In Sports News: Radek Stepanek plays through the pain barrier in a tie against Switzerland to help the Czech Republic maintain their place at the top table in tennis's Davis Cup; after their successful start in the Champions League, Slavia Prague are brought back to earth with a bang by Bohemians 1905 in the Czech first division; canoeist Stepanka Hilgertova takes bronze at the Slalom World Championships; and world champion Barbora Spotakova extends her own Czech record in the javelin.
Today we bring you an interview with Radio Prague's listener Costas Constantinides from Cyprus. We also speak about the legendary Czech-born tennis player Ivan Lendl and decathlon world record holder Roman Sebrle. We quote from e-mails sent by Christine Takaguchi-Coates from Japan and Narayanan Kalyanam from India.
In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic's results at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka are the most best since the foundation of the state, with the Czech team finishing sixth in the medals table; decathlete Roman Sebrle savours finally becoming world champion at the seventh attempt, while Barbora Spotakova in the javelin and pole vaulter Katerina Badurova set new Czech records on their way to the podium; and Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is knocked out in the third round of the US Open, but says she's happy to be simply be back
The leading Czech men's tennis player Tomas Berdych has advanced to the last 16 at the US Open. Berdych, who is 21, beat Fernando Veradasco of Spain to set up a clash with Andy Roddick of the United States, who won the Grand Slam tournament in 2003. Meanwhile, the US Open is over for the top Czech women's player Nicole Vaidisova; she was knocked out in the third round by Israel's Shahar Peer.
Czech tennis players Radek Stepanek and Lucie Safarova were both knocked out in the third round of the US Open on Friday. Stepanek lost to Novak Djokovic of Serbia, while Safarova was beaten by Marion Bartoli of France. Safarova's next challenge will be off the courts - she is preparing for her maturita school leaving exams.
In Sports News this week: pole vaulter Katerina Badurova is the first Czech to reach the finals at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka; two years after taking bronze in Helsinki, Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova fails to make it out of the heats; Nicole Vaidisova returns from illness just in time for the US Open; Slavia Prague are one step away from the Champions League after beating Ajax away in the first leg; and Czech international Jaroslav Plasil joins Spain's Osasuna.
The leading Czech men's tennis player Tomas Berdych is now ninth in the world rankings, his highest placing to date. The 21-year-old climbed from tenth after reaching the third round at a tournament in Cincinnati. Berdych's girlfriend Lucie Safarova is now 22nd in the women's world rankings, which is also a career best.
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