Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova

Born Mar 28, 1986
Nationality Czech Republic Czech Republic
Nickname Angry Bird

Barbora Strycova, formerly known as Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, is a professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia. The right-handed player was born on March 28, 1986 in Plzen, Czechoslovakia, and is currently coached by David Kotyza. Her parents are Ilona and Jindrich, and she started playing tennis since she was 5 years old.

Strycova prefers grass and clay courts, and enjoys skiing, swimming, and snowboarding aside from playing tennis. She played her first event in the ITF in 2000; however, she chose not to play in 2001. She came back to play in 2002, and subsequently won two titles in the ITF Circuit.

In 2003, Strycova played in the WTA, and at the same time played in the ITF Circuit and won a doubles title. A year later, Strycova was able to make her Top 100 appearance when she rose from No. 116 to No. 97. It would be a few years later when Strycova managed to reach higher and had a Top 50 season. During the said year, she was able to win one WTA title while playing at Quebec City in 2011.

In 2013, she won the Slovak Open after returning from a ban of 6 months due to stimulant use. She advanced to a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal match for the first time in 2014. She reached a career-high ranking of world number 20 in March 2015 and went on to become world number 19 in the next year.

She won her second WTA title at the 2017 Linz Open. In 2018, Strycova reached the quarterfinal in the Tokyo Open and the semifinal in the Birmingham Open. She is also a bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Throughout the course of her career, Strycova has a career record of 540 victories and 382 defeats. She has 2 WTA titles to her name, plus 9 ITF titles. The highest rank that Strycova has achieved was at No. 16, which she reached in January 2017. Currently, however, she is ranked at No. 48 as of February 2019.

So far, Strycova has not yet won a Grand Slam tournament title. However, she has played in all of the four Grand Slam tournaments. Her performance in the Grand Slams in doubles has been more successful than in singles, with her reaching the quarterfinals and semifinals during the tournaments.


• 540–382 (58.6%) career record – singles• 2 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 9 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 447–246 (64.5%) career record - doubles• 25 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• 10 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles

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