Iveta Benešová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɪvɛta ˈbɛnɛʃovaː]) (formerly Melzer, Czech: Melzerová; born 1 February 1983) is a Czech former tennis player. She began playing tennis at age of seven and turned professional in 1998. She won two WTA Tour singles and 14 doubles tournaments, and one Grand Slam title in mixed doubles, partnering with Jürgen Melzer at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. On 14 September 2012, she married Melzer and adopted his family name (until 2015). She announced her retirement from professional tennis on 13 August 2014.
Benešová at the 2011 Australian Open
|Country (sports)||Czech Republic|
|Born||1 February 1983|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 25 (6 April 2009)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2011, 2012)|
|French Open||3R (2008, 2009)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2007, 2009, 2011)|
|US Open||2R (2004, 2008, 2010)|
|Career titles||14 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (31 January 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2008, 2011)|
|French Open||3R (2005, 2006, 2010)|
|US Open||QF (2011)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2009)|
|French Open||QF (2011)|
|US Open||2R (2009), 1R (2012)|
At the 2006 Australian Open, for the first time, she reached the third round of a Grand Slam championship by beating fifth seed Mary Pierce. She lost in the next round to former world No. 1 Martina Hingis.
Benešová started the year by playing the first edition of the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva. A week later, Benešová lost in the final of the tournament in Hobart to fellow-Czech Petra Kvitová. At the Australian Open, she lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist and fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva.
Immediately after Australian, Benešová played in front of her home crowd in the Fed Cup tie against Spain. Despite losing her singles rubber to Nuria Llagostera Vives, the Czech team advanced to the semifinals after winning the tie 4–1.
At the Open GdF Suez in Paris, she lost in the first round to world No. 1 Serena Williams. Benešová then reached the semifinals of the tournament in Acapulco, a clay-court event. In the quarterfinals, she beat Mathilde Johansson before losing in the semifinals to defending champion Flavia Pennetta.
On 6 April 2009, Benešová achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 25.
In doubles, she has won three titles. Along with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, she grabbed the titles in Paris as their opponents Cara Black and Liezel Huber withdrew and Monterrey defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Vania King. Partnering with Anabel Medina Garrigues, Benešová won Fes, making her winning both singles and doubles in the tournament.
Along with Záhlavová-Strýcová she won four titles in doubles.
Benešová once again reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, being defeated by eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. On 29 April 2012 she won her last title at the Stuttgart doubles, again with Záhlavová-Strýcová.
She paused from playing tournaments until February 2014, mainly due to shoulder problems.
In her first tournament as Iveta Melzer, she and her partner Petra Cetkovská reached the final of the Acapulco doubles which they lost in the third set.
At the French Open she played the mixed doubles with her husband Jürgen, they lost in the first round against top seeded Alexander Peya and Abigail Spears. It was their last Grand Slam mixed appearance together, at the Wimbledon mixed doubles Jürgen Melzer partnered Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Iveta Melzer ended her career on 15 August 2014, as her shoulder problems prevented her from playing her best tennis.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Mixed Doubles (1–0)Edit
|Winner||2011||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Jürgen Melzer|| Mahesh Bhupathi
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–0)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (2–6)|
|Runner-up||1.||18 October 2002||WTA Bratislava||Hard (i)||Maja Matevžič||0–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1.||7 March 2004||Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||20 April 2004||Portugal Open, Estoril||Clay||Émilie Loit||5–7, 6–7(1–7)|
|Runner-up||3.||28 August 2004||Forest Hills, Queens||Hard||Elena Likhovtseva||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||4.||16 January 2006||Moorilla Hobart International||Hard||Michaëlla Krajicek||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||5.||20 May 2008||Portugal Open, Estoril||Clay||Maria Kirilenko||4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||16 January 2009||Moorilla Hobart International||Hard||Petra Kvitová||5–7, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||1 May 2010||Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes||Clay||Simona Halep||6–4, 6–2|
Doubles: 26 (14 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–3)|
|Tier II / Premier (5–2)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (8–7)|
|Runner-up||1.||18 July 2004||Bank of the West Classic, Stanford||Hard||Claudine Schaul|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Winner||1.||13 February 2005||Open Gaz de France, Paris||Carpet (i)||Květa Peschke|| Anabel Medina Garrigues
|6–2, 2–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||24 April 2005||Family Circle Cup, Charleston||Clay (green)||Kveta Peschke|| Conchita Martínez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
|Runner-up||3.||18 June 2005||Ordina Open,
|Grass||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Anabel Medina Garrigues
|6–4, 2–6, 7–6(11-9)|
|Runner-up||4.||15 October 2006||Kremlin Cup, Moscow||Carpet (i)||Galina Voskoboeva|| Francesca Schiavone
|4–6, 7–6(7-4), 1–6|
|Runner-up||5.||6 January 2007||Gold Coast, Queensland||Hard||Galina Voskoboeva|| Dinara Safina
|Winner||2.||30 September 2007||Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City||Hard (i)||Janette Husárová|| Victoria Azarenka
|Winner||3.||23 February 2008||Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá||Clay||Bethanie Mattek|| Jelena Kostanić Tošić
|Runner-up||6.||1 March 2008||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco||Clay||Petra Cetkovská|| Nuria Llagostera Vives
María José Martínez Sánchez
|Runner-up||7.||18 May 2008||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome||Clay||Janette Husárová|| Chuang Chia-jung
|Winner||4.||3 August 2008||Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Petra Cetkovská
|Runner-up||8.||2 March 2009||Monterrey Open||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Mara Santangelo
|Runner-up||9.||13 July 2009||ECM Prague Open||Clay||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Kateryna Bondarenko
|Runner-up||10.||29 August 2009||Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven||Hard||Lucie Hradecká|| Nuria Llagostera Vives
María José Martínez Sánchez
|Winner||5.||25 October 2009||BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City||Hard (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Vladimíra Uhlířová
|6–1, 0–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||6.||14 February 2010||Open Gaz de France, Paris||Hard (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Cara Black
|Winner||7.||7 March 2010||Monterrey Open||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Winner||8.||1 May 2010||Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Lucie Hradecká
|Winner||9.||2 October 2010||Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Shahar Pe'er
|6–4, 4–6, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||11.||24 October 2010||BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City||Hard (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Timea Bacsinszky
|Winner||10.||14 January 2011||Medibank International Sydney||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Květa Peschke
|4–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
|Winner||11.||6 March 2011||Monterrey Open||Hard||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]|
|Winner||12.||1 May 2011||Barcelona Ladies Open||Clay||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Natalie Grandin
|5–7, 6–4, [11–9]|
|Winner||13.||25 October 2011||BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City||Hard (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Lucie Hradecká
|Winner||14.||29 April 2012||Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart||Clay (i)||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Julia Görges
|Runner-up||12.||2 March 2014||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco||Hard||Petra Cetkovská|| Kristina Mladenovic
|3-6, 6-2, [5-10]|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Summer Olympics||NH||1R||Not Held||2R||Not Held||-||1–2|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Madrid||Not Held||Not Tier 1||1R||1R||2R||1R||1–4|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||Not Held & Tier I||1R||1R||2R||1–3|
|Cincinnati||Not Held & Tier I||1R||3R||LQ||2–2|
|Montreal / Toronto||1R||LQ||0–1|
Doubles Grand Slam performance timelineEdit
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