A Czech finalist in the Women’s Doubles is a certainty with the pairing of Lucie Šafářová and US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands due to face Czechs Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the semi-finals. The Czech-US pair beat number one seeds Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza 7:5, 6:2. Hradecká will also playing in the mixed finals where she and partner Marcin Matkowsi will face second seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan.
On Saturday 32-year-old long-distance swimmer Yvetta Hlaváčová completed the last leg of a 142 kilometre swim up the Vltava River, becoming the only Czech woman to have ever conquered the Vltava against the current. Hundreds cheered her on from the shore as she approached the finish line after 35 hours over seven days, an accomplishment to be set in the Guinness Book of World Records. Prior to the week-long marathon, we had a chance to speak to Yvetta for One on One, taped at Prague’s Žluté Lázně. We discussed the Vltava challenge as well as her
In this week's Sports News: the Czech National team beats San Marino 3:0 in the Euro 2008 qualification; O2 Extraliga in ice-hockey starts on Wednesday; Yvetta Hlavacova swam across the English Channel but was too slow to break the record and Marlene Ottey has made an appearance in the Czech athletics league.
Last weekend was a momentous one for Czech long-distance swimming: Yvetta Hlavacova set a new women's world record for swimming the English Channel, while David Cech became the first Czech to swim the Channel in both directions. While Cech has been enjoying his success, Hlavacova has surprised many by saying she wants to brave the Channel again in just a few weeks' time.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic picks up one gold and one bronze medal at the Slalom Racing World Championships in Prague, though the country's best known kayaker Stepanka Hilgertova is disappointed with fifth place; swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova sets a new women's world record for swimming the English Channel; tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is now ranked ninth in the world; Jiri Welsch is forced to leave basketball's NBA; and Liberec and Mlada Boleslav win ahead of their Champions League ties this week.
Long distance swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova who set a new Czech record for swimming the English channel in 8 hours and 42 minutes last year has big plans for the future - she wants to swim there and back, challenging the twenty three year old record set by Dutch swimmer Irene Vanderlan who covered the 66 kilometre distance in 18 hours and 15 minutes. Even if she fails to break that record it would be a huge achievement - Hlavacova would become the third European woman to have swum across the channel there and back.
Long-distance swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova has set a new Czech record for swimming the English Channel. Setting off from near Dover on Monday morning, Hlavacova completed the gruelling 21-mile swim in eight hours 42 minutes, an hour and 25 minutes short of the world record she was hoping to break. The 30-year-old said La Manche was the greatest swim of her career, but said she would have needed better weather to enter the record books: