In Sports News this week: the Czech Republic's results at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka are the most best since the foundation of the state, with the Czech team finishing sixth in the medals table; decathlete Roman Sebrle savours finally becoming world champion at the seventh attempt, while Barbora Spotakova in the javelin and pole vaulter Katerina Badurova set new Czech records on their way to the podium; and Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is knocked out in the third round of the US Open, but says she's happy to be simply be back on the court.
Two gold medals and a silver great tally for Czechs in Osaka
"When I began my career and won my first medal, I said to myself that it'd be great to have the world record and five gold medals. That has been my life-long target and I've achieved it! But that said I'm still motivated because I remember the last Olympics, and that was absolutely wonderful. So next year's games are a motivation...but I have achieved my life's work!"
Berdych to face Roddick in last 16 but Vaidisova just happy to have played in US Open
The longest-lasting Czech woman in the tournament was Nicole Vaidisova, who was knocked out in the third round by Shahar Peer of Israel. But after coming back from a lengthy absence with glandular fever, the 18-year-old said she was far from disappointed.
"Of course I'm unhappy that I lost, but overall I'm satisfied. I lay in bed for nearly two months, and even two weeks ago I didn't know if I'd be able to play. I wanted to win, but I could really feel that I hadn't been training...I think in two or three weeks' time I'll be able to play my tennis again."