Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych booked a place in the last four of the
Wimbledon Men’s singles after beating top seed and title holder Roger
Federer. The 12th seeded Czech won 6:4, 3:6, 6:1, 6:4. The win is the first
time he had got so far at Wimbledon but follows up from a semi-finals place
at the French Open, his greatest success to date at a Grand Slam
tournament. Berdych had faced Federer 10 times on all surfaces with the
Swiss winning eight of those past confrontations.
In the next round Berdych faces the Serbian number three seed, Novak
Meanwhile, tennis player Petra Kvitová sensationally reached the women’s semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Kvitová, who is 20, saved five match points on her way to a 4:6 7:6 8:6 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová unexpectedly reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, after overcoming Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. The 20-year-old Kvitová – ranked 62nd in the world - had already caused one upset earlier by knocking out fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki. However, in the semi-finals she will face her toughest opponent yet: grass court powerhouse and reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.
The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has sensationally reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Kvitová, who is 20, had already caused one upset by knocking out fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. On Tuesday afternoon she went one better, returning five match balls on her way to a 4-6 7-6 8-6 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. On Wednesday Tomáš Berdych will play Roger Federer in the men’s quarter-finals, after overcoming the German player Daniel Brands. The Czech number one recently got to the semi-finals at the French Open, his greatest success to date at a Grand Slam tournament.
Czech-born tennis star Martina Navrátilová has said she is free from breast cancer after an operation and radiation treatment. The nine times Wimbledon singles winner was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in February this year. The form can, however, increase the chances of contracting cancer later if it is not dealt with. Navrátilová gave the update on her health at a news conference in the margins of this year’s Wimbledon tournament. She added that she still has the goal of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa by the end of the year.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic’s athletes qualify for the super league of the European Team Championships, after coming first in the competition’s second tier in Budapest; Jimmy Connors tells Czech Radio that Tomáš Berdych can do “damage” at Wimbledon; and a 17-year-old who has made only one Czech league appearance is reported to be on his way to Chelsea in a EUR 6-million deal.
Radek Štepánek has ruled himself out of Wimbledon after sustaining a left knee injury. Štepánek, who is 25th in the ATP rankings and was seeded 22 for Wimbledon, suffered the injury in training earlier this week and following an extensive examination said on Thursday he would have to pull out of Wimbledon as well as the Davis Cup on doctors orders. He had been scheduled to play in a Davis Cup quarter-final against Chile on July 9-11 in Coquimbo, Chile. The Czech has been sidelined from the courts since March due to fatigue.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins plaudits after reaching his first ever Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open – Czech pundits are hoping he can maintain that fine form at Wimbledon; doubles specialist Lukáš Dlouhý fails to make it two titles in two years in Paris; and ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek joins Spartak Moscow at the age of 45.
Czech tennis player Lukáš Dlouhý and doubles partner Leander Paes of
India have been defeated in the Men’s Doubles final at the French Open.
The duo – who were seeded 3rd and were the defending champions from last
year - lost in straight sets to Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic
of Serbia. The final score was 7:5, 6:2. In the match, Nestor and
who were seeded No. 2, converted four break points and never lost serve.
The Czechs’ greatest success at the French Open this year was in the veteran’s category, Women’s Legends, where Czech-born player Martina Navrátilová and partner Jana Novotná won in the women’s doubles category. Recently, Ms Navrátilová, one of the best tennis players of all time, revealed she was fighting breast cancer.
Last year’s doubles champions at the French Open, Leander Paes of India and Czech partner Luáš Dlouhý (seeded 3rd) will have a chance to defend their title later on Saturday against Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia (seeded 2nd). In their semi-final earlier, Paes and Dlouhý made short work of opponents Julian Knowle of Austria and Andy Ram of Israel in straight sets. The match took just 75 minutes and final score was 6:4, 6:2.
Czech tennis players Martina Navratilová and partner Jana Novotná have won the women’s doubles title at the French Open in the veterans’ category known as “Women’s Legends”. The 53-year-old Navratilová and 41-year-old Novotná beat the French-Croatian duo of Majoli/Tauziat by a score of 6:4; 6:2. Not long ago Navratilová, who displayed excellent form, revealed to the media she was fighting breast cancer. She is scheduled to play with Novotná again against the younger duo of Martina Hingis and Anna Kurnikova at Wimbledon.
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