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.
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.
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