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Daniela Hantuchová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdaɲiela ˈɦantuxoʋaː]; born 23 April 1983) is a Slovak tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA tournament, the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year’s Wimbledon Championship and US Open, ending the year in the top 10. She was also part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup and the 2005 Hopman Cup.



Hantuchová reached her highest ranking, fifth, in January 2003, after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She has gone on to win a further seven WTA tournaments, including the Indian Wells Masters for a second time in 2007 and most recently the 2015 Thailand Open. She also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2008, the furthest she has progressed in a Grand Slam. She is the most successful Slovak tennis player of all time and became only the 37th woman in the Open Era to reach 500 career wins when she beat Laura Robson in the second round of the Aegon Classic in June 2013.

Hantuchová is also an accomplished doubles player. In 2005, she completed the career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, becoming only the fifth female tennis player to do so. She won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2001 with Leoš Friedl, at the Australian Open in 2002 with Kevin Ullyett, at the French Open in 2005 with Fabrice Santoro and at the US Open in 2005 with Mahesh Bhupathi. She has also reached the finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2002 with Ullyett and the finals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open in 2002 with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, at the French Open in 2006 with Ai Sugiyama and at the Australian Open in 2009 with Sugiyama.

Since December 2014 Hantuchová has been coached by Carlos Rodríguez.Her WTA Tour mentor in the “Partners for Success” program was Martina Navratilova, who was her doubles partner for a brief period in early 2005.



Personal life

Hantuchová was born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) to father Igor, a computer scientist, and mother Marianna, a toxicologist. Hantuchová was introduced to tennis by her grandmother Helena, a former Slovak national champion.

When her parents split up in 2003, Hantuchová’s performances temporarily worsened.At Wimbledon that year, she failed to convert several match points and was seen weeping on court. She also suffered from a weight problem during this period. She was suspected of being anorexic,but denied this,saying that her weight loss was due to over-training and that it had not affected her stamina.

Hantuchová speaks fluent Slovak, Czech, English and German, as well as some Croatian and Italian. She was trained as a classical pianist.She is thought to be a perfectionist and puts a lot of pressure on herself during her training.She qualified for university in Slovakia but deferred it to pursue tennis.

Hantuchová appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition alongside Maria Kirilenko and Tatiana Golovin in a pictoral entitled Volley of the Dolls. In July 2012, she appeared nude in the 2012 edition of ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”. She appeared on one of six special edition covers. Though widely considered to be a “sex symbol”, Hantuchová has never considered herself as such, saying that modelling is “just fun to do from time to time”.



Career statistics

Main article: Daniela Hantuchová career statistics
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player’s participation in the tournament has ended.

Grand Slam tournaments

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q2 1R 3R QF 2R 3R 4R 4R SF 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 16 29–16
French Open A 2R 4R 2R 1R 3R 4R 3R A 1R 4R 4R A 1R 3R 1R 0 / 13 20–13
Wimbledon Q2 2R QF 2R 3R 3R 4R 4R 2R 4R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 15 24–15
US Open Q2 1R QF 3R 3R 3R 2R 1R 1R 4R 3R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 0 / 15 21–15
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 13–4 8–4 5–4 8–4 10–4 8–4 6–3 8–4 8–4 5–4 2–3 4–4 5–4 2–4 0–1 0 / 59 94–59

Year-End Championships

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L
WTA Tour Championships A A 1R A A A A RR A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 1–3
Tournament of Champions Not Held A 4th QF RR A A NH 0 / 3 1–6
WTA Elite Trophy Not Held A 0 / 0 0–0



Doubles Grand Slam finals: 3 (3 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–1
Runner-up 2006 French Open Clay Japan Ai Sugiyama United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2009 Australian Open (2) Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–3, 6–3

Mixed Doubles Grand Slam finals: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

By winning the 2005 US Open title, Hantuchová completed the mixed doubles Career Grand Slam. She became only the fifth female player in history to achieve this.

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2001 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Leoš Friedl United States Mike Bryan
South Africa Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2002 Australian Open Hard Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett Russia Elena Likhovtseva
India Mahesh Bhupathi
6–2, 1–6, 6–1
Winner 2005 French Open Clay France Fabrice Santoro India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navratilova
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2005 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–2











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