For the last couple of years, Barbora Strycova has been one of the most consistent singles & doubles players on the Tour, finishing 2019 season as doubles world no. 1 and in the top-35 in singles. The 33-year-old Plzen native claimed four titles with Su-Wei Hsieh in 2019, lifting trophies in Dubai, Madrid, Birmingham and Wimbledon, winning all 12 sets at the All England Club and becoming the leading team in the world a day later.
Strycova and Hsieh reached the final at the WTA Finals, losing to Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos, with the Czech finishing the season just ahead of Mladenovic and Babos. Lately, Barbora has been thinking about retirement more and more despite rock-solid results in both singles and doubles, eyeing title defense at Wimbledon as her ultimate goal before hanging out her racquet and pursuing future plans.
Strycova was also the semi-finalist in singles, losing to Serena Williams after a great run at such a late stage of her career. "I'd love to play at Wimbledon again, it's the greatest tournament for me and if I get another chance to play there I'll be super happy," Strycova said.
"I'm in full training for the beginning of the season, we're flying to Australia on December 31. I love the country, particularly because it's warm down there and I know the people there, this will be my 17th time in Australia.
So I'm looking forward to it. I sing when I'm on my own - when I'm driving to the training session in my car, I imagine I'm the best singer in the world and sing to the Christmas songs I play on my stereo."