Defending champion Petra Kvitová came back from a set and a break down to beat Italian Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1 in a rain-disrupted fourth-round match at Wimbledon on Monday. Kvitová, the fourth seed, looked to be in trouble when former French Open champion Schiavone went a set and 2-1 up, taking advantage of a double fault to help her break the Czech. Kvitová, however, broke straight back and went 6-5 up before light rain began falling resulting in several stops and starts which unsettled Schiavone. In the third set Kvitová raced through two breaks of serve to wrap up the set in 39 minutes. She will now face the former champion Serena Williams.
In this week's Sports News, Petra Kvitová to play crucial fourth round match at Wimbledon; Czech players on the move in the NHL; two local ice-hockey teams form a business partnership; five medals for Czechs at the European Athletics Championships and the national women's basketball team qualifies at the eleventh hour for the London Olympics.
The year is 1984, and Ivan Lendl plays the winning point against John McEnroe in the final of the French Open in Paris, one of eight Grand Slam singles titles in his career. The 1970s and 80s were period of huge tennis success in Czechoslovakia, and the country put considerable resources into the sport. Unlike most of their compatriots, the country’s top tennis players were able to travel round the world, and when Czechoslovak Radio caught up with the 19-year-old Lendl just before Christmas 1979, it was during one of his rare trips back home:
Twenty-six-year-old Czech tennis player Lukáš Rosol stunned the tennis world on Thursday, ousting World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the 2nd round at Wimbledon. Rosol, ranked 100th in the world, defeated the 11-time Grand Slam champion in five sets 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Rosol impressed with 65 winners; his win was described as inspirational and electric by news sites.
Former Wimbledon runner-up and World No. 7 in men’s tennis Tomáš Berdych suffered an upset against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. The player lost three tiebreakers in the result. The Czech was looking to reach the second round for the eighth straight year but came up short: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4). The player expressed great frustration over the result in an interview for Mladá fronta Dnes, saying he hoped he would improve in the second half of the season.
In Sports News: Fans, players mark the 50th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s second-place finish at the 1962 World Cup; Pirlo emulates Panenka with a cheeky chip against England at EURO 2012; Czech football champions Liberec will face Kazakhstan’s Shakhter Karagandy in the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League; Kvitová begins defence of Wimbledon title.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvítová beat Kazakh qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6 6-2 6-4 and reached the semi-finals of the French Open for the first time on Wednesday. Although Shvedova led Kvítová 4-2 in the final set, the Czech fourth seed kept her focus through driving rain to complete victory after her 142nd-ranked opponent drilled a backhand wide on matchpoint. Kvítová will now take on title favorite Maria Sharapova for a place in Saturday's final.
In Sports News: the Czech national football team arrives in Poland ahead of Euro 2012; in hockey, the L.A. Kings have won the first two games of Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, lessening the chance the cup will travel to the Czech Republic this year; in tennis, world No. 4 Petra Kvitová and fellow Czech player Klára Zakopalová have both made it to the fourth round at the French Open.
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