In Sports News this Monday: Kvitová’s resurgence continues with WTA Elite Trophy win – Fed Cup trainer hopes it will also help deliver fifth title in six years against France next weekend; Sparta fall further behind in title race as Dočkal sees red; and reasons to be cheerful despite defeat to Russians in Karjala Tournament.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych was knocked out of the Paris Masters on Friday night after losing to Andy Murray in the quarter-finals 7-6, 7-5. The defeat puts Berdych out of contention for the eighth and final place in the ATP World Tour Finals that start in London on Monday week. It is the first time the Czech failed to reach the prestigious tournament since 2010. Meanwhile, Andy Murray has a chance to replace Djokovic as world No1 if wins his semi-final on Saturday against Milos Raonic.
Top Czech men’s tennis player Tomáš Berdych faces Frenchman Gilles Simon for a place in the Paris Masters quarterfinals and a chance to keep his hopes alive of a place in the end of season ATP Masters tournament. Berdych this week dropped out of the world top 10 for the first time in more than six years following recent injury and poor form. He has played Simon, who once climbed to number six in the world, 12 times and lost seven of the confrontations.
Czech men’s number one singles player Tomáš Berdych has dropped out of the top 10 rankings for the first time in six years after a number of defeats and injury. The drop to 11th place follows a month’s lay off due to injury, absence from the US Open, and a series of losses in October. Croatia’s Milan Čilič moves up to 10th spot in the singles ranking and is set to play in the season ending Masters’ tournament.
Czech tennis player and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has slipped to 13th spot in the WTA rankings, down from 11th spot. The player lost a chance to secure 730 points by failing to qualify for this year’s WTA Finals. Fellow Czech player Karolína Plíšková, currently in fifth spot, will play in the prestigious tournament for the first time. In men’s tennis, Tomáš Berdych has slipped to 10th spot in the ATP rankings.
The Prague-born tennis legend Martina Navrátilová is today celebrating her 60th birthday. Navrátilová, who received political asylum in the United States at the age of 18 and became a US citizen in 1981, won 18 Grand Slam titles in a glittering career. She holds the records for the most singles and doubles titles in tennis’s open era. Navrátilová has been outspoken on a number of political issues, including lesbian and gay rights.
Czech Fed Cup team captain Petr Pála on Wednesday announced the nominations for the finals of the women’s team event in which the Czech Republic will play France. Pert Pála selected Petra Kvitová and Karolína Plíšková for the singles while Lucie Hradecká and Barbora Strýcová will play the doubles. The finals are scheduled for November 12 and 13 in Strasbourg, and the Czech team will attempt to get a fifth title in the past six years.
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