In sports news this Monday: Hlaváčková and Strýcová triumph at the China Open; the national football team faces first matches under its new coach, Jaroslav Šilhavý; NHL teammates Petr Mrázek and rookie Martin Nečas help Hurricanes ice the NY Rangers.
Hlaváčková and Strýcová triumph at the China Open
All five of the Czech pair’s finals this year have come at Premier level – or better – but Sunday’s victory in Beijing is their biggest title together as a duo. They previously triumphed at the Connecticut Open in New Haven prior to the US Open.
Meanwhile Karolina Plíšková, who was eliminated in the third round of the Beijing tournament, has risen a notch in the world ranking to No.6. while her compatriot Petra Kvitova, who lost in the first round of the China Open has dropped four places to No.7.
First matches ahead for national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý
Šilhavý has not shaken up the squad much, at least not yet. But a few players not seen in a while will be taking to the pitch -- midfielder David Pavelka and defenders Lukáš Hejd and Ondřej Čelůstka. Also returning are Matěj Vydra, Josef Šural and Bořek Dočkal, among others.
Slavia and Pilsen increase lead ahead of third place Sparta Prague
“It wasn’t a faultless display today. There were a lot of unforced errors. The beginning too was a bit lukewarm. We let in a goal in the beginning of the game which made it 1:1 and we missed a lot of chances, something we have been having problems with for some time. From my side, I’d like to praise Příbram for how they played the game. Both teams wanted to play football today.”
Meanwhile Sparta Prague, which is placed third, lost to Sigma Olomouc and is now trailing the leaders by four points.
Litvínov goes back to the top of Czech Extraliga
Meanwhile Orli Znojmo, which is so far having an unsuccessful season in the Austiran Hockey League, not having won a single game, lost 5:2 on Sunday, playing against Hungarian team, Székesfehérvár. The game involved a controversial moment, where the referees approved a goal by Székesfehérvár defender Bence Stipsicz, despite the video replay clearly showing the puck bounce away from the post.
Hurricanes fend off Rangers with Mrázek’s saves
Before heading to North America, Mrázek played in the Czech Extraliga, where he appeared for HC Vítkovice Steel during the 2007–08 post-season. Nečas made his professional debut in 2016 while still a minor, with HC Kometa Brno, which won the league championship that year.