In Sports News this Monday: supporters continue to boycott the home games of Bohemians 1905 due to a new ground-share deal – player Lukáš Hartig says he hopes they come around; Milan Baroš signs a lucrative new deal with Galatasaray; Tomáš Berdych is now seventh in the world, his highest ranking to date; and ice hockey goalie Milan Hnilička retires at 37.
Twenty-eight-year-old tennis player Klára Zakopalová has lost in the final of the Danish Open in Copenhagen. The player faced home favourite Caroline Wozniacki but was defeated straight sets: 2:6, 6:7. Despite the loss, the Czech player moved from the 51st to 30th in the world ranking on the women’s circuit. That puts her within reach of her best previous placement, 27th, which she held in March 2006. Although she didn’t win in Copenhagen, Zakopalová described the tournament as a great week and said she looked forward to returning next year.
Tennis player Klára Zakopalová, 51st in the world on the women’s circuit, has made it to the final of the Danish Open in Copenhagen. The player defeated China’s Li Na by a score of 6-3, 1-6, 6-4; Li fought back in the 3rd set to 4:4 but the Czech was able to take the final two games. A win in the Copenhagen final would represent Zakopalová’s third career title. Previously she won on the women’s tour in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and Portoroz in Slovenia. Over the course of her career she has appeared in 10 finals overall.
Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has been defeated in the quarterfinal of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Berdych, a finalist at Wimbledon this year, lost in three sets to Belgium’s Xavier Malisse. The score was 4:6, 6:3, 2:6. Despite the defeat, the Czech player will move up to 7th place in the ATP rankings, the best standing in his career to date.
Top seed Tomáš Berdych has reached the quarter finals at the Washington Classic. The Czech men’s number one beat Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3 5-7 7-5 to set up a clash with Belgium’s Xavier Malisse for a place in the last four. Klára Zakopalová, meanwhile, has reached her first WTA semi-final of the season at the Danish Open in Copenhagen, after overcoming the German player Angelique Kerber 6-1 7-5.
Top seed Tomáš Berdych won his first match since losing the Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. The Czech player earned a 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1 win over Dmitry Tursunov in two hours and 17 minutes, back in action since reaching his first grand slam final last month. Berdych will next face Andrey Golubev, the 16th seed. By contrast, Czech player Radek Štepánek, returning to the ATP Tour after a five-month lay-off due to health reasons, lost in two sets to Swiss player Mark Chiudinelli winning only win only four games in the second round match. The score was 1:6, 3:6.
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.
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