Tennis players Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych have given the Czech Republic a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in their first round match-up in the Hopman Cup. Kvitová, last year’s Wimbledon champion beat opponent Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4,6-2, sweeping her aside in the last five games, while world no. 7 Berdych fought and won a three-setter against Grigor Dimitrov, who clawed back into the match winning a tie-break in the second set; the final score was 6 -4, 6-7, 6-3. Kvitová and Berdych’s strong opening round against Bulgaria was not flawless: the Czech duo lost their mixed-doubles match against Pironkova and Dimitrov by a score of 6:2, 3:6, 9:11 – the match dramatically going down the wire in the final set.
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Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych, the men’s world no. 7 and Petr Kvitová, the women’s no.2, are readying for the prestigious Hopman Cup between nations which begins in Perth, Australia on December 31. Eight mixed-teams are competing for the title, with the Czechs beginning their tournament against Bulgaria. Ties in the tournament see one women’s singles match, one men’s, and one mixed doubles. Berdych, who won 53 of 76 matches this season, and Kvitová, who won Wimbledon and the WTA Championships, should prove a formidable challenge, the tournament’s director Paul McNamee indicated.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has been nominated for the international Laureus award in the category of best sportswoman of the year and the breakthrough of the year. The Wimbledon champion and winner of the end of season WTA championships said she was surprised by her nomination for the awards that will be handed out in London in February. The 21-year-old Czech, ranked second in the world, has been named the ITF’s woman tennis player of the year, and might yet win the Czech Republic’s annual Sportsperson of the Year contest.
In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych was defeated by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Playing in his first semi-final in the prestigious season-ending tournament, Berdych was unable to mount a convincing comeback after losing the first set 6:3. The second set was closer, finishing 7:5 in Tsonga’s favor. The win is Tsonga’s first against the Czech player who is the world No. 7.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has booked a spot in the semi-finals of the prestigious ATP World Finals after beating Spanish opponent David Ferrer in London on Friday evening. The Spaniard took control of the match by winning the first set, but was then edged by the world No. 7 in the second. Berdych continued his momentum in the final set, leading 5:0 before Ferrer picked up a lone game. The final score was 3:6, 7:5, 6:1. It is the first time that Tomáš Berdych, a Wimbledon finalist, has qualified for the semis in the season-ending tournament; he will now face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. His win over Ferrer in the round-robin stage knocked world No. 1 Novak Djokovic - who had a phenomenal season this year - out of the tournament.
In Sports News: national football team captain Tomáš Rosický apologises for team over “Drulák” incident but squad receives two million crown fine; Liberec, Plzeň keep pressure on league-leaders Sparta with respective wins over Slovácko and Mladá Boleslav; Chelsea and Petr Čech fall 2:1 against Liverpool; in hockey, Sparta defeats Třinec to move to top of the league; Jágr readies for return after suffering minor injury; in tennis, Czech fans will have a chance to root for Tomáš Berdych, taking part in the final event of the season: the ATP World
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