In Sports News this week: after her best season yet, Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova is not too disappointed about missing out on the elite WTA Tour Championship; six-time winner Karel Loprais will miss the Dakar Rally due to injury; some of the world's leading football managers are in Prague for a conference; and Slavia Prague's players are in the spotlight after chanting "death to Sparta".
After best season yet, Vaidisova not upset at missing top-eight tournament
The Czech women's tennis number one Nicole Vaidisova is currently in Prague and has been looking back on her most successful year to date. Vaidisova, still only 17, has now climbed to tenth in the world rankings. That means she misses out on the season-closing WTA Tour Championship, which features the top eight players in the world. But Nicole Vaidisova is not too disappointed about missing out on the tournament, which begins in Madrid on Tuesday.
"There were moments when I could have played better this season, but then there were also moments when I could have played worse. But I'm satisfied that I made it into the world top ten...I don't have any particular targets for next season. I just want to keep getting through rounds and rise in the rankings. But it's more about my performances at tournaments than where I am in the rankings."
The leading Czech men's player, Tomas Berdych, has just slipped out of the world top ten. After being knocked out in the quarter finals of the Paris Masters, he is now ranked 13th.
Six-time winner Karel Loprais to miss Dakar Rally due to injury
Elite football trainers including Lippi, Domenech in Prague for conference
Some of the world's most famous football managers are here in Prague at the moment for a large international conference. Among those taking part in the Union of European Football Trainers meeting are Marcello Lippi, who led Italy to victory in the summer's World Cup, and Raymond Domenech, the manager of runners-up France.
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Slavia players in spotlight after "death to Sparta" chant
Off the field, questions have been asked about what counts as acceptable rivalry after Slavia Prague players were heard chanting 'Smrt Sparte', death to Sparta, following a game last week.