Photo: PhotonewsLenka Wienerova (SVK)
This month we are featuring a player from the Slovak Republic, Lenka Wienerova. Hailing from Kosice, a city situated in the east of the Slovak Republic, this 20-year old plays right-handed and favours clay courts.
Lenka’s first tournament in August took her to the German town of Hechingen for a $25,000 clay court tournament on the ITF Women’s Circuit. In her opening round match with German wildcard entrant Tanja Ostertag, Lenka wasted little time in recording an impressive 60 60 victory to take her through to the second round. Her tournament though was brought to an abrupt end in her second round encounter with Danielle Harmsen from the Netherlands, as she went down in straight sets to 76(3) 62.
Next was a trip to Serbia for the $50,000 ITF Women’s Circuit tournament being held 18km from the Serbian-Hungarian border in the town of Palic. This was the first time that an ITF Women’s event was being held in Serbia offering prize money of this level. Lenka was able to put her disappointment of the previous week’s early tournament exit behind her as she claimed her first singles title since August the previous year. Just as in Hechingen, Lenka opened with a straight sets win over a wildcard entrant, although she was made to work harder for her victory on this occasion, eventually coming through 76(3) 63. Passage into the quarterfinal was assured when her opponent, the sixth seeded Czech Veronika Chvojkova, had to retire from the match after three games of the second set with Lenka leading 60 21. The quarterfinal saw Lenka take on another player from the Czech Republic, Tereza Hladikova, the number one seed. Lenka soon took control of this match losing just two games in the first set before securing victory in a closer second set 75 win. Yet another straight sets victory followed in the semi finals with Lenka losing six games in her 64 62 defeat of Slovakia’s Lenka Tvaroskova. Having lost her only other appearance in a singles final in 2008, Lenka was determined not to go 0-2. Her opponent, Hungarian qualifier Katalin Marosi, put up a real fight forcing Lenka to work hard in each set but a 75 76(6) triumph ensured it was Lenka who held the trophy aloft at the end of the match.
Katowice, a city in Southern Poland played host to the next and final tournament of the month for Lenka. Here, competing in a $25,000 event as the seventh seed in singles, she also entered into the doubles event partnering Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova. Although playing together in a tournament for the first time they claimed the doubles title with a 57 63 [10-3] win in the final. In the singles event, Lenka raced through the opening three rounds in straight sets to reach the semi final stage. Her opponent in the semi final was Lithuanian qualifier Lina Stanciute who put an end to Lenka’s run of winning six successive sets in Katowice by taking the opener 64. Lenka levelled the match by taking the second set on a tiebreak 8-6 before wrapping up victory with another tiebreak win, this time 14-12.
By reaching the singles final, Lenka now had the chance to claim both the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament for the first time in her professional career. Ironically, however, the only player standing in her way and also aiming to succeed in this feat for the first time in her career was her doubles partner and sixth seed, Anastasija Sevastova! With friendship momentarily put to one side Lenka dropped just five games in pursuit of this achievement as she also claimed the singles title with a 63 62 victory.
Including her titles won during the month, Lenka now has a career record of six singles titles from ten finals and two doubles titles from three finals. All the finals in which she has appeared have come on her favoured clay court surface. Lenka has also represented Slovakia at junior level in the European Summer Cups held in 2004 and 2005.
With the release of the latest WTA World Rankings on September 8th 2008, Lenka is currently ranked at 220 in singles and 531 in doubles, both career highs.