Karolina Pliskova conquers rain and a giant-killer to reach Birmingham final
Karolina Pliskova conquers rain and a giant-killer to reach Birmingham final

Karolina Pliskova, the tall, steep-serving Czech with the tattoos and an increasing penchant for grass, beat both the rain and the week`s greatest giant-killer to reach the final in Birmingham on Saturday.

Lucie Safarova withdraws from Birmingham WTA event
Lucie Safarova withdraws from Birmingham WTA event

Losing French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the WTA grass-court tournament in Birmingham that gets under way on Monday.

Boycott movement aims to destroy Israel: PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to snub Israeli goods sought the "elimination" of the Jewish state, following a boycott row with French telecoms giant Orange.

Tomas Berdych storms into French Open second round
Tomas Berdych storms into French Open second round

Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 on Monday.

Petra Kvitova snaps Serena Williams run to reach Madrid final
Petra Kvitova snaps Serena Williams run to reach Madrid final

Serena Williams`s stunning 27-match winning streak stretching back to last year`s WTA finals was snapped in resounding fashion by Petra Kvitova on Friday as the Czech progressed to the Madrid Open final 6-2, 6-3.

Petra Kvitova struggles again in Madrid but survives
Petra Kvitova struggles again in Madrid but survives

Fourth seed Petra Kvitova`s stuttering form continued at the Madrid Open as she reached the third round with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win against CoCo Vandeweghe on Tuesday.

Two Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were travelling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.

Gebre Selassie extends Werder Bremen deal until 2018
Gebre Selassie extends Werder Bremen deal until 2018

Werder Bremen`s Theodor Gebre Selassie has agreed terms on a two-year contract extension with the Bundesliga outfit, the club announced on Wednesday.

Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority
Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority

Tomas Berdych said Sunday he is far from downhearted about his long losing streak against Rafael Nadal and their looming Australian Open quarter-final showdown will be a fresh start.

Petra Kvitova downs fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova to win Sydney title
Petra Kvitova downs fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova to win Sydney title

Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6 7-6 to win the Sydney International title.

Petra Kvitova to play Karolina Pliskova in all Czech final in Sydney
Petra Kvitova to play Karolina Pliskova in all Czech final in Sydney

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will play in the final of the Sydney International after ending Tsvetana Pironkova`s incredible run at the tournament on Thursday.

Milos Raonic beats Tomas Berdych to enter Paris Masters final
Milos Raonic beats Tomas Berdych to enter Paris Masters final

Milos Raonic reached the final of the Paris Masters on Saturday with a bruising 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych.

Annika Beck claims maiden WTA title
Annika Beck claims maiden WTA title

Germany`s Annika Beck clinched her maiden WTA title on Saturday, sweeping past Czech fourth seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-1 in the Luxembourg final.

Karolina Pliskova saves match point to take Linz WTA title
Karolina Pliskova saves match point to take Linz WTA title

Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova clinched her third career title when she saved a match point to beat Italy`s Camila Giorgi 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in the Linz WTA final on Sunday.

Maria Sharapova digs deep to beat Petra Kvitova in China Open final
Maria Sharapova digs deep to beat Petra Kvitova in China Open final

In a gruelling China Open final, Maria Sharapova dug deep to beat Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3 on Sunday. The match in Beijing lasted two hours and 28 minutes. With the win, the Russian climbed up to number two in the WTA singles rankings.

Novak Djokovic thrashes Tomas Berdych to win fifth China Open title
Novak Djokovic thrashes Tomas Berdych to win fifth China Open title

World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth China Open title by thrashing Tomas Berdych in a one-sided contest on Sunday. The Serbian took just 66 minutes to seal a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win against the big Czech in Beijing.

Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters
Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters

Russia`s Maria Kirilenko reached her first quarter-final of the year on Thursday when she came from behind to beat Czech third seed Klara Koukalova at the WTA Korea Open.

Lucie Safarova shoots down rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic in Tokyo
Lucie Safarova shoots down rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic in Tokyo

Seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova battled back to beat wild card Belinda Bencic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the Pan Pacific quarter-finals, spoiling the Swiss teenager`s upward momentum this year.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reaches New Haven semis

Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Kvitova ready to shoulder the pressure of being champion

The Venus Rosewater Dish proved to be something of a poisoned chalice for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after her 2011 win but she says the difficult experience means she is now ready to cope with the pressure of a second title win.