A Slovak professional tennis player Daniela Hantuchova was born on April 23, 1983 in Poprad, Slovakia. She is a talented, budding young star of the tennis world. At the age between 6 and 14, Daniela had studied classical piano. Hantuchova was introduced to tennis by her grandmother Helena who is a former Slovak national champion.
Hantuchova began to get serious about her games when she was just at the age of 13. She started spending her winters getting trained at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It is a tennis school responsible for such success stories as that of Maria Sharapova. Daniela began to compete seriously in 1998. She joined the ITF Circuit, qualifying in her hometown of Bratislava and turned professional in 1999.
She also won the two ITF challenger titles, Jackson and Fano. After that, Daniela joined the ranks of the WTA in which she played her first tournament again at Bratislava. In the later tournament in 2000, beating the top 10 player, Nathalie Tauziat, she reached the quarterfinals in Strasbourg and Luxembourg. In 2001, she won mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon. Daniela started 2002 as the world no. 38 at the Gold Coast Hardcourts.
2003 started good as Daniela reached the last few rounds of every event she entered such as Sydney, the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Hantuchova advanced to the fourth round in Indian Wells defending a title for the first time in her career. After doing fairly well at 2005’s US Open as well as the Australian Open, 2006 found Daniela facing more difficult times on the court.
By the end of the 2006 season, Daniela bounced back and was ranked #17. She saw many of the same ups and downs in her 2007 season. She started 2008 at the Medibank International in Sydney. Before losing to world no. 12 Czech Nicole Vaidisova in the second round, she defeated Russian Dinara Safina in the first round. Hantuchova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. Without losing a set, she won her first three matches.
Hantuchova won Pattaya City which was her first title in four years in which she defeated Caroline Wozniacki at Roland Garros in 2011. It was her first win over a reigning No. 1 and partnered Agnieszka Radwanska to win Miami, her first doubles title in five years. At Wimbledon 2012, Hantuchova lost her first round match against Jamie Hampton. She said that 2012 was the most difficult year for her. Even before she fractured her foot, she struggled with niggling injuries and was forced out for two months. She is now currently working with a number of coaches who work under the Sanchez-Casal Academy.
Daniela, a tall, slender Slovakian with impeccably smooth strokes speaks fluent Slovak, Czech, English and German and as well as some Croatian and Italian. In 12003, she struggled with a weight problem and became very thin. It is speculated that her problems started from her parents’ divorce. She also had continually emotional breakdowns during her matches.
It’s not only her look, it’s also the sexy and elegant way she moves. She has also been photographed by both men’s magazines and tennis publications. She is five feet eleven inch tall and her extra-long legs has attract many of the photographers. She has appeared in the 2009 swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated Magazine. She has also appeared nude for the 2012 edition of ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”.
She said that modelling is just fun to do from time to time and she has never considered herself to be a “sex symbol”. Her favorite foods are sushi and seafood and she even is a keen cook who works on healthy recipes at home and loves cookbooks. Armani, Cavalli, Dior and Missoni are her favorite
designers.she loves fashion and also created her own life of DH shirts to sell on behalf of her Dh Foundation Charity. She also enjoys skiing, skating, roller blading, swimming and jet skiing.
Although Hantuchova is right handed player, she uses both hands while playing backhand shots. She is often described as “all-rounder”. As per 15 January 2014, Hantuchova had played 263 three-set matches more than anyone else on the tour and has won 181 of them.