In Sports News this Monday: Led by Kvitová, Czech women win Fed Cup for remarkable third time in four years – and enjoy night on town with defeated Germans; comeback queen Špotáková named Athlete of Year; Plzeň just one point clear in league after defeat at Jihlava; and Czech national team to face group leaders Iceland in Euro qualifiers.
Czech women secure Fed Cup for third time in four years before home crowd
“I think it was a really difficult game. It was a battle right till the end – Angie and I fought for every ball. We both gave our all. I don’t know what decided it in the end – perhaps it was something I found within myself, some emotion, some euphoria that I got not only from the crowd but above all the team. I think that’s what decided it – at the end of the day it wasn’t just about the tennis itself.”
Alongside Petra Kvitová, the Czech team comprised Andrea Hlaváčková, Lucie Hradecká and Lucie Šafářová, while their non-playing captain was Petr Pála. There were reports on Monday that the ladies had partied into the wee small hours, with the defeated German team among those taking part in the celebrations.
Špotáková named Athlete of Year after comeback from maternity leave
“It’s surprised me how well things have gone since I gave birth. I was immediately back to my usual weight. And I got back in physical condition because we live in Brdy so I can go running with the pram right from our home. Which I still do to this day.”
Plzeň now only one point in front after surprise defeat to Jihlava
National squad gather for Euro 2016 qualifiers – including clash with group leaders Iceland
Meanwhile the Czech national side have gathered for a brace of Euro 2016 qualifiers. They play Kazakhstan away on Thursday before a home match with surprise group leaders Iceland on Sunday.