In Sports News this Monday: No chance of fourth successive Fed Cup title for Czechs after defeat to US in semi-finals; Sparta beat Plzeň to hand Slavia advantage in title race; domestic football stunned by suicide of František Rajtoral; and Krpálek picks up first medal in heavyweight category.
Czechs out of Fed Cup after semi-final loss to US
Kristýna Plíšková, twin sister of world number three Karolína Plíšková, was taking part in the competition for the first time ever – and it was something of a baptism of fire.
“For me it was my first ever Fed Cup. And my first match was the decisive one. So everything was new and naturally I was a bit nervous. But it’s not so easy when you’ve been sitting the whole weekend and then go on for a tough doubles match against a pair who would be very difficult to beat, even if we played to our maximum. So it’s a disappointment for the whole team.”
Slavia in driving seat in championship after Plzeň lose at Sparta
“I wouldn’t say it was crucial result. There are still five rounds to go and we’ll see what happens in those games. Of course we have made things more complicated for ourselves. If Slavia win their remaining games they’ll be champions. But we also have five matches – we need to regroup and carry on.”
Czech football stunned by suicide of ex-Plzeň player František Rajtoral
Krpálek celebrates first heavyweight medal
Olympic champion Lukáš Krpálek picked up a bronze at the European Judo Championships in Warsaw on Saturday. It was Krpálek’s first medal since moving up to the heavyweight category earlier this year.
Jágr to become sole owner of boyhood club Kladno
Jaromír Jágr is set to become the sole owner of Kladno, the Czech club where he started his career. The NHL legend previously owned 70 percent of Kladno and local officials greenlit the sale of the remaining shares to him on Monday.