Jarmila (Jarka) begun her career in Slovakia, winning a number of ITF tournaments before taking the decision to go pro in 2005. Jarka successfully qualified for her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2006 but was beaten in the first round. Jarmila then found her feet, winning three $25k events in a row, all in Australia including Sydney and Canberra on both hard and clay court surfaces in 2006. Her first Grand Slam win came on her favored surface – clay at Rolland Garos.
Jarka’s biggest win came in 2011 in the WTA Hobart event playing under the Australian nationality and also include Taipei and Vancouver $100k events, helping her reach a career high ranking of 25. A couple of injury struck years helped Jarka back but in 2014 she regained her form, picking up a number of titles. Jarka has reached the last 16 of both Rolland Garos and Wimbledon Grand Slam events and has 16 singles titles to her name.
In the run up to the Wimbledon Championships, Jarka had a hot streak taking the Nottingham $50k challenger title through qualifying and beating the second seed in straight sets. This gained her entry to Wimbledon where she won her first round match before narrowly losing in the second. Jarka then went on to take the Vancouver $100k title again beating a top seed in straight sets. After qualifying for the WTA Hong Kong event, she had a solid run through to the QF by a top player and backing that up the following week reaching the last 16 in Tokyo and taking a set of the top 10 opponent Wozniacki. Coming back from injury, Jarka had a great year and loved being back on the tour, taking her ranking back up well inside the top 100.
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Jarka reached the QF in Sydney WTA after pushing eventual winner Petra Kvitova to three sets. She then won her first round match in her home Grand Slam of the Australian Open much to the delight of the crowd. Jarka’s best run in 2015 has come in the Kuala Lumpur WTA event, where she reached the semi final. Jarka played for the Australia Team in the Fed Cup in 2015 alongside Casey Dellacqua and Sam Stosur.