A government prohibition on events in the Czech Republic attended by 100 or more people is naturally having a major impact on sports in the country. The organisers of the two biggest sports leagues, in football and ice hockey, are taking a different approach to the measure introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won the 3,000 meters race at the
Calgary World Cup on Friday, strengthening her lead in the overall
standings. The three-time Olympic champion covered the track in 3: 54,936,
which is her personal best this season.
She beat Antoinette de Jong from the Netherlands by 1.24 seconds. Russia’s Natalja Voronin placed third.
In tennis, Czech world No.2 Karolína Plíšková has failed to reach the
fourth round at the Australian Open. The world number was defeated by
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-7, 6-7 in a match that lasted two
hours and 28 minutes.
The only Czech left in the singles competition is Petra Kvitová, who will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round on Sunday.
The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová advanced to the third round of
Australian Open, beating Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 7-5. The seventh-seeded
Czech, who lost last year’s final to Osaka, will next face Russia’s
Ekaterina Alexandrova for a place in the fourth round.
Second-seeded Karolína Plíšková confirmed her strong recent form by advancing to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Siegmund of Germany.
Another Czech, Karolína Muchová, lost in her second round match against Catherine Bellis of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4.
Karolína Plíšková won her second consecutive Brisbane International
title when she beat Madison Keys in a three-set final at the Queensland
Tennis Centre on Sunday.
The Czech world number two won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours, seven minutes on Pat Rafter Arena.
Plíšková's third Brisbane title in four years and her 16th on the WTA tour stamps her as one of the favourites for the upcoming Australian Open.
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.
Tomáš Berdych, who for many years had been the Czech number one
mens' tennis player, is expected to announce the end of his career
sometime during this Saturday. The 34-year-old said he believed it unlikely
he would continue into the 2020 season already in August, after he had been
eliminated in the first round of this year's US Open.
The former world number 4's biggest success was reaching the Wimbledon finals in 2010. He was also on the winning Czech team of the 2012 and 2013 Davis Cup. In recent years, Mr. Berdych has been plauged by hip injuries and is currently 103rd in the world.
Karolína Plíšková, the current world number two in womens’ tennis,
has chosen to part ways with former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martínez,
who has been a member of her coaching team since last year's US Open,
the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing Plíšková’s manager
Michal Hrdlička as a source. Mr. Hrdlička said that the Czech tennis
number one will choose her new coach before preparations for the next
Ms. Plíšková, who has had several coaches throughout her career, wished her former trainer all the best into the future, but said that she wants to try to “move another step forward”.
Czech World No. 2 Karolína Plíšková has failed to make it into the
final of the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals in Shenznen.
She lost to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinal.
The Czech seed No. 2 finished in the final four of the WTA Finals for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Plíšková’s compatriot, Barbora Strýcová with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-Wei advanced to the final round in the women’s doubles, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.