In tennis, Czech player Barbora Strycová failed to clinch the doubles trophy at the Sydney Open. Paired with Indian partner Sani Mirza, the Czech-Indian partnership went down 4:6 4:6 against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Hungary’s Timea Babos in the final. Strycová and Mirza had been looking for their third title together.
Tennis star Petra Kvitová, who suffered a hand injury when a man armed with a knife attacked her at her home in Prostějov in December, has told her fans she is on the road to recovery. In a message on Instagram, Kvitová said she had finally had all the stitches removed from her hand this week and was healing well after the operation. “I am happy it is just me and my hand now, I'm working very hard on my rehab and staying positive as always.” Kvitová wrote. Doctors warned earlier she would not be able to play tennis for about six months.
The leading Czech women’s tennis player, Karolína Plíšková, has won the seventh WTA title of her career. The 24-year-old will now climb to fifth in the world rankings, equalling her previous best placing, after beating Frances Alize Cornet 6-0 6-3 in the final of the Brisbane International in Australia on Saturday. It was Plíšková’s first tournament under new coach David Kotyza.
The Czech tennis player Kateřina Siniaková has won her first WTA singles title. The 20-year-old lifted the trophy after overcoming Alison Riske 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Shenzhen Open on Saturday. On her way to the title Siniaková beat two top 10-ranking players, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta, and she will now enter the world top 40 for the first time.
The brutal attack on Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová shocked not just the Czech Republic but the world. But in spite of an encouraging response from the public to police appeals for help and high priority for the case, the attacker has still not been found. The tennis star’s home tennis club has now stepped in with a bid to help the investigation.
In Sports News this Monday: Good start to year for Czech women tennis players, with Šafářová, Siniaková and the Plíšková sisters all racking up wins in their first matches of 2017; Dakar Rally has 24 Czech participants; Slavia beat Sparta in annual old boys’ game; and Havlát to make dramatic return for Brno?
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has said in her first media appearance after her apartment attack and operation that she is convinced she will be able to play. Kvitová underwent a four hour operation on her left hand Tuesday after being the victim of an attack by an intruder. She said that before the operation she could not feel any sensation in her fingers but that returned afterwards. She said the best Christmas present was after the operation when the surgeon has said it went well. The two times Wimbledon winner said it amounted to the same if she was able to return to top tennis after a few months or if it took a year. She added that she would do everything to return to form.
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