The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová has risen to seventh in tennis’s world rankings after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo at the weekend. Her return to the top 10 after a three-week absence boosts her chances of reaching the prestigious season-ending World Tour Finals, which features the top eight players. Tomáš Berdych, meanwhile, has climbed to fifth in the men’s rankings after reaching the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
The Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych has been beaten in the final of tennis’s Thailand Open in Bangkok. The tournament’s top seed lost 6-7 3-6 to Milos Raonic of Canada on Sunday and remains the only player among the world’s top 10 not to have won a title in 2013. Berdych, who is 28, last lifted a title in Stockholm in October last year.
The Czech women’s tennis number one, Petra Kvitová, has won the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The one-time Wimbledon champion recovered from a drubbing in the second set to beat Angela Berber of Germany 6-2 0-6 6-3 on Saturday. It is the 11th WTA title of Kvitová’s career and, after Dubai, her second of 2013. Her latest success should see her return to the top ten, specifically seventh, in the women’s rankings on Monday.
The Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych has reached the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. It took the tournament’s top seed three hours to defeat France’s Gilles Simon 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 7-5 on Saturday. Berdych is looking for his first tournament win since Stockholm last October; the world number 7 is the player in the ATP top 10 not to have won a trophy in 2013.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová defeated 63th seed Venus Williams in the semi-final of the Torray Pan Pacific Open championship in Tokyo on Friday, with the score 3:6, 6:3, 7:6 (7:2). The two players have an even record of playing against each other. The 11th seeded Kvitová will face Angelique Kerber from of Germany in the final on Saturday. Czech top male tennis player Tomáš Berdych will be playing in the semi-final in Bangkok.
Top Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinal of an WTA tournament in Tokyo on Thursday and advanced to the event’s semifinals. The seventh-seeded Czech first defeated Madison Keys in the delayed third-round game on Thursday before taking on the Russian player later in the day. Another Czech, Lucie Šafářová lost to fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 3-6, 2-6 and has been knocked out of the tournament.
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The Czech Republic have been pitted against the Netherlands for the opening round of the 2014 Davis Cup. The games will be played out in the Czech Republic between January 31 and February 2. The Czechs, who are the reining Davis Cup champions, were the top seeds in the draw, for the first time in history. This season, the Czech team has again reached the finals after they beat Argentina in Prague last weekend. In the finals, the Czechs will face Serbia in Belgrade in November.
The Czech Republic will be the top seeds when the draw for the 2014 Davis Cup is made this week, the International Tennis Federation said on Monday. Winners last year, the Czechs have again reached the final and will play Serbia in Belgrade next month. Serbia's run to the final earns them the second seeding, followed by Spain and Argentina. The draw takes place in London on Wednesday.
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