The Supreme Court in Olomouc has increased the prison sentence of a man who
brutally attacked tennis star Petra Kvitová in her apartment in 2016.
Thirty-four-year-old Radim Žondra’s term has been increased from eight
to 11 years. He had been initially found guilty of grievous bodily harm but
at the request of the state prosecutor the crime was requalified as
burglary, which carries a higher sentence.
When Kvitová tried to defend herself from her knife-wielding assailant she sustained career-threatening hand injuries that required major surgery.
Lukáš Krpálek has won the annual Czech Sportsman of the Year
competition. The Judo world champion beat second placed basketball player
Tomáš Satoránský by 74 points. The Boston Bruins's ice hockey
right winger David Pastrňák placed third. The winners in the collective
category were the Czech national basketball team, who placed sixth in this
year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Aside from ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr, Mr Krpálek is one of only two men to win the award in the past 14 years.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has failed to advance to the semifinals
of the WTA Championships, which takes place in Shenzen. The Czech second
seed was defeated by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6:4, 6:2 in the final
match of the group stage on Thursday.
Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková is set to face Romania’s Simona Halep on Friday for a place in the semi-fainals.
World number 3 Naomi Osaka beat second seed Petra Kvitová 7-6 (7/1), 4-6,
6-4 in the opening match of the WTA Finals in China on Sunday. The
three-set marathon lasted for 2 hours and 39 minutes.
The 22-year-old Japanese maintained her unbeaten status over Kvitová having won their only previous clash in three sets in Melbourne.
Kvitová now faces Australia‘s Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.
For the first time in five months, the Czech world no. 7 Petra Kvitová has
made it to a semi-final in a WTA Tour tournament, after beating Ukraine’s
Dayana Yastremska 6:2 6:4 in Wu Chan on Thursday. Just a few hours earlier,
her compatriot Kristýna Plíšková got into the last-four at the Tashkent
Open after beating Slovakia’s Viktória Kužmová 6:3 6:4.
Ms. Kvitová, who has already won at Wu Chan twice in 2014 and 2016 respectively, is yet to find out whether her opponent will be Alison Riske, or Elina Svitolina. For Kristýna Plíšková, who will be facing Beligian tennis player Alison Van Uytvanck, this is only the third fight for a WTA Tour singles final in her career. However, she has already shown she can do it in Tashkent, where she won her only major singles title so far.
This year’s Wimbledon has been a successful tournament for Czech tennis in the doubles category. Barbora Strýcová won the women’s competition with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei, a feat that simultaneously propelled her to world number one status. There is also hope of upcoming talent in the men’s category as a Czech duo won the junior doubles for the first time ever.
Barbora Strýcová of the Czech Republic and Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei
claimed the Wimbledon women's doubles title beating Gabriela Dabrowski
of Canada and Xu Yifan of China, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and six minutes.
It is the first Grand Slam title in women’s doubles for Strýcová, who will rise to WTA Doubles World No.1 in the WTA doubles rankings for the first time in her career as a result.
No.1 seeds from the Czech Republic Jonáš Forejtek and Jiří Lehečka are
boys’ doubles champions at Wimbledon after beating Liam Draxl and Govind
Nanda 7:5, 6:4.
It is the third time that an all-Czech juniors team has won a grand slam; on previous occasions it was Petr Korda and Cyril Suk at Roland Garros in 1985, and then again in January of this year when Jonáš Forejtek and Dalibor Svrčina won at the Australian Open.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has failed to reach the final of the
Wimbledon tournament. The 33-year-old Czech was defeated by the seven-time
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-1 6-2 in less than an hour.
Strýcová is still playing in the doubles alongside Hsieh Su-Wei. The Chinese Taipei-Czech pair is set to face No.1 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic for a spot in the finals.