Czech women’s tennis number one Nicole Vaidišová has announced that she no longer wants to play in the country’s Fed Cup team. She made the statement to the Czech newspaper Sport on Wednesday, adding that for now, she wanted to concentrate on her own career. Vaidišová, who ranks sixteenth in the world, said that she was proud to have played for her country in the past, but right now she had to put all of her energy into her standing on the women’s singles circuit. She added it had been a very hard decision for her to make. The captain of the Fed Cup’s national team Petr Pála said that he was saddened by the news, and that the team now found itself in a much weaker position. The Czech team’s next match in the Fed Cup is a play-off against Israel in April.
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The Czech Republic has defeated Belgium 3:2 in the first round of the Davis Cup in tennis and advances to the quarterfinals. In the first two matches in Ostrava on Friday, both Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek beat Kristof Vliegen and Steve Darcis, respectively, in three sets. The two Czechs then on Saturday defeated the Belgian players Rochus and Vliegen in the double, securing the Czech victory in the event. On Sunday, the Czechs lost both of the remaining single games to the Belgians but that had no effect on the Czech triumph. In the Davis Cup quarterfinals to be held in early April, the Czech team will travel to Russia.
The Czech Republic is leading 3:0 over Belgium in the first round of the
Davis Cup in tennis and is advancing to the quarterfinals.
In the first two matches in Ostrava on Friday, both Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek beat Kristof Vliegen and Steve Darcis, respectively, in three sets. The two Czechs then on Saturday faced the Belgian players Rochus and Vliegen in the double, and won after a five-set battle 6:7, 7:6, 7:5, 5:7 and 6:4, securing the Czech triumph. The 3:0 score means the Czech team advances to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup irrespective of the results of the two remaining games between the Czech Republic and Belgium.
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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.
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