The first day of women’s tennis Fed Cup final in the Czech capital ended with triumph for the home team. The Czech team won both of the Saturday’s matches. Lucie Šafářová beat Serbia’s Ana Ivanović in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. And the eight seed Petra Kvitová was victorious over former top world player Jelena Janković. Although Kvitová was first losing 2-4 to her Sebian rival, she did not lose a single game after that finishing the set 6-4, and the next one 6-1. There were doubts about how well Kvitová could perform in this weekends final, because of an illness she’s been fighting for the past week. But the youngest player in the Czech team did not seem to be struggling with her cold during the game. The final will continue tomorrow with two more singles matches and a double match.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafařová will be the first from the national squad to take to the court at the weekend in the Fed Cup final against Serbia, being played in the Czech capital. She faces Ana Ivanovič in their singles match at the O2 arena on Saturday. The second match of the day will pit Petra Kvitová against Jelena Jankovič, the draw on Friday determined. The Czechs are the Fed Cup defending champions but could face difficulties; the 22-year-old Kvitová, a Wimbledon champion and the Czech team’s strongest asset, has been fighting an infection which could impact her game.
The coach of the Czech Fed Cup women’s tennis team, Petr Pála, said on Tuesday that he is not planning yet on replacing Petra Kvitová in this weekend’s Fed Cup final in Prague. The leading Czech female tennis player left the WTA finals in Istanbul last week early, because of illness and has been trying to recover ever since. Kvitová played an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Prague on Monday, but was not in great shape. The 22-year-old will take an endurance test on Thursday, which will determine whether she will lead her teammates against Serbia.
Shortly after the Czech women’s tennis captain Petr Pála announced on Wednesday that Petra Kvitová will lead her teammates in the Fed Cup final next week, the sixth seed announced that she is dropping out of the WTA tournament in Istanbul due to illness. Kvitová was diagnosed with bronchitis, but her coach David Kotyza said she may still appear at Prague’s O2 arena next week for the Fed Cup final against the Serbian team. Pála said that in case Kvitová is unable to compete, Klára Zakopalová may step in and join teammates Lucie Šafářová, Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká. The Fed Cup final is scheduled to begin on Monday 29 October with an exhibition match between Petra Kvitová and the Russian Maria Sharapova.
In Sports News this Monday: in football, Plzeň draws against Jablonec in one of season’s highlight matches; Jágrmania continues in Czech hockey extraliga; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych claims second title of the season, and in basketball, former NBA player Jiří Welsch returns home. More
In Sports News this Monday: Slavia beat out-of-form Sparta in the 287th Prague derby; ex-Czech defender Martin Jiránek scores one of Europe’s goals of the season so far, in the Russian league; Jaromír Jágr leads Kladno to their fifth Extraliga win in a row - and draws the crowds; and Tomáš Berdych advances to the second round in Tokyo. More
In Sports News: Kvitova loses a three-setter against Bartoli at the US Open; the Czech Rally Zlín ends in tragedy; football’s František Cipro is fired as Dynamo České Budějovice coach; Czech paralympians make their mark in London; football clubs Sparta and Plzeň learn who they will face in the Europa League. More
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová faces French player Marion Bartoli in
the fourth round at the US Open on Sunday; Kvitová is the only female
player in 2012 to reach at least the quarterfinal stage at three grand
slam events. On Friday, the left-handed player defeated another
player, Pauline Parmentier, 6:4, 6:4.
Earlier, RP reported that Kvitová was playing in the quarterfinals on Sunday. RP regrets the error.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has reached the US Open fourth round; Kvitová is the only female player in 2012 to reach at least the quarterfinal stage at three grand slam events. On Friday, the left-handed player defeated Frances’ Pauline Parmentier 6:4, 6:4. The former Wimbledon champion faces Marion Bartoli on Sunday.
The fifth seed at the US Open, Petra Kvitová, has advanced to the third round. The left-handed Czech player, who is the only female player to reach three Grand Slam quarterfinals so far this year, was able to overpower France’s Alize Cornet in straight sets. The final score was 6:4, 6:3. Kvitová, last year’s Wimbledon and WTA Championships winner, will next face another French player Pauline Parmentier.