While Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic has withdrawn from singles
play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal due to shoulder pain, two tennis
stars with Czech roots have advanced in the tournament. Martina Hingis
has reached the women's semifinals in singles play, with a victory over
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7:6, 6:3.
And in doubles play, Martina Navratilova and her Russian partner Nadia Petrova are through to the semifinals with a victory over the number-one seeded team of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng of China, 6:4, 3:6, 6:4.
Nicole Vaidisova has pulled out of her quarterfinal match against
Australian Nicole Pratt in Montreal because of pain in her right
shoulder. The rising 17 year-old Czech tennis star says that she
decided to withdraw from the Rogers Cup and favor rehabilitation for
her shoulder ahead of the US Open in New York. It is the second time
this year that Ms. Vaidisova has been bothered by her right shoulder,
but she expects to be in good shape for the US Open.
Meanwhile, Czech-born American tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, continues her successful run in women's doubles in Montreal. Navratilova and her Russian doubles partner, Nadia Petrova, secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 7:6, 6:1 victory over Gisela Dulko and Corina Morariu late on Thursday.
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The Czech team has been defeated 2:3 by France at the Fed Cup World
Group play-offs in Cagnes-Sur-Mer. Though Czech tennis star Nicole
Vaidisova defeated France's Nathalie Dechy, Czech player Lucie Safarova
was beaten by Tatiana Golovin and France also beat the Czechs in the
Nicole Vaidisova was a semi-finalist at last month's French Open where she beat Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, whose absence from this weekend's tie due to injury has weakened the French team.
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Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman reached his second grand slam singles semi-final on Wednesday after winning a grueling five-set battle against Czech 14th seed Radek Stepanek. Stepanek described his 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 defeat as " a match of missed opportunities and disrupted concentration". I have only myself to blame, he told reporters later. Meanwhile, the 34 year old Bjorkman was in a state of disbelief, telling reporters he did not think this would happen at this stage of his career. He will face Roger Federer in the semi-final of the men's singles on Friday.
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