In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic pick up five medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships – including gold for Pavel Maslák in the 400m; a win in the Malaysian Open gives Karolína Plíšková her first WTA title; and Viktoria Plzeň see their lead in the Czech league shrink to one point as they prepare to face Fenerbache.
The Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has won her first WTA title. The 20-year-old recovered from a poor start to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the final of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. It was the first time that Plíšková, ranked 127th in the world, had reached the final of a WTA tournament.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has been beaten in the final of the Dubai Championships. Berdych, ranked sixth, lost 7-5 6-3 to top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Saturday in what was his second final of the season; last week Berdych failed to take the ninth ATP title of his career after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Marseille Open.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych lost 6-3, 6-7, 4-6 to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of ATP tournament in Marseilles on Sunday. The Czech, ranked sixth in the world, failed to win his first title of the season despite earning a match point in the tie-break of the second set. Meanwhile, the leading Czech woman player, Petra Kvitova, won her first title this season after she beat Italy’s Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the final of a WTA tournament in Dubai on Saturday.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic advance to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after a home victory over Australia; nearly 70,000 turn out for the first three days of the Biathlon World Championships; Sparta face Chelsea and Plzeň play Napoli in the Europa League; and Milan Baroš is close to a return to Ostrava.
The Czech women’s tennis team have beaten Australia to reach the semi-finals of the Fed Cup for the fifth time in five years. Petra Kvitova lost the first set of her singles rubber against Samantha Stosur in Ostrava on Sunday and faced match-ball in the second, but she recovered to win 2-6 7-6 6-4 to give the Czech Republic an unassailable 3:0 lead on matches. The Czech women won the Fed Cup in Prague last year just weeks before the Czech men’s team triumphed in the Davis Cup, making it the first time that the country held both trophies.
The Czech women’s tennis team are leading Australia 2:0 on matches in the best-of-five quarter-finals of the Fed Cup in Ostrava. Following Petra Kvitova’s 7-6 6-3 defeat of Jarmila Gajdošová on Saturday, Lucie Šafářové beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 7-6 to leave the Czechs just one win away from their fifth Fed Cup semi-finals in a row. The Czech women won the Fed Cup in Prague last year just weeks before the Czech men’s team triumphed in the Davis Cup, making it the first time that the country held both trophies.
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