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Petra Kvitová, photo: CTK

In Sport News this Monday: Kvitová is defeated in WTA Finals in Singapore; Czech women’s tennis team getting ready for Fed Cup finals; Viktoria Plzeň beat Synot league leaders Sparta Prague.

Kvitová defeated in WTA Finals after forcing deciding set

Petra Kvitová,  photo: CTK
The Czech women’s number one Petra Kvitová was defeated in the WTA Finals for 2015 in Singapore on Sunday by Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. Kvitová showed some of the form that allowed her to knock out Maria Sharapova a day earlier, but had to fight back against Radwanska after losing the first set. Although she tied the match at a set apiece, both her serve and returns let her down at key moments and she was unable to hang on in the decider. The final score was 2:6, 6:4, 3:6.

Kvitová had advanced to the semi-finals despite losing the first two matches of the qualifier thanks to her fellow Czech Lucie Šafářová, who beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the last group game. In an interview for the WTA website, the Czech number one said she was happy with her overall performance in the tournament:

“I think it was a great final for both of us. We really fought hard for the title and I think in the end of the match she was a just a little bit better player on the court. I didn’t take my chances which I had in the match. Unfortunately I lost but I think it was a good tournament for me. It was an amazing week. I couldn’t believe I could play the semi-finals, I played the final. I am really happy with the way I played today.”

Czech women’s tennis team getting ready for Fed Cup finals

The Czech women’s tennis team is now getting ready for the upcoming Fed Cup final to take place in Prague on November 14 and 15. The Czechs will be defending the Fed Cup title from last year against Russia, who will be seeking payback for their defeat in Moscow in 2011. Russia will field a strong team including women’s world No. 3 Maria Sharapova.

Bohemians mark first victory of the season

In domestic football, Prague club Bohemians 1905 clinched their first win of the season at home against Jihlava on Saturday night. The final score was 2:1. Jihlava drew first blood in the match but the Kangaroos turned things around in the second half after the visitors were reduced to ten men. Bohemians are currently near the bottom of the standings, just ahead of last-place Ostrava.

Viktoria Plzeň beat Synot league leaders Sparta Prague

Viktoria Plzeň - Sparta Prague,  photo: CTK
In the most anticipated match of the Synot League, title holders Viktoria Plzeň drew level on points with the current league leaders Sparta Prague, after beating the visitors 2:1 at home on Sunday. The goals came in the second half when Plzeň was down to 10 men. Substitute Jan Beránek scored in the 72nd minute, while fellow substitute Milan Petržela extended the lead eight minutes later. Sparta’s Lukáš Juliš managed to claw one back in the 90th minute. Despite the defeat, Sparta are still first in the Synot league on goal difference.