Several hundred people attended the funeral of tennis legend Jana Novotná
in Brno on Monday. Novotná died last week at the age of 49. Among those
present were her colleagues Petra Kvitová, Helena Suková and Jan Kodeš.
The Duchess of Kent, who comforted Novotná after a heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final paid tribute to her on her death with the words “Jana Novotna was a brave, courageous sweet lady with a wonderful sense of humour. Wimbledon will not be the same without her."
Tennis player Radek Štepánek, the two-time Davis Cup champion who retired
from the game last week, will take on a trainer’s role together with
Andre Agassi to help Novak Djokovic regain his footing in the top 10 on the
ATP trail. Djokovic, a former number 1, is currently 12th in the world.
Štepánek has reportedly already signed a deal; official confirmation is expected in the coming days.
In this week's Sports News: Jessica Kordová finishes second in LPGA tournament finals; Martina Sablíková comes in third at the last day of the second stage of the ISU World Cup season; Czech Tomáš Nosek is the only Czech standing in busy day for NHL; and the world of sport mourns the death of tennis legend Jana Novotná.
Former tennis player Jana Novotná has died of cancer at the age of 49. The
WTA announced the news of her death, saying she had passed away surrounded
by her family in the Czech Republic on Sunday. The Brno-born player lifted
the title at Wimbledon in 1998 and won 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles
titles and four mixed doubles titles.
Jana Novotná became world doubles number one and singles number two in a career that also saw her win three Olympic medals and win the Fed Cup with Czechoslovakia in 1988.
In tennis, two-times Davis Cup winner Radek Štěpánek has officially
announced the end of his professional career. The 38-year-old, a former
eighth best singles tennis player of the world and a bronze medalist in
mixed doubles from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
In 2006, he advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinal. In total, he gained five ATP titles. In doubles, he won two grand slam tournaments. Along with Indian Leander Paes, he was the winner of the Australian Open 2012 and the US Open 2013.
Andrea Hlaváčková lifts Singapore doubles title with Babos – and promptly splits from Hungarian; Plíšková slips to fourth after exiting WTA Finals in semis; Sparta overcome Ostrava but latter’s Baroš insists his team could have done better against “average” side; and Plzeň make it 12 league wins in a row for maximum points so far this season.
Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos won the WTA doubles title in Singapore for the first time after a brilliant three-set win over Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson. The Czech-Hungarian duo beat unseeded Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. It is the pair's fifth trophy of the year; they teamed up for the first time in May.
In tennis, Czech women’s number one Karolína Plíšková has failed to
make it into the final of the end of season WTA Finals.
She lost in straight sets to Carolina Wozniacki 6:7, 3:6 in the semi-final.
The loss means Plíšková cannot regain the number one spot in the WTA rankings she held earlier this year. Plíšková could have ended the year in top spot if she triumphed in the Singapore tournament.
The result means Romanian Simona Halep will gain the top spot.
In tennis, Czech player Karolína Plíšková has suffered her first defeat in the end of season WTA Finals tournament being staged in Singapore. The top Czech women’s singles player was defeated by Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 3:6, 1:6. After winning her first two matches in the opening group, Plíšková had already secured her place in the next round.
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