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 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.
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.
Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondroušová has withdrawn from the U.S.
Open with a wrist injury, tournament organisers said on Friday.
The 20-year-old Czech has been out of action since falling in the first round at Wimbledon.
Vondroušová fell just short of becoming the first Czech woman to win the French Open for 38 years when she lost to Australia’s Ash Barty in the Roland Garros final.
Tomáš Berdych made a successful return to the tennis courts on Sunday
after a layoff with injury. The Czech, who is 33, beat Italy’s Andreas
Seppi 6-1 3-6 6-3 in the first round of a competition in Winston-Salem in
the US for his first ATP win in almost six months. He entered the
competition as a wild card.
Berdych achieved his highest ranking, fourth in the world, in 2015. He has reached at least the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams but has never won one.
Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková won the women’s doubles
competition at the Rodgers Cup in Toronto. The Czech pair, who were top
seeds, beat Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the
Netherlands 7-5 6-0 in Sunday’s final.
It was the third title that Krejčíková and Siniaková have lifted together after the French Open and Wimbledon last year.
Czech tennis player Marie Bouzková lost to American star Serena Williams
in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Toronto on Saturday by a score
of 6-1, 3-6, 3-6.
Ahead of the match, Bouzková, a 21-year-old qualifier ranked 91st in the world, had gone six matches without dropping a set.
She said it was a dream come true to take on Williams, seeded 8th in the tournament.
Bouzková broke the American three times to take the first set in less than half an hour. But Williams rallied in the second set, slashing her unforced errors and won the last four games to force the decider.
Czech tennis player Marie Bouzková has reached the semi-finals of the WTA
tournament in Toronto following a win against Simona Halep of Romania, who
suffered from a heel injury.
The 21-year-old qualifier, ranked No 91, has gone six matches without dropping a set. Bouzková next faces the heavily favoured American star Serena Williams, the No. 10 seed, on Saturday.
Bouzková won the 2014 US Open girls’ singles title. She made her WTA debut the following year at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where she lost in the first round. She made it to the second round of Wimbledon this year.
Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková, seeded No. 3, lost to Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
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