Czech women’s number one Petra Kvitová has reached the fourth round of tennis’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, after a 6-2 7-6 victory over the Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko on Monday. Kvitová’s opponent in the next round will be fellow Czech Klára Zakopalová, who overcame Dominka Cibulková of Slovakia 6-4 7-5.
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6:3, 6:4 in the semifinals of the WTA event in Dubai on Friday. The sixth-seeded Czech will play Italy's Sara Errani in the final, her first WTA final this season.
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The Czech women’s tennis team have beaten Australia to reach the semi-finals of the Fed Cup for the fifth time in five years. Petra Kvitova lost the first set of her singles rubber against Samantha Stosur in Ostrava on Sunday and faced match-ball in the second, but she recovered to win 2-6 7-6 6-4 to give the Czech Republic an unassailable 3:0 lead on matches. The Czech women won the Fed Cup in Prague last year just weeks before the Czech men’s team triumphed in the Davis Cup, making it the first time that the country held both trophies.
The Czech women’s tennis team are leading Australia 2:0 on matches in the best-of-five quarter-finals of the Fed Cup in Ostrava. Following Petra Kvitova’s 7-6 6-3 defeat of Jarmila Gajdošová on Saturday, Lucie Šafářové beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 7-6 to leave the Czechs just one win away from their fifth Fed Cup semi-finals in a row. The Czech women won the Fed Cup in Prague last year just weeks before the Czech men’s team triumphed in the Davis Cup, making it the first time that the country held both trophies.
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová, ranked eighth in the world on the women’s tour, won her opening match at the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris on Wednesday. The tennis player, who won the tournament two years ago and is the second-seed, defeated Swiss opponent Stefanie Voegele by a score of 7:6, 6:3. Also at the Suez tournament, fellow Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová came back from a set down against Spain’s Lourdes Domínguez-Lino to win 2:6, 6:1, 6:1.
The Czech tennis captain Petr Pála has nominated the winning team from last year’s Fed Cup final to the first round of this year’s tournament. Petra Kvitová, Lucie Šafářová, Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká will face the Australian team in Ostrava on February 9 and 10. The Australians are the second most successful team in the Fed Cup history, having won the championship seven times. But their last victory was in 1974.
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