Czech tennis player Petra Kvítová made it into the quarterfinals at the Italian Open in Rome. The Wimbledon champion won in straight sets to reach the third round. Kvítová overcame eight double-faults to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-4 in her opening match. Kvítová dominated the match with her attacking game.
In Sports news this Monday: Pardubice win the Czech hockey league playoffs; in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers with Jaromír Jágr knock Pittsburgh out of the Stanley Cup playoffs; in football, three teams compete for the title with four rounds to go; and in tennis, the Czech Republic’s women’s team beats Italy to reach the Fed Cup finals. More
Petra Kvitová put defending champions the Czech Republic into the Fed Cup final with a 6-4 7-6 win over Italy's Francesca Schiavone on Sunday. Kvitová's 10th consecutive win in the team competition put the Czechs 3-0 to the good and clinched a final against either Russia or Serbia.
Czech Fed Cup team captain Petr Pála on Wednesday announced the nominations for the semifinals of the women’s team event in which the Czech Republic will play Italy. Pert Pála selected Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová for the singles while Lucie Hradecká and Andrea Hlaváčková will play the doubles. The semifinals are scheduled for April 21 and 22 in Ostrava.
In Sports news today: Czech tennis superstars keep their world rankings ahead of the BNP Paribas Open; FC Viktoria Plzeň’s victory against Sparta sees both it and Liberec eyeing Sparta’s top spot in the Gambrinus Liga; HC Oceláři Třinec have to face PSG Zlín for a fifth time in the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs and Sýkora’s hopes of celebrating in style his 1000th professional match end in disappointment. More
In this weeks sports news, the Czech Republic progresses to the Davis Cup quarter finals; the national hockey team sees one debacle and one triumph; Czech basketball player Jan Veselý helps his NBA team to victory and ski jumper Roman Koudelka scores a career-best jump. More
In Sports News: Two tough wins by tennis player Petra Kvitová at the weekend advanced the Czech Republic to the semi-final of the Fed Cup; preliminary matches in Spain between Czech top flight football club Sparta Prague and Switzerland’s Bellinzona ended following incident; in the NHL, Plekanec scores, earns an assist to help Montreal Canadiens down the Winnipeg Jets; in the domestic hockey league, Kometa Brno trounce Vítkovice. More
Petra Kvitová advanced the Czech women’s team into the semi-final of the Fed Cup with a win over Sabine Lisicki in Stuttgart on Sunday, 6:7, 6:4, 6:1. The victory was the latest in a 27 match winning streak indoors for Kvitová, who is currently ranked world no. 2. It was also the sixth win for the Czechs out of seven matches against Germany. The Czech title-holders now have an unsurpassable 3:0 lead over Germany and will next play Ukraine or Italy in the semi-finals at home on April 21-22.
The Australian Open ended with mixed blessings for the Czech players, the happiest of whom was doubtless Radek Štěpánek. Unseeded Štěpánek and Leander Paes of India won the men’s doubles tournament, defeating the defending champions, the American Bryan twins, 7-6, 6-2. With that, Karviná native Štěpánek leapt forward 68 places in the rankings to world 23rd, two places behind his compatriot František Čermák. More
World’s number two Petra Kvitová lost to Russia‘s Maria Sharapova 2:6, 6:3, 4:6 in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Thursday, and was knocked out of the first Grand Slam event of the season. The Czech player, seeded second in the tournament, was tied with the Russian after two sets; in the third, Kvitová was 40:15 ahead in the seventh game but lost. Her double fault in the tenth game then gave Sharapova two match points the first of which she converted. Kvitová’s loss also for the time ends her hopes of becoming world’s number one; the spot will be contested by Maria Sharapova and Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open final.