In tennis, the Czech Republic is facing Davis Cup playoffs to avoid demotion after going down 2:0 after the first two singles matches against Australia. Jiří Vesely lost in straight sets in his opener against Jordan Thompson. And there was little surprise when world number 15 Nick Kyrgios beat Jan Šátral. The weakened Czech team is without Tomáš Berdych and Lukáš Rosol. A loss in the first round would mean that the Czechs would face play offs to remain in the top 16 country World Group.
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Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open, after beating Caroline Garcia of France 6:2 and 7:5. Strýcová will next face the six-time Australian Open Champion and world number two Serena Williams, who knocked out her fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6:1, 6:3. Another Czech, Karolina Plíšková, has also reached the fourth round after beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 4:6, 6:0 and 10:8.
In tennis, Czech player Barbora Strycová failed to clinch the doubles trophy at the Sydney Open. Paired with Indian partner Sani Mirza, the Czech-Indian partnership went down 4:6 4:6 against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Hungary’s Timea Babos in the final. Strycová and Mirza had been looking for their third title together.
Tennis star Petra Kvitová, who suffered a hand injury when a man armed with a knife attacked her at her home in Prostějov in December, has told her fans she is on the road to recovery. In a message on Instagram, Kvitová said she had finally had all the stitches removed from her hand this week and was healing well after the operation. “I am happy it is just me and my hand now, I'm working very hard on my rehab and staying positive as always.” Kvitová wrote. Doctors warned earlier she would not be able to play tennis for about six months.
The leading Czech women’s tennis player, Karolína Plíšková, has won the seventh WTA title of her career. The 24-year-old will now climb to fifth in the world rankings, equalling her previous best placing, after beating Frances Alize Cornet 6-0 6-3 in the final of the Brisbane International in Australia on Saturday. It was Plíšková’s first tournament under new coach David Kotyza.
The Czech tennis player Kateřina Siniaková has won her first WTA singles title. The 20-year-old lifted the trophy after overcoming Alison Riske 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Shenzhen Open on Saturday. On her way to the title Siniaková beat two top 10-ranking players, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta, and she will now enter the world top 40 for the first time.
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