In Sports News this Monday: mixed results for the Czech ice hockey team at the World Championships in Quebec, though there are several positives to be taken from a defeat to Russia; Jaromír Jágr pledges his future to New York Rangers following the club’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs; Sparta Prague falter in the race for the Czech football league title after Řepka sees red; and the Prague Open tennis tournament is won by Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
In Sports News: Czech boxer Konečný says he was slighted by judges in title fight; football’s Sparta edge closer to being crowned season champions; Chelsea draws level with Man United in English Premiership; Jágr’s Rangers in a 2-0 hole in their series against Pittsburgh in the NHL playoffs; Czech women’s team through to elite World Group in tennis’ Fed Cup.
The Czech Republic has been given a wild card entry to become the eighth team to take part in the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf from May 18-24. The Czech Republic will be represented by Tomáš Berdych and Jiří Vaněk and will be joined by the United States, Spain, Russia, Argentina, Germany, Italy and Sweden who qualified automatically under ATP rules. The 2007 event was won by Argentina, who beat the Czech Republic in the final.
Czech tennis player Iveta Benešová has reached the Estoril Open final after beating Maret Ani of Estonia 6-2, 6-1. The 132nd ranked player has reached her third straight final with the victory. Benešová will meet Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who advanced to the finals after defeating Czech Republic’s Klára Zakopalová.
Russian duo Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev battled from a set down to beat Czech pair Radek Štěpánek and Pavel Vízner to lift their side 2 -1 ahead in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Moscow on Saturday. The hosts won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours 58 minutes to make it 2-1 in favour of Russia. On Friday, Marat Safin of Russia battled from two sets down to put his squad into the lead with a win over Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic. In the second singles’ clash Štěpánek experienced few troubles beating Andreev in straight sets to level the scores at 1-1. Reverse singles will complete the tie’s schedule on Sunday.
Russia’s Marat Safin overcame a two-set deficit Friday to give his
country a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup tennis
quarterfinals. Safin rallied to defeat Berdych 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Later on Friday Radek Štepánek defeated Igor Andreev later in the 2nd singles match of the best-of-five series to level the series 1-1. He beat his opponent in straight sets 6:3, 6:2, 6:4 .
In Sport News this Monday: the final series playoffs in the Czech ice hockey Extraliga get off to an exciting start, with surprise package Karlovy Vary beating Slavia in Prague in the opening game; goaltender Dominik Hašek (43) wins his third trophy for the fewest goals conceded in the regular season; the Czech men’s team travel to Moscow for a Davis Cup quarter-finals clash; Sparta edge ahead in the Czech football league, with Slavia due to play on Monday evening; and the Czech national team doctor says Tomáš Rosický has come to terms with the
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