semifinals before being defeated by Hsieh and Strýcová once again. After the COVID shutdown, Krejčíková returned to play doubles in August, and reached another semifinal at the Prague Open. She returned with Siniaková to the French Open. Krejčíková and Siniaková had the chance to make another Grand-Slam final, before losing in the semifinals to defending champions Babos/Mladenovic. The 2020 season ended in Ostrava where she and Siniaková made it to the semifinals before Krejčíková had to withdraw.
2021: Top 5 in singles, French Open singles & doubles titles, Olympic doubles goldEdit
2021 saw Krejčíková make her biggest strides yet when she reached the final of a WTA 1000 event for the first time, losing to Garbiñe Muguruza. She began the year ranked 65 and lost in the second round in Abu Dhabi to Yulia Putinseva before going to Australia. She had two good wins in the WTA 500 Gippsland Trophy, beating Lauren Davis and fourth seed Elena Rybakina before losing to Jennifer Brady in the quarterfinals, who would go on to make the final of the 2021 Australian Open a few weeks later.
While her singles run at the 2021 Australian Open was brief, losing in round two to 29th seed Alexandrova, she and Siniaková made it to the doubles final before losing to eventual champions Mertens/Sabalenka. She won the mixed doubles for the third straight year, her second title with Rajeev Ram.
In the Middle East swing, Krejčíková’s most notable result in doubles was making the Doha semifinals with Siniaková before losing to Ostapenko and Niculescu. In singles, Krejčíková’s run to the WTA 1000 Dubai final in March saw her beat two Grand Slam champions, Jelena Ostapenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova as well as the 16th seed Maria Sakkari. This great result pushed her up into the top 40 for the first time to a career-high of No. 38 in singles. The final was a little controversial as Krejčíková went for a bathroom break between the first and second set that took over 11 minutes. However, she played well in a tough match but lost to Garbine Muguruza.
At the Madrid Open, Krejčíková and Siniaková won the women's doubles title, beating Demi Schuurs and Gaby Dabrowski in straight sets in the final. This was their biggest title since Wimbledon 2018.
At the French Open, Krejčíková defeated Kristýna Plíšková, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Elina Svitolina to reach the fourth round for the second consecutive year. She then defeated 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens, 6–2, 6–0 in just 67 minutes, to reach her first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal. She also defeated Coco Gauff in straight sets, after saving five set points, to set up a semi final with Maria Sakkari, which she won in three sets, saving a match point to secure a spot in her first ever Grand Slam final in only her fifth Grand Slam main draw appearance in singles. In the final, she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets to claim her first Grand Slam singles title, becoming just the third Czech champion in the tournament's history, after Hana Mandlíková 40 years earlier. As a result, she entered the top 15 in singles for the first time in her career. In doubles, she and Siniaková beat the Plíšková sisters in an all Czech quarter final and the duo of Bernarda Pera and Magda Linette in the semifinals. They defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Iga Świątek in straight sets to claim their second title at Roland Garros. With this victory, Krejčíková became the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to complete the singles/doubles sweep in Paris. As a result, Krejčíková & Siniaková reclaimed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the doubles rankings, respectively.
Three weeks later, Krejčíková made her Wimbledon debut, where she was seeded 14th – her first time as a seeded player in a Grand Slam. She beat Clara Tauson, Andrea Petkovic and Anastasija Sevastova before losing to World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, bringing her 15 match winning streak to an end. She quickly got back to her winning ways, however, winning her third WTA title at the Prague Open, where she beat Tereza Martincová in the final. It was her third title in four tournaments played.
At the 2020 Olympics, held in July 2021, Krejčíková defeated Zarina Diyas and Leylah Annie Fernandez before losing to Belinda Bencic in three sets in the third round. With Siniaková, she won gold in the doubles event, beating Bencic and Viktorija Golubic in the final.
Barbora then made her main draw singles debut at the 2021 US Open. She began her campaign with a straight-sets win over Astra Sharma and Christina McHale. She then defeated Kamilla Rakhimova and 9th seed Garbine Muguruza in straight sets in the 3rd and 4th round to reach her maiden US Open quarterfinals. After being helped off the court in that match, Krejcikova failed to recover fully, and was beaten in the quarter final by Aryna Sabalenka. On 20th September, Barbora reached her new-career high ranking of World No.5 in WTA rankings.
Krejčíkova is an aggressive player, with an all-court game. She is known for her strong serve, powerful groundstrokes, and wholly complete net game. She has been noted for her ability to play with "contained aggression", and to spontaneously inject pace into rallies without notice. As a result, she is capable of generating and redirecting power both crosscourt and down-the-line with both her groundstrokes, allowing her to hit winners, or induce unforced errors from opponents, with a high degree of accuracy. Her two-handed backhand is her strongest groundstroke, with her being able to generate extreme angles with her backhand, and hit winners from any position on the court. Krejčíkova can strategically apply slice to her backhand, continually breaking up the pace of rallies, allowing her to construct points intelligently. Her forehand is also strong, being applied with heavy topspin, pushing opponents far behind the baseline, and allowing her to dictate rallies. She also frequently deploys the sliced forehand, a rare shot in modern tennis, to surprise opponents and aid point construction. Krejčíkova is an exceptional net player due to her doubles experience, and possesses a complete repertoire of shots to perform at the net. Although Krejčíkova typically plays at the baseline until the opportunity arises to attack the net, she occasionally utilises the serve-and-volley tactic to surprise opponents, and win points easily. She also possesses a highly effective drop shot, which typically lands close to the net, surprising opponents in long baseline rallies; if the opponent manages to retrieve the shot, her strong volleying skills allow her to end the point quickly with an aggressive volley, or a perfectly weighted lob. Despite her aggressive playing style, Krejčíkova possesses excellent movement, speed, stamina, footwork, and court coverage, allowing her to defend to an exceptionally high standard, and she is an effective counterpuncher, extending rallies until she creates the opportunity to hit a winner. Her first serve is strong, peaking at 110 mph (177 km/h), allowing her to serve aces and dictate play from the first stroke; she also possesses strong kick and slice second serves, preventing opponents from scoring free points off her second serve. On occasion, Krejčíkova does have a tendency to take risks on her second serve, leading to a relatively high double fault count. Due to her aggressive mindset and defensive abilities, Krejčíkova is a dangerous opponent on all surfaces, although her strongest surface is clay, where the high bounce and slow pace allow her to execute her playing style perfectly.
Grand Slam tournament performance timelinesEdit
|Australian Open||A||Q2||Q3||Q2||Q3||Q2||2R||2R||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|French Open||A||Q2||A||A||1R||Q1||4R||W||1 / 3||10–2||83%|
|Wimbledon||A||Q1||Q1||Q2||A||A||NH||4R||0 / 1||3–1||75%|
|US Open||Q3||Q1||A||Q1||Q1||Q2||A||QF||0 / 1||4–1||80%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||4–2||15–3||1 / 7||19–6||76%|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||Career total: 3|
|Finals||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||4||Career total: 5|
|Australian Open||A||A||2R||2R||3R||QF||SF||F||0 / 6||16–6||73%|
|French Open||A||1R||SF||3R||W||1R||SF||W||2 / 7||22–5||81%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||1R||1R||W||SF||NH||QF||1 / 5||11–4||73%|
|US Open||A||A||QF||3R||SF||A||A||1R||0 / 4||9–4||69%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||8–4||5–4||18–2||7–3||8–2||12–3||3 / 22||58–19||77%|
|Titles||0||1||0||0||2||2||1||4||Career total: 10|
|Finals||1||1||1||1||5||3||2||5||Career total: 19|
|Australian Open||A||1R||A||W||W||W||3 / 4||15–1||94%|
|French Open||A||1R||A||A||NH||QF||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Wimbledon||2R||3R||A||A||NH||A||0 / 1||2–2||50%|
|US Open||QF||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 1||2–1||67%|
|Win–Loss||3–2||1–3||0–0||5–0||5–0||6–1||3 / 9||20–6||77%|
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2021||French Open||Clay||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||6–1, 2–6, 6–4|
Doubles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Win||2018||French Open||Clay||Kateřina Siniaková|| Eri Hozumi
|Win||2018||Wimbledon||Grass||Kateřina Siniaková|| Nicole Melichar
|6–4, 4–6, 6–0|
|Loss||2021||Australian Open||Hard||Kateřina Siniaková|| Elise Mertens
|Win||2021||French Open (2)||Clay||Kateřina Siniaková|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Mixed doubles: 3 (3 titles)Edit
|Win||2019||Australian Open||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Astra Sharma
|Win||2020||Australian Open (2)||Hard||Nikola Mektić|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|5–7, 6–4, [10–1]|
|Win||2021||Australian Open (3)||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Samantha Stosur
Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)Edit
|Gold||2021||Tokyo 2020||Hard||Kateřina Siniaková|| Belinda Bencic
Year-end championships finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2018||WTA Finals, Singapore||Hard (i)||Kateřina Siniaková|| Tímea Babos
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