The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the third round of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. He beat Brian Dabul of Argentina 6-1 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka. Berdych’s girlfriend Lucie Šafářová is also into round three in Melbourne, after beating Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-1 3-6 9-7; she now faces France’s Marion Bartoli.
In Sports News this Monday: 18-year-old Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová wins the first WTA title of her career in Hobart; Nicole Vaidišová rules herself out of Fed Cup action again; Josef Macháček wins the quad category in the Dakar Rally for the fifth and final time; and speed skater Kateřina Novotná comes second in the European Short Track Championships.
Tennis player Petra Kvitová has captured her first career WTA singles crown with a straight-sets victory over fellow Czech Iveta Benešova in Friday's final at the Moorilla Hobart International. Kvitová scored a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory to win a tournament seen as a something of warm-up for the Australian Open.
In sport, it’s an all Czech final at the Hobart International Tennis Tournament after Petra Kvítová and Iveta Benešová both won their semifinals in Tasmania on Thursday. Eighteen-year-old Kvítová ended France’s Virginie Razzano’s tournament with a 6-4,6-2 win, while Benešová, ranked 41st in the competition, beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybariková 6-1, 6-3. The match for the title will take place on Friday. Kvítová and Benešová share the same coach. Czech women’s tennis number one Benešová has already made it to the finals in Hobart once before, she was denied the title by Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands back in 2006.
In Sports News this Monday: tennis player Radek Štěpánek wins his first tournament of the year, and the third ATP title of his career; Nicole Vaidišová is no longer Czech number one; Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková is named Czech sportsperson of the year; and Martina Sáblíková makes a great comeback to take bronze at the European Speed Skating Championships.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic come close to a famous result in Ostrava at the Floorball World Championships, eventually succumbing to the near-invincible Swedes; despite something of a fall in the world rankings, Tomáš Berdych gets the Golden Canary award for Czech tennis player of the year; and a motor rally in Prague ends in tragedy.
Fans in the capital on Monday were treated to some exciting tennis between Czech Davis Cup representative Radek Štepánek and the world’s former No. 1, retired legend Pete Sampras. Sampras remains unrivalled as a champion, having won a record 14 Grand Slam titles during his career. Even in retirement, he is still largely on top of his game.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague draw their first game under new manager Jozef Chovanec while Slavia hammer Kladno to stay in front in the Czech football league; goalkeeper Antonín Kinský says thanks but no thanks to the chance to become Petr Čech’s understudy at Chelsea; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová falls to 34th in the rankings.
In Sports News this Monday: history is made with the first NHL games ever held in the Czech Republic taking place in Prague, New York Rangers twice beating Tampa Bay Lightning to get their season off to a perfect start; Tomáš Berdych wins his fourth ATP title and is once again the highest ranked Czech men’s tennis player; and Mladá Boleslav go top in the Czech football league, for 24 hours at least.
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