Rising Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych defies the world rankings at the Paris Masters; Nicole Vaidisova's 18-match unbeaten run is at an end, but she still has reason to celebrate; Sparta Prague continue to struggle at home and in Europe; Slavia falters at the top of ice hockey's Extraliga; Jaromir Jagr continues to shine in the NHL.
Berdych wins in Paris after thrilling five-setter
Interestingly he is one of only two players to have posted victories over both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the last two seasons. The other is Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty.
Vaidisova ends 18-match unbeaten run
And staying with tennis, the 16-year-old Czech teenage wonder in the women's game, Nicole Vaidisova, ended her 18-match unbeaten run on Saturday, when she was defeated by defending champion Amelie Mauresmo in the semis of the Advanta Championships in Philadelphia. It was a closely fought match, with both women struggling to break serve, but in the end it was the strength of the older Frenchwoman that wore down her Czech opponent. Despite defeat, Vaidisova is the only player to have won in three consecutive tournaments on the WTA Tour this season.
Sparta's agony continues
Liberec hold on to Gambrinus Liga top spot
Slavia's lead in ice hockey's Extraliga comes under pressure
Over to ice hockey now and there were some surprises in the Extraliga on Sunday. Vsetin, trailing in last place and with only one victory under their belt so far this season, managed to hold third place Vitkovice to a 1-1 draw, and league leaders Slavia suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home at Prague's Sazka Arena against another of the league's weakest teams Trinec. Slavia had an amazing start to the season, hardly losing a point in their first twenty games, but they've now managed to lose three games in a row, two of them at home, and their performance against Trinec was probably their worst of the season so far. The league has now gone into a ten-day break, and Slavia will certainly be relieved to gain a bit of breathing space.