The Czech tennis captain Petr Pála has nominated the winning team from last year’s Fed Cup final to the first round of this year’s tournament. Petra Kvitová, Lucie Šafářová, Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká will face the Australian team in Ostrava on February 9 and 10. The Australians are the second most successful team in the Fed Cup history, having won the championship seven times. But their last victory was in 1974.
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Czech Davis Cu champion Radek Štěpánek is set to undergo operation to
treat persisting problems with his back, and will miss the first round of
the competition in which the Czech team faces Switzerland next weekend, the
team’s captain Jaroslav Navrátil said on Sunday. To replaced the injured
player, the captain nominated Ivo Minář, ranked 189th in the world, to
play alongside Tomáš Berdych, Lukáš Rosol and Jiří Veselý.
The start of the week should be mostly overcast with snow and daytime highs ranging between -5 and -1 degrees Celsius.
Czech tennis players Lucie Hradecká and František Čermák have failed to win the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open after they lost to Australia’s Jarmila Gajdošová and Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-5 in the final on Sunday. Lucie Hradecká said they had several opportunities to change the play but missed them, while the 37-year-old Čermák said reaching the final itself was a success for him.
Three Czech tennis players will be playing at the Australian Open finals. The mixed doubles team, Lucie Hradecká and František Čermák, will face Australians Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdošová. In the junior competition, the second seeded Kateřina Siniaková will play Ana Konjuh from Croatia in the finals after the sixteen-year-old Czech beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in the semi-final. The last Czech who was left in the singles competition, Tomáš Berdych, had lost to Novak Djoković in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has again failed to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open, after losing 1-6 6-4 1-6 4-6 to world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia in Melbourne on Tuesday. It was the third time in a row that Berdych was knocked out in the last eight stage of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych, seeded 5th at the Australian Open, hit a wall on Tuesday in the form of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Although he showed moments of inspiration, he lost two sets very lopsidedly, twice giving Djokovic easy leads. Berdych hung on briefly in the fourth, trying to claw his way back into the match, but it wasn’t enough.
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.
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