Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer arrived in Prague on Monday ahead of the
premiere edition of the Laver Cup, which will pit two teams - from Europe
and the rest of the world – against each other on an indoor hard court.
Team Europe and Team World is being captained by former tennis rivals Bjorn Bjorg and John McEnroe.
Federer, the winner of 19 grand slams, told the media that he loved the Czech capital and was looking forward to the tournament which begins Friday.
The Czech men’s tennis team have been knocked out of the World Group in
the Davis Cup. It is only the second time the Czech Republic have exited
the top level of the competition and comes after a 2:3 defeat to the
Netherlands at the weekend.
The Czechs – without big names Tomáše Berdych and Radek Štěpánek – had been leading 2:1 on matches going into Sunday, but Jiří Veselý lost to Robin Haas before Lukáš Rosol was beaten by Thiemo de Bakker in the decisive fifth match.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has been knocked out in the
semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Quebec. She missed out on what would
have been her first final of the season after losing 6-7 4-6 to Timea Babos
of Hungary in Saturday’s encounter.
Šafářová, who is 30, lifted the title in Quebec in 2013 and was seeded first in this year’s tournament.
Lucie Šafářová has reached the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in
Quebec, Canada. The 30-year-old advanced to the last four after beating her
Czech compatriot Lucie Hradecká 6-4 7-5 on Saturday.
Šafářová, who lifted the title in Quebec in 2013, will now face Timea Babos of Hungary for a place in this year’s final. The Czech is ranked 33rd in the world in singles and first in doubles.
Karolína Plíšková has been knocked out at the quarter-finals stage of
the US Open in New York. The Czech’s 6-7 3-6 defeat to Coco Vandeweghe of
the United States on Wednesday means that Plíšková will lose her world
number one ranking after eight weeks at the top.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic is guaranteed to have a pair in the doubles final at Flushing Meadow, with Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová set to meet Lucie Hradecká and Kateřina Siniaková in the semi-finals.
Petra Kvitová has been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the US Open in
New York. The Czech lost 3-6 6-3 6-7 to Venus Williams of the United States
in two hours and 28 minutes on the Arthur Ashe court at Flushing Meadow on
Reaching the last eight in the final Grand Slam of the season was an impressive achievement for Kvitová, who was playing only her eighth tournament since requiring major surgery on her left hand after an attack at her home last December.
Top seed Karolína Plíšková made quick work of American player Jennifer
Brady on Monday at the US, losing just one game in the first set (6:1, 6:0)
to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal at the US Open. Fellow Czech player
Petra Kvitová qualified for the quarterfinals a day earlier.
Lucie Šafařová, however, did not advance, losing to Coco Vandewegh in straight sets.
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