In Sports News this Monday: a young English golfer takes his first big title at Czech Open; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych beats Roger Federer at Cincinnati before later pulling out with a shoulder injury; Czech football titleholders Plzeň gear up for the second leg of their Champions League play-off; also, Czech canoe racer Lukáš Koranda wins silver in the 5000 metres at the world championships in Hungary.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych was forced to retire from the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters after dropping the first set 7:5 to Novak Djokovic. The player’s retirement from the match, the first at the tournament since 1977, came two days after the player aggravated his shoulder in a doubles match. The Cincinnati Masters match against Djokovic is Berdych’s sixth semifinal loss this season.
Czech tennis players have fared poorly in Canada, with two main hopefuls falling out of tournaments in Toronto and Montreal. Tomáš Berdych left the Masters series in Montreal in the quarter finals after losing to Serbian Janek Tipsarević 4:6, 4:6. Lucie Šafářová meanwhile dropped the quarterfinal round in Toronto, suffering a defeat to former world no. 1 Serena Williams; the score was 6:4, 3:6, 2:6. It was the Czech Fed Cup player’s fourth loss to Williams, a 13-time grand slam winner.
Thirty-two-year-old Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek has won the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, his first tournament title in just under two years. The un-seeded player defeated opponent Gael Monfils of France in straight sets: the final score was 6:4, 6:4. The singles title is the fifth in Štepánek’s career, after wins in San Jose, Rotterdam, Brisbane, and Los Angeles. His trainer, Petr Korda won the Legg Mason Classic back when he was a player. Štepánek is the second-oldest player to ever win the championship, after the legendary Jimmy Connors did it at the age of 35 back in 1988.
In Sports News: Czech mountain bike racer Jaroslav Kulhavý clinches the European championship title for the second year in a row; tennis player Štepánek ends almost two-year drought, winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington; football’s Sparta defeat Jablonec, continuing their successful start to the season; top female ref Dagmar Damková oversees her last match in the top domestic league.
The Czech player Radek Štěpánek has reached the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Štěpánek displayed strong holds of serve to overcome Donald Young of the United States 6-3 6-3 on Saturday and set up a meeting with Gael Monfils. The Czech has lost to the Frenchman on five of the seven occasions they have faced one another in the past.
Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek advanced to the semi-finls of the ATP Washington Classic on Friday by eliminating Spanish fifth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4. Štěpánek, who at 54th in the ranking was 35 spots below the Spanish left-hander, broke Verdasco in the fifth game and never faced a break point, taking the first set on back to back service winners. He will face the American 128th-ranked Donald Young in the final of the tournament, which comes with a 1.4 million US Dollar cash prize.
In Sports News this week: Roman Kreuziger’s outlooks in Tour de France uncertain; in superbikes, bad luck streak continues for Jakub Smrž at the world Superbike championship event in Brno; Czech football champions Viktoria Plzeň begin their bid to reach Champions League; and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová receives a queen’s welcome in her home town.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová will be received by President Václav Klaus on Thursday. Mr. Klaus said that he had followed her winning finale match at Wimbledon closely and that he wanted to personally congratulate the young tennis player on her sensational success. Moreover, she will be granted honorary citizenship by her native town of Fulnek, in the country’s Moravian-Silesian region. Mrs. Kvitová will also be attending the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Thursday, where she will be greeted by the director of the festival, Jiří Bartoška. She won the Wimbledon finale on Saturday, defeating the Russian three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. Her win is the first by a Czech player since 1998, when Jana Novotná took the title.
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