rybarikova

Magdalena Rybarikova

Date of Birth: 04/10/1988
Birth Place: in Piešťany, Slovakia
Resides: Slovakia
Nationality: Slovak
Plays: Right Handed – Two Handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Clay
Age Started Tennis: 7
Turned Pro: 2005

Career Highlights

Magdalena began playing on the ITF Circuit in 2004. In 2006, she reached the Girls’ Singles final at Wimbledon. In 2008 she won her first ITF $50,000 title and made the main draws’ of the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Due to successes in 2008 she rose to no. 50 in the world rankings and also played for Slovakia in the Fed Cup.
In 2009 she won her first WTA tour title at the Aegon Classic in England against Li Na, winning 6–0, 7–6(2). That year and the next she gained valuable experience at all four Grand Slams. After a slow start in 2011 Magdalena achieved notable success at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, with victories over Vania King 6–1, 3–6, 7–6, Anne Keothavong 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, Alexa Glatch 6–3, 6–2 and Lucie Hradecka 6–2, 4–6, 6–4, reaching her second final against Rebecca Marino which she won 6–2 after Marino retired injured.
In 2012 Magdalena won the Citi Open in Washington DC defeating the top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. In 2013 Magdalena defended her Citi Open title in Washington where she beat Andrea Petkovic in the final.
In her career to date Magdalena has gained 4 WTA and 5 ITF singles titles and one of each category in doubles. She has a career high ranking of no. 31 in the world.

2014 Highlights

Magdalena played all the Grand Slams and reached the semi finals of the doubles at Wimbledon with Andrea Petkovic. And showing her doubles prowess in the Fed Cup in Bratislava in February, she and Jana Cepelova beat the strong German partnership of Goerges and Groenefeld 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
At Wimbledon, there was success for Magdalena in the doubles where she partnered Andrea Petkovic again to a semi final, beating a number of tough doubles opponents on the way including Goerges and Groenefeld again.
In August Magdalena had a great run of form, reaching the final of the pre-US Open event at New Haven, Connecticut, where she played Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon Champion. Sadly in a closely contested US Open match with Caroline Wozniacki, at Flushing Meadows, she had to retire in the first round with a leg injury. And coming back from injury, Magdalena reached the quarter final of the Seoul International, where after a fine winning run against Francesca Schiavone and Yanina Wickmayer, she once again had to withdraw due to injury, this time at the quarter final.

Year to Date

This year Magdalena has once more gained valuable experience at the Australian Open, and followed up with a quarter final appearance in doubles at the prestigious Diamond Games in Antwerp, partnering Klara Koulakova. She then made two quarter final singles appearances – at Acapulco, Mexico, where she lost to Maria Sharapova, and at Monterrey where she unfortunately had to retire injured.

Personal

Magdalena was born in Piešťany, Slovakia, to father Anton, a retired business manager, and mother Maria. She has two older siblings, Filip and Nada, and a dog named Sindy. Magdalena started playing tennis at the age of 7. She moved to Bratislava at age 15 to train at the national tennis centre. Her favourite food and drink is pizza, chicken, iced tea. Her favourite tennis tournaments are Wimbledon and the US Open. Martina Hingis is her tennis idol.

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