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Kristína Kučová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkɾistiːna ˈkutʃɔʋaː]; born 23 May 1990) is a Slovak tennis player.

Kristína Kučová
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Kristína Kučová at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 29)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Prize money$1,093,638
Singles
Career record359–272
Career titles11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (12 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 148 (22 July 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2009, 2017)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record58–66
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 168 (5 October 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
Team competitions
Fed Cup1–5
Last updated on: 22 July 2019.

She has won eleven singles titles and five doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In September 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 71. On 5 October 2009, she peaked at No. 168 in the doubles rankings.

Kučová was an accomplished junior player, having won the Girls' Singles title at the 2007 US Open and reaching a combined career-high junior ranking of world No. 3 on 10 September 2009.

Playing for Slovakia at the Fed Cup, she has a win–loss record of 1–5.

Kučová was born in Bratislava. Her elder sister Zuzana, also tennis player, retired from the professional tour in 2013.

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Tennis careerEdit

Junior yearsEdit

At the 2007 US Open, the unseeded Kučová took the girls' singles title, defeating the 13th seed Julia Glushko in the third round, top seed and defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals, and number two seed Urszula Radwańska in the final. Kučová also reached the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and 2007 French Open girls' doubles quarterfinals. She reached the French Open quarterfinals with her compatriot Klaudia Boczová, losing to the eventual champions and third seeds Ksenia Milevskaya and Urszula Radwańska. With her compatriot, Lenka Juríková, she reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals and lost to the eventual runners-up Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara.

2014Edit

Kučová started the year in the qualifying for Sydney where she lost to Misaki Doi, then she lost in the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open to Paula Kania in three sets. She lost in qualifying for Doha to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets, and also in Dubai where she lost to Flavia Pennetta. She managed to qualify for Katowice and then beat Monica Niculescu 6–1, 6–1 in the first round before losing to Alizé Cornet. She lost in qualifying for the French Open to the wild card Irina Ramialison 1–6, 0–6 and in qualifying for Wimbledon to Maryna Zanevska.

She reached her first WTA semifinal at Bucharest by beating Anna Schmiedlova, Cristina Dinu and Danka Kovinić before losing to Roberta Vinci 1–6, 3–6 in the semifinals. She won the $50k ITF event in Sobota in Poland by beating Sesil Karatantcheva in the final. She won a $25k event in Fleurus, Belgium by beating Evgeniya Rodina in the final. She lost in the second round of qualifying in Linz to Anna-Lena Friedsam 5–7, 0–6 and in the first round of qualifying for Limoges to Katarzyna Piter 2–6, 4–6.

2016: Breakthrough and into the top 100Edit

Kučová failed to qualify for the Australian Open. She lost in the final qualifying round to Wang Yafan, despite having a match point in the second set.[1]

After defeating Stefanie Vögele and Hsieh Su-wei, Kučová reached the quarterfinals in Kuala Lumpur, where she lost to the second seed Elina Svitolina despite winning the first set 6–1.

She qualified for the main draw of the Rogers Cup by defeating Erin Routliffe and Christina McHale. She upset Yanina Wickmayer in the first round, who had won the singles and doubles titles in Washington the week before. In the second round she caused a bigger upset by defeating the No. 8 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, setting up a third-round clash with the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Kučová won the match in three sets to reach her first WTA Premier-level quarterfinal, where she beat the 15th seed Johanna Konta in straight sets. She was eventually eliminated in the semifinals by the 10th seed Madison Keys. Following the tournament she broke into the world's top 100 in the rankings for the first time in her career.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 24 (11–13)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 20 April 2007 Hvar, Croatia Clay   Karolina Jovanović 1–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 14 May 2007 Michalovce, Slovakia Clay   Katarzyna Piter 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 25 May 2008 Galați, Romania Clay   Valentina Sulpizio 2–6, 6–7(2–7)
Runner–up 4. 10 August 2008 Hechingen, Germany Clay   Maša Zec Peškirič 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 3–6
Runner–up 5. 7 September 2008 Maribor, Slovenia Clay   Maša Zec Peškirič 2–6, 6–7(6–8)
Runner–up 6. 29 March 2009 La Palma, Spain Hard   Anastasija Sevastova 6–4, 1–6, 1–6
Runner–up 7. 5 June 2009 Pozoblanco, Spain Hard   Angelique Kerber 3–6, 4–6
Runner–up 8. 6 June 2010 Brno, Czech Republic Clay   Zuzana Ondrášková 3–6, 6–4, 2–6
Runner–up 9. 26 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Mădălina Gojnea 4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 18 June 2012 Alkmaar, Netherlands Clay   Janina Toljan 6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 8 July 2012 Denain, France Clay   Michaela Hončová 6–2, 1–6, 6–2
Runner–up 12. 30 June 2013 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay   Melanie Klaffner 3–6, 2–6
Winner 13. 28 July 2013 Les Contamines, France Hard   Clothilde de Bernardi 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–3
Winner 14. 18 August 2013 Craiova, Romania Clay   Alberta Brianti 7–5, 3–6, 6–4
Runner–up 15. 15 September 2013 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 2–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner–up 16. 26 October 2013 Herzliya, Israel Hard   Yuliya Beygelzimer 3–6, 6–4, 2–5 ret.
Winner 17. 27 July 2014 Sobota, Poland Clay   Sesil Karatantcheva 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 18. 31 August 2014 Fleurus, Belgium Clay   Evgeniya Rodina 6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. 28 February 2015 Beinasco, Italy Clay (i)   Barbora Krejčíková 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 20. 5 July 2015 Toruń, Poland Clay   Giulia Gatto-Monticone 4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 21. 26 September 2015 Bucha, Ukraine Clay   Alexandra Cadanțu 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0
Runner–up 22. 18 March 2018 Irapuato, Mexico Hard   Marie Bouzková 4–6, 0–6
Runner–up 23. 10 February 2019 Trnava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Lucie Hradecká 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(0–7)
Winner 24. 21 April 2019 Dothan, United States Clay   Lauren Davis 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–2

Doubles: 7 (5–2)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 17 March 2007 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Zuzana Kučová   Melissa Berry
  Michelle Gerards
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2. 20 May 2007 Michalovce, Slovakia Clay   Klaudia Boczová   Olga Brózda
  Justyna Jegiołka
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 11 May 2008 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay   Stefanie Vögele   Nina Bratchikova
  Veronika Kapshay
5–7, 6–3, [6–10]
Winner 3. 25 May 2008 Galați, Romania Clay   Valentina Sulpizio   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Antonia Xenia Tout
6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 3 May 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard   Anastasija Sevastova   Naomi Cavaday
  Lesia Tsurenko
2–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Winner 4. 14 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay   Zuzana Kučová   Nikola Fraňková
  Carmen Klaschka
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 20 September 2015 Saint-Malo, France Clay   Anastasija Sevastova   Maria Marfutina
  Natalia Vikhlyantseva
6–7(1–7), 6–3, [10–5]

Fed Cup participationEdit

Singles (1–3)Edit

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Opponent W/L Score
2008 Fed Cup World Group II Play-offs 27 April 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia   Uzbekistan Clay (i)   Vlada Ekshibarova W 6–1, 2–6, 6–4
2010 Fed Cup World Group II 7 April 2010 Bratislava, Slovakia   China Hard (i)   Han Xinyun L 1–6, 1–6
2014 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs 19 April 2014 Quebec City, Canada   Canada Hard (i)   Eugenie Bouchard L 6–7(0–7), 6–2, 1–6
2017 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs 23 April 2017 Bratislava, Slovakia   Netherlands Clay (i)   Richèl Hogenkamp L 5–7, 4–6

Doubles (0–2)Edit

Edition Stage Date Location Against Surface Partner Opponents W/L Score
2010 Fed Cup World Group
Play-offs
28 April 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia   China Hard (i)   Dominika Cibulková   Lu Jingjing
  Zhang Shuai
L 3–2 ret.
2015 Fed Cup World Group II 8 February 2015 Apeldoorn, Netherlands   Netherlands Clay (i)   Kristína Schmiedlová   Richèl Hogenkamp
  Michaëlla Krajicek
L 5–7, 1–6

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Girls' singlesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2007 US Open Hard   Urszula Radwańska 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)

Grand Slam singles performance timelinesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R A Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q3 2R 1R A 1–3
French Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Wimbledon A 2R Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q2 2R A Q1 2–2
US Open Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 A A Q1 Q1 1R A A Q3 0–1
Career W-L 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–2 1–1 4–9

Top 10 winsEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2016
1.   Carla Suárez Navarro No. 9 Rogers Cup, Canada Hard 2R 3–6, 6–4, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kučová nevyužila mečbal, v hlavnej súťaži grandslamu si po šiestich rokoch nezahrá" (in Slovak). 16 January 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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