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Sport now, and we start off at Wimbledon. It's been something of a brief encounter for the Czechs at the All England Club; all the country's singles players are now on their way home except for Martin Damm, who meets Russia's Marat Safin on court number five later today.

There was a reminder of past glory for the Czechs, however, when nine-time singles champion Martina Navratilova turned the clock back for a decisive win in a first-round women's doubles match. The former world number one and Mariaan De Swardt defeated the Netherlands' Amanda Hopmans and Bulgaria's Lubomira Bacheva 6-3 6-7 6-3. The match took place on an outside court late in the evening but the 43-year-old Navratilova was clearly overjoyed to be back after a five-year absence, and the fans gave her a rapturous welcome.

Moving on to ice hockey now, and Buffalo Sabres goalie and Olympic gold medallist for the Czech national team Dominik Hasek returned to Prague on Wednesday, after a difficult year marred by injury and much speculation that the next season would finally be his last. I was waiting for him at Prague's Ruzyne Airport, and began by asking him whether the next season would mark the end of his career in the NHL.

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