Czech tennis player Květa Peschke and Slovenian partner Katarina Srebotnik failed to win the finals of the season ending WTA Championships doubles in Doha on Sunday. The number two seeds went down 5:7, 4:6 against top seeded Argentinean-Italian pairing of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta. Peschke and Srebotnik had a set point at 5:4 in the first set but failed to convert it.
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Czech tennis player Květa Peschke and Slovenian partner Katarina Srebotnik play in the WTA Championships doubles final in Doha on Sunday. The number two seeds will take on the top seeded Argentinian-Italian pairing of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta. Peschke and Srebotnik beat US player Lisa Raymond and Australian Reanne Stubbs 7:6, 6:3 in the semi-finals.
Radek Štěpánek was knocked out by a player ranked 465th in the world at tennis’s Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The Czech player, ranked 30th, was eliminated in the first round after losing 3-6 4-6 to Bai Yan of China, who is taking part in the first ATP tournament of his career. Štěpánek’s compatriot Tomáš Berdych fared better, beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-4 to advance to the third round. The world number seven is hoping to win a place at the season-closing ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time.
Czech tennis player Petra Zakopalová lost to Russia’s Alisa Klebanova 1:6 and 3:6 in the final of the Korean Open on Saturday. The ninth-seeded Czech lost her service six times in the final; the fifth-seeded Russian was leading 5-0 in the first set when Zakopalová scored her first game. In the second set, the 28-year-old Czech was leading 3-1 but failed to score any more games after that. After the final, Zakopalová said her opponent was more aggressive and deserved to win.
Czech tennis player Petra Zakopalová advanced to the final at the Korea Open tournament in Seoul on Saturday after her opponent, top seed Nadia Petrova from Russia, withdrew in the first set due to an illness. Zakopalová, seeded ninth, was leading 5-4 in the first set. The 28-year-old Czech will face fifth seed Alisa Klebanova, from Russia, in Sunday’s final.
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.
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