The Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidišová has retired at the age of 20, according to media reports. Vaidišová reached the semi-finals at two Grand Slam tournaments and in 2007 got as high as seventh in the world rankings. However, her career has been going downhill for some time and she is currently ranked 176th. One tennis website reported that Vaidišová, who is the girlfriend of Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek, was evidently tired of losing matches and had no desire to return to the court.
The Czech Republic’s Nicole Vaidišová – once ranked seventh in women’s tennis but currently 176th in the world – is retiring at the age of 20, reports have stated citing sources close to the player, including Aleš Kodet her stepfather and former coach. Vaidišová, who is the girlfriend of Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek, suffered a downward spiral over the last two years, after reaching two Grand Slam semi-finals in 2007. According to sources, the once promising player grew tried of losing matches and lost her drive to compete.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic make very light work of Belgium to reach the last eight in tennis’s Davis Cup, not dropping a set on their way to victory in just six and a half hours; cross country skier Lukáš Bauer comes second in the 30 km pursuit in Finland’s Lahti; and Teplice and Sparta Prague are still neck-and-neck in the Czech soccer league after victories at the weekend.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych got off to an excellent start on Friday in the Czechs’ first game of this year’s Davis Cup. In the opening singles match in Belgium, Berdych beat No. 1 home player Olivier Rochus 6:3, 6:0, 6:4. The second match slated for Friday, pit Radek Štepánek against Xavier Malisse and was equally successful for the Czechs: Štepánek won in straight sets by a score of 6:2, 6:4 7:6. The Czechs are hoping to repeat last year’s highly-successful run, which saw them all the way through to the finals in Spain. While the Czechs played brilliantly against Croatia in the semis, they were unable to steal a win from Spain, the eventual tournament champions.
The Belgian tennis federation has named the four players to play the Czech Republic in the first round Davis Cup tie from March 5-7. The four strong squad is made up of brothers Olivier and Christophe Rochus, Xavier Malisse and Steve Darcis. Olivier Rochus is the highest placed player at 58 in the current ATP rankings. The tie will be the first test of the Czech team’s ambition to go one better than in the previous Davis Cup competition when they lost all five matches against Spain. The World Group tie will be held at Bree in Belgium.
Czechs Iveta Benešová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová secured the title in doubles at the Open GDF Suez in Paris on Sunday after their opponents, top-seeded Cara Black, of Zimbabwe, and Liezel Huber, of the United States, failed to show up for the game. In singles final, Czech Republic’s Lucie Šafářová lost to top seed Yelena Dementeva from Russia 7:6, 1:6 and 4:6. Paris was Šafářová’s eight tournament final in career, and the fourth she lost.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová beat second seed Flavia Penetta of Italy 4:6, 6:3 and 6:4 in the semi-final of the Open GDF Suez in Paris on Saturday. In Sunday’s final, she will face the winner of the other semi-final – top seed Jelena Dementeva of Russia, or the American Melanie Oudin. The 24-year-old Czech lost the first set but managed to come with exact hits from the base line in the second. In the third set, she won a break point at 4:4 to beat the Italian.
In Sports news this week: the Czech women’s tennis team beats Germany to reach the Fed Cup semi-finals; in football, Czechs will face title holders Spain in the next European 2012 championship qualifications; goalie Petr Čech contributes to Chelsea’s win over city rival Arsenal; and hockey star Jaromír Jágr returns from Russia fit for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Czech women’s tennis team have reached the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after beating Germany 3:2 in a World Group first round clash in the Moravian capital Brno. With the tie at 2:2 after the singles rubbers, it all came down to the final, doubles match on Sunday evening. Cheered on by the home crowd, Květa Peschkeová and Lucie Hradecká overcame Tatjana Malek and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Italy for a place in the Fed Cup final.
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