The Czech doubles team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková
has qualified for tennis’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is the second time
in a row that the pair have qualified for the prestigious, season-ending
tournament. They secured their place after winning the Linz Doubles on
Sunday, adding another title after their August victory in Toronto.
They will join compatriot Barbora Strýcová, who will be lining up alongside Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei at the WTA Finals, which begin in two weeks’ time.
The Czech Republic’s footballers have greatly boosted their chances of reaching Euro 2020 after beating England 2:1 in Prague. Friday night’s game was a genuine fairy tale for Zdeněk Ondrášek, who at the age of 30 scored on his debut to claim victory. For his part, England’s Harry Maguire described the strike as a sucker punch, admitting his side hadn’t deserved to take an early lead.
The Czech football team on Friday evening handed England their first major
tournament qualifier defeat since 2009, by a score of 2:1 in the 2020
European Championship contest.
Captain Harry Kane gave England the lead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot, but Jakub Brabec leveled for the Czechs four minutes later.
The Czech substitute Zdeněk Ondrášek was the match-winner, with his first international goal, running on to Lukas Lukáš Masopust’s pass with five minutes left in the second half.
England had not lost a first qualification match since their loss to Ukraine in October 2009. The result puts the Czech Republic level on 12 points with Group A leaders England, albeit having played a game more.
More than 3,000 England fans had been expected to travel to Prague for the game at Slavia Prague stadium. Police detained dozens of soccer fans before the qualifier, and skirmishes broke out in at least two bars, police said.
One of the Czech Republic’s most famous football stars, Petr Čech will
now be minding the goal on skates. The former Chelsea and Arsenal
goalkeeper has agreed to play as a goalkeeper in the British ice hockey
team Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season. His ice hockey debut
could come at Guildford’s Sunday game against the second team of the
The Czech sports star, who is also an accomplished drummer, told British media that after 20 years of playing football professionally, it will be a great experience to play some ice hockey, which he enjoyed following and playing as a child.
Slavia Prague were beaten 2:0 by Borussia Dortmund in football’s
Champions League in the Czech capital on Wednesday night. Both of the
Bundesliga side’s goals were scored by defender Achraf Hakimi, who found
the net on 35 minutes and again in the dying moments of the match.
Wednesday’s result leaves Slavia second from bottom of their group on one point, ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference. The Czech league champions – who drew at Inter in their opening game – will play host to Spanish giants Barcelona on October 23.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchová has claimed her first-ever WTA
singles title, after winning the Korea Open Final on Saturday. The
23-year-old Czech defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 6-1 in just 69
minutes to raise her first career trophy.
The Czech No. 5 is enjoying her career-best season, having previously reached her maiden WTA final in Prague in May and a Grand Slam quarterfinal debut at Wimbledon.
Tennis player Karolína Plíšková won the Zhengzhou Open in China on Sunday beating Croatia’s Petra Martic 6: 3 and 6: 2, in a rain-interrupted final. The Czech player, top seed at the event, only dropped one set all week on her way to the title. The victory in the Zhengzhou Open is her fourth title this year and fifteenth overall in her career.
Czech international football forward Patrik Schick has left the Italian
club Roma for RB Leipzig in Germany’s Bundesliga. It is a one-year loan
deal with an option for Leipzig to make the move permanent.
Schick moved to Roma from Genoa in 2017 for EUR 38 million but failed to live up to expectations and only scored eight times in 57 games.
The rangy 23-year-old has made 18 appearances for the Czech national team, finding then net eight times.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the fourth round of the US Open in New
York. The Czech third seed overcame the Tunisian player Ons Jabeur 6-1 4-6
6-4 on Friday. It is the fourth year in a row that Plíšková has made it
into the second week of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Her compatriot Karolína Muchová was knocked out 3-6 2-6 in the third round by US star Serena Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows.