In Sports News this Monday: Good start to year for Czech women tennis players, with Šafářová, Siniaková and the Plíšková sisters all racking up wins in their first matches of 2017; Dakar Rally has 24 Czech participants; Slavia beat Sparta in annual old boys’ game; and Havlát to make dramatic return for Brno?
Winning start to year for several Czech women’s tennis players
Meanwhile Kristýna Plíšková and Kateřina Siniaková have advanced at China’s Shenzhen Open. Plíšková reached the second round after coming from behind to beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 1-6 6-3 7-6 on Monday. She will now face China’s Kai-chen Chang. Siniaková, who is 20, beat local favourite Peng Shuai 6-3 7-5 to set up a round two clash with Simona Halep of Romania.
A day earlier the better known Plíšková twin, Karolína, also started 2017 in the best possible way. In her first match under new coach David Kotyza the 2016 US Open finalist and world number six convincingly overcame Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-1 in Brisbane, racking up 12 aces along the way.
Two dozen Czechs taking part in 39th Dakar
Koudelka equals season-best placing in second Four Hills event
The leading Czech ski jumper Roman Koudelka finished seventeenth in the second event of the Four Hills tournament in Germany’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday. That placing equalled his previous best this season. Koudelka, who is 27, failed to pick up any points in Oberstdorf, the first stage of the German-Austrian competition.