2016 Wimbledon player profile: Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova is currently ranked at 26, and at age 30, she will be looking for another good run at Wimbledon. The Czech has a 26-14 win-loss record on the WTA tour this year.

Some of the WTA tour's biggest names have been inconsistent this year and Strycova herself has been inconsistent and hasn't won a title this campaign although reaching two finals.

Notable results to date

Strycova's first tournament of the year was at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, she won her first round match against Kiki Bertens but lost to Julia Goerges in the second round.

The Czech advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career and she defeated 32nd seed Caroline Garcia in the first round, Vania King in the second round and she scored an impressive third round win over third seed and future French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Strycova's tournament ended in the fourth round to former two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, who eliminated Strycova at the Australian Open for the third consecutive year.

At the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Strycova made an impressive run to the final before losing to Sara Errani in straight sets.

During the North American Premier Mandatory hard court swing, Strycova made it to the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells losing to the defending champion Simona Halep and at the Miami Open, Strycova lost to Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.

Strycova didn't have to wait long for her revenge, as she defeated Kerber at the Mutua Madrid Open in the first round and then lost to Madison Keys in the second round.

Strycova picked up wins over Karin Knapp, Heather Watson, and Eugenie Bouchard before losing to Keys again in the quarterfinals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

The Czech's clay court season concluded at the French Open and she went beyond the first round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2004.

The had suffered eight first round losses between 2004 and 2015 but was absent from the tournament from 2006-2008. Strycova lost to former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round. 

Strycova (right) with Errani (left) holding the runners-up trophy in Dubai (Photo by Francois Nel / Source : Getty Images)
Strycova (right) with Errani (left) holding the runners-up trophy in Dubai (Photo by Francois Nel / Source : Getty Images)

Best grass results leading to Wimbledon

Strycova will be pleased to be back on grass courts after having an average clay court season. The Czech's grass court season began at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and she reached the final.

Strycova had straight sets wins over 8th seed and compatriot Karolina Pliskova, who she went on to win the doubles title with, Heather Watson in the second round and 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Strycova battled past last year's Wimbledon quarterfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and in the final, Strycova played another American but lost to Madison Keys in the final.

This week will be a rest week for Strycova as she opted not to play at the Aegon International in Eastbourne and she can prepare for Wimbledon by going onto the practice courts and already having some matches under her belt on the grass will do her some good.

Strycova (right) posing with Madison Keys after their final at the Aegon Classic (Photo by Steve Bardens / Source : Getty Images)
Strycova (right) posing with Madison Keys after their final at the Aegon Classic (Photo by Steve Bardens / Source : Getty Images)

Best Wimbledon result

Strycova's best result at Wimbledon was a quarterfinal finish in 2014. The Czech was unseeded and she did not drop a set en route to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Strycova defeated Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round followed by a win over another Russian, the 32nd seed Elena Vesnina. In the third round, Strycova defeated 2nd seed Li Na who was the reigning Australian Open champion in two tiebreaks, which was Li's last match before she announced her retirement three months later.

In the fourth round, Strycova easily dispatched former world number one Caroline Wozniacki to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she lost to compatriot and eventual champion Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-5.

Strycova in quarterfinal action at Wimbledon in 2014 against Kvitova (Photo by Jan Kruger / Source : Getty Images)
Strycova in quarterfinal action at Wimbledon in 2014 against Kvitova (Photo by Jan Kruger / Source : Getty Images)

Last year at Wimbledon, Strycova was seeded 27th but she lost in the first round to 2013 quarterfinalist, Sloane Stephens.

How Strycova's game translates to grass

Strycova hasn't got the best of first serves in the women's game but the Czech has the endurance to go into long rallies and she gets enough pace on the ball to get her shots going through the court on grass.

Strycova can be very emotional on the court but grass is her favourite surface and she will hope to reach the quarterfinals or better at Wimbledon again.

The Czech will be seeded 24th at Wimbledon this year and if she has a favourable draw, Strycova could follow compatriots Safarova and Kvitova by reaching a Grand Slam final.

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