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Iveta Benesova

Iveta Benesova
(Czech Republic) Biography

Birthdate: 1-February-1983
Birthplace: Most, Czechoslovakia
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Plays: Left-Handed
Turned Pro: 1998

Another young pretender reached the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open. Iveta Benesova knocked out 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to set up a 4th round match against the World Number 2 Vera Zvonareva.

Born on 1st February 1983 in Most, Czechoslavia she began playing tennis at the age of 7 years-old when her father Vlastimil Benes introduced her to the game. She turned professional in 1988 in Prague and she is coached by Jiri Fencl and plays with a Wilson K Six-One racket. Her clothing is sponsored by Adidas.

She played her first Grand Slam event in 2006 at the Australian Open and reached the 3rd round by beating 5th seed Mary Pierce in straight sets only to lose in the next round to former Number 1 Martina Hingis.

Benesova is well known for her traditional very short and low skirt, but sometimes her outfits get her into trouble.

In May 2007 she was forced to change her shorts on court at the Estoril Open before her first round match against Neuza Sihra. The referee told her the ones she was wearing were too small and if she did not change them she would not be allowed to play. After changing them she went on to win the match in three sets.

In 2008 she qualified for the French Open and reached the 3rd round beating 15th seed Nicole Vaidisova. In her career she has won 310 singles matches, 2 WTA and 4 ITF singles titles.

She has a good Grand Slam record reaching the 2nd round of the US Open in 2004 and 2008 and 2010, 2nd round at Wimbledon 2007 and 2009, 3rd round of the French Open in 2008 and 2009 and 4th round of the Australian Open in 2011.

In 2010 she won her first WTA tour singles trophy since 2004 at Gran Prix SAR La Princess Lella Meryem, and she won three doubles titles in Paris, Monterrey and Fes making her both singles and doubles champions in that tournament.

She loves playing on the tour as she enjoys shopping in the various venues and she relaxes by watching movies, her favourite film is Forest Gump and she likes actors Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

In 2011 before her wins in Melbourne she reached the 2nd round of the Brisbane International but failed to qualify for the Medibank International in Sydney in the Singles but she won the doubles title with her partner Zahlavova Strycova.

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