In tennis, Czech world No.2 Karolína Plíšková has failed to reach the
fourth round at the Australian Open. The world number was defeated by
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-7, 6-7 in a match that lasted two
hours and 28 minutes.
The only Czech left in the singles competition is Petra Kvitová, who will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round on Sunday.
Five Czech female players will be in action on the opening day of the
Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. Petra Kvitova, the seventh seed and
a finalist in the first Grand Slam of the year in 2019, will take on her
compatriot Kateřina Siniaková.
Marie Bouzková, making her first appearance in the Australian Open, will be hoping to cause an upset against the reigning champion Naomi Osaka of Japan, while Barbora Krejčíková a Barbora Strýcová will also be in action. There are four other Czech women taking part in this year’s competition.
Karolína Plíšková won her second consecutive Brisbane International
title when she beat Madison Keys in a three-set final at the Queensland
Tennis Centre on Sunday.
The Czech world number two won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours, seven minutes on Pat Rafter Arena.
Plíšková's third Brisbane title in four years and her 16th on the WTA tour stamps her as one of the favourites for the upcoming Australian Open.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has parted company with her coach,
David Kotyza, after two years. The 2019 season was the most successful of
the 33-year-old’s career as she won the doubles title at Wimbledon and
also reached the semi-finals in singles at the All England Club. She is
currently world women’s doubles number one.
Strýcová announced the split from Kotyza on Instagram on Tuesday after defeat in the doubles final at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
Tomáš Berdych, who for many years had been the Czech number one
mens' tennis player, is expected to announce the end of his career
sometime during this Saturday. The 34-year-old said he believed it unlikely
he would continue into the 2020 season already in August, after he had been
eliminated in the first round of this year's US Open.
The former world number 4's biggest success was reaching the Wimbledon finals in 2010. He was also on the winning Czech team of the 2012 and 2013 Davis Cup. In recent years, Mr. Berdych has been plauged by hip injuries and is currently 103rd in the world.
In tennis, Czech player Barbora Strýcová with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh
Su-Wei have failed to win the women’s doubles title at the prestigious
season-ending WTA Finals in Shenznen.
In the final round on Sunday, the Wimbledon champions were defeated by the Franco-Hungarian duo Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and five minutes.
Czech World No. 2 Karolína Plíšková has failed to make it into the
final of the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals in Shenznen.
She lost to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinal.
The Czech seed No. 2 finished in the final four of the WTA Finals for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Plíšková’s compatriot, Barbora Strýcová with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-Wei advanced to the final round in the women’s doubles, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has failed to advance to the semifinals
of the WTA Championships, which takes place in Shenzen. The Czech second
seed was defeated by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6:4, 6:2 in the final
match of the group stage on Thursday.
Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková is set to face Romania’s Simona Halep on Friday for a place in the semi-fainals.
World number 3 Naomi Osaka beat second seed Petra Kvitová 7-6 (7/1), 4-6,
6-4 in the opening match of the WTA Finals in China on Sunday. The
three-set marathon lasted for 2 hours and 39 minutes.
The 22-year-old Japanese maintained her unbeaten status over Kvitová having won their only previous clash in three sets in Melbourne.
Kvitová now faces Australia‘s Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.
The Czech doubles team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková
has qualified for tennis’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is the second time
in a row that the pair have qualified for the prestigious, season-ending
tournament. They secured their place after winning the Linz Doubles on
Sunday, adding another title after their August victory in Toronto.
They will join compatriot Barbora Strýcová, who will be lining up alongside Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei at the WTA Finals, which begin in two weeks’ time.
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