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Iveta Benešová

Iveta Benešová (Czech pronunciation: ) (born 1 February 1983) is a Czech former professional tennis player. She began playing tennis at age of 7 and turned professional in 1998 in Prague. She has won two WTA Tour events and one Grand Slam in mixed doubles partnering with Jürgen Melzer at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. On 14 September 2012 she married Jürgen Melzer and adopted his family name. She announced her retirement from professional tennis via her Facebook page 13/08/2014.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • 2005–2008 1.1
    • 2009 1.2
    • 2010 1.3
    • 2011 1.4
    • 2012 1.5
    • 2014 1.6
  • Personal life 2
  • Grand Slam finals 3
    • Mixed Doubles (1–0) 3.1
  • WTA career finals 4
    • Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up) 4.1
    • Doubles: 26 (14 titles, 12 runners-up) 4.2
  • Singles performance timeline 5
  • Doubles performance timeline 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Career

2005–2008

Benešová was the first player to be beaten by Ana Ivanovic in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2005 Australian Open.[1]

At the 2006 Australian Open, for the first time, she reached the third round of a Grand Slam by beating fifth seed Mary Pierce. She lost in the next round to former world number 1 Martina Hingis.[2]

Entering as a qualifier in the 2008 French Open, she reached the third round, beating 15th seed and compatriate Nicole Vaidišová in the first round, but lost to Petra Cetkovská.

2009

Benešová at the 2009 French Open

Benešová started the year by playing the first edition of the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva. A week later, Benešová lost in the final of the tournament in Hobart to fellow-Czech Petra Kvitová. At the Australian Open, Benešová lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist and fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva.

Immediately after the Australian Open Series, Benešová played in front of her home crowd in the Fed Cup tie against Spain. Despite losing her singles rubber to Nuria Llagostera Vives, the Czech team advanced to the semifinals after winning the tie 4–1.

At the 2009 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Benešová lost in the first round to world number 1 Serena Williams. Benešová then reached the semifinals of the tournament in Acapulco, a clay court event. In the quarterfinals, Benešová beat Mathilde Johansson before losing in the semifinals to defending champion Flavia Pennetta.

On 6 April 2009, Benešová achieved her career-high singles ranking of world number 25.

Benešová was seeded sixth at the first edition of the Monterrey Open. She beat fellow Czech Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to unseeded Li Na.

Benešová fell to Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the 2009 French Open.

At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Benešová beat Britain's Katie O'Brien in the first round, before falling to Jelena Janković in the second round.

2010

In singles, she defeated Romanian Simona Halep in the final of 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem to win her first WTA Tour trophy since 2004.

In doubles, she has won three titles. Along with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, she grabbed the titles in Paris as their opponents Cara Black and Liezel Huber withdrew and Monterrey defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Vania King. Partnering with Anabel Medina Garrigues, she won Fes, making her winning both singles and doubles in the tournament.

Benešová at the 2008 French Open

2011

Benešová reached the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open, but was defeated by second seed Vera Zvonareva.[3]

Along with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová she won four titles in doubles.

At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Benešová won the mixed doubles title with partner and later husband Jürgen Melzer.[4][5]

2012

Benešová once again reached the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, being defeated by eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.

On 29 April 2012 she won her last title at the Stuttgart doubles, again with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová.

She paused from playing tournaments until February 2014, mainly due to shoulder problems.

2014

In her first tournament as Iveta Melzer, she and her partner Petra Cetkovska reached the final of the Acapulco doubles which they lost in the third set.

At the French Open she played the mixed doubles with her husband Jürgen, they lost in the first round against top seeded Alexander Peya and Abigail Spears. It was their last Grand Slam mixed appearance together, at the Wimbledon mixed doubles Jürgen Melzer partnered Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Iveta Melzer ended her career on 15 August 2014, as her shoulder problems prevented her from playing her best tennis.

Personal life

On 14 September 2012 she married Austrian tennis player Jürgen Melzer in Austria at Laxenburg Castle. The relationship ended in 2015 and Iveta changed her name back to Benešová.[6][7]

Grand Slam finals

Mixed Doubles (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2011 Wimbledon Championships Grass Jürgen Melzer Mahesh Bhupathi
Elena Vesnina
6–3, 6–2

WTA career finals

Singles: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up)

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 (2–6)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 October 2002 WTA Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) Maja Matevžič 0–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 7 March 2004 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Flavia Pennetta 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 2. 20 April 2004 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Émilie Loit 5–7, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 3. 28 August 2004 Forest Hills, Queens, Forest Hills, United States Hard Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 January 2006 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Michaëlla Krajicek 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 20 May 2008 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Maria Kirilenko 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 January 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard Petra Kvitová 5–7, 1–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Simona Halep 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 26 (14 titles, 12 runners-up)

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (1–3)
Tier II / Premier (5–2)
Tier III, IV & V / International (8–7)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 18 July 2004 Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, United States Hard Claudine Schaul Eleni Daniilidou
Nicole Pratt
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 13 February 2005 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Carpet Květa Peschke Anabel Medina Garrigues
Dinara Safina
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 24 April 2005 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Clay (green) Kveta Peschke Conchita Martínez
Virginia Ruano Pascual
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 18 June 2005 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Nuria Llagostera Vives Anabel Medina Garrigues
Dinara Safina
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(11-9)
Runner-up 4. 15 October 2006 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet Galina Voskoboeva Francesca Schiavone
Květa Peschke
4–6, 7–6(7-4), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 6 January 2007 Gold Coast, Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia Hard Galina Voskoboeva Dinara Safina
Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 September 2007 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard Janette Husárová Victoria Azarenka
Shahar Pe'er
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 23 February 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Bethanie Mattek Jelena Kostanić Tošić
Martina Müller
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Petra Cetkovská Nuria Llagostera Vives
María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 18 May 2008 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay Janette Husárová Chuang Chia-jung
Chan Yung-jan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 4. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Petra Cetkovská
Lucie Šafářová
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 2 March 2009 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Mara Santangelo
Nathalie Dechy
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 13 July 2009 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Kateryna Bondarenko
Alona Bondarenko
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 29 August 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard Lucie Hradecká Nuria Llagostera Vives
María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 25 October 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Vladimíra Uhlířová
Renata Voráčová
6–1, 0–6, [10–7]
Winner 6. 14 February 2010 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Hard (i) Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Cara Black
Liezel Huber
w/o
Winner 7. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Vania King
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 8. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay Anabel Medina Garrigues Lucie Hradecká
Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 2 October 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Shahar Pe'er
Peng Shuai
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Runner-up 11. 24 October 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Timea Bacsinszky
Tathiana Garbin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 14 January 2011 Medibank International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Květa Peschke
Katarina Srebotnik
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 11. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Vania King
6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 12. 1 May 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Natalie Grandin
Vladimíra Uhlířová
5–7, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 13. 25 October 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Lucie Hradecká
Ekaterina Makarova
7–5, 6–3
Winner 14. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Julia Görges
Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Petra Cetkovská Kristina Mladenovic
Galina Voskoboeva
3-6, 6-2, [5-10]

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open LQ 1R LQ 1R 3R 2R LQ 2R 2R 4R 4R 11–8
French Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 7–11
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3–11
US Open 1R 1R 2R1 1R 1R 1R 2R2 1R 2R 1R 1R 3–11
Win–Loss 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–4 3–4 2–4 3–3 4–4 2–4 4–4 3–4 24–41
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 1R Not Held 2R Not Held - 1–2
Year-End Championship
WTA Champ's Absent 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tour
Indian Wells 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 9–11
Key Biscayne 1R A 1R 2R 2R A QF 1R 3R 3R 11–8
Madrid Not Held Not Tier 1 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–4
Beijing Not Play 1R A 1R A 0–2
WTA Premier 5 Tour
Dubai Not Held & Tier I 1R 1R 2R 1–3
Rome 2R 1–1
Cincinnati Not Held & Tier I 1R 3R LQ 2–2
Montreal / Toronto 1R LQ 0–1
Tokyo LQ QF LQ QF 1R A 5–3
Year End Ranking 81 140 36 54 60 119 43 39 60 54 81

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 W–L
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 7–9
French Open 1R 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 7–9
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R 9–9
US Open 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 10–9
Win–Loss 1–4 2–4 3–4 1–4 4–4 5–4 7–4 7–4 3–4 33–36

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