In Sports News from the past week: Slovan Liberec pulled off an unexpected victory against Udine in the Europa League qualifying match; Tennis player Petra Kvitová failed to defend her title at the New Haven Open; Only Jakub Kornfeil managed to win any points at the Moto Grand Prix in Brno; And canoeist Kateřina Hošková took second place at the slalom cup in Bratislava.
The top Czech female tennis player Petra Kvitová sailed into the New Haven Open final after beating her compatriot Klára Zakopalová in two quick sets on Friday afternoon, with the final score 6:0, 6:1. The 2012 New Haven champion will be defending her title on Saturday against the Romanian 23rd seed Simona Halep. The only WTA event Kvitová won this year was the Dubai Championship in March.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has risen to fifth in the world, the highest ranking of his career to date. The 27-year-old climbed from sixth place on the ATP world tour after reaching the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open on Saturday. Berdych said he had waited a long time to reach fifth and that meeting that goal would spur him to go even further.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has been knocked out in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open, after losing 5-7 5-7 to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal on Saturday. However, reaching the last four at the tournament means that Berdych, who is 27 and has taken eight ATP titles in his career, will rise to fifth in the world, his highest ever ranking.
In the Sports News this Monday: Maslák sets new Czech record in the 200m; Kreuziger is fourth in Tour de France after stage 15; league winners Plzeň lose to cup holders Jablonec in soccer’s Super Cup; boxer Konečný defends WBO European title; Hlaváčková and Hradecká score their first doubles success since Olympics; and rower Synek tops podium in Lucerne.
Tomáš Berdych was not the only Czech player knocked out at the Wimbledon Championships on Wednesday: while Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká got off to a good start in their quarter-final against Australian opponents Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, winning the first set, it ultimately wasn’t enough. They ended up losing the match. The final score was 2:6, 6:2, 6:4.
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