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The Czech women’s tennis team has defeated Russia to win the Fed Cup for the first time in 23 years. The advantage in the world group final went back and forth over the weekend, with Petra Kvitová putting the Czechs ahead in the first game on both days at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Lucie Šafářova lost the second match on both Saturday and Sunday, however, allowing the tournament to be decided by a doubles match between Czechs Květa Peschkeová and Lucie Hradecká and Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina representing the home team. The final score was 6:4, 6:2.
The Fed Cup world group final between the Czech Republic and Russia remained drawn on Saturday, 1:1. World no. 2 Petra Kvitová handed her team the advantage in round one, handily defeating Maria Kirilenko, 6:2, 6:2. In the next round, the host nation’s Svetlana Kuznetsova won an equally sound victory over the Czech Republic’s Lucie Šafářova 6:2, 6:3. The two victors, Kvitová and Kuznetsova, will now face off in the third rubber at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.
In Sports News: Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová caps best season with WTA Championship triumph; in football, Liberec & Viktoria Plzeň notch up victories while league leader Sparta slip; in the NHL, Montreal Canadiens Plekanec helps sink Bruins in their home-and-home series, while in the Extraliga Budějovice down Slavia.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová on Sunday won the end-of-season WTA
Championships in Istanbul after she beat Viktoria Aznarenka of Belarus in
the final 7:5, 4:6, 6:3. Kvitová swept through the tournament and only
lost two sets on her way to the final where she dramatically defeated the
Belarusian in three sets.
This season has been the best in the 21-year-old Czech player’s career; she won five out of her six WTA titles, including that of Wimbledon. Kvitová’s win at WTA event in Istanbul will also move her up to career-high number two in world rankings.
Petra Kvitová beat Samantha Stosur 5:7. 6:3, 6:3 in the semifinals of the end-of-season WTA Championships in Istanbul on Saturday and reached tournament’s final. Kvitová made a series of errors in the fist set; in the second, the Australian was leading 1:0 and had a break point but Kvitová defended her serve and eventually dominated the whole match. In Sunday’s final, the new world number two will face Viktoria Azarenka from Belarus.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová beat Agniezska Radwanska from Poland 7:6, 6:3 at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Friday move to her career-best number two in the world rankings. The 21-year-old Czech was losing 1:5 in the first set but won four games in a row and took the set in a tie-break. In the second set, Radwanska failed to convert two break points and Kvitová wrapped up the match. In the tournament’s semifinals, Petra Kvitová will face Australia’s Samantha Stosur.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová got off to a good start in her first match in the Red Group at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, defeating opponent Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. The Czech player, who triumphed at Wimbledon this year, won 6:2, 6:4. Afterwards, she admitted she had been nervous ahead of her first-ever match in the WTA Championships. In her group she also faces Caroline Wozniak, and Agnieszka Radwanska: the two best players will face the two best from the White Group in the semifinals.
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.
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