The Czech Republic’s Renata Voracova, 26, is our featured player for April. Voracova came into the month ranked 117 in singles by the WTA Tour but performances this month would propel her into the Top 100 for the first time in her career and claim her first two singles and doubles titles of 2010.
Voracova’s last appearance in a singles final on the ITF Pro Circuit came back in November 2009 when she finished as runner-up in both Bratislava and Nantes, with her last singles title coming the previous month in Podgorica, but, in her first tournament of the month, she would bring an end to both these statistics.
The month kicked off for Voracova with a trip to Italy for a $25,000 tournament taking place in Civitavecchia, a town in the central Italian region of Lazio situated some 80km from Rome, across the Mignone River. Named as the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Voracova quickly saw off Slovakian opposition in the opening round, defeating Michaela Pochabova 60 61. This was to be her only match that would be played to a natural conclusion as she made her way through the draw to the final. Whilst leading 64 10 in the second round, her opponent, Irina Buryachok from Ukraine, retired from the match and Voracova was then presented with two successive walkover victories over seeded players; against the No. 5 seed in the quarterfinal and then in the semifinal versus the No. 4 seed. Her lack of match time allowed her to come into the final, versus Anna Floris, the Italian third seed, feeling fresh but with the lack of competitive play the chance of an upset was a real possibility. You would expect a final between the top seed and No. 3 seed to be a close match and this was to be no exception as Voracova took the title, winning 63 63. With Darya Kustova from Belarus, Voracova also took part in the doubles event here. As the No. 1 seeds they claimed the title, without the loss of a single set in any round, with a 75 75 victory over the second seeds.
After her time in Italy, Voracova moved onto Egypt where a $25,000 tournament was being held in the capital city, Cairo. Once again she found herself as the No. 1 seed and during the course of this tournament, Voracova would drop her one and only set, in either singles or doubles, of her two title winning tournaments. The tournament got off to great start as she rapidly wrapped up three successive victories whilst never losing more than two games in a set. This took her into the semifinal and an encounter with Romanian qualifier Liana-Gabriela Ungur and, for a while, Voracova looked in danger of making an exit from the tournament. Having dropped the opening set 64 to her Romanian opponent Voracova was then pushed hard in the second set which she narrowly won 13-11 on a tiebreak to force the match into a decisive third set. Neither player let up in the third set but in the end, with a 64 win, it was Voracova who progressed into the final. On paper, many may have considered the final would be a rather one sided encounter as the top seed took on a qualifier, but as proved in the semifinal, playing a qualifier offers no guarantee of an easy match. Her opponent in the final was Audrey Bergot from France, who must surely have been pleased by the long and tough match that Voracova had to play in the semifinal and may also have gained confidence from fellow qualifier Ungur’s performance. Maybe the exertions in grinding out a win in that tough semifinal worked against Voracova as once again she was pushed hard during the match but it was the No. 1 seed who would eventually come out on top and take the title with a close 63 64 win. With a change of partner from the previous week, Voracova again took part in the doubles event. This time partnered with Eva Birnerova from the Czech Republic and as No. 2 seeds she once again found herself winning the title without loss of a set during the week. This doubles victory in Cairo was all the more special as it came in a landmark 50th career doubles final appearance on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Voracova’s final ITF Pro Circuit tournament in April took her back to Italy for a $25,000 tournament in Bari, a city on the Adriatic Sea. Having secured the singles and doubles titles at both her previous two tournaments Voracova was to make a surprise first round exit. Named the No. 1 seed for the third consecutive tournament in April, Voracova’s participation in Bari was to be a very brief one. Having opted to only enter into the singles event she suffered a swift 62 62 defeat to Russian qualifier Valeria Savinykh.
Although the month did not end as positively as it had begun, Voracova could look back over her performances in April with some pride. Not only did she claim her first titles of 2010 but she also won back-to-back singles and doubles titles and it is these performances that have help elevate her, for the first time in her career, into the Top 100 of the WTA World Rankings in singles and leave her very close to making a return to the Top 50 of the WTA World Rankings in doubles. Her career record on the ITF Pro Circuit after this month’s play shows she now has eight singles titles from thirteen finals and a very impressive thirty-three titles from fifty doubles finals and for 2010 alone she has a 100% success rate in finals.
This was on the ITF website :) Renata is playing really well right now :yeah:.
Jul 6th, 2010, 07:46 AM
WTA Bastad 2010
WS - 1R
Larsson - Voracova ( incomplete )
All here: http://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3049822
Jul 8th, 2010, 06:45 AM
WTA Bastad 2010
WS - R2
Voracova.vs.Rezai (from 4th game )
All here: http://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3049822
Aug 31st, 2010, 04:52 AM
Here are pictures I took of Renata at the Open today:
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu28/szavay1/IMG_0053.jpgRenata putting away a short backhand behind one of the clueless ballgirls
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu28/szavay1/IMG_0057.jpgRenata hitting a backhand
You can also read my report of her match here: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=418468.
Renata reached her 5th semifinal and final of the year.
As the #4 seed, she reached the semis after rallying to defeat Lenka Jurikova, 67(2) 64 64. She now leads their h2h, 4:1.
She then reached the final after defeating 18 y.o. WC Jesika Maleckova, 2 & 4. She now leads this h2h, 2-0.
In the final she faces new nemesis, #1 seed Sandra Zahlavova. Sandra leads their h2h, 5:1. Will this be the match that breaks her 14-match win streak, or continues it?
Nov 26th, 2012, 02:09 AM
In the final, Renata fell to Sandra, 67(1) 06, to bring her 14-match win streak to an end. Well, that's why they're called streaks.
Dec 30th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Looks like Renata will be starting her 2013 off at the 25K Innsbrook, Fl. She has nothing to defend until mid-April.
Jan 9th, 2013, 12:29 AM
Renata faces Zuzana Zlochova first round.
Jan 10th, 2013, 03:26 AM
Bombed out of her opening match, 1 & 2. :o
Jan 24th, 2013, 11:51 PM
Renata gets into the MD of the 75K Eilat with a protected ranking.
Jan 27th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Renata gets Kathrin Woerle first round, should be doable, as Renata is 4-0 against her.
Jan 30th, 2013, 12:15 AM
Lost to her 63 46 57. :unsure: Rough start to the year for Renata.
Feb 23rd, 2013, 10:55 AM
Renata's in the q-draw of Acapulco.
Plays WC Marcela Zarcarias first round. :)
Feb 23rd, 2013, 10:17 PM
Renata retired at 76(5) 46 14, after 2:44 minutes. I wonder what's going on with her :shrug:
Mar 4th, 2013, 02:09 AM
Renata is playing IW qualies. Here's her draw:
(7)Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Nastassja Burnett (ITA)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v (22)Marta Sirotkina (RUS)
(8)Vesna Dolonc (SRB) v Renata Voracova (CZE)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v (19)Olga Puchkova (RUS)
Unfortunately she meets a seed right off the bat. :(
Mar 5th, 2013, 01:29 AM
Renata upset Vesna, 1 & 2, in just over an hour :eek:
Mar 6th, 2013, 01:15 AM
Renata couldn't overcome her weak serves and Olga Puchkova's strong return, falling 67(5) 26. Still should see this tournament as a success. :)
Apr 6th, 2013, 06:34 AM
In the q-draw of Katowice. Here's her section:
(3)Shahar Peer v Aravane Rezai
Renata Voracova v Paula Kania
Veronika Kapshay v Anna Schmiedlova
Tereza Smitkova v (8)Chiara Scholl
It's tough, but Renata should be able to beat Paula, who she's 2-0 against. Renata's form has been suspect though this season. We'll see how it goes.
Apr 6th, 2013, 09:51 PM
Lost 63 67(2) 06. I'm going to assume she had multiple chances in the second set, before losing the tb-- otherwise I don't understand the third-set bagel.
Her served seemed to be decent, but Paula played the big points better.
Oh well. :(
Apr 30th, 2013, 09:50 PM
Beat Julie Coin in R1 of Civitavecchia ($25k). :D
May 25th, 2013, 05:41 PM
CONGRATS to Renata, the #2 seed, for defeating Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final, 64 61, for her first title of the year! :yeah:
Jul 6th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Back at a WTA-level tourney. Her draw at Palermo:
(6)Begu v Voracova
Garcia v (wc)Dentoni
Cabeza Candela v (wc)Matteucci
Q v (3)Mladenovic
Definitely the underdog in her match against Begu.
Jul 7th, 2013, 04:55 PM
It's great to see her back on the main tour competing. :cheer:
Jul 9th, 2013, 10:17 PM
Upset Irina, 75 62! (When's the last time she won a WTA main draw match?)
Corinna Dentoni next. Renata is 3-0 against her. Go Renata :yeah:
Jul 10th, 2013, 02:15 PM
Back in 2011 in Acapulco against Oprandi :eek:
So happy for Renata :cheer:
Jul 11th, 2013, 02:38 AM
Now 4-0. Defeated her, 75 61!
Cabeza Candela or Mladenovic next. :)
Jul 13th, 2013, 12:25 AM
Fell to Cabeza Candela, 57 46. By the stats, this match was very close, with maybe ECC playing the big points better.
Still, this was a good tournament for Renata! Provisionally back at #169-- her best ranking since ending 2011.
Jul 23rd, 2013, 08:26 AM
ITF website still says she might come to Koksijde, would be interesting to see her live :)
Aug 3rd, 2013, 06:58 AM
Renata wins 50th ITF doubles title in Donetsk 75k
Aug 23rd, 2013, 12:35 AM
USO Q-R1. Channel Simmonds d. Renata Voracova, 75 75.
I was at that match. Renata has a nice college-level game with a good FH, but that's all. Channel didn't have much more, and strikes the ball off the rim of her racquet a lot of the time. Could have gone either way, I suppose.
Sep 25th, 2013, 06:36 AM
Dec 22nd, 2013, 12:36 AM
Renata, who is currently ranked #209, just made the Q-list of the AO. This will be her first appearance there in three years.
Dec 27th, 2013, 10:08 PM
Renata is playing Auckland.
Her first q-match is against (2) Sharon Fichman. Renata has fewer than 10 points to defend this month, so a great time to trying reentering the Top 200.
Dec 28th, 2013, 02:24 AM
Fell to Sharon, 57 16. :hug:
Jan 9th, 2014, 02:16 AM
Congrats to Renata for making her first Melbourne appearance since 2011! Here's her draw:
(8)Magda Linette v Lyudmyla Kichenok
Lucie Hradecka v Tereza Mrdeza
Maria Irigoyen v Anastasiya Vasylyeva
Renata Voracova v (16)Sofia Arvidsson
This is actually not as bad as it looks. Renata is 3-2 against Sofia, and won the last two meetings. Plus, she's more match-fit. GL to her!
Jan 9th, 2014, 03:05 AM
...And Renata upsets Sofia, 57 75 62!
She plays Vasylyeva next.
Jan 9th, 2014, 02:08 PM
What a great result for Renata :yeah:
Jan 10th, 2014, 01:45 AM
Renata defeats Anastasiya in three, 75 67(4) 62!
Now it's a clash of Czechs for the q birth! Surprisingly, Renata leads Lucie Hradecka, 2-1, including the two hardcourt matches, but Lucie won their last meeting. We'll see how it goes. :)
First, congrats to Renata for appearing in the qualies of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011!
(5)Alexandra Dulgheru v Nastassja Burnett
Vera Dushevina v Melanie Oudin
Mayo Hibi v Allie Kiick
Renata Voracova v (23)Aleksandra Wozniak
That said, Aleksandra has been to the second round here, although she hasn't played since the FO. Renata did play doubles at Nottingham last week. We'll see how it goes.
Jun 18th, 2014, 03:02 AM
Lost, 57 16. :hug:
Aug 19th, 2014, 12:38 AM
(3)Anna-Lena Friedsam v Bibiane Weijers
Marta Sirotkina v Renata Voracova
(wc)Katerina Stewart v Yuliya Beygelzimer
Marina Melnikova v (19)Lesia Tsurenko
A tough section. She has less firepower than Marta Sirotkina, who just won an ITF title last week. We'll see how it goes...
Aug 20th, 2014, 05:10 AM
This was her first singles match at the USO since 2011. In the first round, she upset Marta Sirotkina, 64 61!
I saw a game of it. Renata was serving for the set when she got broken. Still, she looked stronger than Marta, so not really surprised that she ran off with the match of that. Taller than I remember her being, and played much better here than three years ago.
This was also her first win here since 2007 :eek: She's now provisionally back into the Top 200.
Plays Anna-Lena Friedsam next. Renata is 0-1 against her, but this is their first meeting on hardcourt.
Aug 21st, 2014, 09:40 PM
Fell to Friedsam in three, 36 64 36.
Jan 2nd, 2015, 08:04 PM
(4)Van Uytvanck vs Voracova
Hradecka vs (WC)Westbury
Irigoyen vs Glatch
(7)Eguchi vs (WC)Cheng
Last year, Renata stopped a two-year slide in the rankings. Will she continue her progression in her 15th year on the tour?
Tough first match against Alison, who Renata is 0-2 against, but Renata has nothing to defend before the AO.
Jan 3rd, 2015, 01:00 AM
Took Alison to two tight tbs, but fell 67(7) 67(6). I hope this was the case where she was trying to catch up, and not losing the momentum :unsure: Still a good-looking start to the season!
Jan 3rd, 2015, 02:26 PM
Tough draw, good fight Reni :hug:
Jan 14th, 2015, 06:36 AM
(3)Lourdes Dominguez Lino v Alexa Glatch
(wc)Jessica Moore v (wc)Fiona Ferro
Eri Hozumi v Su-Wei Hsieh
Renata Voracova v (17)Lin Zhu
GL to Renata. Has two rounds to defend here, and gets a seed right of the bat!
Jan 16th, 2015, 02:59 AM
Renata d. Zhu 57 76(5) 62. :D
Great rallying effort :clap2:
Jan 16th, 2015, 05:50 AM
Defeats Hozumi, 3 & 2 :D Defends her points from last year :yeah:
Jan 17th, 2015, 05:52 AM
Facing Alexa Glatch now. Took the first set, 64 :D
H2H against Alexa is 0-2, but this is their first meeting on hardcourt.
Jan 17th, 2015, 06:32 AM
GSM 75 64!
First AO main draw appearance in four years! :D
Jan 17th, 2015, 08:13 AM
Got Lara Arruabarrena. :yeah: Good chance her for Renata to get her second career main draw win; the other also came at the AO!