In today's Sports News: the Czech Republic has got off to a good start at the Paralympics in Athens with two gold medals, though a third Czech was stripped of gold after a dispute about her disability categorisation; the highlight of the first weekend of ice hockey's Extraliga was the Prague derby, which was won by Slavia; in football, Sparta Prague extended their lead at the top of the table; several Czech athletes have ended the season with good results.
Czech tennis player David Rikl and his Indian partner Leander Paes have
lost their doubles final at the U.S. Open in New York. The two were
defeated in straight sets 6:3, 6:3 by the Bahamian/Canadian duo of Mark
Knowles and Daniel Nestor.
The grand-slam finals appearance at Flushing Meadows was Czech player David Rikl's first.
!8-year-old Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has failed to go through
to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, underway in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Berdych faced German national Tommy Hass in a 7-6, 6-1, 7-5 loss, but
had the upper hand in the first set tie-break. He subsequently lost
control of his game at 6-3, allowing Haas to come back.
Tomas Berdych was the last Czech in the U.S. Open, the 4th and final grand-slam event of the tennis season.
In Sports News: the Ice Hockey World Cup came to Prague last Friday and the Czechs got their first win of the tournament - we talk to Czech stars Jaromir Jagr and Petr Sykora about the team's chances of going further in the tournament; in football, the Czech midfield is in disarray ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Holland; and Czech tennis has a new hero in Tomas Berdych, who has reached the last 16 at the US Open.
Czech tennis players Jiri Novak and Michal Tabara have been knocked out of the third round of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open. Novak, the Czech number one, was beaten by sixth seed Andre Agassi of the USA, while Tabara lost to Great Britain's Tim Henman. The only Czech left in the singles competition is Tomas Berdych, the 18-year-old who impressed many with a good run at the Olympic Games. He beat Finland's Tuomas Ketola to set up a third-round meeting with Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
On Wednesday the Czech Republic won its second medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, but not through one of the country's famous athletes: little-known shooter Lenka Hykova said she was surprised to qualify for the final of the 25m pistol event, never mind take the silver. But take the silver the 19-year-old did, and now her smiling face is splashed all over the newspapers.
An unseeded Czech tennis player, Tomas Berdych, age 18, has upset world number one Roger Federer in three sets, beating the Wimbledon champion 6-4 5-7 5-7 in the second round match on Tuesday. Berdych will now play Spain's 15th seed, Tommy Robredo, in the next round. Meanwhile, Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak has been knocked out in the second round at the Olympic Games in Athens; Novak was beaten 4-6 3-6 by Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on Tuesday. Meanwhile, shooter Martin Tenk, who took bronze at the Sydney Olympics, failed to reach the final in the 50 metres free pistol event. And the last Czech table tennis player in Athens, Petr Korbel, was knocked out in the third round.
In Sports News: Katerina Kurkova has won the first Czech medal at the Athens Olympics - we have the reactions of both the shooter herself and her trainer father; tennis number one Jiri Novak has beaten Tim Hemnan in Athens, while Martina Navratilova is enjoying her first games. In other sports: Robert Lang has been named Czech ice hockey player of the year, and football goalkeeper Petr Cech has got off to a great star at glamour club Chelsea.
The Czech Republic is in the grip of Olympic fever. Thousands of Czechs have travelled to Athens for the Olympic games and those who couldn't make the trip are taking days off from work, buying new TV sets and placing bets on the winners. Czech bookmakers predict that the Czech team will be at least as successful as it was in the last games in Sydney -where it won eight medals in all. This year three of the biggest Czech medal hopefuls are the canoeist Stepanka Hilgertova in the wild water slalom, Roman Sebrle, the first person in the world to
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