Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová marked the biggest success of her career on Saturday after she beat top-seed Dinara Safina from Russia 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 in the 3rd round of US Open. The Czech, who is currently ranked 72nd in the world and is the Czech Republic’s number four, fended off three match points the world’s number one Safina had in the third set. The match did not begin until 10:15 pm local time due to a late-running afternoon session. Petra Kvitová told reporters that beating the world’s number one at a Grand Slam event was “brutal”.
Czech tennis player Ivo Minář turned in a positive drugs test ahead of July’s Davis Cup match against Argentina. The news was confirmed on Monday by the chairman of the Czech Tennis Association and team coach Jaroslav Navrátil. According to the International Tennis Federation the forbidden substance was a derivate of pseudoefedrin which Minář claims may have come from his weight-loss pills. The news has dashed his chances of taking part in September’s Davis Cup match in Croatia, but should not alter the outcome of the quarter finals in Argentina since there he only played one match and lost.
In Sports News this Monday: Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson win’s the Czech Republic’s biggest golf tournament, the Moravia Silesia Open; Roman Kreuziger comes agonisingly close to winning cycling’s Classic San Sebastian; Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecká reaches, and loses, the third WTA final of her career; and favourites Slavia and Sparta have both made an unconvincing start to the Czech football league.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta Prague will face Panathinaikos yet again for a place in the Champions League group stage – captain Patrik Berger says any opponent in Sparta’s part of the draw was going to be tough; Tomáš Rosický says he is a footballer reborn after his first game in a year and a half; Jan Koller (36) is reportedly ready to come out of international retirement; and Austria’s Sybille Bammer wins tennis’s Prague’s Open.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic triumphs over Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup; Czech footballer Pavel Nedvěd, recently retired, turns down offers from Juve, Mourinho, Hašek; cyclist Kreuziger is in 14th spot after the first nine stages of Tour de France; Knapková triumphs in Lucerne to become women’s single-scull World Cup Champion; hockey goalie Hašek is reportedly unhappy over his new helmet.
The Czech Republic has won a place in the Davis Dup semifinals after beating Argentina 3:2. In the decisive final match on Sunday Radek Štěpánek beat Juan Monaco in straight sets. The score was 7:6, 6:3, 6:2. Argentina came back in the first of the return singles when Tomáš Berdych lost in straight sets against the world number five, Juan Martin del Potro. The score was 4:6, 4:6, 4:6 with the result bringing the tie level at two apiece. Czech captain Jaroslav Navrátil opted to play injury recovering Radek Štěpánek in the last game against Juan Monaco rather than go with lower ranked Ivo Minář.
The Czech Republic has taken a 2: 1 lead on the second day of the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Argentina in Ostrava. In the doubles tie, a rested Radek Štěpánek and Tomáš Berdych beat the surprise combination of José Acasuso and Leonardo Mayer in straight sets. The score was 6:1, 6:4, 6:3. On the first day, Berdych beat Juan Monaco, but only after five sets: 6:4, 2:6, 2:6, 6:3, 6:2. In the second match, Ivo Minář succumbed to Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets: 1:6, 3:6, 3:6.
Radek Štěpánek is in the Czech tennis team for a Davis Cup quarter-final clash against Argentina the weekend after next. There had been doubts that Štěpánek would make the tie as he has been suffering from an ankle injury. Both he and Davis Cup team-mate Tomáš Berdych were knocked out in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday. The remaining two players in the team to face Argentina are Ivo Minář and Lukáš Dlouhý.
In Sports News: Respected football coach and former player Ivan Hašek is given a broad mandate as the new chairman of Czech FA; Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štepánek make it to the 4th round at Wimbledon; In hockey, only three Czechs are chosen in the 2009 NHL draft; and Ondřej Polívka wins the modern pentathlon at the European Championships in Germany.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek has advanced to the third round at Wimbledon after winning a difficult five-setter against Italian Potito Starace. The score was 6:4, 4:6, 6:2, 4:6, 6:3. Tomáš Berdych also made it through to the third round after defeating France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets.
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