The Czech women’s tennis team have reached the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after beating Germany 3:2 in a World Group first round clash in the Moravian capital Brno. With the tie at 2:2 after the singles rubbers, it all came down to the final, doubles match on Sunday evening. Cheered on by the home crowd, Květa Peschkeová and Lucie Hradecká overcame Tatjana Malek and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Italy for a place in the Fed Cup final.
The Czech women’s team are drawing 1:1 with Germany in the first round of the World Group in tennis’s Fed Cup in the Moravian capital Brno. Lucie Šafářová, who had been running a fever earlier this week, was easily beaten 6-2 6-2 by Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the first singles rubber on Saturday afternoon. Later, however, Petra Kvitová beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 to even the score. The best-of-five series will continue on Sunday with two more singles matches, followed by a doubles rubber.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in front of a home crowd in Tábor; Czech Karolína Plíšková takes the junior title at the Australian Open; and goalie Tomáš Vokoun sets a new personal record for shutouts in one season in ice the NHL.
17-year-old Karolína Plíšková has won the girls’ singles event at the Australian Open Juniors Championship in Melbourne, defeating the UK’s Laura Robson. After a pronounced win for the Czech in the first set, Robson came back in the second but lost a tie breaker to end the match 6:1, 7:6. Plíšková’s twin sister, Krystína, was ousted by Robson in the semi-final. In other tennis action, Czech player Jaroslav Levinský and his playing partner, Russian Jekaterina Makarova, have made it to the final in the mixed-doubles.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková has made it to the final of the Australian Open Junior’s Championship in Melbourne. The 17-year-old Plíšková could have faced her twin sister, Krystína, who was ousted in the other semi by the UK’s Laura Robson. In other tennis action, Czech player Jaroslav Levinský and his playing partner, Russian Jekaterina Makarova, have made it to the final in the mixed-doubles.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has been knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round. The 21st seed lost in straight sets to 21-year-old Kazakh player Evgeny Korolev. The score was 4:6, 4:6, 5:7. The highest seeded Czech in the singles competition, Radek Štěpánek, lost in the first round.
In Sports News this Monday: first place in Estonia’s Otepaa represents a double hat-trick for cross country skier Lukáš Bauer; Šárka Záhrobská admits to lacking “zest” after another off-the-pace finish in the slalom World Cup; Czech ice hockey captain Patrik Eliáš is knocked unconscious during an NHL game; and Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek exits the Australian Open in the first round.
The venue for the opening World Group Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Belgium has been announced. The venue for the confrontation between March 5-7 will be the small eastern Belgian town of Bree. The Czechs are favourites for the encounter following their run to the final of the Davis Cup last year when they lost against Spain. The Czechs hope to get to the final again this year but with a different result.
In tennis, Czech women’s doubles specialist Květa Peschkeová has won the Hobart, Australia, title with Taiwanese partner Chuang Chia-Jung. They beat the Romanian-Taiwanese pair, Monica Niculescu and Chan Yung-Jan 3:6, 6:3, 10:7. It is Peschkeová’s 14th doubles title and follows a half year away from the game following injury. The Hobart tournament is seen as a warm up for the Australian Open.
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