MARSIKOVA, REGINA (Regina Maršíková)
Born 11 Dec 1958 in Prague, Czechoslovakia
Tracemark: a headband
[Active 1974-1981 and 1984-1993]
Regina was the 1975 French Open junior champion. Clay was her favorite surface by far; among her victims on the slippery surface were Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Hana Mandlíková, Tracy Austin, and Virginia Wade.
Marsikova won the 1977 French Open doubles with Pam Teeguarden. She made the semis at Roland Garros 3 consecutive years, from 1977 to 1979. During these years she was safely in the top 20 and just outside the top ten.
Big titles in 1978 included the Italian and Canadian Opens.
Two incidents effectively ended her place in the top tier of women's tennis. At the 1979 US Open Marsikova faced Virginia Wade in the fourth round. In the very first game she fell over on the cement like Deco Turf surface and broke she ankle. The injury set her back for months. It also increased her tendency for clay.
The next incident was both a setback and a tragedy. In September of 1981 Marsikova was involved in a fatal auto accident. She was driving while intoxicated. Marsikova served several months of jailtime and was not allowed outside the Eastern bloc even after her release. In 1984 she won a WTA sanctioned event in Sofia-the only event held that year behind the Iron Curtain. It wasn't until 1985 that she came back on the tour in full.
According to an article from the Sun Sentinel, "Marsikova was driving her BMW in a small village outside Prague that fateful September day in 1981. Her car hit a mudslide and rammed into an approaching vehicle. Marsikova escaped without injury, but a passenger in the second car -- a hitchhiker -- died."
After her return Regina ranked in the top 100 but never returned to her glory days.
The bouncy blonde Czech never went on court without a headband.
Career record 369–234
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 11 (1981)
Biggest titles: Italian and Canadian Opens (1978), Phoenix (1980) and the German Open in 1981.
Quality Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1977, 1978, 1979)
Career record 125–151
Career titles 6
Quality Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1977)
US Open SF (1980)
Quality Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open QF (1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986)
Links and Sources:
Czech Bounces Back - tribunedigital-sunsentinel