Nine Czech female singles players started this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, two of them in the world top 10. However, the only one left standing is a name few would have expected, Barbora Strýcová. The 33-year-old is now preparing to face Serena Williams in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final.
A new National Sport Agency is due to be established in the Czech Republic taking over responsibilities for sports funding from the Ministry of Education. The Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday outvoted by a narrow margin the Senate’s veto of a draft bill seeking to create the agency. Its main aim is to create a new system of funding for Czech sport.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech, who may well be the most famous Czech on the planet, will retire after a last appearance for Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday. In a twist of fate, the game will be against Chelsea, the club with he won which virtually every prize going. To discuss his amazing career, I spoke to football journalist Karel Haering. He was first struck by Petr Čech in 2009 when he began appearing for Chmel Blšany at 17 – and offers this assessment of the qualities that took him to the top and kept him there.
Slavia Prague are crowned champions for 19th time with one round to go – coach Trpišovský says he’s relieved to have got over line; Plzeň boss Vrba says charges had successful season despite coming second; Czechs power on with fifth win in six games at hockey worlds; and Plíšková climbs to second in world with Rome triumph.
The legendary runner Emil Zátopek and his wife Dana, a javelin thrower, made history at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, when they won altogether four gold medals for Czechoslovakia. The story of one of the world’s most famous sporting couples is the focus of a new film by David Ondříček, which has just started shooting.