PLAYER PROFILE

Jarmila Gajdosova

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AUSTRALIAN
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WTA
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  • Age27
  • Born26 April 1987
  • Birth PlaceBratislava, Slovakia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height174 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“She’s a great player, has had a great career, she’s been much higher than I’ve ever been. It was a great match and I’m happy to be through.”

— Jarmila Gajdosova, 16 Sep 2014

» Gajdosova, Dellacqua score upset victories

On court

  • Her parents, engineers Jarmila and Jan, introduced her to the sport as a seven-year-old at their local tennis club in Bratislava.
  • Former top ranked junior player with ranking of No.6 in 2003.
  • Secured her maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit title in 2003, winning in Rabat.
  • Played in first WTA main draw in Budapest 2003, reaching the quarterfinals.
  • Made her Grand Slam debut at the 2006 Australian Open.
  • Broke into the world’s top 100 for the first time in 2006, winning four ITF Futures titles.
  • Officially started representing Australia in 2007, having trained in Sydney during the off-season for several years.
  • Won her first WTA tour title at Guangzhou in 2010, breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time shortly after.
  • Most memorable moment was playing in the semifinals of the Wimbledon girls’ singles in 2003.
  • Best shots are her return and two-handed backhand.
  • Represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • Goal is to reach the world’s top 10.
  • Enjoys following her dream and doing what she loves.
  • Admires her family more than anyone “for the sacrifices they made for me”.

Off court

  • Nicknames are ‘Jarka’ and ‘Bugsy’.
  • Speaks English, German and Slovak.
  • Describes herself as easy-going, fun-loving and studious.
  • Favourite bands are U2 and Bon Jovi.
  • Enjoys shopping and fashion.
  • Favourite foods are sushi, pizza and her mum’s cooking.
  • Enjoys sleeping and laying by the pool.
  • Favourite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy.
  • Favourite movie is ‘P.S: I love you’.
  • If she weren’t a tennis player she’d probably be a lawyer.
  • Sporting hero is Michael Jordan for his accomplishments.

Year-end singles ranking history

2013 232
2012 180
2011 33
2010 42
2009 112
2008 98
2007 145
2006 71
2005 145
2004 217
2003 197

Titles/Finals

Titles

2014 Nottingham ITF, Vancouver ITF

2011 Hobart

2010 Sydney ITF, Guangzhou

2008 Gimcheon ITF, Kawana ITF, Traralgon ITF, Taipei
ITF

2006 Sydney ITF, Gosford ITF, Canberra ITF, Vittel
ITF

2005 Catania ITF, Felixstowe ITF

2003 Rabat ITF

Finals

2010 Burnie ITF

Jarmila Gajdosova in the news

Stosur advances after Gajdosova retires
Sam Stosur; Getty Images
9 October, 2014

Sam Stosur has scored her first victory over fellow Australian Jarmila Gajdosova but in bittersweet circumstances as Gajdosova injured her ankle and was forced to withdraw.
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Gajdosova v Stosur set in Osaka
Jarmila Gajdosova in action at the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan; Getty Images
7 October, 2014

UPDATE: Sam Stosur has kicked off her title defence at the Japan Women’s Open in style and will next meet in-form compatriot Jarmila Gajdosova.
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Stosur to defend Osaka crown
Sam Stosur in action at the China Open in Beijing; Getty Images
6 October, 2014

Sam Stosur will return to the site of her most successful tournament this week at the WTA International event in Osaka, Japan.
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Gajdosova returns to top 70
Jarmila Gajdosova in action during her first round win over Daniela Hantuchova at the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan; Getty Images
30 September, 2014

Jarmila Gajdosova has continued her surge up the WTA rankings while our young Aussie men have entrenched themselves inside the world's top 200.
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