The Australian Open winner and World No. 1 in women’s tennis, Kim Clijsters, proved unable to stop Czech player Petra Kvitová in the Open Gaz de France final in Paris on Sunday. The 20-year-old Kvitová continued in top form and was able to seal her win in straight sets: the final score was 6:4, 6:3. The Paris title is the third WTA title in Kvitová’s career.
Czech player Petra Kvitová reached the final of the Paris Open on Saturday after breezing to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.The world number 18 took less than an hour to eliminate 48th-ranked opponent to set up a final date with Kim Clijsters of Belgium. The Czech player’s last tournament victory was at Brisbane in January. Clijsters, the Australian Open champion, booked her spot in the final with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Kaia Kanepi.
Czech player Petra Kvitová defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Open Gaz de France. She will face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States or Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. The player lost the first set to Wickmayer but broke for a 4-3 lead in the second. Kvitova evened the match on a double fault from the seventh-seeded Belgian. Kvitova took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker in the third, and converted her second match point.
The Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team is leading 1:0 over Slovakia in the 1st round o the Fed Cup after Lucie Šafářová beat Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchová 7:5, 6:1 in Bratislava on Saturday. In the first set Hantuchová was ahead 5:4 in the first set and was two points away from the set, but the Czech stood firm, broke the next game and took the set. In the second, the Slovak put up little resistance and Czech number two Šafářová converted her first match point in an hour and 29 minutes. In the other game on Saturday, Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulková was an easy prey for Czech Republic’s number one, Petra Kvitová who won 6:2, 6:3.
In tennis, the two times winner of junior titles in the Australian Open Jíří Veselý has been named in the Czech squad for the first round Davis Cup match against Kazakhstan in March. The 17-year old who won both the boy’s singles and doubles titles in Melbourne has a chance of supplementing the Czech first choice players Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych. The Czech team reached the finals of the Davis Cup in 2009 losing to holders, Spain.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has moved up from 28th to 18th spot in the women’s rankings after her recent run at the Australian Open, where she went out in the quarterfinals. It is the first time in her career that the 20-year-old has broken into the top 20. No Czech female player has ranked among the twenty best players in the world since Nicole Vaidišová succeeded in June 2008.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar defends his world cyclo-cross tite; Tomáš Verner takes bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships; in tennis, Jiří Veselý wins the junior boys’ singles at the Australian Open, and in football, Sparta’s Ivory Coast striker Bony Wilfried joins the Dutch club Arnhem.
Petra Kvitová will lead the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup first round tie against Slovakia in Bratislava on February 5 and 6, Czech captain Petr Pála said on Tuesday. Kvitová, the world number 28, will team up with Lucie Šafárová, Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová and Květa Peschkeová, number five in the WTA doubles ranking. The Czechs were thrashed 0-5 by Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals last year.
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