In Sports News this Monday: Czech pole vault record holder Kateřina Baďurová leaves it late to qualify for the Olympics; Barbora Špotáková is looking good ahead of Beijing after a Grand Prix win in Athens; young Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger remains with the leading pack in the Tour de France – and third overall in the under 25 category; and a knee injury does for Tomáš Berdych in the final of tennis’s Swedish Open.
In Sports News this Monday: Radek Štěpánek is so frustrated at going out in the third round at Wimbledon that he breaks six rackets; Nicole Vaidišová enjoys something of a return to form at the tournament; Jaromír Jagr is considering his future as his contract with New York Rangers comes to an end; and the Czech football association make an embarrassing claim that Gerard Houllier wants the job of Czech coach, while Klaus Toppmoller’s wage demands could rule him out.
16th seed Radek Štepánek – the last Czech in the men’s singles competition, was defeated at Wimbledon on Saturday by Russian player Mikhail Youzhny. The Czech tennis player lost the 4 hour+ marathon in five sets. The score was 5:7, 7:6, 4:6, 7:6, 3:6. Štepánek demolished two rackets on the court and admitted at a press conference afterwards that he destroyed an additional four in the changing room out of frustration.
Nicole Vaidišová has made it to through to the final 16 in the women’s competition at Wimbledon. On Friday the young Czech player downed Australian opponent Casey Dellaqua in straight sets, with a score of 6:2, 6:4. Compatriot Záhlavová-Strýcová did not make it into the next round, losing to Russian player Svetlana Kuzněcová. In men’s tennis, Tomáš Berdych was also defeated, losing in straight sets to Spain’s Fernando Verdasko.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych beat Russia’s Jevgenij Koroljov 4:6, 6:1, 6:4, 3:6, 7:5 in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships in tennis on Monday and advanced to the tournament’s second round. Czech number one Nicole Vaidišová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová have also made it through to the second round.
Retired British tennis player Tim Henman has been fending off criticism for comments that Czech tennis players are a bit smelly. The comments came when Henman was asked to reveal any gossip from his years as a competitor at the Wimbledon tennis championships. Henman responded by stating “"Well, the Czechs are a bit niffy." Jan Winkler, the Czech ambassador in London expressed his irritation noting "What a surprise Tim Henman has had the time to do so much research into the smell of the male body." Henman, 33 quit the game last September.
Today we will finally reveal the name (or rather names) of May’s mystery person(s) and announce the names of the four of you who will get Radio Prague goodies for their correct answers. We quote from entries sent by: Panha Pen, Colin Law, David Eldridge, Mani Sankar Chhatri, Mogire Machuki, Elder S J Agboola, Anne Faust, Hans Verner Lollike, Krzysztof Borski, Li Ming, Charles Konecny, Brian Kendall.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic complete their preparations for Euro 2008 with a solid 3:1 win over Scotland – we speak to two-goal man-of-the-match Libor Sionko; Radek Štěpánek and the rather less well known Petra Kvitová make it to week two at the French Open; and a goal from young Czech ice hockey star Jiří Hudler brings Detroit to within one win of the NHL’s Stanley Cup.
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