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Iveta Melzer

Iveta Melzer
File:Iveta Benesova at the 2011 Australian Open1.jpg
Melzer at the 2011 Australian Open
Country 23x15px Czech Republic
Residence Most, Czech Republic
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 33)
Most, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
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Turned pro 1998
Retired 2014
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,329,488
Singles
Career record 378 - 332
Career titles 2 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 25 (6 April 2009)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2011, 2012)
French Open 3R (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2007, 2009, 2011)
US Open 2R (2004, 2008, 2010)
Doubles
Career record 269 - 224
Career titles 14 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 17 (31 January 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2008, 2011)
French Open 3R (2005, 2006, 2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2010)
US Open QF (2011)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2009)
French Open QF (2011)
Wimbledon W (2011)
US Open 2R (2009), 1R (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 11–12

Iveta Melzer (née Benešová, Czech pronunciation: [ˈɪvɛta ˈbɛnɛʃovaː]; born 1 February 1983 in Most, Czechoslovakia) is a 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. She married Melzer in September 2012 and officially changed her name to Iveta Melzer.[1] She announced her retirement from professional tennis via her Facebook page 13/08/2014.

Career

2005–2008

Melzer was the first player to be beaten by Ana Ivanovic in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2005 Australian Open.[2]

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.[3]

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 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.

2011

Benešová reached the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open, but was defeated by second seed Vera Zvonareva.[4]

At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Benešová won the mixed doubles title with partner and later husband Jürgen Melzer.[5][6]

2012

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

Grand Slam finals

Mixed Doubles (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2011 Wimbledon Championships Grass 23x15px Jürgen Melzer Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
23x15px 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) 23x15px Maja Matevžič 0–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 7 March 2004 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay 23x15px Flavia Pennetta 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 2. 20 April 2004 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay 23x15px Émilie Loit 5–7, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 3. 28 August 2004 Forest Hills, Queens, Forest Hills, United States Hard 23x15px Elena Likhovtseva 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 January 2006 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard 23x15px Michaëlla Krajicek 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 20 May 2008 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay 23x15px Maria Kirilenko 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 16 January 2009 Moorilla Hobart International, Hobart, Australia Hard 23x15px Petra Kvitová 5–7, 1–6
Winner 2. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay 23x15px 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 23x15px Claudine Schaul 23x15px Eleni Daniilidou
23x15px Nicole Pratt
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 13 February 2005 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Carpet 23x15px Květa Peschke 23x15px Anabel Medina Garrigues
23x15px Dinara Safina
6–2, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 24 April 2005 Family Circle Cup, Charleston, United States Clay (green) 23x15px Kveta Peschke 23x15px Conchita Martínez
23x15px Virginia Ruano Pascual
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 18 June 2005 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass 23x15px Nuria Llagostera Vives 23x15px Anabel Medina Garrigues
23x15px Dinara Safina
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(11-9)
Runner-up 4. 15 October 2006 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet 23x15px Galina Voskoboeva 23x15px Francesca Schiavone
23x15px Květa Peschke
4–6, 7–6(7-4), 1–6
Runner-up 5. 6 January 2007 Gold Coast, Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia Hard 23x15px Galina Voskoboeva 23x15px Dinara Safina
23x15px Katarina Srebotnik
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 September 2007 Fortis Championships Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard 23x15px Janette Husárová 23x15px Victoria Azarenka
Template:Country data ISR Shahar Pe'er
6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 23 February 2008 Copa Colsanitas, Bogotá, Colombia Clay 23x15px Bethanie Mattek 23x15px Jelena Kostanić Tošić
23x15px Martina Müller
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 1 March 2008 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay 23x15px Petra Cetkovská 23x15px Nuria Llagostera Vives
23x15px María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 18 May 2008 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Janette Husárová 23x15px Chuang Chia-jung
23x15px Chan Yung-jan
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 4. 3 August 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Petra Cetkovská
23x15px Lucie Šafářová
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 2 March 2009 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Mara Santangelo
23x15px Nathalie Dechy
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 13 July 2009 ECM Prague Open, Prague, Czech Republic Clay 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Kateryna Bondarenko
23x15px Alona Bondarenko
1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 29 August 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States Hard 23x15px Lucie Hradecká 23x15px Nuria Llagostera Vives
23x15px María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 25 October 2009 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Vladimíra Uhlířová
23x15px Renata Voráčová
6–1, 0–6, [10–7]
Winner 6. 14 February 2010 Open Gaz de France, Paris, France Hard (i) 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Cara Black
23x15px Liezel Huber
w/o
Winner 7. 7 March 2010 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Anna-Lena Grönefeld
23x15px Vania King
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 8. 1 May 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fes, Morocco Clay 23x15px Anabel Medina Garrigues 23x15px Lucie Hradecká
23x15px Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. 2 October 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Template:Country data ISR Shahar Pe'er
23x15px Peng Shuai
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Runner-up 11. 24 October 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x16px Timea Bacsinszky
23x15px Tathiana Garbin
4–6, 4–6
Winner 10. 14 January 2011 Medibank International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Květa Peschke
23x15px Katarina Srebotnik
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 11. 6 March 2011 Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico Hard 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Anna-Lena Grönefeld
23x15px Vania King
6–7(8–10), 6–2, [10–6]
Winner 12. 1 May 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain Clay 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Natalie Grandin
23x15px Vladimíra Uhlířová
5–7, 6–4, [11–9]
Winner 13. 25 October 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Lucie Hradecká
23x15px Ekaterina Makarova
7–5, 6–3
Winner 14. 29 April 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany Clay 23x15px Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 23x15px Julia Görges
23x15px Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard 23x15px Petra Cetkovská 23x15px Kristina Mladenovic
Template:Country data KAZ 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

References

  1. ^ "Jürgen Melzer heiratete Tennisspielerin". nachrichten.at (in German). 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ten years of Djokovic and Ivanovic at the Grand Slams". The Roar. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Venus Oz Open jinx continues, mixed luck for Indians". The Statesman. 23 January 2009. 
  4. ^ AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2011: Vera Zvonareva bounces out Czech Iveta Benesova to make last eight | Mail Online
  5. ^ "Melzer-Benesova win Wimbledon mixed doubles title". The Sacramento Bee. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Straight win in mixed doubles". The Mercury. 5 July 2011. p. 44. 

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