Czech women tennis players have slipped in the WTA rankings published Monday. Top singles player Petra Kvítová has dropped from 8th to 9th place follower her quarterfinal exit at the Doha tournament last week. Lucie Šafářová and Karolína Plíšková have both dropped one place to 13th and 20th places respectively. In the mens’ ranking, Tomáš Berdych remains at number seven.
In tennis, Czech number one player Tomáš Berdych lost in the quarter finals of the Dubai Open. He went down 6:4, 6:4 against Australian Nick Kyrgios. Berdych lost his serve at the start of the encounter and was on the defensive against his more aggressive opponent for most of the match. He was also defeated by Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the Marseille event on Saturday.
Top Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has moved up to 8th place on the women’s WTA rankings. The one place advance is largely thanks to the fall in form of Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro. Lucie Safářová ,who has not played so far this year due to injury, is still ranked 10th. Top Czech men’s player Tomáš Berdych also remains unchanged at 8th place in the ATP singles table. Serena Williams has now overtaken Czech born Martina Navrátilová for the number of weeks she stayed as the top ranked player.
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.
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