In tennis, Czech player Tomáš Berdych reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday night. Opponent Serb Novak Djokovic retired after losing the first set on a tie-break and trailing in the second set by two games to love. Berdych will now face Swiss Roger Federer for a place in the final. Berdych, the 11th seed, last beat Federer on grass on his way to the Wimbledon finals in 2010. Federer came through his semi-final in straight sets.
Karolína Plíšková has become the first singles tennis player from the independent Czech Republic to become world number one. Plíšková moved to the top of the rankings after Romania’s Simona Halep was defeated in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday evening. The 25-year-old Plíšková, who comes from Louny in north Bohemia, had been knocked out of the competition in the second round. She said she regarded being world number one as a big responsibility and would do her best not to disappoint in the role.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has won a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals after a five set roller coaster against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the eighth seed. Berdych clinched the match 6:3, 6:7, 6:3, 3:6, 6:3 after almost three hours on court. It is the Czech’s fifth appearance in the Wimbledon last 16 where he also reached the finals in 2010. Berdych will face the winner of the match between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Tomaáš Berdych put on a commanding performance at Wimbledon on Saturday getting through to the fourth round of the championship for the ninth time. The 2010 finalist erased the only break point he faced and won 84 per cent of his first-serve points to beat Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes. He will meet either eighth seed Dominic Thiem or American Jared Donaldson in the fourth round.
Czech tennis player and former Wimbledon finalist Tomáš Berdych has slipped to 15th from 14th place on the mens’ world ranking at the start of the Wimbledon tournament. Frenchman Gael Monfils, finalist in the weekend’s Eastbourne tournament, leapfrogged over the Czech into 14th place. Berdych played an exhibition tournament at Hurlingham as his Wimbledon warm up and could therefore not pick up any points.
World number three Karolina Plíkova beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4 to win the Aegon International at Eastbourne for the first time on Saturday. It was the 25-year-old Czech third seed's ninth title as she prepares for the start of Wimbledon on Monday. The last Czech player to win the Eastbourne title was Jana Novotná in 1998, who then went on to triumph at Wimbledon two weeks later.
Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova, ranked third in the world in women’s tennis, has drawn Russian opponent Evgeniya Rodina in her opening match at Wimbledon, while two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová who recently made a remarkable comeback after a career-threatening hand injury, will face Johanna Larsson of Sweden. The Czech players could face each other in the tournament only in the final.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has pulled out of the Eastbourne tournament due to an abdominal injury. The Czech won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Sunday, her second tournament since she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in December. The victory at Birmingham moved her to 12th place in the world rankings. She is one of the favourites for Wimbledon, where she won the title in 2011 and 2014.
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