In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych fails to reach Australian Open final; Czech Olympic Committee finalizes nominations for Sochi; Czech women qualify for indoor hockey world cup, and Czech FA objects to UEFA’s planned new rules for international friendlies.
Tennis: Berdych fails to reach Australian Open final
“I built my tactics and game-plan on my strengths and it was working well but there was one thing that I missed: my service in the first set.
“Other than that, I was able to play aggressively, attacking Stan, especially after his sliced backhands. So the game-plan was working nearly perfectly but the tie breaks are always a lottery, and he was the lucky one today.”
Top Czech female player, Petra Kvitová, was sensationally knocked out in round one of the season-opening Grand Slam, while Lucie Šafářová, seeded 26th, lost to eventual title winner Li Na of China in the fourth round.
Nominations finalized for Sochi Winter Olympics
Among the country’s medal hopefuls are the hockey team with stars Jaromír Jágr, Patrik Eliáš and Marek Židlický. A lot is also expected from speed-skating Olympic medal holder Martina Sáblíková, biathlete Gabriela Soukalová, snowboarder Šárka Pančochová and cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer. Downhill skier Šárka Strachová, neé Záhrobská, will be the Czech team’s flag bearer at the games.
Hockey: Czech women qualify for 2015 indoor world cup
Czech women’s indoor hockey team finished fifth at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships held in Prague over the weekend. The Czechs beat England and eventual winners Dutch, drew with Belarus and lost to Germany; their final win over France on Sunday however secured them a spot at next year’s indoor world cup to be held in Leipzig, Germany.
Czech FA against UEFA’s planned international friendlies rules
The proposal is designed to spice up the games but the Czechs, along with the FAs of Slovakia, Austria, Poland and Hungary, voiced their objections at a meeting held in Prague last week. The Czech association’s secretary general, Rudolf Řepka, says the plan would benefit the strong and weak football nations.
“The new model considered by UEFA will hardly please everyone. At the moment, it’s the medium-sized football associations which don’t like the new system. But these FAs are the most numerous in Europe.”
Řepka says the five central European associations will raise the issue with UEFA officials next month.