Top seed Nadia Petrova advanced to the final of the Amelia Island Tournament on Saturday with a 6-3 6-2 win over 15th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Petrova got her first serve in nearly 80 percent of the time and kept Safarova off balance for most of the match. "Today against Nadia, it was pretty windy, and I didn't play that well," said Safarova.
In Sports News: Lukas Pesek becomes the first Czech to reach the podium in a motorcycling Grand Prix for 35 long years, while Jan Kopecky equals the best ever result for a Czech in the World Rally Championship; speed skater Martina Sablikova sets her first senior world record; Liberec edge ever closer to winning the Czech football league; Tomas Rosicky shines for Dortmund; it's semi-finals time in the Czech ice hockey league; and Radek Stepanek reaches the fourth round in Miami.
In Sports News: in her sixth and last Olympic Games cross-country Katerina Neumannova finally wins her first gold, as the Czech Republic records its highest tally of medals since the state's foundation; the Czech ice hockey team win bronze in Turin and the "golden" generation begin hanging up their international skates; and Czech tennis number one Radek Stepanek finally wins his first ATP title after losing in three previous finals.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic have drawn a tough qualifying group for Euro 2008, says Vladimir Smicer; Czech captain Tomas Galasek is to leave Ajax after six years; Czech Martin Damm and partner Leander Paes lose in the doubles final at the Australian Open; and Jaromir Jagr and the rest of the Czech colony at the New York Rangers go on a scoring spree.
In women's tennis, the Czech star Nicole Vadisova failed to make the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Third seed Amelie Mauresmo of France soundly beat Vadisova 6-1 6-1 in just 52 minutes. Czechoslovak-born Martina Hingis of Switzerland, a three-times champion of the open, has reached the quarter-finals and will next take on Kim Clijsters of Belgium.
The Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open, after beating Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Meanwhile, Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic was knocked out of the competition by Slovak-born Martina Hingis. Benesova had previously overcome fifth-seed Mary Pierce of France.
In Sports News: as the Olympics draw near, cross country skier Katerina Neumannova wins her third World Cup race in a row; ski jumper Jakub Janda vows to quit ski flying, and denies German allegations that he cheats; footballer Tomas Repka rejoins Sparta Prague after eight years abroad; and most Czech tennis players go through on day one of the Australian Open.
In Sports News: Jakub Janda becomes only the second Czech to win the Four Hills ski jumping tournament, though he shares first place with his biggest rival; cross country skier Lukas Bauer finishes second for the second weekend in a row; teenage tennis player Lucie Safarova wins the third WTA title of her career in Australia's Gold Coast; and ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr maintains his lead in the NHL players' points table.
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