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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.

Karina Habšudová
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born (1973-08-02) 2 August 1973 (age 45)
Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro1989
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,878,228
Career record189–183
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 10 (10 February 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1991, 1995, 1997)
French OpenQF (1996)
Wimbledon2R (1991, 1999, 2000)
US Open4R (1996, 1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (1996, 2000)
Career record140–162
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 32 (28 May 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1995, 1997)
French OpenQF (1998)
Wimbledon3R (1993, 2001)
US Open3R (1992, 1999)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2000)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2000)
French OpenQF (2001)
WimbledonSF (2001)
US OpenQF (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.[1] By the age of fourteen, she had already become the top junior player in Czechoslovakia.[2] In 1990, she was crowned ITF Junior World Champion, and the following year she won the girls' singles title at the US Open.[3]

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.[4] 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.[1] 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.[5]

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.[3] 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.[6]

Following her retirement, she worked for several years as a sports editor.[7] She married her husband Milan Cílek in 2003 and they have three children together.[2]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 5 (1–4)Edit

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (1)
Titles by surface
Hard 0
Clay 1
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
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

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (2)
Tier IV & V (3)
Titles by surface
Hard 1
Clay 5
Grass 0
Carpet 0
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 24 May 1992 Lucerne, Switzerland Clay   Marianne Werdel   Amy Frazier
  Elna Reinach
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 31 July 1994 Maria Lankowitz, Austria Clay   Alexandra Fusai   Sandra Cecchini
  Patricia Tarabini
5–7, 5–7
Winner 1. 15 September 1996 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Clay   Helena Suková   Eva Martincová
  Elena Pampoulova
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 22 June 1997 Rosmalen, Netherlands Grass   Florencia Labat   Eva Melicharová
  Helena Vildová
3–6, 6–7
Winner 2. 20 July 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Ruxandra Dragomir   Eva Martincová
  Helena Vildová
6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 3. 12 July 1998 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Silvia Farina   Květa Hrdličková
  Michaela Paštiková
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 4. 19 July 1998 Warsaw, Poland Clay   Olga Lugina   Liezel Huber
  Karin Kschwendt
7–6, 7–5
Winner 5. 11 July 1999 Pörtschach, Austria Clay   Silvia Farina   Olga Lugina
  Laura Montalvo
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 20 February 2000 Hanover, Germany Hard (i)   Silvia Farina   Åsa Carlsson
  Natalia Zvereva
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 24 June 2000 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Catherine Barclay   Erika deLone
  Nicole Pratt
6–7(4–7), 3–4 ret.
Winner 6. 29 October 2000 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Daniela Hantuchová   Petra Mandula
  Patricia Wartusch
Runner-up 6. 24 February 2001 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Åsa Carlsson   Yayuk Basuki
  Caroline Vis
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.


  1. ^ a b "Tennis: Karina Habšudová".
  2. ^ a b "Po tenise zostalo prázdne miesto. Zaplnila ho rodina".
  3. ^ a b "Karina Habsudova".
  5. ^ "TENNIS;Sampras Scrambles to Win, but Seles Exits".
  6. ^ "Clijsters doubles the odds of a Belgian fairy tale".
  7. ^ "Ako dnes žije tenistka Karin Habšudová a za čo vymenila kurty?".

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