In tennis, the draw for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, appears to give top Czech players a fairly easy run. Sixth seed Tomáš Berdych will face the young Indian player Yuki Bhambri, ranked 95. Petra Kvitová, also seeded six, faces an a s yet unknown qualifier. And Karolína Plíšková, the ninth seed, faces Australian newcomer to the circuit Kimberly Birrell.
Czech tennis player Jiří Veselý has got off to a winning start in the Hopman Cup. Veselý beat former world number one, Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6:3, 6:7, 6:4. The Czech took a 3:0 in the third set but failed to serve out at 5:2. Veselý is teamed up with Karolína Plíšková for the combination of internal team singles and doubles events being played at Perth, Australia.
Czech Fed Cup team pick up Golden Canary award
The Czech Fed Cup team have for the first time won the Golden Canary award, which normally goes to the tennis player of the year. The Czechs recently won the trophy for the fourth time in five years and the team helmed by non-playing captain Petr Pála received the most points in a poll organised by the magazine Tenis and the national tennis union. Petra Kvitová, a member of the Fed Cup winning team, was named best female player of the year for the sixth time in succession, a feat matched by Tomáš Berdych as best male player.
Top mens Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych lost his first match in the season concluding ATP Finals in London on Sunday night. The sixth ranked world player was defeated by world number three Roger Federer in straight sets, 6:4, 6:2 in an hour and 11 minutes. Federer was a finalist in the same competition in 2014 and winner of the most ATP Final tournament titles. Berdych has qualified this time round for his sixth consecutive ATP finals but is in what is regarded as a very tough qualifying group.
In tennis, defending champions the Czech Republic won the Fed Cup final against Russia in Prague on Sunday night. The title was decided by the final doubles match with the Czech pair of Barbora Strýcova and Karolína Plíšková beat Russia’s pairing of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina 4:6, 6:3,6:2. Czech player Karolína Plíšková levelled the Fed Cup at 2:2 against Russia following a 6:3, 6:4 win against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Russia took a 2:1 lead in the final of the Fed Cup in Prague on Sunday afternoon when Russian number one Maria Sharapova beat her Czech counterpart Petra Kvitová 3:6, 6:4, 6:2. Kvitová had chances to break serve in the second set and take a 2:0 lead but failed to convert a series of break points. She also had break points to lead 5:4 in the second set. Sharapova stepped up her game and finally took the crucial second set as Kvitová appeared to flag. The Russian easily dominated the final set and cruised to victory. The tie now rests on the final doubles.
Top mens’ Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych plays his first match in the season concluding ATP Finals in London on Sunday night. The sixth ranked world player faces number three Roger Federer, a finalist in the same competition in 2014 and winner of the most ATP Final tournament titles. Berdych has qualified this time round for his sixth consecutive ATP finals but is in what is regarded as a very tough qualifying group.
Petra Kvitová got defending Fed Cup title holders the Czech Republic off to a winning start in the Fed Cup final at Prague on Saturday. In the opening tie, the Czech women’s number one came back from losing the first set to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2:6. She triumphed in the second 6:1 and took the final third set 6:1. Maria Sharapova came back to draw the tie 1:1 with a 6:3; 6:4 win against Karolina Plíšková
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