Lucie Safarova announced some happy news as the former world No. 5 married fiancé Tomas Plekanec.

The 2015 French Open finalist retired from tennis in 2019, the same year she and Plekanec announced their engagement. By the end of the year, Safarova became a mom and gave birth to daughter Lea just before Christmas.

“I woke up this morning as a mom,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “Nothing beats that feeling!”


Safarova enjoyed a tremendously fulfilling career in both singles and doubles, winning an Olympic Bronze medal in the latter during the 2016 Rio Olympics with countrywoman Barbora Strycova. She most notably partnered good friend Bethanie Mattek-Sands to form “Team Bucie” and win a whopping five majors together—getting halfway to the Calendar Year Grand Slam in both 2015 and 2017.

As a singles player she burst onto the scene as a teenager, shocking defending Australian Open champion Amélie Mauresmo to reach the quarterfinals in 2017, and later reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014 before finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in Paris the following year.

"I had a great career but my health doesn't allow me to continue," Safarova of her initial decision to retire, ultimately playing her last match at Roland Garros.