In tennis, Czech women’s number one Iveta Benešová is out of the Mexican Open after losing to the tournament’s number two seed, Flavia Pennetta in the semi-finals. Benešová, who won the competition in 2004, lost 6-3 6-3 to the Italian on Friday. Pennetta, the defending champion, will now go on to play tournament favourite Venus Williams, who beat the Czech Republic’s Barbora Záhlavová Strycová on Saturday.
In tennis, two Czechs are through to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Acapulco. The country’s number one women’s tennis player, Iveta Benešová, beat France’s Mathilde Johansson in straight sets on Friday and now goes on to meet the tournament’s number two seed, Flavia Penetta, in the semi-finals. The Czech Republic’s Barbora Záhlavová Strycová, meanwhile, is set to meet tournament favourite Venus Williams after beating Maret Ani 4:6, 7:5, 6:1. Fellow Czech Petra Cetkovská is out of the tournament, however, after losing to Italy’s Pennetta at the quarter-final stage.
The Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek is so far having a fantastic 2009. He had taken two singles titles in his whole 13-year professional career prior to this season. However, since the start of January the in-form 30-year-old has won two more titles, missing out on a third when he was beaten in the final of the Memphis Championship on Sunday.
In Sports News this Monday: great success for Lukáš Bauer, who takes silver in the 15 km classic at the Nordic World Ski Championships; unfortunately, the skiathlon doesn’t go quite so well for the leading Czech cross-country skier; the Czech ladies outshine the men shooters at the European Air Weapons Championships in Prague; it’s close but no third ATP title of the season for Radek Štěpánek in Memphis; and the teams chasing leaders Slavia mess up in the first round after Czech football’s winter break.
Czech tennis number one Radek Štěpánek has won his second ATP title this year, the SAP Open in San Jose. After overcoming Andy Roddick in the semi-finals, the fourth seed went on to beat another American, Mardy Fish, 3-6 6-4 6-2 in Sunday’s final. The Czech also took the doubles title in San Jose, when he and Germany’s Tommy Haas defeated Rohan Bopanna of India and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2 6-3.
In Sports News this Monday: Šárka Záhrobská takes silver in the slalom at the Alpine World Ski Championships; Martina Sáblíková wins her third race in a row in the Speed Skating World Cup, cementing her overall lead; Radek Štěpánek climbs to 19th in the world rankings after his career fourth title in San Jose, where he also picks up a doubles trophy; and talks on bringing the NHL to Prague again this autumn fall through.
Czech Radek Štepánek beat top seed and defending champion Andy Roddick 3-6 7-6 6-4 to reach the San Jose Open final on Saturday. Štepánek, who won in Brisbane last month, saved 10 of the 11 break points he faced against Roddick on his way to notching up his first career victory in five meetings over the three-times San Jose champion. The world number 21, who lost to Roddick in last year's final, will meet another American, Mardy Fish, in Sunday's title match.
In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes her first gold medal at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Norway; the Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team reach the last four of the Fed Cup for the first time in years, setting up a home tie with the United States for a place in the final; and the Czech ice hockey team suffer a debacle at the Swedish Games.
In tennis, the Czech Republic has won its first-round Fed Cup tie against Spain 4:1. The Czechs were level with Spain going into day two of the fixture, with Petra Kvitova having beaten Carla Suarez and Czech number one Iveta Benesova losing out to Nuria Llagostera. On Sunday, however, the Czech team won all of the matches it played. The Czech Republic will now go on to play either Argentina or the USA on April 25.
In Sports News this Monday: Lukáš Bauer wins his first World Cup event of the season, less than a month before the Nordic World Ski Championships begin in Liberec; Tomáš Berdych takes two sets against Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, before the Swiss claws back to secure a dramatic victory; Tomáš Verner fails to defend his European Figure Skating Championships, coming sixth in Helsinki this time out; and Tomáš Rosický could return to competitive football in March.