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iGOAT Oct 5th, 2010 12:28 AM

ITF Circuit Meets Zuzana Zlochova
14 Sep 2010 - Nick Fishpool

ITF Pro Circuits meets... Zuzana Zlochova

Slovakian 20-year old Zuzana Zlochova has climbed to a career high singles ranking of 383 on the WTA rankings released on September 13th 2010 and has five singles and six doubles titles to her name on the ITF Pro Circuit Recently the ITF Pro Circuits was able to put the following questions to the young Slovakian.

ITF Pro Circuits: Can you tell us where you were born and how you got started in tennis?
Zuzana Zlochova: I was born in Bojnice, it is a nice little town near the place where I have lived all my life. It is called Prievidza. It is a quiet city and I love living there. When I was 5, my father came to me and said: "Are you interesed in playing tennis"? And I responded: "Yes, I can try it, maybe it will be fun". I started to play tournaments for kids and it was so funny to play. I fell in love with tennis.

ITF Pro Circuits: Do you have a favourite playing surface?
Zuzana Zlochova: My favourite surface is clay. I grew up on clay so I like it the most.

ITF Pro Circuits: You have a coach at present, what can you share with us about him?
Zuzana Zlochova: My coach's name is Jozef Kraus. We are travelling together for about four years. He is a very funny person so tournaments are not boring at all :)

ITF Pro Circuits: Do you have any tennis idols, past or present?
Zuzana Zlochova: My tennis idol is Kim Clijsters. I like her tennis and she seems like a very pleasant person.

ITF Pro Circuits: What is your greatest memory in tennis, either as or fan?
Zuzana Zlochova: In the last six weeks I won four $10,000 tournaments. It is my greatest memory till now.

ITF Pro Circuits: Away from tennis, do you have any other interests?
Zuzana Zlochova: I like dancing, listening to music, surfing on the internet and travelling by car.

ITF Pro Circuits: Had you not become a tennis pro, what career path would you have liked to have followed?
Zuzana Zlochova: I would probably be interested in other sports. Possibly running or some individual sport.

ITF Pro Circuits: In your opinion, what would you say are the best and worst aspects of being a professional tennis player?
Zuzana Zlochova: The best aspects are travelling around the world, meeting different people and discovering new countries. The worst aspects are that you have to be a long time without your family and friends.

ITF Pro Circuits: What has been your best experience on the ITF Pro Circuit?
Zuzana Zlochova: The best experience I had was on my first $10,000 tournament in Hvar (Croatia). We didn’t know anything about Pro Circuit and ITF Supervisor Mihaela Preda Testiban led us step by step and introduced us to everything about ITF Pro Circuit.

ITF Pro Circuits: Which player(s) do you hang out with?
Zuzana Zlochova: I have no time to hang out at all, but if I could, I would go somewhere with Jasmina Kajtazovic and Csilla Argyelan.

ITF Pro Circuits: What has been the nicest venue that you have played at?
Zuzana Zlochova: I liked the tennis courts in Lima (Peru) the most. It was a beautiful country with many interesting places.

ITF Pro Circuits: Any amusing incidents from playing on the ITF Pro Circuit that you can share?
Zuzana Zlochova: The final of qualification for $10,000 Hvar (Croatia) 2007 - my opponent had a set point in the first set and hit a very good serve to the body. I returned the ball with the frame of my racquet and it was flying out of court. The ball was maybe five metres outside of the court, almost in the nearby forest, but some magical combination of the frame spin and strong wind had put the ball back on the side line. My opponent was already walking to the bench, when the ball fell down on the line. She was so disappointed that she lost her concentration and from this moment it was the start of my victory in this match. When I later met the referee from this match, he told me that he had never seen such a thing.

ITF Pro Circuits: Who would you say has been your toughest opponent on the ITF Pro Circuit?
Zuzana Zlochova: I lost three matches at three consecutive tournaments in the summer of 2008 to my very good friend Patricia Veresova. Luckily, she went to study in the USA and she is not playing ITF Pro this time!

ITF Pro Circuits: Would you recommend that top juniors play the ITF Pro Circuit?
Zuzana Zlochova: This is very individual and it must be decided only by them.

ITF Pro Circuits: How has competing on the ITF Pro Circuit helped you as a player?
Zuzana Zlochova: As a junior I didn’t have that many good results, but when I started to play ITF Pro Circuit I improved my game and I produced some good results.

ITF Pro Circuits: Zuzana, many thanks for taking the time to answer our questions and best of luck for the future.

Zuzana Zlochova currently attends tournaments with her coach at their own expense. She is not backed up by the Slovak Tennis Federation nor does she presently have any other sponsors, which she says can prove to be stressful and difficult sometimes. Having won four singles titles in the space of six weeks this is rapidly becoming her best season ever which she'll be hoping will continue. "Every victory was unique for me. I was playing my best tennis and I had so much fun during these matches" said Zlochova.

This was from ITFTENNIS.COM/WOMENS. Zuzana is hot :hearts: hopefully she can rise up the ranks!

iGOAT Oct 20th, 2010 06:54 PM

Re: ITF Circuit Meets Zuzana Zlochova
Another article on her :D She has been featured as ITF's spotlight player of the month (for September).

August 2010 - Zuzana Zlochova
By Nick Fishpool

Zuzana Zlochova

Slovakian 20-year old Zuzana Zlochova competed in four $10,000 tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit during the month of August, all on her favoured Clay court playing surface and is our featured player for the month.

Zlochova, a self confessed fan of WTA star Kim Clijsters, enjoyed the best month of her professional career to date as she claimed two singles titles. Her other two tournaments saw her defeated on each occasion by the eventual champion.

Her opening tournament of the month took place in the northeastern Polish town of Ilawa. Zlochova, the No. 1 seed, barely broke sweat as she eased through the opening two rounds of the tournament where she finished as runner-up in 2009 in what was her career first singles final on the ITF Pro Circuit. In fact she only dropped two games in total as she saw off the challenges from Bianca Koch 60 40 RET and Yuliana Umanets 62 60 as she sent out a warning to all other competitors that she fully intended on taking the title this year. In her quarterfinal, she faced the No. 6 seeded Italian Giulia Gasparri whom she defeated in the 2009 semifinal 60 61. Another easy win seemed to be on the cards as Zlochova quickly took the first set 61 but her Italian opponent provided stiffer competition in the second set before going down 61 64. That second set was to set the tone for the remainder of the tournament for Zlochova. Next up was a semifinal against Polish opposition, the No. 3 seed Olga Brozda. A tiebreak was required to separate to two players in the opening set and it was Zlochova who just edged it 7-4. From here she pushed on to claim the victory by taking the second set 64 and move into the final for the second year running. In the final she was up against another Polish player, Katarzyna Kawa. As in the opening set of her semifinal match, Zlochova needed a tiebreak win to secure the set, this time though dropping only two points. The second set however saw her fifth seeded opponent level the match as she became the first player all week to take a set off the Slovakian. This proved to be only a minor set back as Zlochova roared onto victory in the deciding set, wrapping up a 76(2) 57 62 triumph for her second singles title of the year. In Ilawa, Zlochova also entered into the doubles event with partner Jana Jandova from the Czech Republic but their time in the event was short lived as they made a quarterfinal exit as the third seeds.

After leaving Poland, Zlochova headed to Romania for her next tournament where she was competing in the singles event only in the city of Onesti in Bacau County. Named as the No. 2 seed she defeated Romanian qualifier Claudia-Gianina Dumitrescu 63 62 in the opening round. A second round 62 60 victory followed before she bowed out of the tournament to sixth seeded Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu, retiring from the contest having lost the first set 60. Buzarnescu would go on to reach the final and take the title.

Following the disappointment in Romania, the next port of call on the ITF Pro Circuit for her was the northern Croatian city of Cakovec, around 90km north of Zagreb the nation’s capital. For a moment it seemed that Zlochova, once again seeded No. 1, would be heading out of the tournament early as she found herself trailing to Serbian qualifier Ema Polic having lost the opening set 63. It didn’t take long however for Zlochova to square things up, dropping just the one game in the second set and then wrapping up the match 7-4 in a deciding set tiebreak. A straight sets win followed in the second round before she then found herself a set down for the second time in three matches as she went down 61 to seventh seeded Martina Caciotti from Italy. Again Zlochova staged a comeback dropping five games in the next two sets to reach the semifinal. It was here in the semifinal that her participation in the singles event came to an end with a 61 60 defeat at the hands of Slovenia’s Nastja Kolar, who would go on to claim the title. In the doubles event Zlochova partnered Croatia’s Indire Akiki but as second seeds they had to pull out of their semifinal match, against eventual champions Nastja Kolar & Polona Rebersak, due to an injury Akiki sustained in the singles event.

Finally, Zlochova brought the month to a close in Bosnia & Herzegovina in Doboj, one of the oldest cities in the country. At the event in this northern city she was seeded second. For the third tournament in succession she opened with a match against a qualifier and following a narrow 75 63 win she continued to progress through the draw with two more straight sets wins, dropping just two games in each of the four sets played including a quarterfinal win over the tournament’s fifth seed. Into the semifinal and a match with sixth seeded Patricia Chirea from Romania ended in a 64 61 victory for Zlochova as she ended the month as she started it, with a place in a final. The day prior to the singles final, Zlochova won the doubles title, as the fourth seed with Bosnian partner Jasmina Kajtazovic, who was to be her opponent in the upcoming singles final. Zlochova knew she had to beware in the final as her opponent and doubles partner Kajtazovic was in fine form having already defeated the No. 1 seed in her semifinal match. Predictably, the match between the two doubles partners was a tense and closely fought affair but there could be only one winner and with a 76(4) 75 triumph it was Zlochova who was celebrating as the umpire called out “game, set and match”.

Aside from the two singles titles and one doubles title won during the month, Zlochova also found she had climbed to a new career high singles ranking when the WTA released their August 30th rankings list. Zlochova’s successes in both singles finals reached this month also means she has now won the last four finals contested. Under the continued guidance of her coach of four years, Jozef Kraus, she will now be looking to take this form into the coming months and continue to climb the rankings ladder.

An interview conducted with Zuzana Zlochova in September can also be viewed here.

Seems to be a positive rise for her :yeah: so will be interesting to see how high Zuzana can go!

Juanes Oct 21st, 2010 06:53 AM

Re: ITF Circuit Meets Zuzana Zlochova
she is nice player :hug:

filo18 Apr 26th, 2011 12:46 PM

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more info about ZUZANA ZLOCHOVA on her new OFFICIAL WEB PAGE

Michaelangelo Jun 14th, 2011 01:25 PM

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When does she play her 1st round match in Kharkiv? It is raining a lot in that area these days :sad:

Juanes Jun 18th, 2011 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Michaelangelo (Post 19723339)
When does she play her 1st round match in Kharkiv? It is raining a lot in that area these days :sad:

she lost 5:7, 5:7 .... Lenzerheide next week and then another 25k in Netherlands...

Michaelangelo Jun 19th, 2011 11:58 AM

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Shame she doesn't get any support from national tennis association, but not everybody's mother sits in national parliament :rolleyes:

Michaelangelo Jun 20th, 2011 05:42 PM

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vs. Mijacika (CRO) in the 1st round of $25,000 Lenzerheide tournament. Good luck Zuzka! :)

Michaelangelo Jun 21st, 2011 04:31 PM

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Ani MIJACIKA (CRO) defeated Zuzana ZLOCHOVÁ (SVK) 6-1 6-1 :sad:

ralfreinecke Aug 15th, 2011 01:27 PM

Re: ITF Circuit Meets Zuzana Zlochova
two nice photos of Zuzana - august 2011

Penc Jul 5th, 2012 07:11 PM

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Zuzka Zlochova (SVK) d. (3)Lina Stanciute (LTU) 62 6, Linas best rating 197 :)
next round, Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) , Dianas best rating 302 :)
one round later probably Anna Karolina Schmiedlova :)


tenniscasey Aug 11th, 2012 12:31 AM

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She won doubles a week or so ago in Ankara. She has a Facebook page that she keeps up to date with her daily results, it's worth subscribing to. She has a good sense of humor and she's talented, I wish her well!

KingDocy Sep 15th, 2012 05:47 PM

Re: ITF Circuit Meets Zuzana Zlochova
$10,000 Salisbury (AUS)
Semifinal: [2] Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) def. [3] Sally Peers (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-2

Now against [1] Chanel Simmonds (AUS) in the final! Good Luck! :)

KingDocy Sep 16th, 2012 08:18 AM

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$10,000 Salisbury Final
[1] Chanel Simmonds (AUS) def. [2] Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) 6-3 6-0

KingDocy Sep 18th, 2012 10:54 AM

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$25,000 Port Pirie First Round
[7] Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) def. [Q] Nives Baric (AUS) 6-1 6-0

Now against Miyabi Inoue (JPN) or [Q] Akari Inoue (JPN) ;)

Good Luck!

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