The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitová downed Italy's 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday. The 28th seeded Kvitová came back from losing the first set to beat the Italian in one hour 55minutes on Melbourne Park's Hisense Arena. Kvitová, who defeated fifth seeded Australian Samantha Stosur in the third round, has now won nine matches in a row to start the year, following her win in the Brisbane International in the first week of January. The 20-year-old left hander from Fulnek in the Czech Republic is the first Czech woman to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne since Nicole Vaidisová in 2007.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6:4, 6:3 and 6:2 at the Australian Open on Sunday and for the first time in his career advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinals. Sixth seed Berdych made nine unforced errors and scored 11 aces in the match; the 25-year-old Czech said he was playing more aggressively and made fewer errors. The Czech number one will play third seed Novak Djokovič from Serbia in the quarterfinals.
Two Czech tennis players have made their way to the top sixteen in the Australian Open grand slam tournament. Petra Kvitová took the 3rd round to the disappointment of the home crowd, defeating fifth-seed Samantha Stosur 7-6, 6-3. Iveta Benešová then beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6:3, 1:6, 7:5. Benešová will now face second seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia. In the men’s tournament, Tomáš Berdych, who reached the round, on Friday will be taking on Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Czech tennis player Sandra Záhlavová came close to producing the upset of the Australian Open so far. She pushed fourth seed Venus Williams to three sets after taking the first set on a tie break 7:6 in the second round tie. An injured Williams came back to take the second set to love but narrowly won the third 6:4. Separately, top seeded Czech in the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych, came back from a set down to win in four sets against German Phillipp Kohlschreiber.
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Czech tennis player Lukáš Dlouhý has won the doubles title in Sydney together with partner Paul Hanley. They beat top seeded US pairing Mike and Bob Bryan 6:7, 6:3 and took the match tie breaker 10:5. The Sydney international triumph makes it a back to back win for the Czech-Australian pairing after taking the Brisbane doubles title a week earlier. They will now be fancied to do well in the first grand slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, which starts on Monday.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek has fallen just short of the finals in the Brisbane International, a run-up to the Australian Open. Štepánek was beaten in straight sets by Swede Robin Soderling, 3:6, 5:7. The match took just one hour and 22 minutes. In 2009, Štepánek won the tournament; last year he was beaten in the final by American Andy Roddick, who will face Soderling for this year’s title.
Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic stayed on course for a title at the start of the new season when he eased into the semi-finals of the $450,000 ATP Chennai Open on Friday. The world number six brushed aside the 112nd-ranked Blaz Kavcic of Slovakia 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 24 minutes on the centre court of the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium. The top-seeded Berdych dropped his serve twice in the second set, but kept the pressure on Kavcic by breaking him four times. Berdych, playing for the first time in Chennai, awaits the winner of the quarter-final between third seed Stanislas Wawrinka and Robin Haase.
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