In women's tennis, the Czech star Nicole Vadisova failed to make the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Third seed Amelie Mauresmo of France soundly beat Vadisova 6-1 6-1 in just 52 minutes. Czechoslovak-born Martina Hingis of Switzerland, a three-times champion of the open, has reached the quarter-finals and will next take on Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
The Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open, after beating Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Meanwhile, Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic was knocked out of the competition by Slovak-born Martina Hingis. Benesova had previously overcome fifth-seed Mary Pierce of France.
In Sports News: as the Olympics draw near, cross country skier Katerina Neumannova wins her third World Cup race in a row; ski jumper Jakub Janda vows to quit ski flying, and denies German allegations that he cheats; footballer Tomas Repka rejoins Sparta Prague after eight years abroad; and most Czech tennis players go through on day one of the Australian Open.
In Sports News: Jakub Janda becomes only the second Czech to win the Four Hills ski jumping tournament, though he shares first place with his biggest rival; cross country skier Lukas Bauer finishes second for the second weekend in a row; teenage tennis player Lucie Safarova wins the third WTA title of her career in Australia's Gold Coast; and ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr maintains his lead in the NHL players' points table.
In Sports News: in a fantastic weekend for Czech skiing, ski jumper Jakub Janda and cross country great Katerina Neumannova both win in Finland; after years of domination by Jiri Novak, this year's Czech tennis player of the year award goes to rising star Tomas Berdych; Slovan Liberec are now five points clear in the football league; and Bohemians celebrate anniversary while Cech sings for Chelsea!
Rising Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych defies the world rankings at the Paris Masters; Nicole Vaidisova's 18-match unbeaten run is at an end, but she still has reason to celebrate; Sparta Prague continue to struggle at home and in Europe; Slavia falters at the top of ice hockey's Extraliga; Jaromir Jagr continues to shine in the NHL.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic are beaten by the Netherlands in a crucial World Cup qualifier - we hear the reaction from both sides; Czech women's tennis number Nicole Vaidisova is enjoying the best spell of her short career, winning her second WTA title in two weeks; and the 115th Velka Pardubicka Grand Steeplechase is won by the Czech-owned Maskul.
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