Fed Cup tennis coach Jan Kukal says he is confident that Daja Bedanova will be fit in time for the crucial play-off against Canada. Goalkeeper Petr Cech has surprised a lot of people by signing for French club Rennes despite offers from more glamorous clubs, and runner Ludmila Formanova says she is confident she can make the time needed to get to the European Championships.
Question mark over Bedanova's fitness ahead of crucial Fed Cup play-off
The Czech women's tennis team have been beset by problems, just eight days before a crucial Fed Cup play-off against Canada in the south Moravian town of Prerov. Kvetoslava Hrdlickova is definitely out with injury and Daja Bedanova has not been officially included in the team due to doubts over her fitness. Coach Jan Kukal however says he is confident Bedanova, who recently shone at Wimbledon, will be fit in time for the important clash with Canada.
"We're 99 percent sure that Daja Bedanova, who is currently ranked 18th in the world, will take part. Her name isn't in the team only because she hasn't started playing again after Wimbledon, and she still has to decide this weekend whether she will play. She didn't play in the mixed doubles with Petr Pala due to a back problem. She's recovering now, and we'll know at the start of next week if she's able to take part in the game."
Goalkeeper Petr Cech rejects offers from bigger clubs, signs with Rennes
Runner Formanova must improve her times to reach European Championships
The Czech 800-metres runner Ludmila Formanova has been on the comeback trail after injury in recent months. However Formanova, who was European champion in 1999, has yet to achieve a time which would earn her a starting place at this year's European Athletics Championships, which take place in Munich next month. There are a few smaller meetings between now and then, at which Formanova still has a chance to record the necessary time of 2 minutes 00.8 seconds. She says she is confident of doing so.