15-year-old Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidisova won her second WTA title on Sunday, downing French opponent Virginia Razzano in three sets at the Tashkent Open. Vaidisova came back from one set down, winning the next two sets 6:3, 6:2. Vaidisova's win earns her 140, 000 US dollars. Earlier in the year she won her first WTA title in Vancouver.
15-year-old Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidisova has made it to a WTA
final for the second time in her career. On Saturday the Czech player
downed American opponent Meghann Shaughnessy in three sets in her
semi-final at the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan, winning the last set on
a tie-break. On Sunday she will face Virginia Razzano of France.
Ms Vaidisova currently ranks 103 in the women's rankings: a win on Sunday would see her earn 140, 000 U.S. dollars.
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has capped a great year by winning his first ATP title, the Sicily International tournament. Berdych, who recently turned 19, won almost $400,000 prize money when he beat Italy's Filippo Volandri 6-3 6-3 in Sunday's final. The Czech hit the headlines during the Olympic Games, when he knocked out world number one Roger Federer.
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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.
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