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Nicole Vaidi?ová
Nicole Vaidisova medibank international 2006 01.jpg
Country (sports) Czech Republic
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Born (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 30)
Nuremberg, West Germany
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2003
Retired2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,778,619
Singles
Career record225-116
Career titles6 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 7 (14 May 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2007)
French OpenSF (2006)
WimbledonQF (2007, 2008)
US Open4R (2005)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2008)
Doubles
Career record13-31
Highest ranking128 (2 October 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2008)
French Open1R (2006, 2009)
Wimbledon2R (2006, 2007)
US Open1R (2005)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2008)
Mixed doubles
Career record4-3
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (2005)
Wimbledon3R (2008)
US Open2R (2005)

Nicole Vaidi?ová (Czech pronunciation: ['n?kol 'vajova:]; born 23 April 1989) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic.

Vaidi?ová is an Australian Open and French Open semifinalist as well as a two-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. She started playing tennis when she was six years old, enrolling to train at Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida. Her serve was considered her biggest weapon.[1] Her powerful groundstrokes, with her serve, collaborated well together to produce an aggressive, all-round game. On 9 August 2006, at the age of 17 years, she became the 12th-youngest player in WTA Tour history to be ranked in the top 10. She achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 7 on 14 May 2007. Her form dipped shortly after, and at the time her retirement was announced in 2010, she was ranked at No. 177.

Her stepfather announced that she had retired in March 2010, citing "lack of interest in tennis" as the primary reason,[2] but she returned to the sport in September 2014.[3] However, in July 2016, she retired once more due to injuries.[4]

Career

2003-2004: Instant success

Vaidi?ová debuted in 2003 by reaching three consecutive finals and winning the $10K ITF tournament in Plze?, Czech Republic.

In 2004, her first full year as a professional, Vaidi?ová finished the year as a top 100 player. As a qualifier at only her third WTA Tour main draw at inaugural Vancouver, she became the sixth-youngest singles champion in tour history at an age of 15 years, three months, and 23 days. She also became the lowest-ranked player (No. 180) and second qualifier (of three) to win a title in 2004. During the summer, she played World TeamTennis for the Sacramento Capitals and was named the league's Female MVP and Female Rookie of the Year.[5][6] Vaidi?ová won her second title of the year at the Tashkent Open, defeating Virginie Razzano in the final. On 18 October, she made her top 100 debut at No. 74, becoming the youngest player in the top 100 at the time.

Later in the year, Vaidi?ová reached the quarterfinals at the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo. She made her Grand Slam debut at the US Open, losing to defending champion and No. 1 Justine Henin in the first round.

Vaidi?ová finished the year with two WTA titles and a win-loss record of 31-8.

2005-2007: Consistency and top 10 debut

Vaidi?ová - 2006 Medibank International

In early January, Vaidi?ová reached her first quarterfinal of the season in Hobart. She picked up her first Grand Slam singles victory in her Australian Open debut, by reaching the third round before falling to top seed Lindsay Davenport.

In April, she made her top 50 debut at No. 47 and reached her first career Tier I quarterfinal at the Family Circle Cup. She posted her first top 10 victory over defending French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, before eventually losing to Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals, and making her top 40 debut as a result at No. 34 on 18 April. In May, Vaidi?ová reached her first Tier III final in Istanbul, losing to top seed Venus Williams in the championship match. She made her debut at the French Open where she fell to 22nd-seeded Francesca Schiavone in the second round.

In August, Vaidi?ová reached the quarterfinals at Toronto, losing to Justine Henin. At the US Open, she reached the fourth round for the first time at a Grand Slam event before losing to Nadia Petrova.

Vaidi?ová's captured her first title of 2005 (and third of her career) in Seoul, defeating top seed Jelena Jankovi? in the final without dropping a set during the week. She followed by winning her second straight tour singles title in Tokyo, winning when Tatiana Golovin retired in the final. On 10 October, Vaidi?ová made her top 20 debut at No. 18 and extended her winning streak to 15 matches, by winning her third consecutive tour singles title and fifth of her career; she defeated Nadia Petrova for the first time in the final of the Bangkok. With her three consecutive titles, Vaidi?ová became the first player since Lindsay Davenport in 2004 to win three titles in three weeks, and also became the sixth woman to win five Tour singles titles before her 17th birthday (after Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis).

Vaidi?ová captured her sixth WTA title at the Tier III event in Strasbourg in May 2006. In June, she made a semifinal run at the French Open, her best Grand Slam performance to date. She defeated world No. 1 and home favourite Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round and Venus Williams in the quarterfinal. However, she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the next round, despite being only two points away from victory several times. At the Wimbledon Championships, she got to the fourth round before losing to Li Na. Vaidi?ová's fourth round appearance meant that she has advanced to the round of 16 or better in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

In July, Vaidi?ová went 2-0 during the Czech Republic's 3-2 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs loss to France. She reached the semifinal on her debut in Stanford, losing to Kim Clijsters. Vaidi?ová reached her career-first Tier I semifinal in San Diego, losing to Clijsters again. After her success in San Diego, Vaidi?ová moved from No. 12 to No. 9, her first career top 10 debut, becoming the 12th-youngest player in tour history to crack the top 10, at an age of 17 years, three months and two weeks.

At the US Open, she made it to the third round, but lost to Jelena Jankovi?, who later made it to the semifinal. Vaidi?ová defeated Mauresmo for the second time at the Kremlin Cup, after rallying from 1-6, 2-5 down and three match points in their quarterfinal match. However, she lost to Nadia Petrova for a third time in their four meetings in the semifinal afterwards. She managed to finish 2006 at No. 10, making it her most successful season.

Beginning 2007, Vaidi?ová reached the semifinals of the Medibank International, beating Ana Ivanovic for the first time before falling to Jelena Jankovi?. She went on to reach her second Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams.

Vaidi?ová at the 2007 US Open

She skipped a large majority of the clay season with a right wrist injury. However, she reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, where she was defeated by Jelena Jankovi?.

In her first grass tournament of the season, International Women's Open, Vaidi?ová lost in the quarterfinals to Justine Henin. At Wimbledon, she lost to Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals after failing to convert three match points. She earlier had defeated defending champion Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round and Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

Vaidi?ová was out for two months after Wimbledon due to glandular fever. She returned at the US Open, where she lost to Shahar Pe'er in the third round. Moving into the indoor season, she played the Kremlin Cup, losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. The next week in Zürich, Vaidi?ová reached the semifinals, achieving a notable victory over Jelena Jankovi?. In the semifinals, she lost to Justine Henin in three sets. She finished the year by making another semifinal in Linz.

2008-2010: Struggles and retirement

Vaidi?ová at the US Open 2009

Vaidi?ová played three hard-court tournaments in Australia to start the year. She reached the semifinals of the Medibank International, defeating Jelena Jankovi? in the quarterfinals before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals.

The week after the Australian Open, Vaidi?ová won both of her Fed Cup singles matches in the tie against Slovakia. Following that, she lost six consecutive matches.

As the 18th seed at Wimbledon, she had an unexpected run to the quarterfinals, losing to Zheng Jie.

She finished the year with another pair of consecutive losses, and had tumbled to No. 41 in the world over the course of the season.

In 2009, Vaidi?ová's ranking fell out of the top 100. She often was spotted watching numerous matches of her boyfriend Radek ?t?pánek. At the end of the year, Vaidi?ová was ranked No. 187.

Vaidi?ová started 2010 by playing ITF Women's Circuit events. Later in March, her stepfather and former coach Ales Kodat announced her decision to retire from her professional career at the age of 20 due to a lack of interest in tennis. "Her agent told me last week... she's fed up with tennis and that's understandable. She started very young", Kodat said. Kodat said she had turned down a wildcard to play in Miami starting on 23 March.[2]

2014: Comeback

Vaidi?ová received a wildcard to compete in the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, a $75,000 event, starting on 15 September. This marked her return to professional tennis in over four years. She won her first match in straight sets against Sesil Karatantcheva, before losing in the second round to Johanna Konta 6-1, 1-6, 4-6.[7]

2015

At the Monterrey Open in March, she qualified for her first WTA main draw since 2010 but she drew top seed and defending champion Ana Ivanovic in the first round. Vaidi?ová lost 1-6, 6-7; she had qualified for the main draw only seven hours before her match against Ivanovic.[8]

She played at Miami Open as wildcard. She won her first-round match against Tímea Babos at straight sets, and lost in second round to No. 3 seed Simona Halep in three sets.

2016: Second retirement

In July, Vaidi?ová announced her second and permanent retirement from professional tennis.

Personal life

Vaidi?ová was introduced to tennis by her mother Riana. She has two younger brothers, Oliver and Toby. She speaks Czech, English, and German.

Vaidi?ová became engaged to fellow Czech tennis player Radek ?t?pánek, who is 11 years older, in late 2007.[9][10][11] It has been suggested that the relationship was the cause of Vaidi?ová's decline in tennis.[12] The two married on 17 July 2010 at Prague Castle.[13] In June 2013, Vaidi?ová and ?t?pánek announced that they had filed for divorce.[14] In 2018, they remarried and became parents of a daughter, Stella.[15]

Endorsements

Vaidi?ová was the face of Reebok and has been featured in their "I Am What I Am" and "Run Easy" campaigns. She also endorsed Citizen Watches and its Eco-Drive design. She is represented by Olivier van Lindonk of IMG. During her career, she used Yonex racquets.

WTA career finals

Singles: 7 (6-1)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier II / Premier (0-0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (6-1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 15 August 2004 Vancouver, Canada Hard United States Laura Granville 2-6, 6-4, 6-2*
Winner 2. 17 October 2004 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard France Virginie Razzano 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 1. 15 May 2005 ?stanbul, Turkey Clay United States Venus Williams 3-6, 2-6
Winner 3. 2 October 2005 Seoul, South Korea Hard Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Jankovi? 7-5, 6-3
Winner 4. 9 October 2005 Tokyo, Japan Hard France Tatiana Golovin 7-6(7-4), 3-2 ret.
Winner 5. 16 October 2005 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Russia Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-7(5-7), 7-5
Winner 6. 27 May 2006 Strasbourg, France Clay China Peng Shuai 7-6(9-7), 6-3
  • * won the event as a qualifier.

ITF finals

Singles (2-1)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 14 October 2003 Plze?, Czech Republic Carpet (i) Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková 7-6(7-5), 6-4
Runner-up 1. 10 February 2004 Midland, United States Hard (i) United States Jill Craybas 6-2, 6-4
Winner 2. 22 February 2004 Columbus, United States Hard (i) China Peng Shuai 7-6(7-5), 7-5

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win-Loss records.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W-L W%
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 4R SF 4R 1R A 0 / 5 13-5 72%
French Open Q3 2R SF QF 1R 1R A 0 / 5 10-5 67%
Wimbledon Q1 3R 4R QF QF 1R A 0 / 5 13-5 72%
US Open 1R 4R 3R 3R 2R Q1 A 0 / 5 8-5 62%
Win-Loss 0-1 8-4 13-4 15-4 8-4 0-3 0-0 0 / 20 44-20 69%
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 0 / 1 0-1 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells A 3R A QF 2R 3R A 0 / 4 7-4 64%
Miami 1R 3R A QF 2R 3R A 0 / 5 7-5 58%
Madrid Not Held A A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Beijing Tier II A A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Tier II A A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Rome A A 2R A 1R Q2 A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Montréal / Toronto A QF 3R A 1R A A 0 / 3 4-3 57%
Cincinnati Tier III A A 0 / 0 0-0 0%
Tokyo A A QF A A A A 0 / 1 2-1 67%
Tier I tournaments
Charleston A QF 2R 2R A Premier 0 / 3 3-3 50%
Berlin A A A A 1R Not Held 0 / 1 0-1 0%
San Diego A A SF A Not Held P 0 / 1 3-1 75%
Moscow A A SF QF 1R Premier 0 / 3 5-3 63%
Zürich A A 1R SF T II Not Held 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Career statistics 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 No.
Titles-Finals
Tournaments played 7 17 18 14 19 12 1 88
Titles 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 6
Finals reached 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 7
Win-Loss
Hard 12-4 35-8 16-8 19-6 11-13 5-7 1-1 5 / 53 99-47 68%
Clay 2-1 7-3 11-4 4-2 0-3 2-4 0-0 1 / 18 26-17 60%
Grass N/A 3-3 3-1 6-2 6-3 0-1 0-0 0 / 10 18-10 64%
Carpet N/A N/A 5-3 6-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 7 11-7 61%
Overall 14-5 45-14 35-16 35-14 17-19 7-12 1-1 6 / 88 154-81 65%
Win% 74% 76% 69% 71% 47% 37% 50% 65.11%
Year-end ranking
Ranking 77 15 10 12 41 188 495 No. 7 (14 May 2007)

WTA Tour career earnings

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2003 0 0 0 1,568 879
2004 0 2 2 87,753[permanent dead link] 130[permanent dead link]
2005 0 3 3 391,316 32
2006 0 1 1 737,913 15
2007 0 0 0 875,623[permanent dead link] 13[permanent dead link]
2008 0 0 0 509,762 33
2009 0 0 0 130,948 124
2010* 0 0 0 294 374
Career 0 6 6 2,735,177 76

Head-to-head record against other players

Vaidi?ová's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

References

  1. ^ "The Latest Top 20 WTA Rankings as of December 2013 - Sony Ericsson WTA Tour". sonyericssonwtatour.com.
  2. ^ a b AFP (18 March 2010). "Vaidisova hangs up racket at 20". ABC Grandstand Sport.
  3. ^ AFP (3 September 2014). "Ex-Czech star Nicole Vaidisova prepares comeback". Times of India.
  4. ^ Kamakshi Tandon (21 July 2016). "One-time phenom Vaidisova retires from tennis--again". Tennis Magazine.
  5. ^ Ed McGrogan (24 July 2009). "Practising with Nicole Vaidosova". Tennis.com.
  6. ^ "Sacramento sweeps WTT postseason honors". OurSports Central. 29 July 2004.
  7. ^ Lisanti, Jamie (16 September 2014). "Former prodigy Nicole Vaidisova is back on the pro-tennis circuit". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "IVANOVIC OUTDOES VAIDISOVA IN OPENER". Women's Tennis Association. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Downtime: Players Enjoy Vacations Archived 22 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine Tennis.com, 12 December 2008
  10. ^ Djokovic charms crowd, crushes Stepanek to reach quarterfinals Archived 10 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Love changes everything for Vaidisova, ontennis.com, 05-26-2008
  12. ^ The calamitous fall of Nicole Vaidisova Archived 16 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine, The Gazette, 3 September 2009
  13. ^ "Stepanek, Vaidisova wed in love match". Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Nicole Vaidisova and Radek Stepanek ending their marriage". Women's Tennis Blog.
  15. ^ "Radek Stepanek and wife Nicole Vaidisova have become parents". Tennis World USA. Retrieved 2019.

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