Czech player Lucie Šafářová and he tennis partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US defeated Taiwanese-Swiss doubles partners Chang Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2 in the women's doubles semifinal at the French Open on Friday. They will face Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua of Australia in the championship match. Earlier, the other finalists defeated the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecká/Kateřina Siniaková in the other semi.
In tennis, Karolína Plíšková is through to the quarter finals of the French Open for the first time. She turned around her match against Paraguayan Cepede Royg after losing the first set 2:6. Plíšková, the second seed, came back to take the following sets 6:3, 6:4. She will now face on Wednesday local favourite and 28th seed Caroline Garcia. If she gets through to the singles final, Plíšková will automatically become world number one for the first time.
Top men’s tennis player Tomaš Berdych remains at 14th place on the ATP rankings in spite of playing in his first singles final of the year over the weekend at Lyon, France. Berdych lost in straight sets to local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6:7, 5:7, in the final of what is regarded as a warm up for the French Open.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová could make her long-awaited return to tennis at the French Open in May, her spokesman Karel Tejkal told the Czech News Agency, adding that the decision will be made at the very last moment. The two-time Wimbledon champion has been out of action since December 2016 after she was hurt during an attack at her apartment in the Moravian town of Prostějov sustaining injuries to her left, playing hand. According to Tejkal, she is definitely ready to appear in Wimbledon in July.
The Czech Republic tied against the US on the first day of the Fed Cup semifinals in Florida. Seventeen- year-old Marketa Vondroušova lost to Coco Vandewegh 1:6, 4:6, but Katerina Siniaková evened the score with a 6:3, 6:3 win over Shelby Rogers. The top-ranked and three-time defending champions Czech Republic are defending the title without their best players. Petra Kvitová, Karolína Plíšková, Barbora Strýcová and Lucie Šafářová are absent for health reasons or a demanding program.
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