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Petra Cetkovská (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈtsɛtkofskaː]; born 8 February 1985 in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia) is a tennis player from the Czech Republic. Having turned professional in 2000, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 25 on 18 June 2012. Over her career, Cetkovská defeated top players Marion Bartoli, Elena Dementieva, Angelique Kerber, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, and Vera Zvonareva.

Petra Cetkovská
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Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidenceParis, France
Born (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 34)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Turned pro2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,056,672
Career record423–227
Career titles0 WTA, 23 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 25 (18 June 2012)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2012)
French Open4R (2008)
Wimbledon4R (2011)
US Open3R (2015)
Career record194–107
Career titles2 WTA, 25 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 91 (13 June 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2012)
French Open1R (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Wimbledon1R (2007, 2008, 2012, 2014)
US Open2R (2013, 2014)


Personal lifeEdit

Cetkovská has been playing tennis since she was five. Her father Petr works at a pro shop in a local tennis club, while her mother Alena is a nurse. She has one younger brother, Matěj. Petra's father is of Macedonian origin.[1]

When she was 14, Cetkovská was involved in an incident with a friend while playing sport where her friend had accidentally pushed her against a wall. Two years later, she had brain surgery due to the swelling caused by the incident. A year later, she had contracted glandular fever, further hampering her tennis career prospects and the third obstacle had come when she broke her foot playing junior doubles final at the Australian Open. [2]

Cetkovská speaks Czech, French and English. She was involved in a relationship with ATP player Marcos Baghdatis when she was 19.[3]


2000-2006: mainly on the ITF circuitEdit

In 2000, Cetkovská played the first events on the ITF Women's Circuit, winning one doubles title. The following year, she won two singles titles and one doubles ITF title. In 2002, when she competed in her first WTA qualifying at Palermo, Cetkovská won two singles and two doubles titles on the ITF circuit.

She won another ITF singles title in 2003, and three ITF doubles titles in 2004. The following year, Cetkovská fell in WTA qualifying twice; but she won six singles and three doubles titles on the ITF circuit. In 2006, she lost in Grand Slam qualifyings three times, at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open; however, she won one singles title and three doubles titles on ITF events.


In 2007, she made a breakthrough in her WTA ranking. She won three ITF titles, and her first WTA doubles title with compatriot Andrea Hlaváčková at the ECM Prague Open defeating Ji Chunmei/Sun Shengnan in the final.

As the 22nd seed in qualifying at the US Open, Cetkovská successfully qualified for the main draw defeating Abigail Spears, Lucie Hradecká, and Anne Keothavong. She made her Grand-Slam debut into the main draw beating American Jill Craybas in the first round 6–0, 7–6. She ended up losing in the second round to 14th seed Elena Dementieva 3–6, 2–6.

Cetkovská ended the season ranked 99.


Cetkovská began her season by playing qualifying at the Hobart International. She lost in the second round of qualifying to third seed Ashley Harkleroad 4–6, 6–1, 6–4. At the Australian Open, she was defeated in the first round by world No. 34 Anabel Medina Garrigues 7–6, 6–0.[4]


Cetkovská played her first tournament of the year at the Australian Open. As the 32nd seed, she won her first-round match over Ayumi Morita 3–6, 6–1, 7–5.[5]


Cetkovská did not play for the first four months of the 2013 season due to a recurring left foot stress fracture, having pulled out of nine tournaments. At the French Open, she beat 19th-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the third round at the French Open for the first time since 2008.

Cetkovská successfully qualified for the Wimbledon Championships, and in the second round, she upset ninth-seed Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–2.


In 2014, she had wins over Angelique Kerber, Li Na, Sloane Stephens, and Monica Puig.


Cetkovská at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships

Cetkovská started her season in March at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open. She lost in the first round to American Christina McHale 4–6, 5–7.[6] After Indian Wells, she went to compete at 2015 Miami Open. Cetkovská was defeated in the first round by wildcard Paula Badosa Gibert 1–6, 1–6.[7]

She suffered a first-round loss at the 2015 French Open to Misaki Doi 3–6, 2–6.[8]

Cetkovská began her grass court season seeded 3rd at the 2015 Aegon Surbiton Trophy. After a first-round win over British wildcard Laura Deigman, she faced another British player, Naomi Broady. Cetkovská ended up losing in the second round to Broady 1–6, 5–7. She had another first-round loss, this time at the 2015 Aegon Classic, to qualifier Marina Erakovic 4–6, 2–6.[9] Cetkovská successfully qualified for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships defeating Renata Voráčová, 15th seed Donna Vekić, and Elise Mertens. Despite qualifying for the main draw, she lost in the first round to Tímea Babos 6–7(4), 3–6.[10]

Two weeks later, Cetkovská competed at the 2015 ITS Cup where she was the 3rd seed and the defending champion. She advanced to the final after wins over Rebecca Šramková, Irina Ramialison, sixth seed Akgul Amanmuradova, and Ekaterina Alexandrova. Cetkovská ended up losing in the final to top seed and compatriot Barbora Krejčíková 6–3, 4–6, 6–7.[11] During the week of July 27th, Cetkovská traveled to Poland to play at the 2015 Powiat Poznański Open. She would go on to win the title defeating Sofia Shapatava, seventh seed Romina Oprandi, third seed Richèl Hogenkamp, qualifier and compatriot Martina Borecká, and fourth seed Jeļena Ostapenko.[12] The week of August 10th saw Cetkovská playing a tournament in Prague, the 2015 Advantage Cars Prague Open, which was a brand new tournament. Playing as a wildcard, she lost in the semifinals to seventh seed María Teresa Torró Flor 6–7, 5–7.[13]

She had a great run at the 2015 US Open. She started the tournament off by beating American Christina McHale in the first round 4–6, 6–4, 6–3.[14] In the second round, Cetkovská had a huge win, upsetting fourth seed and last year finalist Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(1).[15][16][17] Cetkovská saved four match points to complete the upset. In the third round, she lost to 26th seed and eventual champion Flavia Pennetta 6–1, 1–6, 4–6.[18] Nevertheless, this was Cetkovská's best result at the US Open.

After the US Open, Cetkovská played at the L'Open Emeraude Solaire de Saint-Malo. After winning her first-round match, she retired during her match with Laura Pous Tió. This ended up being her last tournament of year.

Cetkovská ended the season ranked 131.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 27 August 2011 Connecticut Open, New Haven Hard   Caroline Wozniacki 4–6, 1–6

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 13 May 2007 ECM Prague Open Clay   Andrea Hlaváčková   Chunmei Ji
  Shengnan Sun
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Runner-up 1. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco Clay   Iveta Benešová   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm Hard   Lucie Šafářová   Iveta Benešová
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. 28 April 2012 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes Clay   Alexandra Panova   Irina-Camelia Begu
  Alexandra Cadanțu
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–9]
Runner-up 3. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco Hard   Iveta Melzer   Kristina Mladenovic
  Galina Voskoboeva
3–6, 6–2, [5–10]

Grand Slam performance timelinesEdit


Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R A Q1 2R A A A 1R 1–4
French Open Q2 Q2 4R 1R A Q3 2R 3R 1R 1R Q1 6–6
Wimbledon Q2 Q3 1R 1R A 4R 2R 3R 2R 1R A 7–7
US Open Q2 2R 1R Q1 Q2 2R A 1R 2R 3R A 5–6
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 3–4 0–3 0–0 4–2 3–3 4–3 2–3 2–3 0–1 19–23
Year-end ranking 219 103 82 149 142 31 55 132 59 131 581


Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open A A 1R A 2R A A A 1–2
French Open 1R 1R 1R A 1R A 1R 1R 0–6
Wimbledon 1R 1R A Q1 1R A 1R A 0–4
US Open 1R 1R A 1R A 2R 2R A 2–5
Win–Loss 0–3 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–17

Head-to-head recordEdit

Top-10 winsEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1.   Marion Bartoli No. 10 DFS Classic, Birmingham Grass 2nd round 5–7, 6–4, 6–0
2.   Elena Dementieva No. 4 2009 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Hard 2nd round 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 6–1
3.   Marion Bartoli No. 9 Connecticut Open, New Haven Hard Quarterfinals 7–5, 7–5
4.   Li Na No. 7 Connecticut Open, New Haven Hard Semifinals 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(11–9)
5.   Vera Zvonareva No. 10 Madrid Open Clay 1st round 6–2, 6–2
6.   Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome Clay 2nd round 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
7.   Caroline Wozniacki No. 9 Wimbledon, London Grass 2nd round 6–2, 6–2
8.   Li Na No. 3 Qatar Ladies Open, Doha Hard 3rd round 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 6–4
9.   Angelique Kerber No. 9 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome Clay 2nd round 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
10.   Caroline Wozniacki No. 5 US Open, New York Hard 2nd round 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(7–1)


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