Czech Tennis Players Fall Short in Finals: Siniaková, Krejčíková, and Others

Czechs in action

Siniaková lost in the Hong Kong final after a fight
Kateřina Siniaková (85th) will leave Hong Kong as a defeated finalist, after she lost to Canadian Leylah Fernandez (60th) in the title fight after 6:3, 4:6 and 4:6 sets. It was a nerve-wracking battle that lasted three hours without eleven minutes.

The Czech tennis player won the first set thanks to two breaks, but she failed to enter the second and quickly took a 0:4 loss. During the second set, Siniaková left the court and was treated, and she was under the care of a physiotherapist several more times during the match breaks to change sides. Despite her health ailments, the Czech Republic fought. In the second set, she first reduced to 3-4 and then had six break points to equalize in the eighth game. However, she did not use either one and the Canadian eventually won the second set.

Even from the beginning of the third set, Siniaková had to constantly catch up, as she lost her serve right in her opening game. Twice, the twenty-seven-year-old Czech was able to erase the loss of the break, but in both cases she immediately failed on her own serve. Siniaková, who ended the match with both thighs bandaged, eventually lost after an exhausting fight.

For his participation in the final, he will enrich his ranking by 180 points and improve to the 60th place in it.

Krejčíková did not reach the trophy in China
In the end, the WTA 500 tournament in Zhengzhou, China will not have a Czech champion. In Sunday’s final, Barbora Krejčíková (18th) fought a dramatic two and a half hour battle with the home Ching-wen Cheng (24th), but in the end she lost 6:2, 2:6, 4:6 in a duel full of twists and turns.

The Czech tennis player was thus unable to win her third trophy in 2023. For Čeng, on the other hand, this is the second title of the year, as she followed up the triumph from Palermo on clay in front of a sold-out home stadium.

We cover more about the match here.

Bouzková celebrates the doubles title in Seoul
Marie Bouzková won the doubles title again after a week at the WTA 250 tournament in Seoul, Korea. In the final, the Czech tennis player defeated the Thai pair of Luksika Kumkhumová and Peangtarn Plipuechová alongside the American Bethanie Matteková-Sandsová. The final was a one-sided affair, the Czech-American couple won in one hour and nine minutes 6:2, 6:1.

We cover the match in more detail in a separate article.

Macháč did not qualify in Stockholm
Tomáš Macháč did not make it through the two-round qualification at the ATP tournament. In the final round, he was not enough against Croatian Dino Prižmić, with whom he lost after a long battle 6:7(4), 7:6(3), 3:6.

In a match that lasted three hours and 17 minutes, Macháče can regret the unused 3:1 lead in the first set. After equalizing the score, Prižmič managed to take the opening act to a tiebreak, which he then won 7:4. Macháč did not maintain the lead in the second set either, but this time it didn’t have to bother him, as he won the shortened game for a change.

So the third set had to be decided, in which Prižmič prevailed on the return already in the second game and carried the advantage of the break all the way to the end.

Knutson won her fourth title of the season
Gabriela Knutsonová (201st) managed to deal with all the pitfalls in the first final after four long months and won her fourth singles title in 2023 in Portugal’s Quinta do Lago! In the final, the Czech tennis player defeated third-seeded Harriet Dartová (145th) 6:4, 6:1 and will significantly improve her career high in the world rankings. In the new edition, it should jump at least 23 positions to 178th place.

We cover more about the match here.

Sára Bejlek won the title after a great turn!
Sára Bejlek (206th) won her second ITF tournament title this year, after defeating Sweden’s Caijsa Wilda Hennemann (465th) in the final of the W25 category clay event in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, in sets 6:4, 7:6(7) . After winning the first set, the 17-year-old Czech was already losing 0:5 in the second set, but then she performed a great chase, which she ended with a victory in the tiebreak.

We cover the match in more detail in a separate article.

Krumich celebrates the title after scalping the number one seed in Georgia
Martin Krumich (617th) won the title at the ITF M25 tournament in Telavi, Georgia, after defeating the Romanian tennis player Nicholas David Ionel (241th) in the final in two sets 6:4.

In the first set, Krumich had to make up for a 2:4 loss with one break, but he wasn’t scared at all. He was able to equalize first and then complete the turn and finally won the first set 6:4 thanks to winning four games in a row. The Czech player entered the second set well, the number one seed took the serve in the fourth game and thus created a lead of one break, which he held until he took a 5:3 lead. In the ninth game, he was unable to finish the match, but he corrected this hesitation at the first possible opportunity, closing the match in the very next game with a stylish clean return game.

This is Krumich’s third title this year, and he now has a total of four trophies in his collection from ITF tournaments.

We cover more about the match here.


Bank of Communications Zhengzhou Open, Zhengzhou (Women, CHN, $780,637, Hard)
Singles final
BARBORA KREJČÍKOVÁ (18.) – Chin-wen Cheng (CHN, 24.) 6:2, 2:6, 4:6

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open 2023 (Women, CHN, $259,303, Hard)
Singles final
Leylah Fernandez (CAN, 60) – KATEŘINA SINIAKOVÁ (85th) 3:6, 6:4, 6:4

Hana Bank Korea Open, Seoul (Women, KOR, $259,303, Hard)
Doubles final
Kumkhumová, Pliphuechová (both THA) – BOUZKOVÁ, Matteková-Sandsová (USA) 2:6, 1:6

We cover the match in more detail in a separate article.

BNP Paribas Nordic Open, Stockholm (Men, SWE, €673,630, Hard Court – Indoor)
Final qualification
TOMÁŠ MACHÁČ (96) – Dino Prižmič (CRO, 168.) 6:7(4), 7:6(3), 3:6

ATP Challenger Tour

Olbia Challenger (Men, ITA, €145,000, Hard Surface)
1st round of qualification
JONÁŠ FOREJTEK (557.) – Giovanni Oradini (ITA, 388.) 3:6, 2:6

Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup 2023 (Men, GER, €46,000, Hard Surface – Indoor)
1st round of qualification
ANDREW PAULSON (341.) – Daniel Masur (GER, 432.) 3:6, 2:6

ITF World Tennis Tour

W100 Shrewsbury (Women, GBR, $100,000, Hard Surface – Indoor)
1st round of qualification
Hannah Klugman (GBR, 1100.) – ANETA LABOUTKOVÁ (593rd) 6:2, 6:1

Hamburg Ladies & Gents Cup 2023 (Women, GER, USD 60,000, Hard Surface – Indoor)
1st round of qualification
Carol Plakková (EST, -) – VICTORIA BERVID (987.) 3:6, 3:6

The Campus Carby VW Ladies Open, Quinta do Lago (Women, POR, $40,000, Hard)
Singles final
GABRIELA KNUTSONOVA (201.) – Harriet Dartová (GBR, 145.) 6:4, 6:1

Edgbaston M25K GB Pro Series (Men’s GBR $25,000 Hard Court – Indoor)
1st round of qualification
David Stevenson (-) – MICHAL LUŠOVSKÝ (-) 7:5, 6:7(4), 10:3

Fortevillage ITF Trophy, Santa Margherita di Pula (men, ITA, 25 000 USD, antuka)
1st round of qualification
Matteo Vavassori (ITA, -) – ROMAN POSTOLKA (1893.) 3:6, 6:3, 9:11
Valentin De Carvalho (POR, -) – FILIP DUDA (1665.) 4:6, 0:6

M25 Tavira Mens Open 2 (Men, POR, $25,000, Hard)
1st round of qualification
Philippe Renard (FRA, -) – ŠTĚPÁN PECÁK (1797.) 6:2, 6:0

Telavi Open (men, GEO, $25,000, clay)
Singles final
Nicholas David Ionel (ROU, 241.) – MARTIN KRUMICH (617.) 4:6, 4:6

Telavi Open (men, GEO, $25,000, clay)
1st round of qualification
OSKAR OLIVER STUCHLÍK (-) – Luka Januashvili (GEO, -) 6:1, 6:1

Open Féminin 50, Cherbourg En Cotentin (Women, FRA, $25,000, Hard Surface – Indoor)
1st round of qualification
Daphnee Mpetschiová Parricardová (FRA, -) – KAROLÍNA KUBÁŇOVA (-) 5:7, 6:2, 7:10

Fortevillage ITF Trophy, Santa Margherita di Pula (ženy, ITA, 25 000 USD, antuka)
Singles final
SÁRA BEJLEK (206.) – Caijsa Wilda Hennemannová (SWE, 465.) 6:4, 7:6(7)

We cover the match in more detail in a separate article.

Egypt 17 Sharm ElSheikh Men’s Future, Sharm el-Sheikh (Men, EGY, $15,000, Hard)
1st round of qualification
FILIP BUNNY (-) – Miloš Mikovič (SRB, -) 7:5 scratch
Sirojiddin Musurmanov (UZB, -) – PATRIK HOMOLA (-) 0:6, 0:6
JAKUB NOVÁK (-) – Yuchuan Jin (CHN, 1838.) 4:6, 6:2, 0:10
LUKÁŠ JANOÚŠEK (-) – Leonardo Borrelli (ITA, -) 6:2, 4:6, 6:10
Zhen-lung Phang (CHN, 1797.) – JINŘICH BRILL (-) 6:1, 6:2

Editor, photo: Czech Tennis Association / Pavel Lebeda (

Kateřina Siniaková Barbora Krejčíková Marie Bouzková Jonáš Forejtek Tomáš Macháč Sára Bejlek Martin Krumich Andrew Paulson Gabriela Knutsonová


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