Under an easing of some restrictions imposed in the Czech Republic over the Covid-19 epidemic, individual sports are now permitted outdoors once again, while runners no longer need to cover their faces except in crowded spots. This week’s changes have been welcomed by many, including tennis star Petra Kvitová.
A government prohibition on events in the Czech Republic attended by 100 or more people is naturally having a major impact on sports in the country. The organisers of the two biggest sports leagues, in football and ice hockey, are taking a different approach to the measure introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
In tennis, Czech world No.2 Karolína Plíšková has failed to reach the
fourth round at the Australian Open. The world number was defeated by
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-7, 6-7 in a match that lasted two
hours and 28 minutes.
The only Czech left in the singles competition is Petra Kvitová, who will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round on Sunday.
No.7 seed Petra Kvitova beat No.25 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1, 6-2 in a
third-round match of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season - the
It was a clean match from Kvitova, who struck 18 winners to just 10 unforced errors; Alexandrova's 24 unforced errors outweighed her 12 winners, and the Russian couldn't engineer another break point after earning one in Kvitova's first service game.
In the fourth round Kvitova will play against No. 22 seed Maria Sakkari from Greece who beat Madison Keys 6 :4, 6:4.
The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová advanced to the third round of
Australian Open, beating Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 7-5. The seventh-seeded
Czech, who lost last year’s final to Osaka, will next face Russia’s
Ekaterina Alexandrova for a place in the fourth round.
Second-seeded Karolína Plíšková confirmed her strong recent form by advancing to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Siegmund of Germany.
Another Czech, Karolína Muchová, lost in her second round match against Catherine Bellis of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4.
The Supreme Court in Olomouc has increased the prison sentence of a man who
brutally attacked tennis star Petra Kvitová in her apartment in 2016.
Thirty-four-year-old Radim Žondra’s term has been increased from eight
to 11 years. He had been initially found guilty of grievous bodily harm but
at the request of the state prosecutor the crime was requalified as
burglary, which carries a higher sentence.
When Kvitová tried to defend herself from her knife-wielding assailant she sustained career-threatening hand injuries that required major surgery.
Tomáš Berdych, who for many years had been the Czech number one
mens' tennis player, is expected to announce the end of his career
sometime during this Saturday. The 34-year-old said he believed it unlikely
he would continue into the 2020 season already in August, after he had been
eliminated in the first round of this year's US Open.
The former world number 4's biggest success was reaching the Wimbledon finals in 2010. He was also on the winning Czech team of the 2012 and 2013 Davis Cup. In recent years, Mr. Berdych has been plauged by hip injuries and is currently 103rd in the world.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has failed to advance to the semifinals
of the WTA Championships, which takes place in Shenzen. The Czech second
seed was defeated by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6:4, 6:2 in the final
match of the group stage on Thursday.
Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková is set to face Romania’s Simona Halep on Friday for a place in the semi-fainals.
World number 3 Naomi Osaka beat second seed Petra Kvitová 7-6 (7/1), 4-6,
6-4 in the opening match of the WTA Finals in China on Sunday. The
three-set marathon lasted for 2 hours and 39 minutes.
The 22-year-old Japanese maintained her unbeaten status over Kvitová having won their only previous clash in three sets in Melbourne.
Kvitová now faces Australia‘s Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.