Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová on Monday moved up a notch to career-high world number three in the WTA’s ranking following her victory at the Linz tournament last week. The 21-year-old Wimbledon champion switched places with Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, whom she’ll play in the first round of the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Tuesday. The number one among Czech men, Tomáš Berdych, remains at seventh place of the ATP rankings.
Sports News: In football, Jablonec, Liberec and Plzeň all secure wins to inch closer to league leaders Sparta Prague; Chelsea – with Petr Čech – lose 1:0 against QPR; hockey goalie Chábera earns a shut-out against Sparta, while in the NHL Vokoun notches up his sixth straight win with the Washington Capitals; and, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová will face tough opponents in her group in the WTA Championships.
Freddie Botur, who was born Vratislav Botur, fled Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly after taking part in a student march to Prague Castle aimed at preventing the Communists from seizing power. The ambitious young émigré eventually ended up in New York, where he became a successful developer and owner of tennis clubs, including the well-known Tennisport on the banks of the East River.
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.
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