In Sports News this Monday: a young English golfer takes his first big title at Czech Open; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych beats Roger Federer at Cincinnati before later pulling out with a shoulder injury; Czech football titleholders Plzeň gear up for the second leg of their Champions League play-off; also, Czech canoe racer Lukáš Koranda wins silver in the 5000 metres at the world championships in Hungary.
In golf, Oliver Fisher takes Czech Open title
“I can’t even explain what it means. After the year I’ve had so far, it’s a relief in that sense but it feels fantastic to have won my first tournament after making the cut in Sweden, making the cut in Ireland and then coming out this week, playing pretty solid. It feels like now I’m there, I’ve won, I’ve proven myself, so in that respect, it feels great.”
Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg came in second with 11 under par while Fabrizio Zanotti, from Paraguay finished third with nine under. The best Czech, 15-year-old Šimon Zach, did not make it through the cut and finished 79th overall.
In tennis, Berdych beats Federer to reach semis at Cincinatti but retires through injury
“Of course it’s disappointing. I thought I could beat Novak Djokivič; even despite my injury, I was still able to finish the first set but unfortunately, I could not continue. I don’t know what the problem is; I feel sharp pain from the side of my shoulder into my arm and triceps. But I’ll now have enough time to consult with doctors.”
The Czech now hopes he will be fit for the season’s final event, the US Open which kicks off in a week’s time.
Football champions Plzeň vie for historic Champions League group stage spot
“In the first half, we were sort of testing the ground, we didn’t want to tackle them recklessly and attack. In the second half, we moved our defence in front, we were more dangerous, and we managed to score three times.”
Plzeň play FC Copenhagen in Prague on Wednesday as their stadium is unfit to host UEFA games due to its ongoing renovation. Over the weekend, Plzeň had a good test for the crucial match when they beat Dukla Prague 4:2 in the fourth round of the Czech football league.