In Sports News this Monday: Czech hopes of reaching the 2010 World Cup recede further after a 2:2 draw with Slovakia; striker Jan Koller retires for good after a disappointing game in Bratislava; the unseeded Petra Kvitová takes a big “scalp” at the US Open – world number one Dinara Safina; and the Czech ice hockey squad start an “Olympic” season by winning their first Euro Hockey Tour competition in many years.
Czech World Cup hopes fade after draw in Bratislava
“We wouldn’t have needed much more to turn the game around. Maybe if the game had gone on a little longer we could have found the net again. On the other hand, it’s annoying that we played well enough to win but didn’t succeed in doing so.”
“I’ve decided that I’m going home tomorrow. I’m going to leave it to the younger guys and finish for good. I feel bad about the game…I’m not up to it anymore.”
The Czech Republic take on San Marino in Uherské Hradiště on Wednesday. Their final two World Cup qualifiers, both also at home, are against Poland on October 10 and Northern Ireland four days later.
Unseeded Kvitová knocks world number one Safina out of US Open
“The main thing is that it happened at a Grand Slam tournament, because everyone’s psyched up and all the seeds play their best. I’m not saying if I beat her at some other tournament it would be no big deal, of course it would be. It’s definitely a great scalp.”
Petra Kvitová’s next opponent at Flushing Meadow is Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer. The best of the Czech men, Radek Štěpánek, has reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time ever, after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. He now takes on the Serb Novak Djokovic for a place in the quarter-finals.