In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň lift Czech league title with three rounds to go – coach Krejčí says November win over rivals Sparta sparked march to championship; Lucie Šafářová shows form of old with Prague Open win; and Jágr is shortlisted for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication to ice hockey.
Lucie Šafářová has won tennis’s Prague Open. The Czech second seed overcame Samantha Stosur of Australia 3-6 6-1 6-4 in Saturday’s final in the city’s Stromovka park. It is the seventh WTA title of Šafářová’s career and her first since Doha in February last year. The one-time world number five had previously not won a single match this season after suffering from a serious illness last year.
Karolína Plíšková defeated Lucie Šafářová in a clash between two of the Czech Republic’s leading female tennis players in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Plíšková won 7-6 4-6 7-5 to advance to round two in the WTA event. Šafářová was out of action with health problems for some time and has yet to win a singles match this year.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech women reach fifth Fed Cup final in six years after beating Swiss in Lucerne; Sparta boss Ščasný “concedes” title race to Plzeň with five rounds to go; Liberec and Sparta tied 1:1 in Extraliga playoffs final; and Chodov become Czech floorball champions in front of record crowd.
Karolína Plíšková and Lucie Hradecká booked the Czech Republic’s place in the Fed Cup final in Lucerne on Sunday with a victory in a deciding doubles rubber with a 3-2 win over Switzerland. Plísková earlier beat Timea Bacsinszky 6:4 6:2 in a 74 minute game, but the advantage was lost after Barbora Strýcová lost to Viktorija Golubic 3:6 7:6(6) 6:1. The Czechs have reached the Fed Cup final for the fifth time in six years.
The Czech team tied 1:1 against Switzerland at the Fed Cup semifinals in Lucerne on Saturday. Barbora Strýcová won the first point with a surprisingly easy victory against Timea Bacsinszky 6:0 a 6:2, but Karolína Plíšková failed to capitalize on the advantage, losing to Viktorija Golubic 6:3, 4:6, 4:6.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová teamed with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States have advanced to the doubles final at the Miami Masters tournament. The third seeded duo defeated China's Xu Yi-Fan and Zheng Jie by a score of 6:2, 6:1. In the final the Czech-American pair will face Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakshtan.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová will both miss out on the upcoming Fed Cup match against Switzerland. The two out of form players have both agreed with team captain Petr Pála not to appear in the games scheduled for April 16 and 17. Kvitová has had a poor start to the season and is still without a coach after breaking her long trainer in January. Šafářová has been sick with a bacterial infection and lost her last three matches.
In tennis, Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the quarter-finals at the Indian Wells Masters Series for the first time in her career, after beating Britain’s Johanna Kontao 7:6, 3:6, 6:3. The Czech world number 19 will face Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the next round. Another Czech, Barbora Strýcová, was forced to retire from the match with Romania’s Simona Halep due to illness, when she was losing 3:6, 0:1.
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