“I try to be better every day in little things which at the end are the big ones!”
Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova of the Czech Republic describes herself as energetic and having a good sense of humor.
Was also a talented figure skater as a child. At age 12 she had to choose which sport to pursue.
Studied law at university.
"I was playing much better when I was 27."
Is too emotional on the court. Twice slammed her racket on the ground at Wimbledon in 2010 (in the match against Sharapova).
Likes watching "Into the Wild".
Beloved actor is Leonardo Dicaprio.
Is known for her being vocal with her dissatisfaction during changeovers, and is noted for racket abuse. "I am emotional and I’m like this on and off the court. This is also one thing I’m working at with my mental coach."
Enjoys eating steak and sushi.
Her hobbies are swimming, skiing, snowboarding.
Was banned for six months (since Oktober 2012), after testing positive for the stimulant sibutramine.
Admires Steffi Graf.
Favorite colors are blue and white.
Likes her hometown famous beer (Pilsner Urquell). "If I order it, it reminds me of Plzen. It reminds me of home. The beer is unbelievable. I love it. I like to drink beer. At least something is in the world that reminds me of home, because I’m never home."
Listens Pink and Pearl Jam.
Barbora Strycova's Private Life, Family & Coaching
Was born to Jindrich and Ilona in Pilsen. "I love my hometown (Plzen). It’s a small city and everybody knows each other. I grew up there and I think I’m going to stay there for the rest of my life."
First picked up a racket at the age of five. Accompanied her sister. "My sister used to play and I was going there with her. Then I picked up a racket at the tennis club and I started to play against the wall and I really liked it."
Strýcová was married to former tennis player Jakub Herm-Záhlava, a cousin of Sandra Záhlavová. He was also her coach, having been in that position since 2007. "Right
away when we got married, we went three days later to our first tournament and since then he has coached me. It is difficult, it is very difficult. And we see each other every single day for four and a half years and it’s not easy... And sometimes you have to focus on work and then be husband and wife.(Couple divorced in 2015)."
"I worked with mental coaches before but it wasn’t really good enough for me or it just didn’t work and they couldn’t show me the right way but this one (Jerome Adamec) is very good."
As a junior Strýcová won two Grand Slams in girls' singles, the 2002 and 2003 Australian Open.
In 2002 became world No. 1 in both singles and doubles on the junior rankings.
Named the ITF Junior World Champion in 2003.
On 2 March 2015, she achieved a career-high ranking of World no. 20. It was the first time in the Open Era that the World's Top 20 featured four Czech women with Petra Kvitová at no. 4, Lucie Šafářová at no. 11, and Karolína Plíšková at no. 15.
Won the 2015 Fed Cup.
Won her 1st ever Olympic medal, a bronze in Rio in the Women's doubles playoff with her partner Lucie Šafářová on August 13, 2016. "We (Czech players) are great. We’re such a small country. We have really good players. I’m very happy."
"The year (2016) was pretty solid — my goal was to stay in the Top 50 which I did. I had some matches where I’d say I should probably win, so many matches when I had match points. Otherwise, I feel like I was playing pretty good tennis."