Kristína Kučová

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

Kristína Kučová
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Kučová during the 2019 Wimbledon Qualifying
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava, Slovakia
Born (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 30)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2007
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed both sides)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,158,226
Singles
Career record369–288 (56.2%)
Career titles1 WTA Challenger, 11 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 71 (12 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 168 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2009, 2017)
US Open1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record58–66 (46.8%)
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 168 (5 October 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQ1 (2017)
Team competitions
Fed Cup1–5 (16.7%)
Last updated on: 5 May 2020.

She has won one singles title on WTA Challenger circuit with 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 a tennis player, retired from the professional tour in 2013.

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.

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A A 1R A Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q3 2R 1R A Q1 0 / 3 1–3 25%
French Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q3 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Wimbledon A 2R Q1 Q1 A A Q1 Q1 Q2 2R A Q1 NH 0 / 2 2–2 50%
US Open Q2 Q1 Q1 Q2 A A Q1 Q1 1R A A Q3 0 / 1 0–1 0%
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 0 / 9 4–9 31%

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2020 WTA Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6–4, 6–3

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 24 (11 titles, 13 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
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 ITF Hechingen, Germany 25,000 Clay   Maša Zec Peškirič 6–3, 6–7(1–7), 3–6
Loss 1–4 Sep 2008 ITF Maribor, Slovenia 50,000 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 ITF 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 ITF 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

Doubles: 7 (5 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2007 ITF Cairo, Egypt 10,000 Clay   Zuzana Kučová   Melissa Berry
  Michelle Gerards
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3
Win 2–0 May 2007 ITF Michalovce, Slovakia 10,000 Clay   Klaudia Boczová   Olga Brózda
  Justyna Jegiołka
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 2–1 May 2008 ITF Jounieh, Lebanon 50,000 Clay   Stefanie Vögele   Nina Bratchikova
  Veronika Kapshay
5–7, 6–3, [6–10]
Win 3–1 May 2008 ITF Galați, Romania 10,000 Clay   Valentina Sulpizio   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Antonia Xenia Tout
6–0, 6–2
Loss 3–2 May 2009 ITF Johannesburg, South Africa 100,000 Hard   Anastasija Sevastova   Naomi Cavaday
  Lesia Tsurenko
2–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Win 4–2 Jun 2009 ITF Zlín, Czech Republic 50,000 Clay   Zuzana Kučová   Nikola Fraňková
  Carmen Klaschka
6–3, 6–4
Win 5–2 Sep 2015 ITF Saint-Malo, France 50,000 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' singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2007 US Open Hard   Urszula Radwańska 6–3, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)

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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