Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed from Scotland, for a place in the last eight of the French Open Men’s Singles on Sunday. The last Czech in the singles competition last faced Murray four years ago and won. Berdych, seeded 15, got to the last 16 beating US player John Isner in straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the third round.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the last 16 of the French Open men’s singles. Berdych, seeded 15, beat US player John Isner in straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the third round. The last Czech in the singles competition now faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed from Scotland. The two players last faced each other four years ago when Berdych won.
Czech tennis player Klára Zakopalová lost 6-3, 6-3 to 22nd seed Justine Henin of Belgium in the second round of the French Open on Friday. The match was interrupted by dusk and rain on Thursday, with Zakopalová losing 3:2 in the second set. On Friday, the 28-year-old Czech began by losing her serve, and eventually lost the match in one hour and 15 minutes. Zakopalová was the last Czech player left in the ladies’ singles at Rolland Garros.
Tomáš Berdych has beaten US opponent John Isner in three sets in Dusseldorf, Germany, to keep the Czech Republic in contention at the World Team Cup. The Czechs and Americans will now play a decisive doubles match for a spot in the final. Berdych on Friday won by a score of 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). The match took two hours and 16 minutes and was a turnaround for the world’s 17th-ranked player, who had begun the match poorly. A spot in the World Team Cup is expected to be decided by US players Bob and Mike Bryan against the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý and Jan Hájek.
Lucie Šafářová has failed to reach the final of tennis’s Madrid Open after she retired in a semi-final clash with Aravane Rezai of France on Saturday. Šafářová, who is 23, had lost the first set 1-6 when she decided she could not go on. The Czech’s ranking climbed to the top 30 for the first time since January 2008 this week after a solid clay-court season, and she had been hoping to reach her second final this year.
After a long wait, tennis player Ivan Lendl has announced he will play before a Czech crowd. The 50-year-old, who now has US citizenship, will take on his historic rival, Bjorn Borg, in his home city of Ostrava on November 5 in an exhibition match. The two players dominated world tennis in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Lendl made a comeback to tennis after a break of 16 years when he played an exhibition match against Swede Mats Wilander in April.
The defending champion at the BMW Open in Munich, Tomáš Berdych advanced without difficulty on Wednesday to the next round of the clay court tournament. The No. 3 seed outclassed Spain’s Pere Riba in straight sets 7:5, 6:1. He will play in the quarterfinal against German player Philip Petzschner. Another Czech, Jan Hájek, also advanced to the quarterfinal stage, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany 6:4, 6:0.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come second in Sweden’s LG Hockey Games – decent performances by less well players will please coach Vladimír Růžička, after 25 NHL players declare themselves unavailable for the imminent World Championship; with Baník Ostrava and Sparta Prague playing out a 1:1 draw, only two points separate the top four teams in the Czech soccer league with three games to go; Iveta Benešová wins the second WTA title of her career; and pole vaulter Kateřina Baďurová retires at 27.
The Czech tennis player Iveta Benešová has taken the Moroccan Grand Prix after a 6-4 6-2 victory over Simona Halep of Romania in the final. It is the second WTA title of Benešová’s career, and comes six years after her first. She said her final win had represented a “little revenge” on Halep, who beat her three weeks ago in Marbella, Spain. Benešová, who was seeded seventh in Fes, picked up a cheque for USD 37,000.
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