In Sports News this week: Seven Czechs to appear in first round of Wimbledon on Monday; Kvitová replaces Plíšková as Czech top seed in WTA rankings; Czechs take three medals at Canoe Slalom World Cup in Krakow; NHL: St-Louis trades Vladimir Sobotka to Buffalo Sabres; Tomáš Plekanec returns to Canadiens.
Seven Czechs to enter Wimbledon on opening day
Kvitová replaces Plíšková as Czech top seed in WTA rankings
Two time-Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has replaced Karolína Plíšková as the Czech top seed on the WTA ladder, after the latter crashed out of Eastbourne last week. She now ranks seventh place in the ATP rankings. Kvitová, who was forced to withdraw from Eastbourne last week due to a hamstring injury, will enter the Wimbledon tournament on Tuesday. She will open her campaign for a third title against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Czechs take three medals at Canoe Slalom World Cup in Krakow
The Czech team took three medals at the Canoe Slalom World Cup in Poland’s Krakow. Kayaker Michal Jáně picked up bronze in the men’s C1 category on Saturday, while his younger brother Jakub Jáně, along with Tereza Fišerová, came first in the new discipline of mixed canoe slalom on the same day. Kayaker Jiří Prskavec won another bronze medal in the men’s K1 category on Sunday.
NHL: St-Louis trades Vladimir Sobotka to Buffalo Sabres
NHL: Tomáš Plekanec returns to Canadiens
Czech hockey player Tomáš Plekanec is returning to the Montreal Canadiens after signing a one-year contract with his former team. The contract is valued at 2.25 million US dollars. The 35-year-old Kladno native had spent his entire NHL career with the Canadiens since 2001, until he was drafted to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February. He had 26 points in 77 games last season.