Daniela Hantuchova

Daniela Hantuchová (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdanɪjɛla ˈɦantuxɔvaː]; born Apr. 23, 1983 (27 years ago) is a Slovak professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 (11 years ago) and had her breakthrough year in 2002 (8 years ago), when she won her first Tier I tournament and ended the year in the top ten. 

She is currently coached by Larri Passos. Her WTA Tour mentor in the "Partners for Success" program was Martina Navrátilová, who was her doubles partner for a brief period in early 2005 (5 years ago). As of Aug. 24, 2009 (last year), Hantuchová is ranked World No. 23 in singles and ranked World No. 18 in doubles. 

Hantuchová has won three WTA singles tournaments in her career, the first in 2002 (8 years ago) at the Tier I Pacific Life Open, defeating Martina Hingis 6–3 6–4 in the final, and in 2007 (3 years ago) at the same tournament, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final 6–3 6–4 ending a five-year title drought. Her most recent title came at the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria, where she defeated Patty Schnyder 6–4, 6–2 in the final. 

She has reached six other finals in her career — Filderstadt 2002 (8 years ago) losing to Kim Clijsters, Eastbourne 2004 (6 years ago)losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Los Angeles 2005 (5 years ago) where she lost to Clijsters again, the 2006 (4 years ago) Zurich Open losing to Maria Sharapova (27 walls), in Bali 2007 (3 years ago) losing to Lindsay Davenport and Luxembourg 2007 (3 years ago) to Ana Ivanović. 

She has also achieved reasonable results in the Grand Slam events. Her career-best is a semifinal appearance at the 2008 (2 years ago)Australian Open. As well as this, she has reached three other Grand Slam quarterfinals: at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2002 (8 years ago) and the Australian Open in 2003 (7 years ago). She has reached three Grand Slam doubles finals and is only one of five women to have a career Mixed Doubles Grand Slam. 

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