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Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova
Lucie Safarova focused on her return of serve.
Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova
(Czech Republic) Biography

Birthdate: 4-February-1987
Birthplace: Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height: 5 ft 9 1/2 in (1.77 m)
Plays: Left-Handed
Turned Pro: 2002

The Czech player who reached the 3rd round of the 2011 Australian Open before being beaten by World Number 2 Vera Zvonareva grew up with tennis.

Safarova's father Milan was a tennis coach and she began hitting a ball against the wall when she was 3-years-old before she started playing more seriously with her father.

He was her coach to start with then she spent some time at a training facility in Washington, but now trains at a Czech national facility in Prosterove with her current coach David Koyza.

She also grew up with her childhood sweetheart who is now her boyfriend, ATP Tour player Tomas Berdych. They have been in a serious relationship for seven years and she believes their choice of career has helped their personal life as they can travel together when the WTA and ATP tours link up. They played at the same club when they were youngsters and still practice there.

In her career she has won 4 WTA Tour singles titles and her current ranking as of 10th January 2011 is number 34.

In 2005 at the age of 18 she won tournaments in Portugal and the Gold Coast beating World number 6 Patty Schnyder in the semi-final. She also reached her first Tier II semi-final at Amelia Island losing to the eventual Champion Nadia Petrova.

In the 2007 Australian Open she caused an upset by knocking out the Defending Champion Amelie Mauresmo in the fourth round but lost to Nicole Vaidisova in the quarter finals. After the tournament her World ranking went up to 31.

At the French Open she beat Mauresmo again in the 3rd round but lost in the next round to Anna Chakvetadze in three sets.

In 2008 she sustained a gluteal strain in the first round of the Medibank International in Sydney in her match against Alicia Molik and had to pull out of her next match against Justine Henin. She was seeded 22 at the Australian Open but lost in the first round as the injury plagued her throughout her match.

She has reached the quarter final of three successive Brisbane International tournaments in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but she hit a bad patch in 2010 with first round losses in Hobart and at the Australian Open. She reached her first tournament final that year at the GDF Suez tournament in Paris beating Flavia Pennetta but lost to top seed Elena Dementieva in the final.

Lucie Safarova has played with a Wilson K Pro Open racket and has been sponsored by Nike for her shoes and clothing.

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