In Sports News this Monday: Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson win’s the Czech Republic’s biggest golf tournament, the Moravia Silesia Open; Roman Kreuziger comes agonisingly close to winning cycling’s Classic San Sebastian; Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecká reaches, and loses, the third WTA final of her career; and favourites Slavia and Sparta have both made an unconvincing start to the Czech football league.
Swede Henningsson wins Moravia Silesia Open
“It feels great of course. I don’t know what to say really…I’m overwhelmed by it. I had no expectations that I’d win this week and it feels…strange. I’m very, very happy…tired at them moment. I still haven’t realised what I’ve done, but I have a long trip home – ten hours by car – so hopefully I’ll have a lot of time to think my way through it and see what I’ve done.”
There have of course been many great golfers from Sweden. So did Oskar Henningsson have a role model when he was younger?
“I can’t really say that I did. I’m not that interested in golf, except for playing it myself, to be honest. I don’t really have a role model in golf. I can say that one of the sports I admire the most is probably tennis, and Roger Federer – I think he’s amazing. He’s probably the most fantastic athlete there is, so if I have a role model it’s probably him.”
Barredo overtakes Kreuziger to take Classic San Sebastian in dramatic style
Roman Kreuziger came agonisingly close to winning cycling’s Classic San Sebastian on Saturday. He and Spain’s Carlos Barredo had powered away near the finish of the 237-km race, and the Czech found himself in front with only 250 m of the Classic to go. However, Kreuziger – who said he was more worried the two would be caught by a chase group – was outsmarted by Barredo, who feigned tiredness before passing him by with a late sprint to win Spain’s biggest one-day race. Roman Kreuziger, who is 23, recently came ninth in the Tour de France.
Hradecká again misses out on first WTA final win
Favourites Slavia and Sparta sputter into new season
Both clubs are in Champions League action this week. On Tuesday, Slavia host Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova after playing out a 0:0 draw in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie. Sparta, meanwhile, can travel to Athens with some confidence following a 3:1 win over Panathinaikos in the first leg in Prague last week. However they are likely to be without defender Tomáš Řepka, who picked up a knock against Bohemians.