Defending champions Czech Republic exit Fed Cup in first round; Slavia extend lead as soccer top flight resumes; Sáblíková takes yet more gold medals at speed skating worlds; and Smutná is best of domestic competitors in Jizerská padesátka with second.
Czechs lose to Romania in first round of Fed Cup in Ostrava
It was the first outing in national colours for Krejčíková, who is 23.
“I think, given that it was my first match, I gave my absolute all. I was hoping we’d win and that I’d have more reason to celebrate… But definitely if the captain wishes to pick me for the national team again I’ll look forward to it very much.”
It was the first time the Czech Republic, who won the Fed Cup six times in the last eight years, were knocked out in the first round since 2008.
Slavia extend lead in first game after winter break
While their nearest rivals Viktoria Plzeň drew 1:1 at Mladá Boleslav, Slavia overcame Teplice 2:0 in the capital, with both goals coming in the final 10 minutes.
The first of them was a Panenka-style spot kick from Tomáš Souček.
“I said to myself that it was my first penalty in the league and that the goalkeeper didn’t know me and would dive. Luckily he did. I was thinking, What if he stays standing? But it worked out.”
Slavia visit Plzeň in the next round and the hosts will need to take all three points if they are to give themselves a realistic chance of taking the title race down to the wire.
Martina Sáblíková takes yet more golds at speed skating worlds
The Czech Republic’s Martina Sáblíková now has 19 gold medals from the World Speed Skating Championships, equaling the record of Gunda Nieman-Sitrnemann of Germany. At Inzell in Germany Sáblíková, who is 31, triumphed in both her favoured events, the 5,000 metres and the 3,000 metres.