In Sports News: Hradec Králové end champions Sparta Prague’s 33-game unbeaten run as they return to Czech football’s first division in style; Bohemians 1905 draw with Slavia in their first home game at the latter’s Eden stadium; Roman Kreuziger drops out of the leading 10 riders in the Tour de France; and it’s love-all as tennis players Štěpánek and Vaidišová wed.
Agnes Szavay from Hunagry beat Czech Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 6:2, 1:6 and 6:2 in the final of ECM Prague open to clinch her second WTA title in a row. The eighth-seeded Czech played the first WTA final in her career. After the game, the 24-year-old Záhlavová-Strýcová said she played great throughout the tournament, and that she was sorry she did not do that well in the final.
Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek, the world’s number 29, married former Czech player, Nicole Vaidišová in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague on Saturday. Štěpánek, who is 31, and Vadišová, 21, said they originally planned to get married in Florida, where they live, but then decided for Prague which they feel to be their real home. The Catholic service, attended by several dozen guests including hockey star Jaromír Jágr, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech and others, was followed by a wedding reception in Prague Castle gardens. The newlywed couple then left for a brief honeymoon in Greece.
Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová reached the first WTA event finals in her career on Saturday after she beat Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6:2, 6:0 in the semi-finals of EMC Prague Open. The 24-year-old Czech will face Hungary’s Agnes Szavay. Záhlavová-Strýcová said she made very few mistakes in the semi-finals, and said she felt wonderful after reaching the first WTA finals of her career.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic beat Chile to reach the semi-finals of tennis’s Davis Cup, but will face a sterner test against Novak Djokovic and his Serbian team-mates in September; Roman Kreuziger can enjoy a rest day in the Tour de France after finishing fourth in the first Alpine stage on Sunday; and the Czech football season begins with a piquant game in Prague’s Vršovice district.
The Czech Republic has secured a place in the Davis cup semifinals after taking a 3: 0 lead against Chile on Saturday. Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý got the all important third point in the doubles against Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar. The score was 7:6, 6:3, 3:6, 6:3. Ivo Minář and Hájek earlier won their opening singles. The Czech squad was dubbed a ‘B’ team given the absence of top singles players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek. The Czechs are now set up in September to play Serbia which won its tie against Croatia.
The Czech Republic has taken a shock 2: 0 lead in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Chile following the opening singles. Ivo Minář beat Nicolas Massu 6:0, 6:2, 6:3. That was followed by a straight sets win by Jan Hájek against Paul Capdeville 6:0, 6:2, 6:1. The Czechs have a chance to clinch the tie in the doubles game on Saturday which pits Lukáš Dlouhý and Hájek against Jorge Aguilar and Capdeville. The Czech squad was dubbed a ‘B’ team given the absence of top singles players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych came close to his first Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon as he faced world’s number one, Rafael Nadal, in Sunday’s final. But the Spaniard outclassed the Czech underdog and wrapped up the match in just three sets, spoiling Berdych’s hopes of becoming the first Czech since 1973 to win the tournament.
In related news, Tomáš Berdych moved up to world number eight in ATP ranking on Monday, following his run to the Wimbledon final. The 24-year-old player lost to world’s number one, Rafael Nadal, in Sunday’s final but moved from number 13 top his best ATP ranking ever. Czech Petra Kvitová, who lost to Serena Williams in the tournament’s semi-finals, also moved up to world no. 29 in WTA rankings, a jump by 33 spots.
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