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Daniela Hantuchova

Sport:  Tennis
Country:  Slovakia

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Biography

She is currently coached by Larry Passos.[2] Her WTA Tour mentor in the "Partners for Success" program was Martina Navrátilová, who was her doubles partner for a brief period in early 2005. As of November 9, 2009, Hantuchová is ranked World No. 25 in singles[3] and ranked World No. 13 in doubles. Hantuchová was born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) to father Igor, a computer scientist and mother Marianna, a toxicologist.[1] Hantuchová's performances temporarily worsened, as a result of her parents splitting up in 2003.[5] At the Wimbledon that year, she lost to the 81st ranked player in the world, failing to convert match points and weeping on court.[citation needed] She also suffered from weight problem during this period.[6][7] She was suspected of being anorexic,[5][8] however Hantuchová denied this.[9] Hantuchová speaks six languages and was trained as a classical pianist.[5] She is thought to be a perfectionist and places a lot of pressure on herself during her training.[5] She qualified for university in Slovakia but deferred it to pursue tennis.[citation needed] She appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition alongside Maria Kirilenko and Tatiana Golovin in a pictoral entitled Volley of the Dolls.[10] Hantuchová has won three WTA singles tournaments in her career, the first in 2002 at the Tier I Pacific Life Open, defeating Martina Hingis 6–3 6–4 in the final, and in 2007 at the same tournament, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final 6–3 6–4 ending a five-year title drought. Her most recent title came at the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria, where she defeated Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–2 in the final. She has reached six other finals in her career — Filderstadt 2002 losing to Kim Clijsters, Eastbourne 2004 losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Los Angeles 2005 where she lost to Clijsters again, the 2006 Zurich Open losing to Maria Sharapova, in Bali 2007 losing to Lindsay Davenport and Luxembourg 2007 to Ana Ivanovic. She has also achieved reasonable results in the Grand Slam events. Her career-best is a semifinal appearance at the 2008 Australian Open. As well as this, she has reached three other Grand Slam quarterfinals: at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2003. She has reached three Grand Slam doubles finals and is only one of five women to have a career Mixed Doubles Grand Slam. Hantuchová's biggest successes have so far come in mixed doubles. In this event, she won the 2001 Wimbledon championships with Leoš Friedl, the 2002 Australian Open with Kevin Ullyett, the 2005 French Open with Fabrice Santoro, and 2005 US Open with Mahesh Bhupathi. She was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2002 with Ullyett, and she reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2004 with Todd Woodbridge. At the 2005 US Open she completed a career mixed doubles Grand Slam with Mahesh Bhupathi when they beat Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic in the final in straight sets 6–4, 6–2. She is only the fifth woman (after Hart, Court, King and Navrátilová) to complete a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. In Perth, Western Australia in 2005, Hantuchová won the Hopman Cup with Dominik Hrbatý. Hantuchová's other achievements include winning eight women's doubles titles. From 2005 to early 2007 she played doubles with Ai Sugiyama, with some fans affectionately referring to the team as "Hantuyama".[11] They have won three titles together; in Rome, Doha, and Birmingham, as well as reaching the final at the French Open in 2006 (Hantuchová's first Grand Slam doubles final was in 2002 with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario at the Australian Open). "Hantuyama" won the award for "Fan Favorite Doubles Team of 2005" at the Stars for Stars in Miami. In early 2007, the partnership between Sugiyama and Hantuchová ended, though the pair continued playing together (at Dubai and Doha) because Hantuchová, eager to play doubles with Martina Hingis, wanted to give Sugiyama time to find a new partner. Hingis and Hantuchová only played once (reaching the semifinals of Miami) due to Hingis's subsequent injury which kept her out until Wimbledon. Thereafter she partnered Nadia Petrova and Ana Ivanovic in the bigger tournaments before reuniting with Hingis for the summer hardcourt tournaments in North America. They reached the third round of the US Open in their first attempt together at a grand slam. In the absence of Hingis in Bali she played doubles with Lindsay Davenport. Through the start of the 2008 season she played with Davenport, Ivanovic, Martina Hingis and rejoined Ai Sugiyama for the 2008 Pacific Life Open and 2009 season until Sugiyama's retirement at the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan.

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