Věra Suková a Helena Suková

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Achievements of Helena Sukova

WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)

1998-NR; 1997-80; 1996-27; 1995-29; 1994-22; 1993-17; 1992-12; 1991-17; 1990-14; 1989-8; 1988-8; 1987-7; 1986-5; 1985-9; 1984-7; 1983-17; 1982-25; 1981-74

HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING

No. 4 (March 18-April 14, 1985)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING

No. 1 (Feb. 5-18, 1990; Mar. 5-May 6, 1990; May 14-Aug. 26, 1990; Oct. 15, 1990-Feb. 17, 1991; Apr. 8-June 9, 1991; Nov. 23, 1992-Jan. 10, 1993; Sept. 13-Oct. 31, 1993; Nov. 15-21, 1993)

Grand Slam (singles) history


W-L 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81
AUSTRALIAN 38-16 1r 1r 3r 2r 3r -- 3r 3r SF F QF 4r -- QF F 3r 1r 3r
ROLAND GARROS 21-13 -- 2r 1r 1r 3r -- -- 2r -- 2r QF 4r SF 2r 1r 4r 2r --
WIMBLEDON 39-17 1r 4r 2r 2r 4r QF 3r 1r 4r 4r QF QF QF QF 4r 1r 1r --
UNITED STATES 45-15 -- 1r 3r 2r -- F 4r 3r 4r QF 4r SF F QF QF 3r 1r --

WTA Championships history


W-L 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81
SINGLES 11-11 -- -- -- -- -- 1r 1r 1r 1r QF SF QF QF/SF F QF -- -- --
DOUBLES 16-13 -- SF QF QF -- SF W SF QF SF SF F F/F F -- -- -- --

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES

WINNER(10): 1992 - Osaka, Indianapolis; 1991 - Brisbane; 1989 - Brisbane; 1987 - Eastbourne, U.S. Indoors; 1986 - Canadian Open, Hilversum; 1984 - Brisbane; 1982 - Newport

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES

WINNER(69): 1998 - Sydney (w/Hingis); 1997 - Strasbourg (w/Zvereva), Luxembourg (w/Neiland); 1996 - Wimbledon (w/Hingis), Karlovy Vary (w/Habsudova), Zurich (w/Hingis); 1995 - Oakland (w/McNeil), Philadelphia (w/McNeil); 1993 - US Open (w/Sanchez Vicario), Pan Pacific (w/Navratilova), Indian Wells (w/Stubbs), European Open (w/M.J. Fernandez), U.S. Hardcourts (w/Smylie), San Diego (w/G. Fernandez), Los Angeles (w/Sanchez Vicario), Essen (w/Sanchez Vicario); 1992 - Australian Open (w/Sanchez Vicario), Virginia Slims Championships (w/Sanchez Vicario), Sydney (w/Sanchez Vicario), Pan Pacific (w/Sanchez Vicario), Osaka (w/Stubbs), Italian Open (w/Seles), Los Angeles (w/Sanchez Vicario), Zurich (w/Zvereva), Filderstadt (w/Sanchez Vicario); 1991 - Sydney (w/Sanchez Vicario), Light n' Lively Doubles (w/G. Fernandez), Amelia Island (w/Sanchez Vicario); 1990 - Australian Open (w/Novotna), Roland Garros (w/Novotna), Wimbledon (w/Novotna), Miami (w/Novotna), Brisbane (w/Novotna), Sydney (w/Novotna), Indian Wells (w/Novotna), Boca Raton (w/Novotna), Brighton (w/Tauziat), New England (w/G. Fernandez); 1989 - Wimbledon (w/Novotna), Miami (w/Novotna), Boca Raton (w/Novotna), Brisbane (w/Novotna), European Indoors (w/Novotna); 1988 - U.S. Hardcourts (w/McNeil), Pan Pacific (w/Shriver), Canadian Open (w/Novotna), Mahwah (w/Novotna); 1987 - Wimbledon (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Bridgestone (w/Kohde-Kilsch), German Open (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Chicago (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Brighton (w/K. Jordan); 1986 - Miami (w/Shriver), Chicago (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Amelia Island (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Dallas (w/Kohde-Kilsch), German Open (w/Graf), Brighton (w/Graf), Hilversum (w/K. Jordan); 1985 - US Open (w/Kohde-Kilsch), German Open (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Lugano (w/Gadudek), Los Angeles (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Pan Pacific (w/Kohde-Kilsch); 1984 – Marco Island (w/Mandlikova), Italian Open (w/Budarova), Stuttgart (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Sydney (w/Kohde-Kilsch), Pan Pacific (w/Kohde-Kilsch)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES

WINNER(5): 1997 - Wimbledon (w/Suk); 1996 - Wimbledon (w/Suk); 1994 - Wimbledon (w/Woodbridge); 1993 - US Open (w/Woodbridge); 1991 - Roland Garros (w/Suk)

ADDITIONAL

Czechoslovakian Fed Cup Team 1981-89, 1992-93 (champions in 1983-85, 1988). Czech Republic Fed Cup Team 1995-96. Czechoslovakian Olympic Team 1988, 1992. Czech Republic Olympic Team 1996.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Announced in December 1997 in Prague that the final singles event of her career would be the 1998 Australian Open in January, but that she would continue to play doubles
  • Came out of singles retirement to play at 1998 Wimbledon, where she lost to 13th seed Patty Schnyder in three sets in the first round
  • Defeated 10th seed and former champion Conchita Martinez in the third round of 1997 Wimbledon; also defended mixed doubles title with brother, Cyril Suk
  • In the 1997 season-ending Chase Championships with partner Larisa Neiland, upset top seeds Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva in the first round, ending Fernandez' career, before falling in the semifinals; qualified for the season-ending championships 11 times in singles as one of the best 16 players of the season and 13 times in doubles as part of the best eight teams
  • Two-time champion at 1996 Wimbledon, winning doubles with Martina Hingis and mixed doubles with brother, Cyril Suk; second time to win both doubles and mixed doubles at a Grand Slam (1993 US Open); second Grand Slam title with brother (1991 Roland Garros)
  • Won 600th career match by defeating fourth-ranked Iva Majoli in quarterfinals at 1996 Rosmalen, becoming the ninth woman in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach that milestone; seeded eighth, continued on to reach final of Rosmalen
  • Upset world No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in quarterfinals at 1996 Leipzig
  • At the 1996 Olympics with countrywoman Jana Novotna, recaptured the Olympic silver medal in doubles they first won at the 1988 Olympics
  • Reached semifinals at 1995 Italian Open; upset fourth seed Gabriela Sabatini in third round 2-6, 7-6, 7-6; saved five match points in second set and came back after trailing 0-3 in the final set
  • At 1993 US Open, became lowest seed (No. 12), since Pam Shriver in 1978 (16th seed), to reach singles final; won doubles and mixed doubles titles; became seventh woman in Open Era to reach all three finals at a Grand Slam event
  • Handed Martina Navratilova her only indoor loss of 1988 (Virginia Slims Championships); stopped her grass win-streak of 69 matches at 1987 Eastbourne; at 1984 Australian Open, stopped her 74-match historic win streak
  • At 1987 Eastbourne, became fourth player to defeat Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in same tournament

AWARDS / ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Recipient of 1985 WTA TOUR Most Improved Player and 1989 and 1990 WTA TOUR Doubles Team of the Year with J. Novotna
  • International Tennis Hall of Famer since 2018

PERSONAL

From prominent Czech tennis family; mother Vera, who passed away in 1982, was a finalist at 1962 Wimbledon; father Cyril Suk, was President of the Czechoslovakian Tennis Federation; brother Cyril III., competed on the men's tour and is was a Captain of the Czech Davis Cup team....If she hadn't been a successful tennis player, wanted to be a soccer player or a doctor. Likes fast cars. Gained the title of Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Department of psychology at the Philosophical faculty at University Palacky.
Complete list of Helena ´s animals can be found HERE.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES

  1. "Cesta za bílým snem" (published in Czechoslovakia in 1989, written by F. Kreuz)
  2. "Helena Suková - O sobě..." (published in the Czech Republic in 1999, written together with P.Cirtek)

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