The Czech hockey team continues streak at the World Championships with wins over Slovakia and Russia; Czech tennis player Kvitová breaks into the women’s top ten for the first time; League-leaders Plzeň defeat Mladá Boleslav to retain three point lead over Sparta; defending Premier League champions Petr Čech and Chelsea suffer defeat against Manchester United; Kenyan runners dominate Prague International Marathon.
The Czech women’s tennis team reached the final of the Fed Cup for the first time in 23 years after edging Belgium in the best-of-five semifinal on Sunday. The decision came down to the final doubles match between Czechs Iveta Benešová and Barbora Zahlavová-Strycová against Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens, which the Czechs won 6:4, 6:4. The last time the women’s team has competed in the Fed Cup final was for Czechoslovakia in 1988 against the Soviet Union. That team included Czech players Jana Novotná and Helena Suková and the team won. In this year’s final, the Czechs will face Russia. The final takes place on November 5 and 6th.
Tennis player Petra Kvitová has defeated Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in Charleroi, giving the Czech Republic a 2:1 edge in the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. The Czech player came back after losing the first set 7:5. She won the second 6:4 and the final set 6:2. The match took two hours and 14 minutes to complete. The win gives the Czech Republic a 2:1 edge in the semifinals, with two matches left to play. Záhlavová-Strýcová faces Flipkens in the final singles match on Sunday, and will also play in the double with Iveta Benešová against Belgian players Mestach and Van Uytvanck.
Czech tennis star Tomáš Berdych has dropped out of the Miami Masters tournament in the quarterfinal round, losing to world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain. Seventh seed Berdych has not managed to defeat Nadal since 2006. The score was 2:6, 6:3 a 3:6. Last year Berdych took second place in the Miami Masters, losing only to Andy Roddick of the United States in the finals match.
The Czech men’s tennis team lost 2:3 to Kazachstan in the first round of the Davis Cup after both Tomáš Berdych and Jan Hájek lost their singles in Ostrava on Sunday. Berdych, world number seven, failed to score the decisive third point for the Czechs when he surprisingly lost to Andrei Golubev 5:7, 7:5, 4:6 and 2:6, and brought the rubber to a 2:2. In the final single, Czech Republic’s Jan Hájek lost in three and a half hours to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4:6, 7:6, 6:7 and 0:6. The loss is a major disappointment for the Czechs who will now play to stay in the Davis Cup World Group.
In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic goes down in defeat at the tennis Davis Cup; Czechs bring home two golds, a silver and a bronze from the European indoor championships; in hockey, the season’s playoff-offs quarterfinals continue; and in football, Sparta narrow the gap behind league leaders Plzeň.
The Czech police said on Sunday that cash, computers and other valuables were stolen from the rooms at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Ostrava where members of the Kazakh tennis team were staying. The theft occurred on Saturday afternoon when the team members were out at the Davis Cup game. The police estimated the damages at 415,000 crowns, or nearly 24,000 US dollars. Hotel management said they would compensate the team members for the loss.
The Czech men’s tennis team is tied 2:2 with Kazachstan in the first round of the Davis Cup after Czech Tomáš Berdych lost to Andrei Golubev 5:7, 7:5, 4:6 and 2:6 in the northern city of Ostrava on Sunday. World number seven Berdych failed to score the decisive third point for the Czechs; he put up little resistance to the Kazakh, ranked 43rd, who showed great tennis throughout the match. In the final singles rubber, Czech Republic’s Jan Hájek faces Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan for a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
After Saturday’s double, The Czech Republic’s men’s tennis team is leading 2:1 over Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup. Czechs Tomáš Berdych and Lukáš Dlouhý beat Kazakhstan’s Yuri Schukin and Evgeny Korolev 6:4, 6.4, 7:6 in Ostrava on Saturday, securing the second point for the Czechs. In Friday’s singles, Jan Hálek lost a five-set battle to Golubev but Czech number one Tomáš Berdych equalized when he beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7:6, 6.2, 6:3.
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