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Lucie Šafářová
Safarova in 2013
Lucie Safarova at the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Born

February 4, 1987

Known for

Australian Open and French Open doubles winner, French Open singles finalist

Lucie Šafářová (born February 4, 1987) is a Czech tennis player. Safarova lost the 2015 French Open women's singles final to Serena Williams in three sets; she was able to take a set away from her. In doubles, she won the 2015 Australian and French Opens with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Safarova's career high singles ranking was fifth in September 2015, before being sent to the hospital for an infection. Her career high doubles ranking is fourth, also reached in 2015.

Career

2014: Wimbledon semifinal

Safarova started 2014 ranked lower than her 2007 career-high singles ranking of 22. Her best Grand Slam performance was the Wimbledon Championships, where she defeated Ekaterina Makarova in an easy quarterfinal match that saw her play country-mate Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.

2015: First Grand Slam final

She started 2015 in singles as number 16th in the world. Seeded 16th at the 2015 Australian Open, she fell in the first round to Yaroslava Shvedova. Safarova won the Australian Open doubles title with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, defeating Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie.

At the 2015 French Open, Safarova shocked defending champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. Her dream run continued when she defeated Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals. Safarova won the doubles title at Roland Garros with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She came close to winning both the singles and doubles title at Roland Garros.

Safarova didn't play at the 2015 WTA Finals as she withdrew from the event.

2016: Prague title but out of top 60

Safarova won't be able to play the 2016 Australian Open due to a health issue. She won the title at Prague.

Safarova dropped out of top 25 after she failed to defend finalist points at Roland Garros. Her best result besides Prague was fourth round at Wimbledon, losing to Yaroslava Shvedova, who was ranked outside top 80 by the time.

Safarova started 2016 inside the top 10 but finished 2016 outside the top 60. Her rank will be enough to enter 2016 Swiss Open qualifying. Safarova qualified for the draw of the 2016 Swiss Open - Women's Singles.

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