PLAYER PROFILE

Jarmila Gajdosova

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AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
102
WTA
RANKING
  • Age27
  • Born26 April 1987
  • Birth PlaceBratislava, Slovakia
  • LivesMelbourne, Victoria
  • Height174 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since2005
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“It's been a long road back but I’ve been working hard to get healthy and fit and improve my game and my ranking. It’s taken me six months since I started playing again to get myself back (near) the top 100. So I hope to use this opportunity that I was given and I hope to play my best and have some good results.”

— Jarmila Gajdosova, 13 Aug 2014

» Gajdosova scores US Open main draw wildcard

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

Aussies feature heavily in doubles action
Ash Barty (R) and Casey Dellacqua celebrate their first-round doubles victory over Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the WTA Birmingham event; Christopher Levy
27 August, 2014

US Open doubles action is underway, and Australians feature prominently in the men's and women's tandem events.
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 3
Lleyton Hewitt; Getty Images
27 August, 2014

2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt will battle sixth-seed Tomas Berdych in a blockbuster first-round match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.
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Barty unfazed by US Open exit
Ash Barty in action during her first round US Open loss to No.30 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic; Getty Images
27 August, 2014

UPDATE: Despite falling in the first round of the US Open, Ash Barty believes she's on the right track after having qualified for the main draw and enjoying a season with…
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Aussies in action: US Open Day 2
Marinko Matosevic in action at the ATP Cincinnati Masters; Getty Images
26 August, 2014

Marinko Matosevic will kick off his US Open campaign under lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Roger Federer, while Sam Stosur and Jarmila Gajdosova are also scheduled on show…
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