In women’s tennis doubles, Czech Lucie Šafářová and her US partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands have lost their chance to win their third Grand Slam title of this season, after having won the Australian Open and French Open. Šafářová and Mattek-Sands were beaten in the quarterfinals on Wednesday by the American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6:3, 6:2. Šafářová was also knocked out of the singles after losing to unseeded American Coco Wandeweghe in the fourth round match on Sunday.
All Czech tennis players were knocked out of the Wimbledon singles competitions after the last two Czech hopes, Lucie Šafářová and Tomáš Berdych, lost their fourth-round matches on Sunday. The French Open runner up Lucie Šafářová was beaten by unseeded American Coco Wandeweghe 6:7, 6:7 and Tomáš Berdych lost to Gilles Simon of France 3:6, 3:6, 2:6. Šafářová remains at Wimbledon competing in doubles with US partner Bethanie Mattek-Sand, after easing past the British duo of Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith 6:3, 6:0.
In the women’s singles at Wimbledon on Friday, 6th seed Lucie Šafářová beat Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-3 6-1 to reach the 4th round at Wimbledon for the second time in her career. “I am extremely happy. Sloane played a tough game but from the second set I was more aggressive and was able to turn the match around,” she told reporters. She will next face US Coco Vandeweghe against whom she has not previously played.
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.
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