Three Czech tennis players advanced to the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday. Defending champion Petra Kvitová eased past Japan’s Kurumi Nara with a straight-sets win of 6:2, 6:0. In the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych overwhelmed French Nicolas Mahut 6:1, 6:4, 6:4 in just over an hour and a half. The third Czech who made it through to the third round was Kristýna Plíšková, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 3:6, 6:3, 6:4. Three other Czechs, Lukáš Rosol, Jiří Veselý a Denisa Allertová, failed to get past the second round at Wimbledon.
In tennis, last year’s women’s singles Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová has been seeded second for this year’s championships. The number one seed is Serena Williams. In the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych, a former Wimbledon finalist, is seeded sixth. Kvitová’s number two spot faithfully reflects her place in the current WTA rankings. The top Czech woman player has pulled out of some of the Wimbledon warm up tournaments because of illness.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs keep hopes alive at U21 Euros after Kliment hat-trick delivers win over Serbia – they now face Germany with place in semi-finals at stake; Plíšková misses out on first top 10 appearance after defeat in Birmingham final; and Czech women’s basketball team to miss Olympics after exiting Euros at last-16 stage.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plišková lost to German Angelique Kerber in the final of the Birmingham Open on Sunday. Plišková lost 7:6, 3:6,6:7 in just over 2 hours and 15 minutes. The Czech survived four set points against her in the first set before taking it to a tie-break and winning the set. Plišková took an early break in the second set but then lost her own serve twice allowing Kerber to tie the match at one set all. Kerber had a chance to serve for the match at 5:4 in the third but Plišková broke back and the match went to a second tie-break. The loss robs the Czech of a chance to enter the women’s top 10 for the first time.
The Czech Republic has for the first time in a quarter of a century two women tennis players in the singles top 10. Lucie Šafářová has entered the WTA top 10 for the first time at number seven following her success reaching the final of the French Open. Petra Kvitová jumps to second place due to the poorer performance of higher ranked players at the Grand Slam tournament but still trails number one Serena Williams by around 4500 points. But top Czech men’s player Tomáš Berdych slips from fourth to sixth place.
After losing to Serena Williams in the women’s singles of the French Open on Saturday, Lucie Šafářová won the Women's Doubles Final on Sunday. The team Lucie Šafářová/Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6 6-4 6-2. After their triumph at the Australian open in January this is their second grand slam title.
Lucie Šafářová’s hopes of winning the women’s singles at the French Open were dashed by top seeded Serena Williams who beat her opponent 3:6, 7:6 2:6.Nevetheless Šafářová was in top form for the match, and her overall success at the tournament has moved her to 7th place on the world ladder. On Sunday she is due to play in the women’s doubles final at Roland Garros.
Lucie Šafářová teamed with Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States to beat Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the doubles final at Rolan Garros. With Friday’s victory Šafářová remains on course to become the first woman in 15 years to win the singles and doubles at the French Open. She plays top-ranked Serena Williams in the singles final on Saturday.
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