The Czech women’s tennis team are tied 1:1 with the United States in the semi-finals of the Fed Cup in Brno. The Czechs went ahead when Petra Kvitová beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 7-6 in the first singles rubber on Saturday afternoon. That lead was later wiped out when Alexa Glatch beat Iveta Benešová 6-1 6-2. The last time the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) reached the final of the Fed Cup was in 1988.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic impress in their final game before the ice hockey World Championships; legendary goaltender Dominik Hašek, 44, is said to be close to joining home town club Pardubice; the Czech women’s team prepare to face the US in the Fed Cup semi-finals, with worries Petra Kvitová may miss the tie through injury; and Zdeněk Grygera salvages a point for Juve, while Petr Čech reaches the FA Cup at the end of a nightmare week.
Iveta Benešová, Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafárová together with Květa Peschke will face the US in the Fed Cup semi-finals on April 25-26, Czech team captain Petr Pála said Wednesday. "I have nominated the best and strongest team possible," Pala said in an official statement 10 days before the clash in the southern Czech city of Brno. The team is the same as the one that beat Spain 4-1 in the quarter-finals in February.
In Sports News this Tuesday: Karlovy Vary records an historic ice hockey championship triumph; Slavia draw in the Prague football derby to take another step towards the title; there’s no rush to fill the Czech national football manager’s vacant spot; and a Czech tennis player humbles the mighty Serena Williams.
In Sports News this Monday: Peckhart (19) helps Slavia Prague to all three points for the second game in a row – have the Czech football league leaders found a replacement for wunderkind Necid?; Sparta’s ‘kop’ is ordered closed for three games after a ball boy is injured by a flare; it’s 1:1 between Slavia Prague and Plzeň after the opening games of their ice hockey Extraliga semi-finals playoffs series, but Slavia had to mount a real fight-back to take game two; and former world tennis number seven Nicole Vaidišová halts a rather alarming slide
The Czech Republic’s men’s tennis team have beaten France to reach the second round of the Davis Cup World Group. Radek Štěpánek secured victory for the Czechs in Ostrava on Sunday, beating Gilles Simon 7-6 6-3 7-6 to make it three matches to one in the best-of-five tie. The home side had been level with the highly rated French after Friday’s singles, but pulled ahead when Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych beat Michael Llodra and Richard Gasquet in Saturday’s doubles. The Czech Republic will now take on Argentina at home in June for a place in the semi-finals.
The Czech Republic are leading France 2:1 in a Davis Cup World Group first round tie. After a win for Tomáš Berdych and defeat for Radek Štěpánek on Friday, the two overcame Richard Gasquet and Michael Llodra 6-3 1-6 6-4 6-2 in the doubles. One more win from the two singles rubbers on Sunday would see the Czech Republic advance to the second round. France has not lost at this stage of the Davis Cup since 2000.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic take just one medal at a controversial Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec; the fans aren’t happy with only three goals scored in six Czech football league games at the weekend; the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs get underway; and the Czech tennis team are in Ostrava ahead of a Davis Cup first round tie with France.
In tennis, Czech women’s number one Iveta Benešová is out of the Mexican Open after losing to the tournament’s number two seed, Flavia Pennetta in the semi-finals. Benešová, who won the competition in 2004, lost 6-3 6-3 to the Italian on Friday. Pennetta, the defending champion, will now go on to play tournament favourite Venus Williams, who beat the Czech Republic’s Barbora Záhlavová Strycová on Saturday.
In tennis, two Czechs are through to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Acapulco. The country’s number one women’s tennis player, Iveta Benešová, beat France’s Mathilde Johansson in straight sets on Friday and now goes on to meet the tournament’s number two seed, Flavia Penetta, in the semi-finals. The Czech Republic’s Barbora Záhlavová Strycová, meanwhile, is set to meet tournament favourite Venus Williams after beating Maret Ani 4:6, 7:5, 6:1. Fellow Czech Petra Cetkovská is out of the tournament, however, after losing to Italy’s Pennetta at the quarter-final stage.
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