TC EMPIRE Trnava member and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova was successful in the final round of qualifying and reached main draw of EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018, the biggest women's clay court tennis tournament in Slovakia.
Tournament Director's Speech
Dear tennis friends,
we are all very excited to have a privilege to offer our supporters – together with my colleagues at TC EMPIRE club – the 10th annual international women’s tournament EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018.
When our tournament began to write own history - in the first week of August 2009 - none of us did not know how this effort will help the future of Slovak tennis, our town Trnava and also of our tennis club.
Petkovic reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 9 in October 2011 after reaching the quarterfinals of that year's Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open.
Former world No. 2, Wimbledon and US Open 2010 singles runner-up, bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing or 2-times Grand Slam Doubles & Mixed Doubles winner. Vera Zvonareva (33) from Russia is one of the best players who has ever participated at our tournament.
Have you ever played in Slovakia before? Why did you choose to play at our tournament?
She is back. Fed Cup player Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (23) has won EMPIRE Slovak Open in 2014 and she is still the only Slovak who was able to do it at this tournament. She is experienced more than enough since that time. She went on Top to became Slovak player of the year 2015, but then she struggled and had to fight for points in the third hundred of WTA ranking. But now she is back in Top 100 and will be one of the favorites for the title in Trnava.
How do you remember your Trnava’s triumph in 2014?
Anna Blinkova, who plays at the EMPIRE Slovak Open tournament, is the Russian member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, which is situated in Trnava. She is No. 115 in the WTA rankings what is close to her career record (No. 113). The 2016 ITF Junior Masters women’s champion cooperates with coach Mislav Hizak in Trnava.
Women’s EMPIRE Slovak Open being held in May 2018 will be again the biggest women's tennis event organized in Slovakia. From season 2013 it’s an official International Slovak tennis Championships played outdoors. This tournament is played for 9th time at EMPIRE Tennis club on number 11, Hajdoczyho street in Trnava.
Women’s EMPIRE Slovak Open as the biggest women's tennis event organized in Slovakia finished in TC EMPIRE Trnava on Sunday 21st of May with singles final. 17-years old Czech Marketa Vondrousova defeated 25-years old player from Paraguay Veronica Cepede Royg in straight sets 7:5, 7:6(3).