In Sports News this Monday: the Czech men’s team fail to reach the final of the Davis Cup, despite having been 2:1 up against Serbia after day two of their semi-finals clash; Lukáš Konečný (32) becomes the first Czech boxer to win a European professional title; and it’s a weekend to forget for current and former Czech soccer captains Tomáš Rosický and Tomáš Ujfaluši.
The Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup World
Group semi-final on Saturday after Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štepánek won
the doubles against Nenad Zimonjic and Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-1.
In Friday’s games the Czechs and Serbs levelled at 1-1. First Radek Štepánek gave the Czechs the lead, beating Djokovic's replacement Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. But 37th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic then beat Wimbledon runner-up Tomáš Berdych, the world number seven, 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) to level the tie.
Novak Djokovic was forced to withdraw from the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group semi-final between Serbia and Czech Republic on Friday due to stomach problems, a statement said. Victor Troicki, world ranked 47, will replace Djokovic in the first rubber against Czech Radek Stepanek, ranked 35th, a statement on the Davis Cup website said.
Thursday’s draw for the tennis Davis Cup semifinales determined that Radek Štepánek will face Novak Djokovič of Serbia in the first single in Belgrade on Friday; Czech tennis number one Tomáš Berdych will then play Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevič. Czech Davis Cup team captain Jaroslav Navrátil said it was not important who will play who but that he hoped that come Sunday the Czechs would have three points. Bookmakers however favour the Serbs, with around 1.4 to 1 odds in the hosts’ favour.
The Czech team will be at full strength in the upcoming semi-final of tennis’ Davis Cup in Belgrade the team’s non-playing coach Jaroslav Navrátil has confirmed. Nominated are Jan Hájek and Ivo Minář, together with the country’s two strongest players Radek Štepánek and Tomáš Berdych - both of whom missed the quarterfinal in Chile due to injury. Earlier this year, Berdych came second in his first-ever Grand Slam final at Wimbledon; but he has struggled since and was unexpectedly downed in the first round of the US Open last week. Last year, the Czech team made it all the way to the Davis Cup final but was defeated by Spain. This year’s semi-final takes place in Serbia beginning on September 17.
Top seeded Czech, Tomáš Berdych was defeated in the first round of the US Open tennis tournament by Frenchman, Michael Llodra. The score was 6:7, 4:6, 4:6. Wimbledon finalist Berdych was seeded seventh. No male Czech player has proceeded past the first round. Earlier, Radek Štěpánek, who is struggling to find his best form this year, went down 4:6, 2:6, 6:4, 4:6 to Frenchman Julien Benneteau. In women’s singles, Petra Kvitová beat fellow Czech Lucie Hradecká in the first round on Monday, and will face defending champion Maria Sharapova from Russia on Thursday.
Czech player Radek Štěpánek has been an early casualty in the tennis’US Open. Štěpánek, who is struggling to find his best form this year, went down 4:6, 2:6, 6:4, 4:6 to Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the first round. Top seeded Czech, Tomáš Berdych takes to the court on Wednesday where he faces another Frenchman, Michael Llodrou. Wimbledon finalist Berdych is seeded seventh.
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.
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