Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rule 5 Saturday - Daniela Hantuchová

This week's Rule 5 special is Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová (Slovak pronunciation: ; born 23 April 1983) is a retired tennis player from Slovakia. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA tournament, the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year's Wimbledon Championships and US Open, ending the year in the top ten. She was part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup and the 2005 Hopman Cup.

Hantuchová reached her highest ranking of world No. 5 in January 2003, after playing the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She has won seven WTA tournaments, including the Indian Wells Masters for a second time in 2007; with the 2015 Thailand Open being her last victory. She also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2008, her best finish in a Grand Slam. She defeated defending champion Serena Williams in the 3rd round of the 2006 Australian Open and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the 3rd round of the 2011 French Open. Hantuchová became the 37th woman in the Open Era to reach 500 career wins when she beat Laura Robson in the second round of the Aegon Classic in June 2013 . . . Hantuchová announced her retirement from professional tennis on 6 July 2017.

It looks like she's done some modeling in her spare time.

Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Sunday: Not Your Normal Graduation Picture" and "FMJRA 2.0: A Fortnight Late And A Few Hundred Farthings Short" ready for your viewing pleasure.

How is your Slovakian?

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