In Sports News: the Czech Republic's footballers reach the semi-finals at the Under 20s World Cup for the first time ever; Patrik Berger surprises many by expressing a wish to return to international football after a six-year break; the Czech women's tennis team miss out on a place in the Fed Cup's elite after losing 4:1 away to Spain; and rower Ondrej Synek says his latest success is just a warm up for the Rowing World Championships next month.
The Czech Republic's women's tennis team is drawing Spain with 1:1 after the first day of a Fed Cup tie between the two countries in Spain. Iveta Benesova was beaten in the opening rubber, but Lucie Safarova won her singles match to draw the two sides level in a best-of-five play-off for a place in the Fed Cup's elite World Group. The Czech women's number one Nicole Vaidisova was forced to pull out due to illness.
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych climbs back into the top ten in tennis's world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon; Nicole Vaidisova says goodbye to the All England Club at the same stage, but has more to regret; football goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to wear a special protective helmet for another season; Vladimir Smicer scores on his 'debut' for Slavia Prague; and Dominik Hasek receives a better contract from Detroit Red Wings, while Robert Lang leaves the NHL club.
Czechs out of European Under-21 Championships following 3:1 loss to Italy; Pavel Nedved keeps secret whether he will return to the pitch for Italy's Juventus; Berdych wins first grass title; Hilgertova becomes oldest European medallist in kayak slalom, while Czech duo win silver in canoe; ice hockey's Dominik Hasek ready to negotiate new season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych has progressed to the final of the ATP Halle tournament in Germany. The twenty-one-year-old beat Finnish player Jarkka Nieminen in straight sets 7:6 a 6:4 in Saturday's first semi-final. He will now play either Phillipe Kohlschreiber or Marcos Baghdatis on Sunday for the third title of his career and prize money worth 96,000 US dollars.
This week in Sport News: Czech Republic draws against Wales in Euro 2008 qualifier; Nicole Vaidisova reaches last eight in French Open; in the second Czech football division, Bohemians 1905 lose their home match while Viktoria Zizkov, having already won the second league and moving on to the first, sign up a new coach. Nymburk beats Prostejov in the final series of the basketball league; and Jaromir Jagr comes home for the summer.
Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova beat France's Amelie Mauresmo 6:3 7:6 in a third-round match at the French Open on Saturday. Fifth seed Mauresmo had fallen as the defending champion to the same opponent in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open. World number 29 Safarova, who claimed Justine Henin's scalp in the semi-finals of the Paris Open in February, goes on to meet Russia's Anna Chakvetadze for a place in the quarter-finals.
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