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BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

Nationality:
Czech Republic
Height:
0cm
Age:
28
Points:
2233
RANKING
#21

Player history

Barbora Krejcikova was born in Brno on December 18, 1995. In singles she won 6 WTA titles, including the 2021 French Open, reaching number 2 in the world rankings as best ranking on February 28, 2022.

She is an excellent doubles player, in this specialty she has won ten Grand Slam rounds: seven in doubles and three in mixed doubles. Together with Katerina Siniakova she won all four Grand Slam tournaments, the 2021 edition of the WTA Finals and Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, becoming the fourth famale couple in history to win the Career Golden Slam. She reached the first position of the ranking of this specialty on October 22, 2018.

She also won the Fed Cup with the Czech Republic in 2018.

Careers

In July 2010, Barbora played the first ITF of her career in Piestany, immediately losing in straight sets (both singles and doubles). In doubles, she plays her second ITF in August, in Palic, where she paired with Malova reaches the semifinal.

In 2011, she gets her first ITF titles: in Osije and Dubrovnik she manages to win the first two ITF doubles titles of her career. She also manages to reach the final in singles in the first Croatian city, thus losing at the hands of Petra Sunic.

In doubles, she plays her first Slam of 2015 in Paris together with Goerges; the two immediately yield to the couple Hingis/Mirza in two sets. After that, she won two ITF titles in Padova and Montpellier (both with Irigoyen) and one in Plzen (without giving up sets, paired with Rebecca Peterson). Together with Mestach, she plays the Coupe Banque Nationale of Quebec. The Czech-Belgian duo pushes to the final, defeating Auger-Aliassime/Petrick, Hradecka/Lucic-Baroni and Beck/Rodina.

In the last act, Barbora wins her first career WTA title, defeating the couple Irigoyen/Kania by 4-6 6-3 [12-10] in the final. After winning the 18th ITF title in Tampico, she won the second WTA title in Limoges, partnering Mandy Minella, in the final over Gasparyan / Kalashnikova. She ends the year in the top 100, at number 87 in the rankings. During the year, she also manages to rise to number 71 in the world.

In doubles, in 2016, she opens the year with the semifinal in Auckland paired with Irigoyen; the two are eliminated by the Belgians Mertens/Mestach for 3-6 6(6)-7. She plays the Australian Open with Yafan Wang and the two are ousted by Goerges / Pliskova in the second round. In St. Petersburg, paired with Vera Dushevina, she reached the final, the first at Premier level: in the last act, Krejcikova / Dushevina were defeated by Hingis / Mirza 3-6 1-6. On clay, she plays together with Katerina Siniaková at the French Open.

The Czech couple make their debut against Chuang/Hsieh, who are clearly beaten 6-2 6-4; in the second round they have the better, in comeback, of the Chinese Liang/Wang. In the third round, they surprisingly ousted the number 1 pair in the world Hingis/Mirza, with a score of 6-3 6-2[1]. In the quarterfinals they beat Hlavackova/Hradecka in the all-Czech derby, won by 6-3 7-6(9). The two thus access the first slam semifinal of their career, where they are stopped by Makarova/Vesnina in two partials. Thanks to this result, Barbora rises to number 34 in the world.

Krejcikova/Siniakova also appear together at Wimbledon, where, however, they are immediately eliminated by Parra Santonja/Medina Garrigues. In Bucharest she reaches the semifinal together with Paula Kania, where she comes out defeated against Cadantu / Piter in straight sets. With Siniakova, she takes another excellent slam result in New York; the two Czechs beat Rodionova/Svitolina (6-3 6-4), Kovinic/Rosolska (7-6(3) 6-2) and Hradecka/Hlavackova by 7-5 7-5. In the quarterfinals they are defeated by Hingis and Vandeweghe with a score of 1-6 2-6.

In doubles, in 2019, she continues to play with Katerina Siniakova; the two reach the semifinals in Shenzhen, where they lose to Melichar/Peschke, in the re-edition of the 2018 Wimbledon final. At the Australian Open, they reach the best result of their career, the quarterfinals, where they are defeated by the surprises of the Stosur/ Zhang. Later, they participate in the Premier Mandatory in Indian Wells: the two reach the final, where they are overtaken by Sabalenka/Mertens in two clear sets. After an immediate exit from the Miami tournament, the clay court season begins: Krejčíková/Siniaková find the quarterfinals in Madrid (ceding to Dabrowski/Xu) and the semifinal in Rome (losing to Barty/Azarenka in straight sets). In mixed doubles, the Czech won the Australian Open title together with Rajeev Ram; the two beat Sharma/Smith 7-6(3) 6-1.

In 2020, in doubles, she won the Shenzhen title with Siniakova, beating Duan/Zheng 6-2 3-6 [10-4] in the final. In Melbourne, as seeded number 4, they win their first three games all in three equalizers. In the quarterfinals, they beat Dabrowski/Ostapenko in a comeback, 3-6 6-2 6-3. They access the semifinal (best result in Australia), where they are ousted by Hsieh / Strycova. In Dubai they reach the second final of the year, where they are overcome again by Hsieh/Strycova in the super-tiebreak. Even in Doha they advance, up to the semifinal, where they lose (for the third time in a row) to Hsieh/Strycova.

After the break due to COVID-19, the two Czechs reach the semifinal on Prague clay, where they are defeated by the Romanian Niculescu/Olaru. In Paris, after the disaster of 2019, Krejcikova/Siniaková redeem themselves, returning to the last 8 pairs of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, they beat Kenin/Mattek-Sands with a score of 1-6 6-4 6-2. In the semifinals, they lose to the future winners Babos/Mladenovic by 2-6 6-4 5-7. They close the season in Ostrava: they beat Lister/Voracova and Linette/Teichmann, while they don't take the field in the quarter-finals due to an illness from Barbora. Thanks to the good results, they close the season in the top-10, at position 7/8.

In mixed doubles, together with Nikola Mektic, he wins the Australian Open title, beating Mattek-Sands and Murray in the last act by 5-7 6-4 [10-1].

Krejcikova plays at the Roland Garros 2021: she wins over Kristyna Plliskova (5-7 6-4 6-2) and Aleksandrova (6-2 6-3) in the first two rounds. In the third round, she beats Elina Svitolina (No. 6 in the world) 6-3 6-2, accessing, for the second year in a row, the round of 16 of the French major. This time, unlike in 2020, Barbora manages to overcome the obstacle of the fourth round, leaving just two games to Sloane Stephens, a finalist here in 2018. In the quarterfinals, the Czech faces the young American Coco Gauff.

Krejcikova manages to prevail 7-6(6) 6-3, canceling 5 set points in the first set and guaranteeing herself a place in the first slam semifinal of her career. Waiting for her, the Greek Maria Sakkari, capable of ousting the reigning champion Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals. In the women's semifinal with the most games played in the history of Roland Garros, Barbora wins a battle of over three hours, with the score 7-5 4-6 9-7 (also canceling a match-point), thus advancing to her first final in a slam. Barbora is the third Czech tennis player to achieve this milestone in the new millennium. In the last act, she faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Czech crowned a historic feat, overcoming Pavljucenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4 and thus winning her first career slam in singles.

In doubles, always in the same season, she wins the final in Australia, the third title in Paris, the Olympic gold and the WTA Finals, always with Katerina Siniakova. She also won her third mixed doubles title in Australia.

In 2022 she reaches no.2 in the WTA ranking, wins two titles, in Tallin and Ostrava, and reaches the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. In doubles, thanks to victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, she gets the career golden Slam.

In 2023, after the doubles victory at the Australian Open, she triumphed in singles in Dubai, against Iga Swiatek.

Style of play

Despite her aggressive style of play, Krejcikova possesses excellent movement, speed, stamina, footwork and court coverage, enabling her to defend to an exceptionally high standard, and she is an effective counter puncher, extending rallies until creates the opportunity to hit a winner.

Her first serve is strong, peaking at 110 mph, allowing her to serve aces and dictate play from her first serve. She also possesses a strong kick and cuts her second serve, preventing opponents from scoring free points with her second serve. At times, Krejcikova has a tendency to take risks on her second serve, leading to a relatively high double fault count.

Because of her aggressive mindset and defensive skills, Krejcikova is a dangerous opponent on all surfaces, although her strongest surface is clay, where her high rebound and slow pace allow her to execute her game perfectly. style of play.

She is also known for her strong serve, powerful groundstrokes, and completely full net play. Her two-handed lei backhand is arguably her strongest groundstroke, with her ability to generate extreme angles with her backhand and hit winners from any position on the court.

Private life

She started playing tennis at the age of 6. Later she was coached and guided by Jana Novotná. It is believed that she is currently single as she has not made public her relationship status in case she is dating someone.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Her career prize money in the 2023 season was more than $8.5 million. This, coupled with her various endorsements, has brought her net worth to around $15 million. Krejcikova has an apparel, shoe and racket endorsement deal with Head along with CEP which produces sports accessories such as compression socks and bandages. Its other current sponsors are Nutridata, Kine-MAX, Fyzioterapie, Jakub Veskrna and Enervit.

Titles

2021

Internationaux de Strasbourg, Strasburgo
Open di Francia, Parigi
Livesport Prague Open, Praga

2022

Tallinn Open, Tallinn
AGEL Open, Ostrava

2023

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai
 

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