In Sports News this week: speed skater Martina Sáblíková is named Czech Sportsperson of the Year and takes bronze from the European Championships in Russia; Sparta Prague ice hockey club are also in action in Russia, losing in the final of the Super Six European club competition to Magnitogorsk; Nicole Vaidišová advances to the second round of the Australian Open with ease; and Petr Čech comes out on top in the battle of the Czech goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Czech tennis prodigy Nicole Vaidišová is through to the semi-finals of the Sydney International, after a surprise win against world number three Jelena Jankovic. Vaidišová won in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and will now face former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semi-final on Thursday. This is Vaidišová’s ninth encounter with the Serb, Jelena Jankovic, on the WTA tour. This victory is her sixth over the world number three.
The Czech women’s tennis number one Nicole Vaidišová was knocked out
in the quarter-finals of the Australian Women’s Hardcourts in Gold Coast
on Thursday. She lost 3-6 3-6 to Li Na of China in a competition that is
seen as a warm-up for the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Lucie Šafářová and Tomáš Berdych ended their participation in Australia’s mixed Hopman Cup on a high, beating India 2:1. The path to the final had been closed to the off-court couple after a defeat to the USA on New Year’s Eve.
In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey team finished third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup; a rare mistake by Petr Cech costs Chelsea three points against Tomas Rosicky’s Arsenal; the Czech national team are now 6th in the FIFA world rankings; Slavia Prague has new owners, though their identity is a mystery; and newspaper reports suggest 18-year-old tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is to marry Radek Stepanek.
In this week’s Sports News: the Czech Republic get a relatively favourable draw for football’s Euro 2008, though midfielder David Jarolim says they cannot underestimate their opponents in Group A; cross country skier Lukas Bauer is the overall World Cup leader for the first time following a fine win in Finland; speed skater Martina Sablikova is also out front in her sport’s World Cup; and Tomas Berdych is Czech tennis player of the year for the third time in a row.
Czech men's tennis number one Tomas Berdych has kept his hopes of reaching the prestigious season's end Masters Cup in Shanghai alive, after advancing to the third round at the Paris Masters with a 6-3 6-3 win over Croatia's Mario Ancic. A good run in Paris could secure Berdych a place in the elite eight player tournament. The Czech now faces Spain's David Ferrer in the third round.
In Sports News: a convincing win for Sparta Prague gives under-pressure coach Michal Bilek a reprieve; Bohemians 1905 leapfrog Most with a 1:0 win to get off the bottom of the table; tennis ace Nicole Vaidisova comes agonisingly close to her first WTA final for a year and a half; Tomas Berdych is hoping a good run at the Paris Masters could see him into elite the Masters Cup in Shanghai; and world slalom champion Sarka Zahrobska isn't too upset with coming 20th in her first race of the new skiing season.
In Sports News: Czech football captain Tomas Rosicky returns after a month's lay-off to score for Arsenal; Jiri Jarosik plays a rare game for Glasgow Celtic, but comes off on the losing side in the world famous Old Firm derby; Petr Cech is among the nominees for European footballer of the year; Slavia are five points clear in the Czech football league; and tennis star Nicole Vaidisova loses to the world number one in the Czechs first semi-final appearance since the Australian Open.
Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek will continue to represent his country in the Davis Cup after signing a one year contract with the local organizers, they announced on Wednesday. Stepanek ended a three year self-imposed exile from the national team in September to clinch a win over Switzerland in the last of the five matches but refused at the time to say whether he would continue playing Davis Cup tennis. The 3-2 win kept the Czechs at the top level of the world team competition.
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