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Zuzana Kučová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈzuzana ˈkutʃɔʋaː]; born 26 June 1982) is a former Slovak tennis player.

Zuzana Kučová
Zuzana Kučová.jpg
Kučová at the 2010 Open GDF Suez
Country (sports) Slovakia
ResidenceBratislava
Born (1982-06-26) 26 June 1982 (age 37)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2000
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$418,032
Singles
Career record328–258
Career titles8 ITF
Highest ranking101 (7 June 2010)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2010)
French Open2R (2013)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open1R (2010)
Doubles
Career record104–106
Career titles4 ITF
Highest ranking175 (7 December 2009)

She won eight singles titles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 7 June 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 101. On 7 December 2009, she peaked at No. 175 in the doubles rankings. She is the sister of Kristína Kučová, also professional tennis player.

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CareerEdit

Kučová qualified for the 2004 French Open, and drew 10th seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round of the clay-court tournament. She struggled to find a way past the Russian and was beaten in straight sets.

In 2008, Kučová competed at the 2008 GDF Suez Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.[1] She knocked young Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky out of the tournament in the opening round, but failed to defeat hometown favourite Gréta Arn in the second, bowing out in straight sets.

Kučová qualified for her second Grand Slam championship, the 2010 Australian Open, by beating Julia Schruff in the third round of qualifying. She drew Gisela Dulko in the opening round, and after a first set shocker that lasted just 18 minutes,[2] Kučová fought back, but was ultimately knocked out in three sets. Following 18 months absent from the tennis court, Kučová qualified for her first Grand Slam main-draw appearance in three years at the 2013 French Open. There, she caused a huge upset by defeating 24th seed Julia Görges in straight sets. In the second round, she lost to Virginie Razzano in three sets. Her last professional tournament was at the 2013 French Open.

ITF finalsEdit

Singles: 24 (8–16)Edit

Legend
$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. 10 September 2000 Zadar, Croatia Clay   Myriam Casanova 4–6, 1–6
Runner–up 2. 8 October 2000 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Sandra Klemenschits 4–1, 4–2, 1–4, 4–5(4), 3–5
Winner 1. 24 June 2001 Algiers, Algeria Clay   Mathilde Johansson 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 3. 29 July 2001 Horb, Germany Clay   Lenka Novotná 5–7, 4–6
Runner–up 4. 2 September 2001 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay   Lisa Fritz 1–6, 0–6
Runner–up 5. 30 September 2001 Verona, Italy Clay   Angelika Rösch 4–6, 0–6
Runner–up 6. 2 June 2002 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay   Sybille Bammer 6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Runner–up 7. 14 July 2002 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Sandra Klösel 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. 30 March 2003 Rome, Italy Clay   Delia Sescioreanu 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–0
Runner–up 8. 19 September 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay   Virág Németh 1–5 ret.
Runner–up 9. 29 May 2005 Campobasso, Italy Clay   Mariya Koryttseva 7–5, 1–6, 5–7
Runner–up 10. 9 April 2006 Athens, Greece Clay   Aurélie Védy 2–6, 7–5, 3–6
Winner 3. 15 December 2007 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Syna Kayser 6–2, 6–2
Runner–up 11. 22 December 2007 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Chanelle Scheepers 2–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 25 October 2008 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Ágnes Szatmári 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 6–3
Runner–up 12. 14 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay   Polona Hercog 3–6, 1–6
Runner–up 13. 19 July 2009 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Sarah Gronert 1–6, 1–6
Runner–up 14. 10 October 2009 Jounieh, Lebanon Clay   Alexandra Dulgheru 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 5. 16 October 2009 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Anna Gerasimou 6–3, 7–5
Winner 6. 24 October 2009 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Nina Bratchikova 6–0, 7–6(7–5)
Runner–up 15. 3 April 2010 Monzón, Spain Hard   Anastasiya Yakimova 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Winner 7. 24 April 2010 Bari, Italy Clay   Zuzana Ondrášková 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 23 October 2010 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Natalie Piquion 6–2, 6–0
Runner–up 16. 30 October 2010 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Nina Bratchikova 5–7, 1–6

Doubles: 8 (4–4)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 6 August 2000 Bucharest, Romania Clay   Dominika Luzarová   Liana Ungur
  Edina Gallovits-Hall
5–7, 0–4 ret.
Runner–up 2. 15 October 2000 Cairo, Egypt Clay   Barbora Blahutiaková   Sandra Klemenschits
  Daniela Klemenschits
0–4, 0–4, 0–4
Winner 1. 25 March 2001 Rome, Italy Clay   Iveta Benešová   Claudia Ivone
  Roberta Vinci
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 3. 29 July 2001 Horb, Germany Clay   Martina Strussová   Annette Kolb
  Ivana Zupá
6–7(0–7), 2–6
Winner 2. 2 September 2001 Bad Saulgau, Germany Clay   Renata Kučerová   Gabriela Chmelinová
  Lenka Novotná
w/o
Runner–up 4. 22 January 2006 Fort Walton Beach, United States Hard   Chanelle Scheepers   Maureen Drake
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–2, 4–6, 5–7
Winner 3. 17 March 2007 Cairo, Egypt Clay (i)   Kristína Kučová   Melissa Berry
  Michelle Gerards
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 4. 13 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay   Kristína Kučová   Nikola Fraňková
  Carmen Klaschka
6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A Q2 1R Q3 A A 6–6
French Open A Q2 1R A Q1 A A Q1 Q3 Q1 A 2R 10–7
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 1R Q3 A A 3–6
US Open Q3 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 Q2 1R Q1 A A 6–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zuzana Kučová Stats, News, Photos, Record". Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Australian Open Tennis Championships 2010 – Scores". Retrieved 20 January 2010.

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