The Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý has won the doubles final at tennis’s US Open with his Indian partner Leander Paes. They were trailing by a set and a break before clawing back to beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 3-6 6-3 6-2 at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. Dlouhý had been beaten in the final of the US Open in 2007 and 2008. He and Paes are now celebrating their second Grand Slam title of the season, after also triumphing at this year’s the French Open.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý and India’s Leander Paes take the doubles title at the US Open, their second Grand Slam of the year; Tomáš Rosický scores on an impressive return for Arsenal – former international team-mate Vladimír Šmicer tells us he hopes Rosický can avoid injury all season; Czechs Barbora Špotáková and Jaroslav Bába take silver medals in the javelin and high jump at the World Athletics Final; and Vítkovice top the table after three rounds of the new Extraliga season.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech hopes of reaching the 2010 World Cup recede further after a 2:2 draw with Slovakia; striker Jan Koller retires for good after a disappointing game in Bratislava; the unseeded Petra Kvitová takes a big “scalp” at the US Open – world number one Dinara Safina; and the Czech ice hockey squad start an “Olympic” season by winning their first Euro Hockey Tour competition in many years.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová marked the biggest success of her career on Saturday after she beat top-seed Dinara Safina from Russia 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 in the 3rd round of US Open. The Czech, who is currently ranked 72nd in the world and is the Czech Republic’s number four, fended off three match points the world’s number one Safina had in the third set. The match did not begin until 10:15 pm local time due to a late-running afternoon session. Petra Kvitová told reporters that beating the world’s number one at a Grand Slam event was “brutal”.
Czech tennis player Ivo Minář turned in a positive drugs test ahead of July’s Davis Cup match against Argentina. The news was confirmed on Monday by the chairman of the Czech Tennis Association and team coach Jaroslav Navrátil. According to the International Tennis Federation the forbidden substance was a derivate of pseudoefedrin which Minář claims may have come from his weight-loss pills. The news has dashed his chances of taking part in September’s Davis Cup match in Croatia, but should not alter the outcome of the quarter finals in Argentina since there he only played one match and lost.
In Sports News this Monday: Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson win’s the Czech Republic’s biggest golf tournament, the Moravia Silesia Open; Roman Kreuziger comes agonisingly close to winning cycling’s Classic San Sebastian; Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecká reaches, and loses, the third WTA final of her career; and favourites Slavia and Sparta have both made an unconvincing start to the Czech football league.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague will face Panathinaikos yet again for a place in the Champions League group stage – captain Patrik Berger says any opponent in Sparta’s part of the draw was going to be tough; Tomáš Rosický says he is a footballer reborn after his first game in a year and a half; Jan Koller (36) is reportedly ready to come out of international retirement; and Austria’s Sybille Bammer wins tennis’s Prague’s Open.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic triumphs over Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup; Czech footballer Pavel Nedvěd, recently retired, turns down offers from Juve, Mourinho, Hašek; cyclist Kreuziger is in 14th spot after the first nine stages of Tour de France; Knapková triumphs in Lucerne to become women’s single-scull World Cup Champion; hockey goalie Hašek is reportedly unhappy over his new helmet.
The Czech Republic has won a place in the Davis Dup semifinals after beating Argentina 3:2. In the decisive final match on Sunday Radek Štěpánek beat Juan Monaco in straight sets. The score was 7:6, 6:3, 6:2. Argentina came back in the first of the return singles when Tomáš Berdych lost in straight sets against the world number five, Juan Martin del Potro. The score was 4:6, 4:6, 4:6 with the result bringing the tie level at two apiece. Czech captain Jaroslav Navrátil opted to play injury recovering Radek Štěpánek in the last game against Juan Monaco rather than go with lower ranked Ivo Minář.
The Czech Republic has taken a 2: 1 lead on the second day of the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Argentina in Ostrava. In the doubles tie, a rested Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych beat the surprise combination of José Acasuso and Leonardo Mayer in straight sets. The score was 6:1, 6:4, 6:3. On the first day, Berdych beat Juan Monaco, but only after five sets: 6:4, 2:6, 2:6, 6:3, 6:2. In the second match, Ivo Minář succumbed to Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets: 1:6, 3:6, 3:6.
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