In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s team hold their nerve to overcome Slovakia in the last match of a Fed Cup tie in Brno; another season, another World Cup medal for speed skater Martina Sáblíková; footballer Martin Fenin makes a dream start for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring a career-first hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut; and the Czech national team are in Cyprus for two friendlies – minus ill manager Karel Bruckner.
Petra Cetkovská will represent the Czech Republic in the opening rubber of a Fed Cup tennis clash with Slovakia in Brno on Saturday, following the news that Lucie Šafářová has been forced to pull out due to injury. Šafářová’s place in the team for the World Group II tie has been taken by Iveta Benešová.
In Sports News this week: Zdeněk Štybar finishes second in the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Italy; Milan Baroš is hoping a move to Portsmouth will mean regular first-team action ahead of football’s European Championship; Athens silver medallist in yachting Lenka Šmídová this week has one last chance to reach the Beijing Olympics; and the Czech Republic’s lady’s tennis team are preparing to face Slovakia in the Fed Cup in Brno.
In Sports News this week: the biggest Czech hopes Nicole Vaidišová and Tomáš Berdych are both beaten in the fourth round of the Australian Open by the competition’s reigning women’s and men’s champions; the agent of footballer Milan Baroš says Portsmouth are strongly interested in the striker, while Brno midfielder Luboš Kalouda could be on his way to Juventus, no less.
Defending champion Serena Williams revived memories of last year's stunning Australian Open win Sunday when she overpowered Czech 12th seed Nicole Vaidišová to reach the quarter-finals. Williams ended the 18-year-old's Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-4 win to set up a meeting with either third seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia or Australian hope Casey Dellacqua. Vaidišová committed 25 unforced errors, more than doubling Williams' tally, admitting her opponent's on-court dominance unsettled her. "I had my chances, especially in the second set but didn't chose the right shot, maybe went for too much," the 18-year-old said.
In Tennis, Tomáš Berdych is through to the final 16 at the Australian Open, where he is set to meet the world number one Roger Federer. Berdych beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 3:6, 6:3, 7:6, 6:2 in slightly under two hours to progress through to the last 16. Berdych has played Federer seven times in the past, and suffered six defeats. Since winning against Federer at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, Berdych has failed to win a single set against Federer at their last six encounters.
Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidišová has made it to the final 16 in the women’s singles competition at the Australian Open. In the third round, Vaidišová – the twelfth seed - defeated Ai Sugiyama of Japan in straight sets: 6:3, 6:4. Vaidišová will next face US player Serena Williams. Williams defeated the Czech player at the Australian Open last year in the semi-finals.
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