Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych has progressed to the final of the ATP Halle tournament in Germany. The twenty-one-year-old beat Finnish player Jarkka Nieminen in straight sets 7:6 a 6:4 in Saturday's first semi-final. He will now play either Phillipe Kohlschreiber or Marcos Baghdatis on Sunday for the third title of his career and prize money worth 96,000 US dollars.
This week in Sport News: Czech Republic draws against Wales in Euro 2008 qualifier; Nicole Vaidisova reaches last eight in French Open; in the second Czech football division, Bohemians 1905 lose their home match while Viktoria Zizkov, having already won the second league and moving on to the first, sign up a new coach. Nymburk beats Prostejov in the final series of the basketball league; and Jaromir Jagr comes home for the summer.
Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova beat France's Amelie Mauresmo 6:3 7:6 in a third-round match at the French Open on Saturday. Fifth seed Mauresmo had fallen as the defending champion to the same opponent in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open. World number 29 Safarova, who claimed Justine Henin's scalp in the semi-finals of the Paris Open in February, goes on to meet Russia's Anna Chakvetadze for a place in the quarter-finals.
The two leading Czech men's players Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek have been knocked out of the French Open. Berdych was beaten by Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the second round. Stepanek had caused an upset by overcoming Chilean fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez in the first round, but himself exited in the second after losing to Roger-Vasselin of France. In women's tennis, Lucie Safarova will face France's Amelie Mauresmo in the third round after seeing off Nicole Pratt of Australia.
In Sports News: young motorcyclist Lukas Pesek comes second in the French Grand Prix, increasing his lead in the 125cc world championship standings; seven weeks after a series crash, racing driver Tomas Enge is back with a win; football goalie Petr Cech wins the FA Cup with Chelsea, while former Czech no. 1 Pavel Srnicek is looking for a new club; and Radek Stepanek falls out of the world top 50 after a first-round exit from the Hamburg Masters.
In Sports News this week: the Prague International Marathon is won by a European runner for the first time ever; Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova climbs to seventh in the world rankings, her highest placing ever; and Sparta and Liberec chase the Czech football league title, while Slovacko are relegated after seven years in the top flight.
In Sports News this week: Milan Baros says his alleged racist gesture to an opposing black player has been blown out of proportion, Liberec's footballers put pressure on Slavia and Sparta ahead of their eagerly awaited Prague derby on Monday, the Czech ladies' tennis team enjoy a resounding victory over Slovakia in the Fed Cup, and the Czech Republic's ice hockey players take third place in the Euro Hockey Tour ahead of this week's world championship.
The Czech team in the Fed Cup has won all five games against Slovakia
in the first round of the World Group II matches this weekend. In
Sunday's singles matches, Lucie Vaidisova defeated Slovakia's Daniela
Hantuchova 6:2, 6:7, 6:3 and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Magdalena
Rybarikova 6:1, 2:1. In the doubles, the Czech beat the Slovaks 6:3,
The Czechs are now leading 5:0 against the Slovaks and have qualified for the play-offs in June, in which the four winners gain a place in next year's elite World Group.
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