Karina Habšudová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkaɾina ˈɦapʃudɔʋaː]; born 2 August 1973) is a Slovak former professional tennis player. She has been ranked as high as 10 in the world (1997). Together with Karol Kučera, she won the Hopman Cup in 1998. Her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament came when she got to the quarterfinals of the 1996 French Open, defeating Kristin Godridge, Nathalie Tauziat, Martina Hingis and Anke Huber before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
|Born||2 August 1973|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (10 February 1997)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (1991, 1995, 1997)|
|French Open||QF (1996)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1991, 1999, 2000)|
|US Open||4R (1996, 1997)|
|Olympic Games||3R (1996, 2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 32 (28 May 2001)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1995, 1997)|
|French Open||QF (1998)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1993, 2001)|
|US Open||3R (1992, 1999)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||2R (2000)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2000)|
|French Open||QF (2001)|
|US Open||QF (2000)|
She also had a successful junior career. She won the girls' singles at the 1991 US Open, and was junior No. 1 for some time.
Born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia, Habšudová originally trained as a gymnast but at the age of ten, she switched to tennis under the encouragement of her mother, herself a former amateur tennis player. By the age of fourteen, she had already become the top junior player in Czechoslovakia. In 1990, she was crowned ITF Junior World Champion, and the following year she won the girls' singles title at the US Open.
As a professional, she made the fourth round of the 1991 Australian Open while still a schoolgirl, but her early promise was curtailed by health problems and injuries, including a bout of pneumonia in 1993 and an ankle injury the following year. After suffering another injury just as she had made it to the top 30 in the spring of 1995, she bounced back to enjoy her most successful year in 1996, where she had results such as reaching the final of the German Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open. At the latter event, she beat Martina Hingis and Anke Huber and served for a place in the semifinals against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, but ultimately lost 8–10 in the third set.
Habšudová eventually broke the top 10 in early 1997 after reaching the final of the Generali Ladies Linz, becoming the first woman representing Slovakia to do so. Though she continued to play on the tour until 2003, she never again matched the same success of her breakthrough season, with later highlights including winning the Hopman Cup in 1998 and her only WTA singles title at the Austrian Open in 1999. In 2001, she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles tournament partnering David Rikl.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 5 (1–4)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||19 May 1996||Berlin, Germany||Clay||Steffi Graf||6–4, 2–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||2.||27 October 1996||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Carpet (i)||Anke Huber||3–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||16 February 1997||Linz, Austria||Carpet (i)||Chanda Rubin||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||11 July 1999||Portschach, Austria||Clay||Silvija Talaja||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||18 July 1999||Sopot, Poland||Clay||Conchita Martínez||1–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 12 (6–6)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||24 May 1992||Lucerne, Switzerland||Clay||Marianne Werdel|| Amy Frazier
|Runner-up||2.||31 July 1994||Maria Lankowitz, Austria||Clay||Alexandra Fusai|| Sandra Cecchini
|Winner||1.||15 September 1996||Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic||Clay||Helena Suková|| Eva Martincová
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||22 June 1997||Rosmalen, Netherlands||Grass||Florencia Labat|| Eva Melicharová
|Winner||2.||20 July 1997||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Ruxandra Dragomir|| Eva Martincová
|6–1, 5–7, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||12 July 1998||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Silvia Farina|| Květa Hrdličková
|2–6, 6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||19 July 1998||Warsaw, Poland||Clay||Olga Lugina|| Liezel Huber
|Winner||5.||11 July 1999||Pörtschach, Austria||Clay||Silvia Farina|| Olga Lugina
|Runner-up||4.||20 February 2000||Hanover, Germany||Hard (i)||Silvia Farina|| Åsa Carlsson
|Runner-up||5.||24 June 2000||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Catherine Barclay|| Erika deLone
|6–7(4–7), 3–4 ret.|
|Winner||6.||29 October 2000||Bratislava, Slovakia||Hard (i)||Daniela Hantuchová|| Petra Mandula
|Runner-up||6.||24 February 2001||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Åsa Carlsson|| Yayuk Basuki
|0–6, 6–4, 2–6|
Head-to-head record against other players in the top 10Edit
Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.
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