The father and coach of top ranked Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidisova, Ales Kodat, was named non-playing captain of the country's Fed Cup team on Tuesday, the Czech agency CTK reported. Kodat, 40, will lead the Czech team, likely to include his daughter who is ranked eighth worldwide, against neighbours Slovakia for their World Group II first round clash on April 21-22 in Bratislava. Kodat replaces Tomas Petera, who stepped down after two years to help Prague's bid to host the summer Olympic Games in 2016.
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Czech tennis player Martin Damm and doubles partner Leander Paes of India have made the doubles final at Indian Wells, in the United States. On Friday the two defeated the Swedish-Belarusian duo of Bjorkman and Mirnyj 12:10 in a so-called supertie-break. Damm and his partner will now face Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel for the championship title.
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Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova has lost to Nadia Petrova in the final of the Paris Open. The unseeded twenty-year-old, who reached the quarter finals of last month's Australian Open, lost to the Russian fourth seed in three sets - 6:4, 1:6, 6:4. Safarova's run to the final sees her rise to 26 in the world rankings, her highest-ever placing. Meanwhile the Czech Davis Cup team will have to go through a play-off to see if they remain in the World Group after losing their first-round Davis Cup match 3:1 to the United States
Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova has inflicted a shock defeat on world number two Justine Henin 7:6, 6:4 to progress to reach the final of the Paris Open. The twenty-year old, who reached the quarter-finals of last month's Australian Open, will try to win her third WTA title on Sunday when she faces the winner of Saturday's other semi-final between Amelie Mauresmo and Nadia Petrova.
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Lucie Safarova gave a stunning victory against defending champion
Amelie Mauresmo of France in the fourth round of the Australian Open on
Sunday. The 19 year old Czech who ranks 70th in the world will play
Nicole Vaidisova, seeded 10th, in the quarter-finals. Vaidisova
defeated Russian seventh seed Elena Dementieva to become the
highest-ranked player in that half of the draw. It will be the first
all-Czech women's quarter-final in a grand slam since Denisa Chladkova
played Jana Novotna at Wimbledon in 1997.
In the men's third round matches carried over from Saturday's rain suspensions, Czech 13th seed Tomas Berdych - Safarova's boyfriend - overcame Russian Dmitry Tursunov and will face third seed Nikolay Davydenko on Monday.
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