The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has won the St. Petersburg Ladies’
Trophy. Kvitová overcame Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-2 in Sunday’s final
for her first title of 2018. The Czech was the first wild card to reach the
final of the WTA competition, which she was taking part in for the first
The two-time Wimbledon champion, who is 27, is currently ranked 29th in the world. Her highest placing, achieved in November 2011, was second.
Czech women knocked out in Melbourne doubles quarter-finals
All of the Czech women left in the doubles competition in the Australian Open have been knocked out in the quarter-finals. Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková and her Taiwanese partner Latisha Chan were beaten on Tuesday by the Hungarian-French pairing of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic. Last year’s winner Lucie Šafářová and her current partner Barbora Strýcová lost to the Chinese-Taiwanese pair of Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai.
Prague has missed out in its bid to host the top year end women’s tennis
event, the WTA finals.
The sport’s governing body, the WTA, announced Thursday that the Chinese city of Shenzhen has been picked to host the event from 2019 through to 2028.
The competition stars the best eight singles and doubles players over the previous season. Singapore will host the finals this year for the fourth time in a row.
Prague had, along with Manchester, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia, been bidding to host the prestigious event.
Some players complained in reaction that the big money offer from Chinese cities was the deciding factor.