PLAYER PROFILE

Jarmila Gajdosova

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AUSTRALIAN
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WTA
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  • Age26
  • Born26 April 1987
  • Birth PlaceBratislava, Slovakia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height174 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“There's still a lot of work to be done but it's the first match and I thought it was pretty solid at times; it looked somewhat like the old me.”

— Jarmila Gajdosova, 10 Dec 2013

» Gajdosova, Dellacqua cruise into quarters

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

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

Gajdosova, Matosevic fall in openers
Marinko Matosevic (L) and Jarmila Gajdosova; Getty Images
16 April, 2014

Jarmila Gajdosova and Marinko Matosevic battled higher-ranked opponents for three sets before falling at their respective events in Kuala Lumpur and Monte Carlo.
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Gajdosova in action at Malaysian Open
 Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
15 April, 2014

Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova is in action at this week's BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur after being awarded a wildcard into the main draw.
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Gajdosova battles, falls in three
 Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
1 April, 2014

Jarmila Gajdosova has battled for more than two hours before going down to the in-form Elina Svitolina at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
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Stosur set for Charleston; Gajdosova qualifies
Sam Stosur in action at the 2014 Sony Open in Miami; Getty Images
31 March, 2014

Sam Stosur is the seventh seed at this week's Family Circle Cup in Charleston, with fellow Australian Jarmila Gajdosova joining her in the main draw via qualifying.
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