International and Czech sports stars turned out for an exhibition event at
Prague’s O2 Arena on Thursday evening at which tennis player Radek
Štěpánek officially ended his career. Current world tennis number two
Novak Djokovic and retired legend Andre Agassi attended the sold-out event,
while such huge names as Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sent
Also paying tribute to Štěpánek, who stopped playing last November at the age of 38, were football stars Petr Čech and Pavel Nedvěd and ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr.
Štěpánek’s highest ranking was eighth in the world and he helped the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup triumphs.
In women’s tennis, Czech Karolína Plíšková failed to win the title at
the Tianjin Open tournament in China. The Czech top seed lost with Caroline
Garcia of France 6-7, 3-6.
The former World No.1 needed to win the Tianjin Open title to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore already on Sunday. She will now have to fight for a spot in the season-ending finals at a tournament in Moscow, which starts on Monday.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has booked a spot in the final of the Tianjin Open, after defeating Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky, 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday, improving her hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore. The 26-year-old Czech will face Caroline Garcia of Spain in her fight for the third title of the season.
Czech tennis player Kateřina Siniaková has advanced to the quarterfinals
of the China Open in Beijing after defeating Kiki Bertens of the
Netherlands 6-4, 6-3.
Her victory has also secured a place for her compatriot Petra Kvitová at the WTA finals. Siniaková will next face the winner of the match between Anett Kontaveit or WTA World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the third round
of the Beijing Open for the third consecutive year with a 6-3, 6-4 win over
Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
The seventh-seeded Plíšková, who trailed 2-0 in the second set before winning four games in a row, will next play local wild-card entry Wang Qiang of China.
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