In Sports News this Monday: Krpálek becomes first Czech judo world champion; Synek is again world champion in men’s single sculls; Kvitová fails to break US Open hoodoo with third round exit; Berdych through to last 16 at Flushing Meadows; Vaidišová plots comeback; and golden generation of hockey players pay tribute to coach Hlinka.
Krpálek first Czech to be crowned judo world champion
“He’s the Olympic champion, a world champion and a European champion. On top of that, he was at home. It was a very difficult match and I had had a poor record with him, losing all three times we met. So I’m glad that finally I finally beat him and I hope that’s how things continue.”
Synek tops podium at World Rowing Championships for fifth time in row
Kvitová sent packing by Serbian qualifier in US Open shock
“I don’t know. It was hard for me in general. She returned a lot of balls and I somehow wasn’t able to win the rallies. My serve didn’t help much either. I really tried, I fought for every ball and gave my all, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. She played incredibly, things didn’t go my way – and that’s the way it ended.”
Berdych through to face Thiem for place in last 16 at Flushing Meadows
Vaidišová plots comeback four years after quitting tennis
Nicole Vaidišová is on the comeback trail. The one-time world number seven has signed up to take part in an ITF tournament in Albuquerque. Today still only 25, Vaidišová quit four years ago saying she had lost her love of tennis.