In Sports News: the bad results keep coming for Nicole Vaidišová, who was knocked out in her first match at the French Open – her fifth first-round exit in a row; the Czech football squad are preparing for Euro 2008 warm-up games against Lithuania and Scotland, though with Tomáš Rosický out of action, questions remain over their most effective line-up – and who should wear the captain’s armband; and Vítězslav Lavička looks set to take the hottest seat in Czech domestic football, the manager’s job at Sparta Prague.
In sport, Czech women’s tennis number one Nicole Vaidišová is out of the French Open after losing to her compatriot Iveta Benešová in the first round. Vaidišová lost the first set on a tie-break, 6:7, before collapsing in the second set, which Benešová won 1:6. Unseeded Benešová will now meet either the Russian Anastasia Rodionova or China’s Shuai Peng in the second round. She will be joined in the second round by fellow Czech Lucie Šafařová who beat Sandra Kloesel 6:1, 6:1 on Sunday.
The Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek withdrew with injury from a semi-final match at the Rome Masters on Saturday. Štěpánek was trailing Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 0-6 1-0 when he pulled out, complaining of a wrist problem. The Czech had beaten world number one Roger Federer in the previous round in Rome.
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.
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