‘What a season!’ Barbora Krejcikova named the WTA Most Improved Player of 2021

Czech superstar Barbora Krejcikova has had a dream year in 2021, winning titles left, right and center.

Barbora Krejcikova
Barbora Krejcikova

What a year it has been from Barbora Krejcikova! From being a no-one in the tennis circuit to winning her maiden singles grand slam, winning 3 ATP titles, debuting at the WTA finals, and rising to number 3 in the rankings, the Czech superstar is currently living the dream. Latest, she’s named the WTA most improved player of the years. Let’s look at her journey to superstardom.

Career in brief

Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova
Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova

Barbora Krejcikova is a 7 times grand slam champion, winning 3 in the doubles discipline with compatriot Katerina Siniakova and 3 in the mixed doubles category with Rajeev Ram and Nikola Metkic, alongside her 2021 French singles title. She is the only active player currently to have won grand slams at all three disciplines after Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Krejcikova was on the trajectory to become a superstar since a very early age, being ranked junior World number 3 in 2013, in a year in which she won the girl’s doubles titles at French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open alongside her Czech compatriot and future seniors doubles partner Siniakova. Alongside Ukranian Oleksandra Korashvili, she also reached the Australian Open final, ultimately falling at the last hurdle at achieving a full calendar year Slam.

Breakthrough 2021 season

Barbora Krejcikova
Barbora Krejcikova

Ending 2020 at a career high ranking of number 65, the Czech star moved up a gear in 2021, with her performances propelling her up to number 3 in the world briefly in 2021. Currently ranked 5th, she has won the French Open singles and doubles titles, Australian Open mixed doubles title, 2020 Olympics mixed doubles gold and the WTA finals championship title in 2021. Thus, she is the most improved player in the world in 2021. Her playing style includes her aggressive brand of tennis, possessing a strong serve and powerful groundstrokes.

2021 stats table

Titles French Open singles and doubles titles, Australian Open mixed doubles title, 2020 Olympics mixed doubles gold, WTA finals title
Highest Ranking3 ( on 1st November 2021)
Current Ranking5 ( as of 8th December 2021)

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