In Sports News this Monday: Šárka Záhrobská takes silver in the slalom at the Alpine World Ski Championships; Martina Sáblíková wins her third race in a row in the Speed Skating World Cup, cementing her overall lead; Radek Štěpánek climbs to 19th in the world rankings after his career fourth title in San Jose, where he also picks up a doubles trophy; and talks on bringing the NHL to Prague again this autumn fall through.
Czech Radek Štepánek beat top seed and defending champion Andy Roddick 3-6 7-6 6-4 to reach the San Jose Open final on Saturday. Štepánek, who won in Brisbane last month, saved 10 of the 11 break points he faced against Roddick on his way to notching up his first career victory in five meetings over the three-times San Jose champion. The world number 21, who lost to Roddick in last year's final, will meet another American, Mardy Fish, in Sunday's title match.
In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes her first gold medal at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Norway; the Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team reach the last four of the Fed Cup for the first time in years, setting up a home tie with the United States for a place in the final; and the Czech ice hockey team suffer a debacle at the Swedish Games.
In tennis, the Czech Republic has won its first-round Fed Cup tie against Spain 4:1. The Czechs were level with Spain going into day two of the fixture, with Petra Kvitova having beaten Carla Suarez and Czech number one Iveta Benesova losing out to Nuria Llagostera. On Sunday, however, the Czech team won all of the matches it played. The Czech Republic will now go on to play either Argentina or the USA on April 25.
In Sports News this Monday: Lukáš Bauer wins his first World Cup event of the season, less than a month before the Nordic World Ski Championships begin in Liberec; Tomáš Berdych takes two sets against Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, before the Swiss claws back to secure a dramatic victory; Tomáš Verner fails to defend his European Figure Skating Championships, coming sixth in Helsinki this time out; and Tomáš Rosický could return to competitive football in March.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the third round of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. He beat Brian Dabul of Argentina 6-1 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka. Berdych’s girlfriend Lucie Šafářová is also into round three in Melbourne, after beating Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-1 3-6 9-7; she now faces France’s Marion Bartoli.
In Sports News this Monday: 18-year-old Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová wins the first WTA title of her career in Hobart; Nicole Vaidišová rules herself out of Fed Cup action again; Josef Macháček wins the quad category in the Dakar Rally for the fifth and final time; and speed skater Kateřina Novotná comes second in the European Short Track Championships.
Tennis player Petra Kvitová has captured her first career WTA singles crown with a straight-sets victory over fellow Czech Iveta Benešova in Friday's final at the Moorilla Hobart International. Kvitová scored a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory to win a tournament seen as a something of warm-up for the Australian Open.
In sport, it’s an all Czech final at the Hobart International Tennis Tournament after Petra Kvítová and Iveta Benešová both won their semifinals in Tasmania on Thursday. Eighteen-year-old Kvítová ended France’s Virginie Razzano’s tournament with a 6-4,6-2 win, while Benešová, ranked 41st in the competition, beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybariková 6-1, 6-3. The match for the title will take place on Friday. Kvítová and Benešová share the same coach. Czech women’s tennis number one Benešová has already made it to the finals in Hobart once before, she was denied the title by Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands back in 2006.
In Sports News this Monday: tennis player Radek Štěpánek wins his first tournament of the year, and the third ATP title of his career; Nicole Vaidišová is no longer Czech number one; Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková is named Czech sportsperson of the year; and Martina Sáblíková makes a great comeback to take bronze at the European Speed Skating Championships.
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