In Sports News this Monday: In tennis, Petra Kvitová slips one spot in world rankings after her elimination from WTA Finals; Sparta Prague closes in on Plzeň in domestic league, and first Czech pilot claims podium in Red Bull Air Race.
Tennis: Kvitová slips to 4th place in WTA rankings
“I beat Maria [Sharapova] so I think that was a good win for me after a long time when I could not beat her, so that’s one positive thing from this week. I worked really hard to qualify and I’m disappointed I didn’t make it to the final. But it’s a difficult tournament and that’s what happened.”
“The second part of the season was great; I won a Grand Slam, two titles on hard courts, and I felt well and comfortable on the court. I knew that my game was great during those moments, and I hope it will continue in the future.”
In men’s tennis, world number five Tomáš Berdych has been participating in the ATP World Tour Finals for three consecutive years. But two weeks before this year’s event kicks off in London, the 29-year-old Czech is yet to qualify; he will try to do that at the Paris Masters which gets underway on Monday.
Football: Sparta closes in on Plzeň in top division
Mladá Boleslav focused mainly on the defence in the match as most teams that face Sparta on their home ground. Sparta midfielder Mario Holek describes his team’s formula for success.
Sparta, ranking second in the league table, trail one point behind Plzeň. The two teams will clash in the highlight of the Gambrinus Liga’s next round in Plzeň on Saturday.
First Czech pilot claims podium in Red Bull Air Race
“It’s my first podium and I thought I’d be much happier when it happens but we lost a much better result. But this is sport, and we have to get over it.
“It was a good week for us, and from the start I felt like I was at home because it’s the closest race for me and there were many Czech fans. Actually, the whole crowd was amazing.”