In Sports News this Monday: Brno Kometa take impressive 2:0 lead in Extraliga final against defending champions Liberec; Pastrňák forces overtime but Bruins can’t top Ottawa; former women’s No. 2 tennis player Kvitová is hoping to recover in time for the French Open; two football players come under drugs investigation.
The Czech team to face the United States in the semi-final of the Fed Cup will be without some of its strongest players, non-playing captain Petr Pála announced on Wednesday. Top women’s player Karolína Plisková, the world number three, Barbora Strýcová. and Lucie Šafarová will all be absent for a range of health reasons and other commitments, the captain said. The tie is due to take place on 22 and 23 April in Florida. The Czech Republic has won the Fed Cup five times in the last six years.
In tennis, Czech second seed Karolína Plíšková failed to reach the finals of the Miami Open tournament after she was defeated by former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. In men’s singles quarter-finals, Tomáš Berdych lost to Roger Federer 6-2 3-6 7-6. Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak, but Federer reeled off four points in a row, winning when Berdych double-faulted.
Czech tennis players Karolína Plíšková and Barbora Strýcová are both in the fourth round of the Miami open tournament and will now face each other. Plíšková is seeded second in the singles. The two Czechs each have one victory apiece against each other in WTA events. Last year Strýcová won on grass in Birmingham. A year earlier Plíšková was the winner on a hard court in Dubai.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has reached the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The world number three defeated Garbine Muguruza of Spain 7:6, 7:6. Plíšková will now face Svetlana Kuznetsova for a place in the final. Last year, the Czech player finished in the semi-finals at Indian Wells.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has reached the quarter-finals of the BNP Parisbas Open in Indian Wells. The world number three was leading Timea Bacsinsky 5:1 in the first set when the Swiss player withdrew due to injury. Plíšková will now face Garbine Muguruza of Spain for a place in the last four. Last season the Czech reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells, which is sometimes dubbed the “fifth Grand Slam” tournament.
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