Kristína Kučová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkristiːna ˈkutʂɔʋaː]; born 23 May 1990) is a Slovak tennis player. On 12 September 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 71. On 5 October 2009, she peaked at No. 168 in the WTA doubles rankings.
|Born||23 May 1990|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed both sides)|
|Prize money||US $1,890,388|
|Career record||421–335 (55.7%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA Challenger, 11 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 71 (12 September 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 162 (12 September 2022)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2017, 2022)|
|French Open||2R (2019)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2009, 2017, 2022)|
|US Open||2R (2021)|
|Career record||60–71 (45.8%)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 168 (5 October 2009)|
|Current ranking||No. 438 (12 September 2022)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|French Open||2R (2022)|
|Last updated on: 16 September 2022.|
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 Fed Cup team, she has a win–loss record of 1–5.
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.
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 wildcard 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 Schmiedlová, 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 top 100Edit
She qualified for the main draw of the Canadian Open 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 tenth seed, Madison Keys. Following the tournament, she broke into the top 100 for the first time in her career.
2021: Maiden WTA 250 final, US Open qualifying and win in five yearsEdit
At the Miami Open, Kučová qualified for the main draw and proceeded to face world No. 1 and defending champion, Ashleigh Barty, in the second round. She led 5–2 in the final set and held a match point on serve at 5–3 but failed to convert it, and lost the match in three sets. Barty went on to successfully defend her title.
Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.
Current through the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||A||Q1||A||Q1||Q2||Q3||2R||1R||A||Q1||Q1||2R||0 / 4||2–4||33%|
|French Open||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q3||1R||1R||2R||Q1||Q2||1R||0 / 4||1–4||20%|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||Q1||Q1||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q2||2R||A||Q1||NH||Q2||2R||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|US Open||Q2||Q1||Q1||Q2||A||A||Q1||Q1||1R||A||A||Q3||A||2R||A||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Win–loss||0–0||1–1||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||2–3||0–2||1–1||0–0||1–1||2–3||0 / 13||7–13||35%|
|Dubai / Qatar Open[a]||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||A||A||Q2||A||A||A||Q2||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||NH||2R||2R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Miami Open||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||NH||2R||1R||0 / 3||1–3||25%|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||Q1||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||A||NH||A||A||0 / 1||4–1||80%|
|Cincinnati Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Wuhan Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|China Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Tournaments||0||3||3||2||0||1||4||4||8||9||5||5||1||8||8||Career total: 61|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Finals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||Career total: 1|
|Overall win–loss||0–0||1–3||0–4||2–2||0–0||0–1||4–5||1–4||10–8||3–10||2–5||1–5||0–1||10–8||4–8||0 / 61||38–64||37%|
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WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jul 2021||Poland Open, Poland||WTA 250||Clay||Maryna Zanevska||4–6, 6–7(3–7)|
WTA 125 tournament finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (title)Edit
|Win||1–0||Sep 2020||Prague Open, Czech Republic||Clay||Elisabetta Cocciaretto||6–4, 6–3|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 25 (11 titles, 14 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Apr 2007||ITF Hvar, Croatia||10,000||Clay||Karolina Jovanović||1–6, 4–6|
|Win||1–1||May 2007||ITF Michalovce, Slovakia||10,000||Clay||Katarzyna Piter||2–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||1–2||May 2008||ITF Galați, Romania||10,000||Clay||Valentina Sulpizio||2–6, 6–7(2–7)|
|Loss||1–3||Aug 2008||Ladies Open Hechingen, Germany||25,000||Clay||Maša Zec Peškirič||6–3, 6–7(1–7), 3–6|
|Loss||1–4||Sep 2008||Maribor Open, Slovenia||50,000[b]||Clay||Maša Zec Peškirič||2–6, 6–7(6–8)|
|Loss||1–5||Mar 2009||ITF La Palma, Spain||25,000||Hard||Anastasija Sevastova||6–4, 1–6, 1–6|
|Loss||1–6||Jun 2009||Open de Pozoblanco, Spain||50,000||Hard||Angelique Kerber||3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||1–7||Jun 2010||ITF Brno, Czech Republic||25,000||Clay||Zuzana Ondrášková||3–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Loss||1–8||Sep 2010||ITF Bucharest, Romania||25,000||Clay||Mădălina Gojnea||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||2–8||Jun 2012||ITF Alkmaar, Netherlands||10,000||Clay||Janina Toljan||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||3–8||Jul 2012||ITF Denain, France||25,000||Clay||Michaela Hončová||6–2, 1–6, 6–2|
|Loss||3–9||Jun 2013||ITF Zlín, Czech Republic||25,000||Clay||Melanie Klaffner||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||4–9||Jul 2013||ITF Les Contamines, France||25,000||Hard||Clothilde de Bernardi||7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–3|
|Win||5–9||Aug 2013||ITF Craiova, Romania||50,000||Clay||Alberta Brianti||7–5, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||5–10||Sep 2013||ITF Sofia, Bulgaria||25,000||Clay||Patricia Mayr-Achleitner||2–6, 6–1, 3–6|
|Loss||5–11||Oct 2013||ITF Herzliya, Israel||25,000||Hard||Yuliya Beygelzimer||3–6, 6–4, 2–5 ret.|
|Win||6–11||Jul 2014||ITF Sobota, Poland||50,000||Clay||Sesil Karatantcheva||1–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Win||7–11||Aug 2014||ITF Fleurus, Belgium||25,000||Clay||Evgeniya Rodina||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||8–11||Feb 2015||ITF Beinasco, Italy||25,000||Clay (i)||Barbora Krejčíková||6–4, 7–6(7–3)|
|Win||9–11||Jul 2015||Bella Cup Toruń, Poland||25,000||Clay||Giulia Gatto-Monticone||4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Win||10–11||Sep 2015||ITF Bucha, Ukraine||25,000||Clay||Alexandra Cadanțu||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0|
|Loss||10–12||Mar 2018||ITF Irapuato, Mexico||25,000||Hard||Marie Bouzková||4–6, 0–6|
|Loss||10–13||Feb 2019||ITF Trnava, Slovakia||25,000||Hard (i)||Lucie Hradecká||4–6, 6–3, 6–7(0–7)|
|Win||11–13||Apr 2019||ITF Dothan, United States||80,000||Clay||Lauren Davis||3–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–2|
|Loss||11–14||Nov 2021||Al Habtoor Challenge, UAE||100,000+H||Hard||Daria Snigur||3–6, 0–6|
Doubles: 7 (5 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Mar 2007||ITF Cairo, Egypt||10,000||Clay||Zuzana Kučová|| Melissa Berry
|6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3|
|Win||2–0||May 2007||ITF Michalovce, Slovakia||10,000||Clay||Klaudia Boczová|| Olga Brózda
|7–5, 4–6, 6–3|
|Loss||2–1||May 2008||ITF Jounieh, Lebanon||50,000||Clay||Stefanie Vögele|| Nina Bratchikova
|5–7, 6–3, [6–10]|
|Win||3–1||May 2008||ITF Galați, Romania||10,000||Clay||Valentina Sulpizio|| Alexandra Cadanțu
Antonia Xenia Tout
|Loss||3–2||May 2009||Soweto Open, South Africa||100,000||Hard||Anastasija Sevastova|| Naomi Cavaday
|2–6, 6–2, [9–11]|
|Win||4–2||Jun 2009||ITF Zlín, Czech Republic||50,000||Clay||Zuzana Kučová|| Nikola Fraňková
|Win||5–2||Sep 2015||Open de Saint-Malo, France||50,000||Clay||Anastasija Sevastova|| Maria Marfutina
|6–7(1–7), 6–3, [10–5]|
Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup participationEdit
Singles: 4 (1–3)Edit
|2008||WG2 PO||Apr 2008||Bratislava (SVK)||Uzbekistan||Clay (i)||Vlada Ekshibarova||W||6–1, 2–6, 6–4|
|2010||WG2||Apr 2010||Bratislava (SVK)||China||Hard (i)||Han Xinyun||L||1–6, 1–6|
|2014||WG PO||Apr 2014||Quebec City (CAN)||Canada||Hard (i)||Eugenie Bouchard||L||6–7(0–7), 6–2, 1–6|
|2017||WG PO||Apr 2017||Bratislava (SVK)||Netherlands||Clay (i)||Richèl Hogenkamp||L||5–7, 4–6|
Doubles: 2 (0–2)Edit
|2010||WG2||Feb 2010||Bratislava (SVK)||China||Hard (i)||Dominika Cibulková||Lu Jingjing
|2015||WG2||Feb 2015||Apeldoorn (NED)||Netherlands||Clay (i)||Kristína Schmiedlová||Richèl Hogenkamp
Junior Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit
Girls' singles: 1 (title)Edit
|Win||2007||US Open||Hard||Urszula Radwańska||6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Carla Suárez Navarro||No. 9||Canadian Open||Hard||2R||3–6, 6–4, 6–4|
- The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.
- The $50,000 ITF tournaments were reclassified as $60,000 in 2017.
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