04 Feb 1987
Lucie Safarova made her Top 100 debut on June 6 (rose from No.106 to No.77) and Top 50 debut on November 7, 2005 (rose from No.52 to No.50), thanks to her first two WTA titles in Oeiras (d. Li in final) and Forest Hills (d. Mirza in final).
In 2006, Safatova won one WTA title in Gold Coast (d. Pennetta in final)- In 2007 at Australian Open she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Australian Open and completed the first top 30 season in her career.
She remained consistently into the top 50 and managed to complete a second top 30 season in 2011 when she finished runner-up twice at Kuala Lumpur (l. to Dokic 26 76(9) 64 in final; held 2mp at 6-5 and 8-7 in second set tie-break) and Copenhagen (l. to Wozniacki in final)
Safarova made her Top 20 debut on August 13, 2012 (rose from No.23 to No.19) and lived her first top 10 season in 2015, when she advanced to championship match at Roland Garros (l. S.Williams) and peaked to No.5 the following September. She also won the title in Doha (d. Azarenka in F) and finished runner‐up at New Haven (l. Kvitova) and headed to Singapore for WTA Finals both in singles and doubles with Mattek-Sands (during the year the team won the Australian Open, their first tournament together, Stuttgart, Roland Garros and Toronto) failing to move beyond the group stage.
She played her first event of the 2016 season at Doha in February because of health problems dating back to September 2015. She ended 2016 at No.64, her first finish outside the Top 50 since 2008, despite her seventh career singles title won in front of her home crowd in Prague (d. Stosur in F). Safarova also competed at Rio Olympics, reaching 2r in singles (l. Flipkens) and won bronze medal in doubles (w/Strycova, d. Hlavackova/Hradecka in medal play‐off).
In 2017 she lost the title-match in Budapest to Babos and won her fifth Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros (w/Mattek‐Sands, d. Barty/Dellacqua in F). Following Cincinnati (August 21, 2017), she rose to doubles No.1 for the first time in career, replacing her partner Mattek-Sands.
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