In Sports News this Monday: Veselý and Berdych to square off in Wimbledon fourth round; meanwhile, Lucie Šafářová is last Czech remaining in the women’s singles competition; Pavel Vrba quits as head of Czech football team after a poor Euro 2016 showing; and cyclist Jaroslav Kulhavý scores second place at the elite Mountain Bike World Championships
A Czech clash is lined up between players Tomáš Berdych and Jiří
Veselý in the fourth round after both advanced on Sunday. Berdych beat
Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-3,6-4, 4-6, 6-1 at the All-England Club
while Veselý downed Portuguese opponent Joao Sousa in straight sets; the
final score was 6-2, 6-2, 7-5. It is the first time that Veselý has
reached this stage at Wimbledon.
Lucie Šafařová, meanwhile, is the last Czech remaining in the Women's Singles competition: she faces Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakstan.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová went out in the second round at
the All England Club, losing to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova by a score
of 7-5, 7-6. Play was suspended several times due to rain, Kvitová, the
10th seed, expressed frustration over the defeat; the player won the
Wimbledon title in 2011 and 2014.
Fellow Czech player Lucie Šafařová, meanwhile, won a three-set thriller against Slovak competitor Jana Čepelová (who had had the match point on her racket) to reach the fourth round.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the second round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon. The tournament’s 24th seed beat Annet Kontaveit of Estonia 4:6, 6:4 and 6:4. Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková, was knocked out on Thursday after losing to Japan’s Misaki Doi 6:7, 3:6 in the second round.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych will face Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the first round of Wimbledon. Radek Štěpánek, who has received a wild card to the tournament, will play Australian Nick Kyrgios in his opening match. In the women’s singles, the tenth-seeded double Wibledon Champion Petra Kvitová will play Sorana Cirstea of Romania, while Barbora Strýcová has drawn Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Another Czech, Lucie Šafářová, will face her double’s partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
In tennis, the draw for the Fed Cup will pitch holders the Czech Republic against Spain. The opening tie of the top women’s team competition will be held on February 11 and 12 2017. The Czech Republic will host the tie and be able to choose a surface to their liking and which will discomfort their opponents. Team captain Petr Pála said the draw was not bad given that the team wanted to avoid a trip to the US.
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