In Sports News this Monday: Czech women’s biathlon relay team make World Cup podium for first time this season after dramatic finish; Hlaváčková questioned by Tennis Integrity Unit over suspicious betting; Berdych to face Federer for place in semis in Melbourne; and Liberec’s Radivojevič equals record seven points in Extraliga game.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career, after beating third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6:3, 6:2 on Saturday. The 29-year-old Czech will next face the two-time Australian Open Champion Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus. Other Czech female players, Karolína Plíšková and Denisa Allertová,were knocked out of the tournament in the third round.
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.
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