In this week’s Sports News, Czech preparations go smoothly for the Davis Cup clash with Spain; Šárka Záhrobská does what she does best in Aspen, Colorado, with another downhill slalom World Cup victory; and Sparta Prague catch up to Teplice at the top of the football league, although the flu-struck league leaders were allowed to make an early start to the winter break.
Czech Davis Cup team manager Jaroslav Navrátil has said that the Spanish line-up for the final against the Czech Republic was predictable. His Spanish counterpart named Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez in the squad to take on the Czechs in Barcelona from December 4-6. Navrátil said everyone knew that Nadal, who has been plagued recently by injuries, wanted to play. The Czech team for the final is Radek Štěpánek, Tomáš Berdzch, Lukáš Dlouhý and Jan Hájek.
In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
In all Czech final, Iveta Benešová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová beat Vladimíra Uhlířová and Renata Voráčová 1-6 6-0 10-7 on Sunday to take the doubles title at the Luxembourg Open. It was the fifth doubles trophy of Benešová’s career; earlier this year she and Záhlavová-Strýcová won in Stockholm. The pair also reached finals in Monterrey and Prague.
In Sports News this Monday: with Ivan Hašek stepping down as manager of the Czech international football team, his former assistant Michal Bílek is the bookies’ favourite to take over on the Czech bench; Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper is carried from the pitch by an ambulance after a clash with an opponent leaves him out cold for 10 minutes; Petra Kvitová is beaten in the final of tennis’s Linz Open; and decathlete Roman Šebrle says he wants to return to the Olympics – as a golfer.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová lost to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 3:6 and 4:6 in the final of the WTA event in Linz, Austria, on Sunday The unseeded Czech did not put up much resistance, and was always behind Wickmmayer, seeded third, who converted the first match point. For 19-year-old Kvitová, Linz was the second WTA event final in her career.
Unseeded Czech Petra Kvitová beat second seed Agniezska Radwanska, of Poland, 6:3, 6:2 at a WTA event in Linz, Austria, on Saturday, and advanced into the final. Kvitová, who beat world number one Dinara Safina at US Open last month, will face either Italian top seed Flavia Penneta or Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, seeded third.
The International Tennis Federation on Wednesday suspended Ivo Minář, a member of the Czech Davis Cup team, for eight month for doping. The federation said a sample the Czech tennis player provided after the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Argentina in Ostrava in July, contained a prohibited stimulant.
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