Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has advanced into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday, beating the South African Kevin Anderson. Berdych, who has not lost a single set in the first Grand Slam of the year, dominated over Anderson with the final score 6:3, 6:2, 7:6. The sixth seeded Czech will most likely face the world number one Novak Djoković on Tuesday. The two faced each other 12 times, and Bedych beat the Serb won only one match at the 2010 Wimbledon.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek threw everything he had at world no. 1 Novak Djoković in their third-round match at the Australian Open, coming to the net on 67 occasions to try and dominate. But it wasn’t enough against the Serbian, who is the two-time defending champion. The match lasted two hours and 22 minutes and the final score was 6:4, 6:3, 7:5. Štepánek’s teammate Tomáš Berdych on the other hand had no trouble winning his third –round match against Jürgen Melzer. The only Czech left in the tournament, Berdych will face the South African Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.
Czech tennis players have had a rough time at the Australian Open, many of their campaigns to progress far into the tournament being cut short. Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitová was stunned by Great Britain’s Laura Robson in an epic three-setter that ended at 12:30 am local time. The match went three sets and came down to a tie-break: the final score was 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in Robson’s favour. The two had never met in competition before. Other Czechs who lost include Lukáš Rosol and Lucie Šafářová, while the defending doubles champion from last year, Radek Štepánek and doubles partner Leander Paes, were defeated in the first round.
Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek have advanced to the third round of the Australian Open. The eight-seed Berdych beat Guillaume Rufin of France 6-2 6-2 6-4 while Štěpánek, seeded 31st, defeated Spain’s Feliciano Lopez with the same score. In the women’s singles, Czechs Klára Zakopalová, Lucie Hradecká and Kristýna Plíšková have all been knocked out of the season-opening event in Melbourne.
The Czech women’s tennis number one Petr Kvitová beat Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 6-4 2-6 6-2 in her opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The one-time Wimbledon winner’s compatriot Lucie Šafářová also reached round two in Melbourne after beating the Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-6 6-4, while Lukáš Rosol did likewise by defeat Jamie Baker of the United Kingdom 7-6 7-5 6-2.
All the Czech tennis players who have so far played in this year’s Australian Open will be going on to the second round. Tomáš Berdych, Klára Zakopalová, Lucie Hradecká, Radek Štěpánek and a first-timer Kristýna Plíšková won their first-round matches. Tuesday will see six more Czechs play their first games at the grand slam, including Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová.
In Sports News: Czech skier Lukáš Bauer comes in second in the Czech Republic’s biggest cross-country skiing event, the Jizerská padesátka; speed skater Sáblíková is closed out of the medals at the European Allround Speed Skating championships; Berdych, four other Czech tennis players advance, clinch opening round wins at Australian Open; legendary hockey forward Jaromír Jágr has trained for the first time with new club the Dallas Stars.
In Sports News this Monday: The end of the NHL lockout means an exodus of stars from the Czech Extraliga – Jaromír Jágr says “it’s been great”, while the Kladno coach says the players’ presence did a lot for the domestic game; Lukáš Bauer is weighing up participation in the Jizerská padesátka after a tough Tour de Ski; and Petra Kvitová’s season has got off to a poor start.
Czech tennis player Klára Zakopalová has reached the final of the WTA event in Shenzhen after she beat Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-3 in the semifinal. The fifth-seeded Czech, who has reached the finals of a WTA tournament for the first time in two years, will play top seed Li Na of China in the final on Saturday.
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