In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the Champions League and will only play in the second level club competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Škoda takes the title at the Barum Rally Zlín, and Czechs do fairly well at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Berdych and Kvitová go into action at US open
The biggest hopeful in the women’s singles, Petra Kvitová, seeded 27, will play another Czech, Lucie Hradecká, in the first round on Monday. Kvitová reached her first Grand Slam semi-finals at Wimbledon earlier this year, but has not been doing very well since then. The 20-year-old Czech player hopes she will improve.
“I think people don’t expect much from me, after I was recently eliminated in the first rounds. I expect I will be nervous in the first round but I will put up a fight. After Wimbledon, it took me a long time to adjust to hard surfaces, and when I played badly and lost, I was really confused. But I’m trying to put that behind me, and I hope you won’t keep reminding me… But it’s going to be better here. I feel fine and I like it here.”
Sparta seeks to improve reputation in Europa League
“I kicked it like a beginner. I apologize to the guys, and all the fans because that’s not how it’s done. We were not resigned to the game when we got here; we knew we had nothing to lose and we fought; we wanted to score to shake it up a little and make them nervous, but it did not happen. It was my fault.”
“Europa League is a big opportunity for us to fix our reputation, and we should do it really fast. We have a big debt towards our fans and towards the public. This is a chance to present ourselves in a completely different light”
Škodas dominate Barum Czech Rally in Zlín
Czechs take seven medals at 2010 Youth Summer Olympics
And finally, Czech athletes took seven medals at the first ever Youth Summer Olympic Games that closed in Singapore on Thursday. Tennis player Jiří Veselý and judoist David Pulkrábek took gold, while canoeist Pavlína Zástěrová and shooter Gabriela Vognarová took silver. Czechs also won three bronze medals – in the discus, swimming and kayak events.