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.
The Czech doubles team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková
has qualified for tennis’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is the second time
in a row that the pair have qualified for the prestigious, season-ending
tournament. They secured their place after winning the Linz Doubles on
Sunday, adding another title after their August victory in Toronto.
They will join compatriot Barbora Strýcová, who will be lining up alongside Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei at the WTA Finals, which begin in two weeks’ time.
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.
Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
Sparta Prague manager Václav Jílek has accused his players of making
trivial and naive mistakes in defence after a 3:4 defeat at Mladá Boleslav
in Czech football’s First League on Sunday. Sparta have seven points out
of a possible 15 after the first five rounds of the season.
Defending champions Slavia Prague are first on 13 points after a 1:0 win over Jablonec at the weekend. Viktoria Plzen were beaten 2:0 at home by Slovácko; last season’s runners-up have now failed to score in four games.
Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková won the women’s doubles
competition at the Rodgers Cup in Toronto. The Czech pair, who were top
seeds, beat Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the
Netherlands 7-5 6-0 in Sunday’s final.
It was the third title that Krejčíková and Siniaková have lifted together after the French Open and Wimbledon last year.
Four Czech tennis players made it to the fourth round of the Wimbledon
tournament, which began on Monday morning. It was a day of upsets.
First up was Barbora Strýcová, ranked no. 54, who took on Belgium’s Elise Mertens, the 21st seed, for the second time in her career. Strýcová roared back from a set down to beat Mertens by 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Later in the afternoon, No. 3 seed Karolína Plíšková faced fellow Czech national Karolína Muchová, ranked No. 68. Plíšková was the heavy favourite but lost in an upset to Muchová by 4-6, 7-5, 13-11.
Finally, in the most highly anticipated match, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová lost to Britain’s top player, Johanna Konta, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Strýcová will now face Konta in the quarter-finals.