In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes the all-round title at the European Speedskating Championships; Lukáš Bauer wins the Tour de Ski for the second time, after a strong performance in the final stage; Nikola Sudová comes third in the women’s moguls in the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Calgary; and Radek Štěpánek is beaten in the final of tennis’s Brisbane International.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek has lost to the American Andy Roddick in the final of the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. Štepánek fought a close match, clawing back from 4:0 in the second set, but a double-fault in the tie-break sealed his defeat. The final score was 7:6, 7:6. Štepánek had hoped to defend his title in the tournament from last year. Brisbane is considered final preparation for the first grand slam event of the season, the Australian Open.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek will the US top seed Andy Roddick in the Brisbane International men’s singles final on Sunday, after downing French opponent Gael Monfils by a score of 6:2, 6:1. Štepánek will be defending his title win from last year. For a while it appeared the tournament might see an all-Czech final, before Roddick defeated Štepánek’s colleague Tomas Berdych in three sets. The score in that match was 6:1, 3:6, 4:6. The Brisbane International is the last run-up to the season’s first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open.
Czech tennis number one Radek Štěpánek has reached the semi-final of the Brisbane International, which he won last year. Mr. Štěpánek is two wins away from earning the title for a second time. The 31-year old, who represented the Czech Republic at the Davis Cup, beat the American Wayne Odesnik 7:6 and 6:1. After reaching the quarter-final on Wednesday, Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova dropped out of the competition after a mixed match.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Radek Štěpánek has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International, a tournament he won last year. However, the second seed had to survive a tight shave before beating Ukranian qualifier Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr 5-7 7-6 6-2. Tomáš Berdych, meanwhile, beat Marcos Baghdatis of Australia 6-0 6-1. Among the Czech women, Lucie Safarova also reached the quarter- finals, after a 6-3 6-1 win over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-1.
2009 has been a rather mixed year for Czech sport. Perhaps the biggest single story was the national soccer team’s failure to reach the World Cup, despite having a relatively easy group on paper. The Czech men’s tennis team, meanwhile, went on a remarkable run in the Davis Cup, only to lose to Spain in the final. And in athletics, Barbora Špotáková took the Czech Republic’s only medal, silver in the women’s javelin, at the Athletics World Championships in Berlin.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s tennis player of the year is…the country’s whole Davis Cup team; the Czech women’s floorball team reach the last four at the World Championship for the first time, but come home empty handed; speed skater Martina Sáblíková wins a World Cup 3000m race in her second best time; and Sparta and Slavia face their last games of 2009 in football’s Europa League, though only the former have something to play for.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs lose 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona – Radek Štěpánek says the Spanish deserved their victory; injury-dogged Tomáš Rosický is “devastated” after picking up a groin strain that will see him sidelined for around a month; and Plzeň move to the top of the ice hockey Extraliga.
The Czech men’s tennis team failed to repeat the success of Czechoslovakia in the Davis Cup in 1980, losing 5:0 to Spain in the final in Barcelona at the weekend. Things started poorly when Tomáš Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal, and got worse when David Ferrer dispatched the Czechs’ other star name, Radek Štěpánek. When that pairing lost to Spain in Saturday’s doubles, it was all over, and the Czech coach gave a run to the relatively inexperienced Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý for the two remaining matches on Sunday.
The Czech men’s tennis team lost 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup. in Barcelona. On Friday the Czechs fell 2:0 behind when Tomáš Berdych was beaten by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer overcame Radek Štěpánek. When Berdych and Štěpánek lost in Saturday’s doubles to Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco the Spaniards opened up an unassailable 3:0 lead in the best of five contest. On Sunday, the Czechs fielded Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý in place of their top two players and both were defeated, leaving Spain, the defending champions, 5:0 winners.
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