Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová won the Aegon Classic tournament in Birmingham, just six months after sustaining a career-threatening injury. The two-time Wimbledon champion defeated Australia's Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in only her second tournament since the start of her comeback. Kvitová was sidelined for five months after she was hurt during an attack at her apartment, sustaining injuries to her left, playing hand. She returned at last month's French Open, where she lost in the second round.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has she reached the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham after her compatriot Lucie Šafářová retired from their semi-final with a leg injury. The two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitová, playing in just her second tournament of the year, was 6-1 1-0 up when Šafářová pulled out of the match. Kvitová will face the winner of the Saturday's second semi-final between Garbine Muguruza and Ashleigh Barty.
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.
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