In Sports News this Monday: Czechs take four bronze medals in Rio in two days, including three in tennis; after winning his first Olympics medal in the mixed doubles, veteran Štěpánek says success in Czech colours tops other honours; and rower Synek, who came third in single sculls, concedes he may never top an Olympic podium.
In the women’s doubles competition, two Czech teams fought for the bronze
medal. In the end, the duo Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová
defeated Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká 7:5, 6:1. Hlaváčková
played with a fractured orbital bone, an injury she suffered in the
semi-finals after Switzerland's Martina Hingis crushed a swinging
volley into her face.
Lucie Hradecká,alongside Radek Štěpánek, will also fight for the bronze in mixed doubles. The Czechs lost in the semi-finals against the US duo Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock 6:4, 7:6 (7:3) and will face the Indian pairing of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in their last match.
Petra Kvitová has won the Olympic bronze medal in women's tennis at the Olympic Games in Rio. The two-time Wimbledon champion beat American Madison Keys 7:5, 2:6, 6:2 on Saturday running away with the third set after dropping the last four games of the second. Kvitová, who had not been beyond the quarterfinals of a major tournament since her second Wimbledon win in 2014, said having a medal from the Olympics is one of the best things that has happened in her career.
In tennis, neither of the Czech pairings made it to the finals in the women’s doubles competition at the Olympic Games in Rio. Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká were defeated 5:7, 7:6, 6:2 by Timea Bascinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland, while Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová were knocked out by the Russian couple Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 7:6 and 6:4. The Czech pairings will now face each other to fight for the bronze medal.
Puerto Ricco’s Monica Puig has dashed Petra Kvitova's hopes of becoming the first ever Czech player to reach an Olympics women's singles final in Rio de Janeiro. In Friday's semi-final unseeded Puig beat 11th seeded Kvitova 6-4 1-6 6-3. Kvitova will now face either Madison Keys or Angelique Kerber in a contest for the bronze medal.
In tennis, the Czech Republic has a guaranteed medal in the women’s doubles competition at Rio after both pairings of Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová and Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká got through to the semi-finals. Šafářová and Strýcová came back from one set down and 0:3 in the second set against Italians Errani and Vinci to finally come through 4:6; 6:4; 6:4. Hlaváčková and Hradecká had a much easier path to a possible medal beating Russians Kasatikina and Kuznetskova.
Petra Kvitová has made it to the fourth round at the Olympic Games in Rio, after defeating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 4:6, 6:4, 6:4 in nearly three hours. In the next round, the two-time Wimbledon champion will face Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who had knocked out the defending champion Serena Williams.
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