In tennis, the Czech Republic won a tight tie against Romania on Sunday 3:2 and are through to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup. Karolína Plíšková and Barbora Strýcová beat Andreea Mitu and Loana Olaru in the decisive doubles 6:2, 6:3. Earlier, Karolína Plíšková drew the tie level at 2:2 with a 6:4, 4:6, 6:3 win against Monica Niculescu. Petra Kvitová had earlier lost 4:6. 6:3, 3:6 against Romanian top player Simona Halep.
In tennis, the Czech Republic began the defence of their Fed Cup title with a 1:1 draw against Romania at the end of the first day’s play. Karolína Plíšková got the visitors off to a winning start after turning around the game against world number three Simona Halep. After losing the first set 6:7, Plíšková took the following sets 6:2, 6:4. Petra Kvitová though lost to Monica Niculescu 3:6, 4:6.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek and Canadian doubles partner Daniel Nestor have lost in the men's doubles final at the Australian Open. The duo started well against opponents Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, dominating in the first set. But the Brit and Brazilian came back and forced a third and final set which went down the wire. The final score was 6:2, 4:6, 5:7.
In tennis, Czech women’s doubles pair Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká have failed to win the Australian Open. The Czech seventh seeds were defeated by the Swiss-Indian pairing Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza 7-6, 6-3 in Friday’s final. The only Czech to remain in the tournament is Radek Štěpánek, who advanced to the last round of the Men’s Doubles at the Australian Open together with his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor. They will face Brit Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares in the final on Saturday.
In tennis, Czech Radek Štěpanek is through to the final of the Men’s Doubles at the Australian Open together with Canadian partner Daniel Nestor. They beat the Uruguayan-Spanish pairing of Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers in the semi-final 7:6, 6:4. They will face Brit Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares in the final.
Czech women’s tennis doubles duo Andrea Hlavácková and Lucie Hradecká have played their way through to the finals of the Australian Open. The pair beat the Chinese partnership of Xu and Zeng 3:6, 6:3, 6:1. The Czech pairing was seeded seventh in the first Grand Slam event of the year. The Czech doubles pairing have already won French and US Open finals.
Leading Czech men’s tennis player Tomáš Berdych has lost in the quarter finals of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year. The number six seed lost in straight sets to Swiss former world number one Roger Federer 7:6, 6:2, 6:4. Berdych was the last Czech in the singles competition. Although having a 15:6 advantage in head to head games, Federer had lost the last two matches against Berdych that went all the way to five sets.
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.
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