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.
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.
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