Football goalkeeper Petr Čech proves key in the Czechs’ draw against Peru in the Kirin Cup; Liechtenstein upset Lithuania in Euro 2012 qualifying to boost the Czech Republic’s own tournament chances; Viktoria Žižkov is promoted to the top flight, joining four other Prague clubs; tennis legends Mečíř, Novotná edge Lendl, Mandlíková in mixed-doubles in Prague; hockey goalie Hašek takes time off to hit the singletrack but plans to return in 2012/2013 season.
The Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká beat the Indian-Russian pair of Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 to win the women’s doubles in tennis’s French Open in Paris on Friday. It was the duo’s fifth title win but their first in a Grand Slam tournament. Remarkably, the unseeded Czechs did not lose one set on their way to victory at Roland Garros.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová beat Vania King from the US 6.4, 6.2 at the French Open on Saturday and advanced to the tournament’s fourth round. The Czech was leading 3:0 in the first set and won despite many unforced errors. In the second set, Kvitová won four games in a row to eventually take the match in one hour and 24 minutes. In the fourth round, the ninth seeded Czech will play China’s Na Li, seeded sixth.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová advanced on Thursday to the third round at the French Open after beating China’s Jie Zheng 6:4, 6:1. In the first set, ninth seed Kvitová converted two out of five breakpoints while in the second, the Czech won six consecutive games to wrap up the game in one hour and 16 minutes. In the third round of the French Open, Petra Kvitová will face the winner of Vania King from the US versus UK’s Elena Baltacha.
Czech tennis number one Tomáš Berdych was knocked out from the first round of the French Open on Monday after he lost 3:6, 3:6, 6:2, 6:2, 9:7 to France’s qualifier Stephane Robert. Berdych, seeded sixth at Roland Garros, won the first two sets but then his opponent got into the game and eventually stunned the erratic Czech. After the game, 25-year-old Berdych, ranked sixth in the ATP tour, said he found no defence against the Frenchman’s serve, and that it was his worst defeat in the season.
In Sports News this Monday: with one round to go, Viktoria Plzeň clinch the Czech football title, Ústí nad Labem and Brno are relegated and Dukla Prague return among the elite; in tennis, Lucie Šafářová advances to French Open’s second round with more Czechs yet to face their first round opponents; and in cycling, Roman Kreuziger ranks in the top ten in Giro d’Italia.
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.
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