Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has moved up to 4th place in the world in the women’s WTA singles rankings, after winning her fifth WTA title this season at the weekend in Linz. By the end of the week, she could even move to the No. 3 spot now dominated by Azarenka, ČTK reported and could have a shot at the top spot if the player does well in remaining competitions. On the men’s circuit, Tomáš Berdych is the world No. 7.
In Sport News this Monday: in football, the Czech national team beats Lithuania to earn a Euro 2012 playoff place while Sparta Prague suffer first league defeat of the season; in tennis, Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová takes her fifth WTA title while the Czech women’s team prepares for Fed Cup final; and in cyclocross, world champion finishes third in the World Cup opener.
Czech Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulková 6:4, 6:1 in the final of the Linz Open in Austria on Sunday and claimed the fifth WTA title of her career. The 21-year-old Czech took Cibulková’s serve early in the first set but her opponent came back before Kvitová broke again and took the set. In the second, the Czech won five games in a row to wrap up the game. The win could boost Kvitová’s confidence two weeks ahead of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Czech tennis player beat Croatia’s Marin Čilič 3:6, 6:4, 6:1 in the final of the China Open in Being on Sunday, claiming the his sixth ATP title of his career. The third seeded Czech lost the first set but took the second and third thanks to his strong serve and consistent play. The victory lifts him up two places to world’s number seven in the ATP ranking.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has advanced to the quarter-final round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokjo, beating American Vania King 6:1, 7:6 in the third round. Her next match will be against Russian Maria Sharapova, who she last faced, and defeated, in the finals match at Wimbledon. Other Czech tennis players, Iveta Benešová and Klára Zakopalová, dropped out of the tournament.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs mourn three hockey players killed in the Yaroslavl plane crash; in football, Vitkoria Plzeň prepare for their first Champions League game; tennis player Jiří Veselý loses in the US Open boys’ singles final; the Czech men’s volleyball team secures a spot in the European championships’ play-offs; and Czech canoeist Kateřina Hošková claims the gold medal at the slalom world championships.
Czech tennis player Petra Cetkovská has advanced to the semi-final round of the WTA tournament in New Haven, having defeated fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France 7:5, 7:5. She will now face China’s Li Na for final round qualification. Cetkovská has played Li Na only once, in 2009, when she lost in Monterrey 3:6 4:6. She said she was looking forward to seeing how well her game stands up to the world no. 5, who has five WTA titles to her name.
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