In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic advance to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after a home victory over Australia; nearly 70,000 turn out for the first three days of the Biathlon World Championships; Sparta face Chelsea and Plzeň play Napoli in the Europa League; and Milan Baroš is close to a return to Ostrava. More
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.
In Sports News: Czech figure skater Michal Březina clinches bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb; speed skater Karolína Erbanová improved her own Czech record at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City; in tennis Radek Štepánek will miss the opening round of the Davis Cup; Prague football club Slavia celebrates 120th anniversary. More
Czech tennis players have had a rough time at the Australian Open, many of their campaigns to progress far into the tournament being cut short. Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitová was stunned by Great Britain’s Laura Robson in an epic three-setter that ended at 12:30 am local time. The match went three sets and came down to a tie-break: the final score was 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in Robson’s favour. The two had never met in competition before. Other Czechs who lost include Lukáš Rosol and Lucie Šafářová, while the defending doubles champion from last year, Radek Štepánek and doubles partner Leander Paes, were defeated in the first round.
The Czech women’s tennis number one Petr Kvitová beat Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 6-4 2-6 6-2 in her opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The one-time Wimbledon winner’s compatriot Lucie Šafářová also reached round two in Melbourne after beating the Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-6 6-4, while Lukáš Rosol did likewise by defeat Jamie Baker of the United Kingdom 7-6 7-5 6-2.
In Sports News this Monday: The end of the NHL lockout means an exodus of stars from the Czech Extraliga – Jaromír Jágr says “it’s been great”, while the Kladno coach says the players’ presence did a lot for the domestic game; Lukáš Bauer is weighing up participation in the Jizerská padesátka after a tough Tour de Ski; and Petra Kvitová’s season has got off to a poor start. More
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová began the new season with a win in the first round at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. The player, ranked 8th in the WTA rankings, downed Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets by a score of 6:3, 6:4. During the match Kvitová broke her opponent’s serve five times but her own service was less than steady, broken three times. The 22-year-old player’s coach David Kotyza described her performance “as solid” but made clear there was room for improvement.