Lucie Šafářová

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Lucie Šafářová
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Šafářová at the 2015 French Open
Country (sports)  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1987-02-04) 4 February 1987 (age 31)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Rob Steckley[1]
Prize money $ 8,832,542
Career record 386–273 (58.57%)
Career titles 7 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking No. 5 (14 September 2015)
Current ranking No. 15 (4 April 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2007)
French Open F (2015)
Wimbledon SF (2014)
US Open 4R (2014)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2015)
Olympic Games 3R (2008)
Career record 126–120 (51.22%)
Career titles 9 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 4 (14 September 2015)
Current ranking No. 5 (4 April 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2015)
French Open W (2015)
Wimbledon QF (2014, 2015)
US Open 3R (2013)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2015)
Olympic Games 1R (2008, 2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Record 13–13
Last updated on: 4 April 2016.

Lucie Šafářová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlutsɪjɛ ˈʃafaːr̝ovaː]; born 4 February 1987) is a professional Czech tennis player from Brno. Šafářová has won seven WTA tour singles titles, six doubles titles and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Australian Open, upsetting defending champion Amélie Mauresmo en route. She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, and her first Grand Slam final at the 2015 French Open. She also won the 2015 Australian Open and 2015 French Open doubles titles partnering with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Playing style

Šafářová plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand,[2] and possesses a high topspin forehand similar to that of male tennis star Rafael Nadal. Her timing off the ground allows her to project groundstrokes with power, and she is quick to spot opportunities to take the initiative. Šafářová is notorious for having a volatile return, capable of hitting clean winners, as well as unforced errors. Her preferred surface is clay.[2] She is being coached by Rob Steckley.[1][3]



Šafářová won her first WTA Tour event in May 2005 at the Estoril Open in Portugal, where she defeated fourth-seeded Li Na in a three-sets final.[4] In June she lost the final of Rosmalen grass court tournament to fellow Czech Klára Koukalová, in three sets. She won her second tournament at the Forest Hills Tennis Classic in August, played at the historic West Side Tennis Club, after a victory in the final against Sania Mirza.

Šafářová started off 2006 with a straight-set victory in the final of the Gold Coast tournament, upsetting world No. 6 Patty Schnyder in the semifinal, en route to the title. Also in 2006, she made her first Tier II semifinal at Amelia Island, upsetting Nicole Vaidišová in the round of 16. She later lost to eventual champion Nadia Petrova. Šafářová then made another semifinal, this time at the Tier IV Palermo. She was eventually defeated by Anabel Medina Garrigues.

2007: First Grand Slam quarterfinal

At the start of 2007, instead of defending her Gold Coast title, Šafářová played the Hopman Cup, representing the Czech Republic. Due to not defending the points at that tournament, she came into the first Grand Slam of the year ranked No. 70 and unseeded. Yet Šafářová made headlines at the 2007 Australian Open, when she stunned the defending champion and No. 2 seed Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round. She then lost to fellow Czech Nicole Vaidišová in the quarterfinals. After the Australian Open, her ranking rose from No. 70 to No. 31.

Šafářová continued her good start to 2007 at the Open Gaz de France in Paris. She reached the final, defeating Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets and Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Justine Henin, all in straight sets. However, she failed against Nadia Petrova in three sets. She pulled out of her next event in Antwerp due to a shoulder injury.

Šafářová lost in round three of both Indian Wells and Miami to Shahar Pe'er and Serena Williams, respectively. She defeated Daniela Hantuchová in the Czech Republic vs. Slovak Republic Fed Cup encounter. Šafářová then lost in the SF of Tier IV Estoril to Victoria Azarenka.

At Roland Garros, Šafářová defeated Mauresmo again, this time in the third round, in straight sets. It was the second time in a row that Šafářová had beaten Mauresmo in a Grand Slam, after winning their only previous encounter in January at the Australian Open. In the next round, Šafářová lost in three sets to Anna Chakvetadze. As the 25th seed, Šafářová defeated Zuzana Ondrášková at Wimbledon, followed by a win over Eleni Daniilidou in three sets. However, she lost to third seed (and world No. 3) Jelena Janković in round three, also in three sets, after coming within two points of another Grand Slam upset. The match was described as the best WTA match of 2007 up to that point and the best women's Wimbledon match in many years. Šafářová entered the 2007 US Open as the 20th seed, defeating Jessica Moore in the first round and Andrea Petkovic in the second round. She fell to Marion Bartoli in the third round. Closing out the 2007 Grand Slams, she placed third round or better in all, and made the quarterfinals in the Australian Open.


At the beginning of 2008, Šafářová again decided to enter the Hopman Cup in Perth. She was ranked No. 23 and took on world No. 56 Alicia Molik. The Czechs lost the match followed by a loss with her partner on and off the court, Tomáš Berdych, in mixed Doubles. She then competed against Serena Williams. Šafářová lost in three sets. Šafářová and Berdych lost the first set of the mixed doubles and had to leave the tournament, due to Berdych's health concerns.

Šafářová's second competition of the year was the Medibank International. In round 1, she faced Australia's Alicia Molik. Šafářová won in two tiebreaks. Both had set points and match points throughout the tiebreaker, but Šafářová was able to come out on top. She subsequently pulled out of the second round against world No. 1 Justine Henin.

Šafářová entered the Australian Open as the 22nd seed. In the first round, she faced Catalina Castaño of Colombia, losing in 71 minutes. Later it was revealed that a gluteal strain was plaguing Šafářová during the match. She sustained the injury from her first-round encounter against Molik at the 2008 Sydney Medibank International. Competing at the Pacific Life Open in the United States, Šafářová, seeded 26th, lost in three sets in the second round to Ashley Harkleroad. Following that, Šafářová played the Sony Ericcson Open, where she lost to fourth seed Jelena Janković.


Šafářová began the year with a quarterfinal showing at the international hard-court event in Brisbane. She defeated the Australians Isabella Holland and Samantha Stosur, before being defeated by second-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. After failing to qualify for the premier event in Sydney, Šafářová reached the third round of the Australian Open en route defeating Sybille Bammer and Marina Erakovic, before losing to Marion Bartoli in three sets.


Šafářová at the 2010 US Open

Šafářová started the 2010 season by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Brisbane International, before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

She then suffered first-round losses at the 2010 Moorilla Hobart International, retiring against Kateryna Bondarenko in the third set, and the 2010 Australian Open, losing to sixth seed Venus Williams. Šafářová made her first final of the year at the 2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris by defeating Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals. She won the first set, but could not hold on, falling in three sets to top seed Elena Dementieva in the final. Šafářová then suffered two more first-round losses, first at the 2010 Monterrey Open, losing to Julie Coin, and second at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, losing to Julia Görges. At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, Šafářová was unseeded and won her first-round match, defeating Kaia Kanepi and then defeated María José Martínez Sánchez in the second round in three sets, after being down match points at 5–2 in the second set. She then fell to fourth seed Victoria Azarenka.

At the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Šafářová upset world No. 2 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. She then fell in three sets to qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova in the quarterfinals. Šafářová upset world No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, but lost to eventual champion María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Šafářová upset world No. 12 Maria Sharapova in the first round of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. She then defeated Olga Govortsova and Alexandra Dulgheru to advance to the quarterfinals, where she beat world No. 18 Nadia Petrova. She retired from a thigh injury while trailing Aravane Rezaï by a set in the semifinals. Šafářová was seeded 24th at the 2010 French Open. She defeated Jelena Dokić in the first round, but was defeated by Polona Hercog in the second round.


Šafářová competed at the Brisbane International and made it to the quarterfinals after tough matches against Akgul Amanmuradova and Shahar Pe'er, before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. As the 31st seed at the Australian Open, Šafářová struggled through her first two rounds, defeating Zhang Shuai and Klára Zakopalová respectively. In the third round, she lost in two sets to world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, having had a set point in the second set. Following the Australian Open, Šafářová defeated Daniela Hantuchová of Slovakia in the 2011 Fed Cup, but retired in her second rubber against Jana Čepelová.

Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez, where she fell to a resurgent Jelena Dokić in the first round. A week later at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Šafářová again lost in the first round, this time to Klára Zakopalová. Her performance at the Qatar Ladies Open was more positive, as she defeated world No. 10 Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets, before losing in three sets in the second round to Flavia Pennetta. Šafářová had her best result in 2011 at the Malaysian Open, where she reached the final against an in-form Jelena Dokić, but succumbed in three sets, having held two championship points in the second-set tiebreaker. She reached the second round in Indian Wells, beating Kristina Barrois, while serving a WTA season-high 18 aces, before losing a close match to 21st seed Andrea Petkovic. The following week as 31st seed, she had a bye in round one of the Miami Masters, defeated Patty Schnyder and lost to fourth seed Samantha Stosur.

Šafářová was forced to pull out of the Czech Fed Cup tie against Belgium the following week due to a left thigh problem. She attempted to play, but lost to Barrois. She pulled out of Barcelona with the same leg injury. Her next tournament was the premier Madrid event. She defeated Spanish player Anabel Medina Garrigues, coming back from match point down in the third set. She followed this with a three set win over seventh seed Jelena Janković in round two, and a two set win over Jarmila Gajdošová in round three, making this the second consecutive year she reached the Madrid quarterfinals. She lost a hard-fought match to fourth seed Victoria Azarenka, in three sets in the quarterfinals.

In Rome the following week, she began with a win over Kimiko Date-Krumm. In the second round, she fell to Jelena Janković. Unseeded at the French Open, she opened with an easy win over Kirsten Flipkens. In round two, she was up a set and a break against 17th seeded German Julia Görges, but eventually succumbed in three sets. In the doubles event, she and Michaëlla Krajicek opened with a win over Miami champions A. Radwańska/Hantuchová, and then defeated Pauline Parmentier and Kristina Mladenovic before falling to fifth seeded Madrid Champions Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko. This marked her best doubles result at the French Open. As the fourth seed in Copenhagen, she made a series of tough three-set wins, never winning the first set. Beating Johanna Konta, Michaëlla Krajicek, Zhang Shuai, and Petra Martić (after trailing by a set and 4–0), she lost the final to home favourite and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. She then travelled to Eastbourne, where she lost in the opening round to eventual champion Marion Bartoli, despite holding match point.

At Wimbledon, Šafářová was seeded 31st. She defeated fellow Czech Lucie Hradecká in the 1st round 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. This was her first win at Wimbledon since 2007. She was defeated by another Czech, Klára Zakopalová in the 2nd round 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4. She next played on clay in Båstad, but was taken out by Vesna Dolonc in straight sets. She pulled out of tournaments in Baku and San Diego, before returning to the tour in Toronto. Following wins over Polona Hercog and Simona Halep, she took out 8th seeded Francesca Schiavone to reach her second Toronto quarterfinal. She lost this match to eventual champion Serena Williams in three sets. In Cincinnati the following week, she defeated Klára Zakopalová but lost her second-round match to fifth seed, Li Na.

Seeded 27th at the US Open, she began by defeating Magdaléna Rybáriková, scoring her first US Open win since 2007. She then defeated wildcard Madison Keys before a disappointing third round loss to Monica Niculescu. In Quebec City the week following the US Open, she lost in round two to Andrea Hlaváčková as the second seed. Taking a small break, she re-entered the tour in Beijing but lost in the first round to Petkovic. She followed this up with a semifinal appearance in Linz, Austria, losing to Dominika Cibulková. The following week in the premier Moscow event, she took out second seed Agnieszka Radwańska in round two before losing to Kaia Kanepi in the semifinals in three sets. To finish the year, Šafářová was a part of the Czech Fed Cup team. Despite losing both her matches to the higher-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, she and the Czech team won 3 rubbers to 2.[5]


Šafářová reached the quarterfinals in Sydney, but lost to Li Na in two sets. She was taken out in the first round of the Australian Open by Christina McHale. On 23 March 2012, at the Miami Masters, Šafářová lost to Heather Watson of Great Britain in a match lasting one hour, 20 minutes. The young British player was ranked 129 in the world.[6] Šafářová reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, losing to Li Na in three sets. With this result she was ranked well within the top 20 for the first time in her career. Šafářová helped the Czech team to defend its Fed Cup title, winning both her singles matches against Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Janković in the final against Serbia which the Czech Republic won 3–1.[7]


2014: First Grand Slam Semifinal

Šafárová had a match point in the third round of the Australian Open against Li Na, but was eventually beaten in three sets as Li went on to win her second major title.[8] At the 2014 Sony Open Tennis she lost in three tight sets to Maria Sharapova in the 3rd round. She would go on to lose to Sharapova again in the first round of the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Roland Garros was her next grand slam. Šafárová was the 23rd seed at the tournament. She defeated the in-form Ana Ivanovic in the 3rd round but lost in the next round to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets. At Wimbledon, she reached her first ever Grand Slam Semifinal, losing in two sets to fellow Czech Petra Kvitová for the 5th time this year.[9][10] In November Šafárová was a part of the Czech Fed Cup team that played the final against Germany. In front of the home crowd at the O2 Arena in Prague she won her singles match against Angelique Kerber in straight sets, contributing to a victory for the Czech team by 3 rubbers to 1.[11]

2015: Grand Slam doubles titles and singles final, becoming a Top 5 player, struggles with illness

Šafárová had a slow start to the year starting with a first round loss at the Apia International Sydney to Samantha Stosur.[12] At the Australian Open she suffered another first round exit to Yaroslava Shvedova. Despite the early loss in singles, Šafárová rebounded by capturing her first Grand Slam title in doubles partnering with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to win the doubles title, defeating the 14th seeds Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie.

Šafárová then played at the Diamond Games and lost in the quarterfinals to fellow countrywoman Karolína Plíšková. She next traveled to Dubai where she made it to the quarterfinals, upsetting defending champion Venus Williams along the way and lost again to Plíšková.[1] At the Qatar Total Open, Šafárová defeated former Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur in the first round, took out 5th seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6th seed Andrea Petkovic and 9th seed Carla Suárez Navarro en route to her first final in over a year. In the final she defeated former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to win her first premier title.[1]

Šafárová then lost early at both the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open to Elina Svitolina and Johanna Larsson, respectively. Šafárová next played for the Czech Republic in the semifinals against France at the Fed Cup where she beat Caroline Garcia in three sets after saving five match points. The Czech Republic would go on to win the tie to advance to the finals for the fourth time in five years.

Šafárová began her clay season in Stuttgart where she lost in the second round to eventual finalist and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets, but she would go on to win the doubles title with Mattek-Sands. She then played at the Prague Open and lost in the first round to Tereza Smitková. She then played at the Madrid Open and made it to the quarterfinals where she lost to eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets after being up 5–2 in the second set tiebreak and after failing to convert two match points on her own serve in the third set. She then lost in the second round at the Italian Open to Alexandra Dulgheru in three sets.

Šafárová started her French Open singles campaign by defeating long time friend Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two tiebreakers. She went on to defeat Kurumi Nara and 20th seed Sabine Lisicki, before setting up a clash with the defending champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. She won the match in straight sets handing Sharapova her earliest French Open loss since 2010. In the quarterfinals she played the 21st seed Garbiñe Muguruza and won in straight sets to advance to her second semifinal in a grand slam. With her quarterfinal win, she secured her place in the Top 10. She then defeated former champion Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals in two tight sets to advance to her first ever Grand Slam final which she lost to Serena Williams in three sets.[13] In doubles she and Mattek-Sands claimed their second grand slam title of the year, beating Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua in three sets in the final.[14] With this win she moved up to No. 5 in doubles.

She began the grass court season by playing in 2015 Aegon International. However she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets. Next she played in Wimbledon Championships. She reached the fourth round but then defeated by unseeded Coco Vandeweghe in two tie-breakers.

In the North American Hard court season,she participated in Rogers Cup but lost in the second round after receiving first round bye, to Daria Gavrilova despite having 6:4 5:5 and 30-0 on her serve. She then reached the quarterfinals of Cincinnati Open, where she lost to Elina Svitolina in three sets. She reached the final of Connecticut Open, but lost to defending champion and compatriot Petra Kvitova. She then lost in the first round of US Open to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets.

The rest of her season was blighted by a bacterial infection which hospitalized her and resulted in her being unable to play for most of the autumn and early winter. However, she managed to play in Linz Open and Moscow Open, but she lost in opening matches in both tournaments. Since Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament, Safarova was able to play the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. She failed to advance to the semifinals as she lost to Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in the robin round,though she did get a win by beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

2016: Continuous struggles with injuries

Šafárová skipped the whole Australian Open Series, including the Australian Open and thus failing to defend her doubles title, due to the same bacterial infection which hospitalized her at the end of 2015.[15][16]

She returned to tennis at the Qatar Total Open,[17] where she was the defending champion. However, she lost to Turkish wildcard Çağla Büyükakçay.

In Indian Wells, Šafárová lost to Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round after receiving a bye as the 11th seed. Šafárová then partnered Ekaterina Makarova in doubles as the 5th seed but lost to Andreja Klepač/Katarina Srebotnik in the first round. As the 11th seed in the Miami Open, Šafárová received a bye into the second round where she faced Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. However, she lost the match in straight sets. For doubles, Šafárová partnered with her usual partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands, their 1st tournament together in this year.[18] They defeated Stephens/Keys and Kasatkina/Vesnina to set up a blockbuster meeting with Australian Open finalists Andrea Hlaváčková/Lucie Hradecká, known as "The Silent-Hs". Mattek-Sands/Šafárová prevailed in straight sets,[19] and dominated Chinese pairing Xu Yifan/Zheng Saisai in the semi finals. They then defeated fourth seed Tímea Babos/Yaroslava Shvedova in the final, winning their first title together of the year.[20]

Her next tournament Charleston Open.As the fourth seed in singles , Šafárová lost to Louisa Chirico in her opening singles match after receiving first round bye.Seeded first in doubles, Šafárová and Mattek-Sands proceeded to the final after winning all their matches in straight sets, but lost to Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic in the final.[21] Next she played Stuttgart Open but again lost in the first round, this time to Karolina Pliskova.

She turned her season around by winning her 7th Career title at the Prague Open. She won her first match of the year in the first round against Duque Marino, whom she beat in 3 sets 3-6 6-3 6-3. She followed this up with a second round win over compatriot Lucie Hradecka 6-4 2-0 (retired) . In the quarter final she beat S Heish in straight sets 7-6 7-5. In the semifinals she avenged her Stuttgart defeat to compatriot Karolina Pliskova beating her in straights 6-4 7-6. In the final Safarova delighted a home crowd by coming from a set down to beat grand slam champion Samantha Stosur 3-6 6-1 6-4. This ended her title drought for more than a year since her Doha win.

Next, she played in 2016 Mutua Madrid Open. She defeated Coco Vandeweghe in the first round, but withdrew from the tournament, both from singles and doubles due to Gastrointestinal illness.

Personal life

Šafářová speaks three languages, Czech, German and English.[2] She was in a relationship with fellow Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych until they broke up in 2011.[22]

She has been in relationship with American tennis coach Troy Hahn since 2013.[23]

Career statistics


(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 10 11–10
French Open A 1R 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 4R F 3R 0 / 11 17–11
Wimbledon A 1R A 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R SF 4R 0 / 10 12–10
US Open Q2 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 11 11–11
Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 1–3 11–4 1–4 3–4 1–4 6–4 3–4 3–4 13–4 9–3 0 / 42 51–42


Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R A 3R 1R 2R 1R QF QF W A 1 / 9 16–8
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R QF 1R W 1R 1 / 10 13–9
Wimbledon 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R QF QF 0 / 10 7–10
US Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 10 5–10
Win–Loss 0–2 0–3 0–4 1–3 3–4 3–4 3–4 0–4 8–4 7–4 15–1 2 / 39 41–37

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2015 French Open Clay United States Serena Williams 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 2–6

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2015 Australian Open Hard United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
China Zheng Jie
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 2015 French Open Clay United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Australia Casey Dellacqua
3–6, 6–4, 6–2


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