The Czech Republic are tied 1:1 with Spain in the first round of tennis’s Fed Cup in Ostrava. Barbora Strýcová was beaten 0-6 6-3 1-6 by Garbine Muguruza in the opening singles rubber in Ostrava on Saturday afternoon. However, world number three Karolína Plíšková drew the hosts level after beating Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5. The Czechs have dominated the Fed Cup in recent years and lifted the title in November for the third time in a row and the fifth time in six years.
In Sports News this Monday: a sobering defeat for the Czechs in the Davis Cup; a strong women’s team prepares to face Spain in the Fed Cup; second in Bulgaria and second in World Cup rankings for snowboard cross’s Eva Samková; and in ice hockey, Sparta Prague seek to overturn the Swedes on home ice in the Champions Hockey league final.
In tennis, Czech women’s doubles pairing Lucie Hradecká and Kateřina Siniaková lost in the final of the Taipei tournament. The went down 4:6, 2:6 against local favourites Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan. The sisters were the number one seeds. The Czech pairing, who were seeded second, still have to win their first doubles title together.
In tennis, the Czech team finally lost in the Davis Cup to Australia 1:4. Jiří Vesely picked up the sole point for the visitors with a 3:6, 7:5, 6:3 win against doubles specialist Sam Groth. In the last match Jan Šátral lost 6:7, 2:6 against Jordan Thompson. The tie had already been decided after the doubles when the Czechs went 3:0 down. They will now face play-offs against other first round losers to remain in the top 16 World Group.
In tennis, the Czech team have gone down an irretrievable 3:0 in the first round Davis Cup tie against Australia in Melbourne. In the doubles, Jiří Vesely and Jan Šátral lost in straight sets to the Australian pairing of Sam Groth and John Peers 3:6, 2:6, and 2:6. The Czechs had already lost their opening singles ties. The Czech team will now face play-offs to remain in the top 16 group of countries in the World Group. The weakened Czech team was without Tomáš Berdych and Lukáš Rosol.
In tennis, the Czech Republic is facing Davis Cup playoffs to avoid demotion after going down 2:0 after the first two singles matches against Australia. Jiří Vesely lost in straight sets in his opener against Jordan Thompson. And there was little surprise when world number 15 Nick Kyrgios beat Jan Šátral. The weakened Czech team is without Tomáš Berdych and Lukáš Rosol. A loss in the first round would mean that the Czechs would face play offs to remain in the top 16 country World Group.
In Sports News this Monday: Disappointment for Michal Březina at European Figure Skating Championships, while Fernandez wins men’s title; Ostrava event success, says last Czech world champion Novotný; Šafářová wins “Czech” women’s doubles final in Melbourne; and Karolína Plíšková now world number three.
In Sports News this Monday: After exiting Australian Open, Berdych discusses why Grand Slam triumph continues to elude him; Plíšková motors on but Strýcová is out in Melbourne; Samková tops Snowboard Cross World Cup podium; Koukalová loses overall Biathlon World Cup lead; and Drobný sees red in 200th Bundesliga outing.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open, after beating Caroline Garcia of France 6:2 and 7:5. Strýcová will next face the six-time Australian Open Champion and world number two Serena Williams, who knocked out her fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6:1, 6:3. Another Czech, Karolina Plíšková, has also reached the fourth round after beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 4:6, 6:0 and 10:8.