Klára Koukalová

Klára Koukalová (formerly Zakopalová; born 24 February 1982) is a retired Czech tennis player. She was born and still lives in Prague.

Klára Koukalová
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Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1982-02-24) 24 February 1982 (age 38)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired26 September 2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$4,084,344
Singles
Career record510–434 (54.0%)
Career titles3 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 20 (15 April 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2003)
French Open4R (2012)
Wimbledon4R (2010)
US Open1R (200308, 201015)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2004, 2008, 2012)
Doubles
Career record105–147 (41.7%)
Career titles4 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 31 (19 May 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2008, 2011, 2014)
French Open3R (2012)
Wimbledon2R (2010, 2011, 2014)
US Open3R (2014)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2014)
US Open1R (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup10–5 (66.7%)

After the 2014 Miami Masters, she switched back to her maiden name, Koukalová, since she divorced from her husband, Jan Zakopal (see Personal life).[1]

CareerEdit

2003–2009Edit

Koukalová made her Grand Slam debut at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating fellow qualifier and Grand Slam debutante Maria Sharapova in the first round before going on to upset sixth-seed Monica Seles. Her run ended in the third round.

In January 2006, she played comeback player Martina Hingis, at the WTA tournament in Gold Coast, where she lost in the second round. Koukalová was seeded 29th at the Australian Open, but lost in the first round to Ekaterina Bychkova. In that year, she had ten first-round losses in singles and failed to win a doubles match.

In 2008, Koukalová reached the final of the inaugural Cachantun Cup in Chile. She played the top seed Flavia Pennetta, but was forced to retire due to a sprained ankle. This also forced her to withdraw from the next tournament in Bogotá, where she had made the quarterfinals in 2007.

Koukalová's biggest win came at the 2009 Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella, Spain. She defeated world No. 1 and ten-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, in three sets. Williams was also her first-round opponent at the French Open, Koulalová this time lost.

2010Edit

She gained another good win over a top-5 player, defeating Dinara Safina in the first round of the Madrid Open.

In the first round of the Warsaw Open, Koukalová caused a big upset by defeating fourth seed and world No. 14, Marion Bartoli. She was then defeated by world No. 205, Gréta Arn, in the second round.

At the Wimbledon Championships, Koukalová advanced to the fourth round for the first time at a Grand Slam. She scored upset wins over 18th seed Aravane Rezaï and tenth seed Flavia Pennetta, before falling to qualifier Kaia Kanepi.

Koukalová made the final at the Danish Open, where she lost to then world No. 3, Caroline Wozniacki. She defeated Rossana de los Rios, Tatjana Malek, Sorana Cîrstea, and Li Na en route to the final. After this tournament, she could not match her performance as she went on to do poorly in her last four tournaments, only advancing to the second round at Linz, where she lost to Patty Schnyder.

2011Edit

 
Koukalová at the 2011 US Open

Koukalová started season at the Hobart International. Seeded fifth, she lost in her semifinal match to sixth seed and eventual champion, Jarmila Groth.[2] At the Australian Open, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by 31st seed Lucie Šafářová.[3]

Playing in Paris at the Open GdF Suez, Koukalová lost in the second round to seventh seed Yanina Wickmayer.[4] She was seeded 31st for the French Open, her first seeding at a Grand Slam tournament since 2006. She was upset in the first round by Taiwanese qualifier Chan Yung-jan.

After her defeat at Roland Garros, Koukalová traveled to Copenhagen to defend her finalist points from the year before. Seeded second, she was upset in the first round by German Kathrin Wörle.

Koukalová then returned to the site of her greatest Grand Slam accomplishment, Wimbledon. Unseeded, she came from a set down to defeat British wildcard Emily Webley-Smith in the first round. In the second round, she avenged her Australian Open loss by upsetting 31st seed Lucie Šafářová in three sets. In the third round, Koukalová fell to eventual finalist Maria Sharapova.

She then made the semifinals in Budapest, where she lost to the eventual champion Roberta Vinci, and then made the quarterfinals in Palermo, where she lost to eventual finalist Polona Hercog.

2013Edit

2014Edit

Koukalová began her year at the Shenzhen Open. Despite being the third seed and last year finalist, she lost in the second round to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.[5] In doubles, she and Niculescu won the title defeating Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok in the final.[6] Seeded seventh at the Hobart International, Koukalová reached the final where she was defeated by qualifier Garbiñe Muguruza.[7] However, in doubles, Koukalová and Niculescu won the title defeating Lisa Raymond/Zhang Shuai in the final.[8] At the Australian Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to 17th seed Sam Stosur.[9]

In Paris at the Open GdF Suez, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by fourth seed and 2012 champion Angelique Kerber.[10] During the Fed Cup tie against Spain, Koukalová won her first rubber over María Teresa Torró Flor, but she lost her second rubber to Carla Suárez Navarro. In the end, the Czech Republic defeated Spain 3–2.[11] At the Qatar Open, Koukalová upset ninth seed Ana Ivanovic in the second round.[12] She was defeated in the third round by sixth seed and eventual finalist Angelique Kerber.[13] As the top seed at the first edition of the Rio Open, Koukalová made it to the final where she lost to fifth seed Kurumi Nara.[14] Seeded third at the Brasil Tennis Cup, Koukalová won the tournament beating second seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the final; this was her third WTA singles title.[15] Seeded 28th at the BNP Paribas Open, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by compatriot Karolína Plíšková.[16] Seeded 27th at the Sony Open Tennis, Koukalová lost her second-round match to Caroline Garcia.[17] Seeded fifth at the Katowice Open, Koukalová made it to the quarterfinal round where she was defeated by fourth seed and eventual champion, Alizé Cornet.[18] In doubles, she and Niculescu reached the final where they lost to Yuliya Beygelzimer/Olga Savchuk.

Koukalová began her clay-court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. She lost in the first round to eighth seed Sara Errani.[19] At the Madrid Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by eighth seed and eventual champion, Maria Sharapova.[20] Seeded second at the Sparta Prague Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to eventual champion Heather Watson.[21] Seeded third at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, her final tournament before the French Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by Polona Hercog.[22] Seeded 30th at the French Open, she lost in the first round to María Teresa Torró Flor.[23]

Seeded sixth at the Aegon Classic, Koukalová reached the quarterfinal round where she was defeated by top seed and eventual champion Ana Ivanovic.[24] Seeded eighth at the Topshelf Open, Koukalová advanced to the semifinal round where she lost to eventual champion CoCo Vandeweghe.[25] Seeded 31st at the Wimbledon Championships, she was defeated in her second-round match by Madison Keys.[26]

Seeded third at the first edition of the Bucharest Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to Monica Niculescu.[27] Seeded third at the İstanbul Cup, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by Kristina Mladenovic.[28]

In Montreal at the Rogers Cup, Koukalová lost in the second round to 11th seed and 2010 champion Caroline Wozniacki.[29] At the Western & Southern Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by American qualifier Taylor Townsend.[30] Competing at the Connecticut Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to sixth seed Flavia Pennetta.[31] At the US Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by Petra Cetkovská.[32]

Seeded third at the Korea Open, Koukalová lost in the second round to Maria Kirilenko.[33] Playing at the first edition of the Wuhan Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by qualifier Zarina Diyas.[34] In Beijing at the China Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to Zarina Diyas.[35] At the Generali Ladies Linz, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by Marina Erakovic.[36] Koukalová played her final tournament of the season at the Kremlin Cup. She retired during her first-round match against fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova due to illness.[37]

Koukalová ended the year ranked 41.

2015Edit

 
Koukalová at the 2015 Aegon International

Koukalová began the season at the Shenzhen Open. Seeded fifth, she lost in the first round to Anna Karolína Schmiedlová.[38] As the sixth seed and last year finalist at the Hobart International, she was defeated in the first round by Kurumi Nara.[39] At the Australian Open, she beat Australian wildcard Storm Sanders in the first round.[40] In the second round, she lost to Julia Görges.[41]

In Antwerp, Belgium at the Diamond Games, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by qualifier Francesca Schiavone.[42] Koukalová lost in the first round of qualifying at the Qatar Open to Hsieh Su-wei. In Dubai at the Dubai Championships, Koukalová fell in the first round to Tsvetana Pironkova.[43] Seeded fifth at the Malaysian Open, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by Carina Witthöft.[44] In Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Koukalová defeated Daniela Hantuchová in her first-round match.[45] In the second round, she lost to 16th seed Madison Keys.[46] At the Miami Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by Kristina Mladenovic.[47] In Poland at the Katowice Open, Koukalová lost in her quarterfinal match to top seed and home crowd favorite Agnieszka Radwańska.[48]

Seeded third at the Empire Slovak Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by eventual champion Danka Kovinić.[49] At the Italian Open, Koukalová lost in the first round of qualifying to Anna Karolína Schmiedlová. In Germany at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by second seed Angelique Kerber.[50] Competing at the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, the French Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to Danka Kovinić.[51]

Beginning her grass-court season at the Topshelf Open, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by Annika Beck.[52] Getting through the qualifying rounds at the Aegon Classic, Koukalová lost in the third round to top seed Simona Halep.[53] In Eastbourne at the Aegon International, Koukalová was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Lauren Davis. At the Wimbledon Championships, she lost in the first round to Ajla Tomljanović.[54]

In Contrexéville at the Lorraine Open 88, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by Kristína Kučová. At the Swedish Open, Koukalová lost in her quarterfinal match to Yulia Putintseva.[55] Playing in Austria at the Gastein Ladies, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by second seed and eventual champion, Sam Stosur.[56] Seeded third at the first edition of the Advantage Cars Prague Open, Koukalová lost in the first round to Laura Pous Tió.

Playing in New York at the US Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by 19th seed Madison Keys.[57]

Seeded fifth at the Engie Open de Biarritz, Koukalová reached the semifinal round where she lost to sixth seed and eventual champion, Laura Siegemund.[58] In Seoul at the Korea Open, Koukalová retired from her first-round match against Magdaléna Rybáriková due to injury.[59] At the Tashkent Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by qualifier Kateryna Kozlova. Coming through qualifying at the Generali Ladies Linz, Koukalová lost in the first round to Denisa Allertová. Entering the Kremlin Cup as a qualifier, Koukalová was defeated in the second round by eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Koukalová played her final tournament of the season at the Al Habtoor Challenge. Seeded second, she made it to the final where she lost to sixth seed Çağla Büyükakçay.[60]

Koukalová ended the year ranked 106.

2016Edit

Koukalová started season at the Hobart International where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Jana Fett. At the Australian Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round by qualifier Nicole Gibbs.[61]

Getting past qualifying at the St. Petersburg Trophy, she lost in the first round to fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[62] At the Qatar Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Jana Čepelová.[63] At the Malaysian Open, she lost in her first-round match to Naomi Broady.[64] Playing in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open, Koukalová was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Verónica Cepede Royg. At the Katowice Open, she lost in her first-round match to qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova.[65]

Beginning her clay-court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Koukalová was defeated in the first round of qualifying to Laura Robson.[66] Competing in her home country at the Prague Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Amandine Hesse. At the French Open, Koukalová reached the final round of qualifying where she was defeated by Çağla Büyükakçay.[67]

In the Aegon Classic Birmingham, she lost in the second round of qualifying to Kateryna Bondarenko. Competing at the Wimbledon Championships, Koukalová was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Stephanie Vogt.[68]

On September 26, 2016, Koukalová announced her retirement from tennis.[69]

Personal lifeEdit

On 6 June 2006, Klára married Czech footballer Jan Zakopal,[70] but they divorced in January 2014.[71] From June 2006 to March 2014, she used her married name Zakopalová while competing, switching back to Koukalová in April 2014.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 15 (3 titles, 12 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (3–12)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (0–7)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 20 May 2001 Belgian Open, Antwerp Clay   Barbara Rittner 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 14 July 2002 Grand Prix SAR, Casablanca Clay   Patricia Wartusch 7–5, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 2 August 2003 Idea Prokom Open, Sopot (1) Clay   Anna Smashnova 2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 4. 19 June 2004 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, 's-Hertogenbosch Grass   Mary Pierce 6–7(6–8), 2–6
Runner-up 5. 14 August 2004 Idea Prokom Open, Sopot (2) Clay   Flavia Pennetta 5–7, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1. 18 June 2005 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, 's-Hertogenbosch Grass   Lucie Šafářová 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 24 July 2005 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Sicily Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues 4–6, 0–6
Winner 2. 25 September 2005 Slovenia Open, Portorož Hard   Katarina Srebotnik 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 17 February 2008 Cachantún Cup, Viña del Mar Clay   Flavia Pennetta 4–6, 4–5 ret.
Runner-up 8. 8 August 2010 Danish Open, Copenhagen Carpet (i)   Caroline Wozniacki 2–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 9. 26 September 2010 Korea Open, Seoul Hard   Alisa Kleybanova 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 10. 6 January 2013 Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen Hard   Li Na 3–6, 6–1, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 11 January 2014 Hobart International, Hobart Hard   Garbiñe Muguruza 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 12. 23 February 2014 Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro Clay   Kurumi Nara 1–6, 6–4, 1–6
Winner 3. 1 March 2014 Brasil Tennis Cup, Florianópolis Hard   Garbiñe Muguruza 4–6, 7–5, 6–0

Doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (4–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–4)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 17 September 2001 Bell Challenge, Quebec City Carpet (i)   Alena Vašková   Samantha Reeves
  Adriana Serra Zanetti
5–7, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 25 July 2009 Slovenia Open, Portorož Hard   Camille Pin   Julia Görges
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 24 October 2009 Kremlin Cup, Moscow Hard (i)   Maria Kondratieva   Maria Kirilenko
  Nadia Petrova
2–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 18 June 2011 UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch Grass   Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová   Dominika Cibulková
  Flavia Pennetta
1–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Runner-up 4. 16 July 2011 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Clay   Andrea Hlaváčková   Sara Errani
  Roberta Vinci
5–7, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 22 June 2013 Eastbourne International Grass   Monica Niculescu   Nadia Petrova
  Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 21 July 2013 Swedish Open, Båstad Clay   Anabel Medina Garrigues   Alexandra Dulgheru
  Flavia Pennetta
6–1, 6–4
Winner 3. 4 January 2014 Shenzhen Open Hard   Monica Niculescu   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Nadiia Kichenok
6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 11 January 2014 Hobart International Hard   Monica Niculescu   Lisa Raymond
  Zhang Shuai
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [10–8]
Runner-up 6. 13 April 2014 Katowice Open Hard (i)   Monica Niculescu   Yuliya Beygelzimer
  Olga Savchuk
4–6, 7–5, [7–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 12 (7–5)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 July 1999 ITF Alkmaar, Netherlands Clay   Janet Bergman 6-2, 6-1
Runner-up 2. 14 February 2000 ITF Pécs, Hungary Clay   Petra Raclavská 4–6, 6–7(4)
Winner 3. 25 June 2000 ITF Sopot, Poland Clay   Syna Schreiber 7–6(7), 6–3
Winner 4. 27 August 2000 ITF Maribor, Slovenia Clay   Angelika Rösch 7–5, 6–4
Winner 5. 11 June 2001 ITF Marseille, France Clay   Karina Habšudová 6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 6. 9 June 2002 ITF Caserta, Italy Clay   Mariana Díaz Oliva 7–6(4), 5–7, 7–5
Runner-up 7. 10 June 2007 ITF Přerov, Czech Republic Clay   Angelique Kerber 3–6, 6–1, 5–7
Winner 8. 17 June 2007 Zlín Open, Czech Republic Clay   Petra Kvitová 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 31 October 2009 Ortisei Internazional, Italy Carpet (i)   Barbora Strýcová 6–7(4), 3–6
Runner-up 10 20 May 2012 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Lucie Šafářová 3-6, 5-7
Winner 11. 13 June 2010 Open de Marseille, France Clay   Johanna Larsson 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 14 November 2015 Dubai Challenge, United Arab Emirates Hard   Çağla Büyükakçay 7–6(4), 4–6, 4–6

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q2 3R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 6–14
French Open Q2 Q1 1R 2R 2R 1R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R Q3 7–12
Wimbledon Q2 Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R Q1 11–12
US Open Q1 Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R Q3 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 0–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–4 2–4 2–4 0–4 0–2 1–4 0–3 4–4 3–4 5–4 3–4 1–4 1–4 0–1 24–50
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held 1R Not Held 1R Not Held 1R Not Held A 0–3
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 2R A 2R 1R A 1R 4R1 4R 2R 2R A 6–9
Miami A A 1R 2R 2R 3R A 1R 1R A 3R 1R 4R 2R 1R A2 5–11
Madrid Not Held A 2R 1R 2R 1R3 1R A A 2–5
Beijing Not Tier I A 1R 2R A 1R 1R A A 1–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 2–4 3–3 4–4 0–4 1–2 0–0 14–29
Tournaments won 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Year-end ranking 138 120 62 46 36 125 62 75 95 41 41 28 35 41 106 292

1 At the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, Vera Zvonareva withdrew from her third-round match against Koukalová.

2 Koukalová had to withdraw from the 2016 Miami Open due to a shoulder injury.

3 Koukalová had to retire from her first-round match at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open against Maria Kirilenko due to asthma problems.

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open A 1R A 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3–8
French Open 1R 1R A 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R 4–9
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 3–10
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 4–10
Win–Loss 0–3 0–4 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–3 3–4 3–4 0–4 5–4 0–4 14–37

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