In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the Champions League and will only play in the second level club competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Škoda takes the title at the Barum Rally Zlín, and Czechs do fairly well at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Czech tennis player Květa Peschke and Slovak partner Katerina Srebotnik have won the New Hampshire double title. The pairing beat the US combination of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 7:5, 6-0. The Czech-Slovak pairing saved a set point at 4:5 in the first set and then went on to win nine games in a row. It is the second major title for the pairing this year. The New Hampshire event is seen as a warm up for the US Open.
Czech tennis player Iveta Benešová has created the biggest upset of her career by beating the world number three and tournament favourite Jelena Jankovic in the women’s Montreal Cup tournament. She won 7:6, 6:3, to proceed to the third round. Previously, Benešová had only beaten one top 10 opponent in her 12-year career. She is currently ranked 75th in the world and had to qualify for the tournament.
In Sports News this Monday: Jorge Lorenzo wins the Czech Grand Prix, but only teenager Jakub Kornfeil gives local fans something to cheer about in Brno with a sensational finish in the 125cc race; Viktoria Plzeň remain in front in the Czech football league, while title-holders Sparta prepare to face Žilina for a place in the Champions League; and close but no third 2010 victory over Federer for Tomáš Berdych.
Roger Federer ended a run of recent losses to Czech seventh seed Tomáš Berdych on Friday winning an inspiring 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters. Berdych initially looked poised to continue his winning sequence over Federer when he stormed to a 5-2 lead in the third but a relentless Federer refused to fold, finally getting the break he needed with Berdych serving for the match at 5-3. A tiebreak saw Federer jump ahead 4-0 then grimly clinch the victory 7-5 when Berdych sent a return into the net. The third-seeded Swiss had lost twice this season to Czech seventh seed Berdych, in Miami and in a Wimbledon quarter-final barely six weeks ago.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the last eight of the Toronto ATP Masters tournament and will now face former world number one Roger Federer. Berdych, seeded seventh, beat 21-year-old Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6:3, 6:7, 6:4 to get to the quarterfinals. Friday’s encounter with Federer, seeded third, gives Berdych a chance to build on his two victories over the Swiss player already this year. The last was on the Czech’s route to this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles final.
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.
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