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Helena Suková
Helena Suková (Wimbledon 2009).jpg
Country  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Date of birth February 23, 1965 (1965-02-23) (age 44)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Turned pro 1983
Retired 1998
Plays Right-handed
Career prize money US$ 6,391,245
Singles
Career record 614–307
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 4 (March 18, 1985)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open F (1984, 1989)
French Open SF (1986)
Wimbledon QF (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993)
US Open F (1986, 1993)
Doubles
Career record 752–220
Career titles 69
Highest ranking No. 1 (February 5, 1990)
Australian Open W (1990, 1992)
French Open W (1990)
Wimbledon W (1987, 1989, 1990, 1996)
US Open W (1985, 1993)
Major doubles tournaments
WTA Championships W (1992)
Mixed Doubles
Career record
Career titles 5
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open F (1994, 1998)
French Open W (1991)
Wimbledon W (1994, 1996, 1997)
US Open W (1993)
Last updated on: September 18, 2009.
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Silver 1988 Seoul Doubles
Silver 1996 Atlanta Doubles

Helena Suková (born February 23, 1965, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. During her career, she won 14 Grand Slam titles, 9 of them in women's doubles and 5 of them in mixed doubles. She also was a four-time Grand Slam singles runner-up and won 10 singles titles and 69 doubles titles.

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Personal life

Suková comes from a prominent Czech tennis family. Her mother, Věra Pužejová Suková, was a women's singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1962. Her father, Cyril Suk II, was president of the Czechoslovakian Tennis Federation.

Her brother, Cyril Suk III, is a former professional player on the men's tour who teamed with Suková to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, at the French Open in 1991 and at Wimbledon in 1996 and 1997.

Career

Suková turned professional in 1981. Her career-high world rankings were fourth in singles and first in women's doubles.

Suková was a singles runner-up at the Australian Open twice (in 1984 and 1989) and at the US Open twice (in 1986 and 1993). Suková's most memorable Grand Slam singles win was against Martina Navratilova in a semifinal of the 1984 Australian Open, where she ended Navratilova's 74-match winning streak and her chance at winning a calendar year Grand Slam. Chris Evert defeated her in the final.

In 1987, she became the fourth player to defeat Navratilova and Evert in the same tournament at Eastbourne and she also stopped Navratilova's 69 grass-win streak.

Suková was very successful as a doubles player. She had a career Grand Slam in women's doubles, winning four titles at Wimbledon, two at the US Open, one at the Australian Open, and one at the French Open.

She won three mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon, one at the US Open, and one at the French Open. She also was a women's doubles silver medalist at the Olympic Games in 1988 and 1996 (both times partnering Jana Novotná).

Suková helped Czechoslovakia win the Fed Cup four times, in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988. She also teamed with Miloslav Mečíř to win the inaugural Hopman Cup for Czechoslovakia in 1989.

Over the course of her career, Suková won 10 singles titles and 69 doubles titles.

Despite retiring from the professional tour in 1998, she was given a wild card into the 2006 Wimbledon mixed doubles tournament with her brother Cyril Suk. They lost their first round match.

Post-retirement activity

In 1999, Suková helped re-establish the International Lawn Tennis Club of the Czech Republic and became its president.

From January 2001 until June 2008, she was a co-opted member of the executive committee of the Council of the International Clubs. From February 2001 until November 2008, she served on the presidium of the Czech Olympians' Club.

In June 2007, Suková was appointed by The Czech Olympic Committee to the presidium of the Czech Fair Play Club. She is also a co-founder of the Kids and Junior Tennis Advancement Organization in the Czech Republic.

Major finals

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Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (0 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass United States Chris Evert 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 1986 US Open Hard United States Martina Navratilova 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1989 Australian Open Hard Germany Steffi Graf 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1993 US Open Hard Germany Steffi Graf 6–3, 6–3

Doubles: 14 (9 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1984 Australian Open Grass Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1985 French Open Clay Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 1985 US Open Hard Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(5), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1985 Australian Open Grass Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1987 Wimbledon Grass Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Betsy Nagelsen
Australia Elizabeth Sayers Smylie
7–5, 7–5
Runner-up 1988 French Open Clay Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1989 Wimbledon (2) Grass Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 1990 Australian Open Hard Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Patty Fendick
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
7–6(5), 7–6(6)
Winner 1990 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Soviet Union Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 1990 Wimbledon (3) Grass Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Sayers Smylie
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 1990 US Open Hard Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
United States Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–4
Winner 1992 Australian Open (2) Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Mary Joe Fernandez
United States Zina Garrison
6–4, 7–6(3)
Winner 1993 US Open (2) Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
6–4, 6–2
Winner 1996 Wimbledon (4) Grass Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Meredith McGrath
Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland
5–7, 7–5, 6–1

Mixed doubles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1991 French Open Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Netherlands Caroline Vis
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1992 US Open Hard Netherlands Tom Nijssen Australia Nicole Provis
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1993 US Open Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge United States Martina Navratilova
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–3, 7–6
Runner-up 1994 Australian Open Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
7–5, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 1994 Wimbledon Grass Australia Todd Woodbridge United States Lori McNeil
United States T.J. Middleton
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Winner 1996 Wimbledon (2) Grass Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Australia Mark Woodforde
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1997 Wimbledon (3) Grass Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open Hard Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk United States Venus Williams
United States Justin Gimelstob
6–2, 6–1

Year-End Championships finals

Singles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1985 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 6–3, 7–5, 6–4

Doubles: 5 finals (1 title, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1985 New York City Carpet (I) West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7(4), 6–4, 7–6(5)
Runner-up 1986(1) New York City Carpet (I) West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3
Runner-up 1986(2) New York City Carpet (I) West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
1–6, 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 1987 New York City Carpet (I) West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 6–1
Winner 1992 New York City Carpet (I) Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Latvia Larisa Savchenko Neiland
7–6(4), 6–1

Titles (79)

Singles (10)

Legend
Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV & V (3)
VS (6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4)
Clay (0)
Grass (2)
Carpet (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 17 January 1982 Newport, USA Carpet (I) Brazil Pat Medrado 6–2, 6–7, 6–0
2. 18 November 1984 Brisbane, Australia Grass Australia Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6–4, 6–4
3. 10 August 1986 Montreal, Canada Hard United States Pam Shriver 6–2, 7–5
4. 5 October 1986 Hilversum, Netherlands Carpet (I) France Catherine Tanvier 6–2, 7–5
5. 4 April 1987 Piscataway, USA Carpet (I) United States Lori McNeil 6–0, 6–3
6. 20 June 1987 Eastbourne, UK Grass United States Martina Navratilova 7–6, 6–3
7. 8 January 1989 Brisbane, Australia Hard Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 7–6, 7–6
8. 6 January 1991 Brisbane, Australia Hard Japan Akiko Kijimuta 6–4, 6–3
9. 9 February 1992 Osaka, Japan Carpet (I) Peru Laura Arraya Gildemiester 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
10. 15 November 1992 Indianapolis, USA Hard (I) United States Linda Harvey Wild 6–4, 6–3

Doubles (69)

Grand slam events in boldface.

  • 1984: Marco Island (with Hana Mandlíková)
  • 1984: Rome (with Iva Budařová)
  • 1984: Filderstadt (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1984: Sydney (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1984: Tokyo Pan Pacific (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1985: Berlin (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1985: Lugano (with Bonnie Gadusek)
  • 1985: Los Angeles (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1985: US Open (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1985: Tokyo Pan Pacific (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1986: Boca Raton (with Pam Shriver)
  • 1986: Dallas (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1986: Amelia Island (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1986: Berlin (with Steffi Graf)
  • 1986: Hilversum (with Kathy Jordan)
  • 1986: Brighton (with Steffi Graf)
  • 1986: Chicago (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1987: Tokyo Bridgestone Doubles (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1987: Berlin (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1987: Wimbledon (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1987: Brighton (with Kathy Jordan)
  • 1987: Chicago (with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1988: San Antonio (with Lori McNeil)
  • 1988: Tokyo Pan Pacific (with Pam Shriver)
  • 1988: Montreal (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1988: Mahwah (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1989: Brisbane (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1989: Boca Raton (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1989: Key Biscayne (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1989: Wimbledon (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1989: Zurich (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Brisbane (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Sydney (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Australian Open (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Indian Wells (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Boca Raton (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Key Biscayne (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: French Open (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Wimbledon (with Jana Novotná)
  • 1990: Brighton (with Nathalie Tauziat)
  • 1990: Worcester (with Gigi Fernández)
  • 1991: Sydney (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1991: Tarpon Springs (with Gigi Fernández)
  • 1991: Amelia Island (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Sydney (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Australian Open (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Tokyo Pan Pacific (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Osaka (with Rennae Stubbs)
  • 1992: Rome (with Monica Seles)
  • 1992: Manhattan Beach (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Zurich (with Natasha Zvereva)
  • 1992: Filderstadt (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1992: Virginia Slims Championships (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1993: Tokyo Pan Pacific (with Martina Navratilova)
  • 1993: Indian Wells (with Rennae Stubbs)
  • 1993: Lucerne (with Mary Joe Fernandez)
  • 1993: Stratton Mountain (with Elizabeth Smylie)
  • 1993: San Diego (with Gigi Fernández)
  • 1993: Manhattan Beach (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1993: US Open (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1993: Essen (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)
  • 1995: Oakland (with Lori McNeil)
  • 1995: Philadelphia (with Lori McNeil)
  • 1996: Wimbledon (with Martina Hingis)
  • 1996: Karlovy Vary (with Karina Habšudová)
  • 1996: Zurich (with Martina Hingis)
  • 1997: Strasbourg (with Natasha Zvereva)
  • 1997: Luxembourg (with Larisa Neiland)
  • 1998: Sydney (with Martina Hingis)

Singles runner-ups (21)

Grand slam events in boldface.

  • 1982: Austin (lost to Claudia Kohde-Kilsch)
  • 1982: Indianapolis US Clay Courts (lost to Virginia Ruzici)
  • 1984: Boston (lost to Hana Mandlíková)
  • 1984: Australian Open (lost to Chris Evert)
  • 1985: Virginia Slims Championships (lost to Martina Navratilova)
  • 1985: Eastbourne (lost to Martina Navratilova)
  • 1986: Princeton (lost to Martina Navratilova)
  • 1986: Eastbourne (lost to Martina Navratilova)
  • 1986: US Open (lost to Martina Navratilova)
  • 1986: Zurich (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1987: Boca Raton (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1988: Sydney (lost to Pam Shriver)
  • 1988: Tokyo Pan Pacific (lost to Pam Shriver)
  • 1988: Berlin (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1989: Australian Open (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1990: Indian Wells (lost to Martina Navratlova)
  • 1990: Birmingham (lost to Zina Garrison)
  • 1990: Brighton (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1993: US Open (lost to Steffi Graf)
  • 1994: Brighton (lost to Jana Novotná)
  • 1996: s-Hertogenbosch (lost to Anke Huber)

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Career SR
Australian Open 3R 1R 3R F QF NH 4R 4R F SF 3R 3R A 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 16
French Open A 2R 4R 1R 2R SF 4R QF 2R A 2R A A 3R 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 13
Wimbledon A A A 4R QF QF QF QF 4R 4R 1R 3R QF 4R 2R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 15
US Open A 1R 3R QF QF F SF 4R QF 4R 3R 4R F A 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 15
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 59

NH = tournament not held.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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