In Sports News: Tomas Berdych climbs back into the top ten in tennis's world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon; Nicole Vaidisova says goodbye to the All England Club at the same stage, but has more to regret; football goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to wear a special protective helmet for another season; Vladimir Smicer scores on his 'debut' for Slavia Prague; and Dominik Hasek receives a better contract from Detroit Red Wings, while Robert Lang leaves the NHL club.
Czechs out of European Under-21 Championships following 3:1 loss to Italy; Pavel Nedved keeps secret whether he will return to the pitch for Italy's Juventus; Berdych wins first grass title; Hilgertova becomes oldest European medallist in kayak slalom, while Czech duo win silver in canoe; ice hockey's Dominik Hasek ready to negotiate new season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych has progressed to the final of the ATP Halle tournament in Germany. The twenty-one-year-old beat Finnish player Jarkka Nieminen in straight sets 7:6 a 6:4 in Saturday's first semi-final. He will now play either Phillipe Kohlschreiber or Marcos Baghdatis on Sunday for the third title of his career and prize money worth 96,000 US dollars.
This week in Sport News: Czech Republic draws against Wales in Euro 2008 qualifier; Nicole Vaidisova reaches last eight in French Open; in the second Czech football division, Bohemians 1905 lose their home match while Viktoria Zizkov, having already won the second league and moving on to the first, sign up a new coach. Nymburk beats Prostejov in the final series of the basketball league; and Jaromir Jagr comes home for the summer.
Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova beat France's Amelie Mauresmo 6:3 7:6 in a third-round match at the French Open on Saturday. Fifth seed Mauresmo had fallen as the defending champion to the same opponent in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open. World number 29 Safarova, who claimed Justine Henin's scalp in the semi-finals of the Paris Open in February, goes on to meet Russia's Anna Chakvetadze for a place in the quarter-finals.
The two leading Czech men's players Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek have been knocked out of the French Open. Berdych was beaten by Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the second round. Stepanek had caused an upset by overcoming Chilean fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez in the first round, but himself exited in the second after losing to Roger-Vasselin of France. In women's tennis, Lucie Safarova will face France's Amelie Mauresmo in the third round after seeing off Nicole Pratt of Australia.
In Sports News: young motorcyclist Lukas Pesek comes second in the French Grand Prix, increasing his lead in the 125cc world championship standings; seven weeks after a series crash, racing driver Tomas Enge is back with a win; football goalie Petr Cech wins the FA Cup with Chelsea, while former Czech no. 1 Pavel Srnicek is looking for a new club; and Radek Stepanek falls out of the world top 50 after a first-round exit from the Hamburg Masters.
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