Plzeň remain unbeaten, Slavia bounces back, Sparta loses ground; Italian Andrea Pagan wins the Czech Masters, his first European title; five Czech women, including two debutantes, reach the US Open in New York.
Defending champion club Viktoria Plzeň crush Mladá Boleslav, remain unbeaten
Slavia Prague, meanwhile, which tasted defeat for the first time in the Fortuna Liga last week, emerged victorious on Saturday dispatching Teplice (3-0). Among the league favourites, only Sparta Prague lost ground this week. Baník Ostrava jumped ahead of Sparta in the standings, to third, with its 2-0 win over Dukla Prague at home.
Andrea Pavan edges out Pádraig Harrington at Czech Masters
Five Czechs competing in women's singles at US Open in New York
The 2018 US Open kicks off on Monday with a fortnight of play featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic in the men’s contest and defending champion Sloane Stephens, World No.1 Simona Halep, and both of the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, in the women’s.
First up among the debutantes is Marie Bouzková, who in 2014 became the first Czech ever to win the US Open junior title, has since gone on to rack up 11 ITF Pro Circuit titles as she climbed the senior rankings, cracking the Top 200 last June. Now ranked World No.171, Bouzková faces Ana Bogdan of Romania.
Fellow Czech newbie Karolína Muchová, two spots shy of cracking the Top 200, will face Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, who achieved a career-high WTA singles ranking of 100 this July. Muchová had an impressive run through qualifying with a win over Vitalia Diatchenko, Maria Sharapova's Wimbledon conqueror.