In Sports News: Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych is now ranked 14th in the world after reaching the semi-final of the Mercedes Open in Germany; ice hockey star Pavel Kubina is ordered to pay almost 18,000 dollars to a referee he accused of bribe-taking; football star Milan Baros apologises after appearing on tabloid front pages in a state of inebriation; Pavel Nedved is set to say whether he's staying at Juventus; and three Czechs are accused of throwing a game in the Turkish league for big money.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic's women's tennis players narrowly miss out on a place in the Federation Cup's elite World Group; Czech football stars playing in Italy face an uncertain future following the enforced relegation of top clubs from Serie A; Grand Prix motorcyclist Lukas Pesek enjoys another podium finish; and Speedway racer Ales Dryml remains in a critical condition following a horrific crash.
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.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic takes two medals at the European Flatwater Championships in central Bohemia - canoeist Martin Doktor says the home crowd helped him reach the podium; tennis player Radek Stepanek is now in the world's top ten for the first time in his career; ice hockey star Martin Havlat joins the Chicago Blackhawks; and Milan Baros is said to be close to joining Hamburg.
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.
In Sports News: after the country's early exit from football's World Cup, questions are being asked about the medical attention received by Czech players; the performance of manager Karel Bruckner is also in the spotlight, though he has provisionally agreed to stay on for another two years; Czech tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova is tipped to do well at Wimbledon, while the top-seeded Czech man, Tomas Berdych, is suffering from a back injury.
Czech doubles player Kvetoslava Peschkeova and her Italian doubles
partner, Francesca Schiavone have been defeated in the quarter finals
of the French Open. They lost to the number-one-ranked team of Lisa
Raymond and Samantha Stosur 6:7 (5:7), 6:0, 6:1.
Meanwhile, rising Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova awaits her first career grand slam semi-final match. She is scheduled to meet Svetlana Kuznetsova on the court at Roland Garros on Tuesday afternoon.
In the last few days the Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidisova has made a splash on the world stage for the first time. On Sunday the 17-year-old beat world number one Amelie Mauresmo at the French Open, in her first ever Grand Slam fourth round match. She has now reached the semi-finals after victory over Venus Williams on Tuesday. But what is her background? And what does the future hold for the latest Czech women's tennis sensation?
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