In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
In all Czech final, Iveta Benešová and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová beat Vladimíra Uhlířová and Renata Voráčová 1-6 6-0 10-7 on Sunday to take the doubles title at the Luxembourg Open. It was the fifth doubles trophy of Benešová’s career; earlier this year she and Záhlavová-Strýcová won in Stockholm. The pair also reached finals in Monterrey and Prague.
In Sports News this Monday: with Ivan Hašek stepping down as manager of the Czech international football team, his former assistant Michal Bílek is the bookies’ favourite to take over on the Czech bench; Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper is carried from the pitch by an ambulance after a clash with an opponent leaves him out cold for 10 minutes; Petra Kvitová is beaten in the final of tennis’s Linz Open; and decathlete Roman Šebrle says he wants to return to the Olympics – as a golfer.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová lost to Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 3:6 and 4:6 in the final of the WTA event in Linz, Austria, on Sunday The unseeded Czech did not put up much resistance, and was always behind Wickmmayer, seeded third, who converted the first match point. For 19-year-old Kvitová, Linz was the second WTA event final in her career.
Unseeded Czech Petra Kvitová beat second seed Agniezska Radwanska, of Poland, 6:3, 6:2 at a WTA event in Linz, Austria, on Saturday, and advanced into the final. Kvitová, who beat world number one Dinara Safina at US Open last month, will face either Italian top seed Flavia Penneta or Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, seeded third.
The International Tennis Federation on Wednesday suspended Ivo Minář, a member of the Czech Davis Cup team, for eight month for doping. The federation said a sample the Czech tennis player provided after the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Argentina in Ostrava in July, contained a prohibited stimulant.
Czech tennis bosses and players have welcomed the Spanish decision to play the Davis Cup finals in Barcelona. Spain announced that the final against the Czech Republic from December 4 to 6 will be staged at the 17,600 capacity Sant Jordi Stadium. Non-playing Czech coach Jaroslav Navrátíl said it was good news that it was an indoor hall. Top players Radek Štepánek and Tomáš Berdych said they knew the venue and looked forward to the match. The Czechs are underdogs for the match with Rafael Nadal due to play for Spain after his comeback from recent injury.
Czech Lucie Šafářová, the world's 44th ranked player, defeated 11th-ranked Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6 in one hour and 26 minutes in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday, underlining the latter’s mystifying loss of form. Šafářová had lost two of her previous three meetings with Ivanovic, one of them at last year's French Open when the Serb went on to win the title before reaching number one. Commentators say Šafářová's win was arguably the highlight of a low-key opening day at the lucrative Pan Pacific Open, featuring nine of the world's top 10 women.
The Czech men's tennis team has climbed to fourth place in the world rankings following its weekend semi-final Davis Cup Victory over Croatia. That represents a jump of three places from its previous seventh place. The 4-1 victory against Croatia booked them a place in December’s Davis Cup final against Spain. The higher ranking from the International Tennis Federation will help the Czechs avoid top teams when the draw for next year’s Davis Cup is made on Wednesday.
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