Tennis French Open tournament, June 4, 2023, Paris. Czech tennis player Karolína Muchová
Paris – Tennis player Karolína Muchová advanced to the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the first time. The 26-year-old native of Olomouc defeated Russia's Elina Avanesjanova 6:4 and 6:3 on the Paris clay today. The last Czech participant in the singles will challenge Russia and the finalist of the tournament from 2021, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, in the battle for the semifinals, who turned the duel against the Belgian Elise Mertens and won 3:6, 7:6, 6:3.
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The 43rd player in the world, Muchová, once again improved her personal best in France. The 20-year-old Avanesjanová, who entered the main competition from the position of lucky loser and eliminated the world number 12 Belinda Bencicová from Switzerland in the 1st round, defeated her in one hour and 39 minutes. She played 31 winning balls, the opponent 16.
The 1. ČLTK Prague tennis player is in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam for the fourth time in her career, she reached the top four at the Australian Open two years ago. Muchová also played in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2019 and 2021.
Muchová started the match in front of her parents with a break, and although Avanesjanová soon repaid her with the same coin, the Czech won three games in a row from 2:2. The first time she did not serve the set yet, on the second attempt she finished it with a clear game.
Also in the second set, the Czech tennis player managed two early breaks and led 4:1. Russia did not give up the duel, reducing and averting four match points. But in the end, Muchová used the fifth one on her opponent's serve and was happy about the progress. In total, she broke seven out of ten serves for the Russians.
Muchová will face the 31-year-old Pavlyuchenkova for the fourth time. She has won only once so far – two years ago in the 3rd round of Wimbledon.
Serbian Novak Djokovic won a record 17th appearance in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. The third-seeded player, who has so far been tied for the top-eight spot with record 14-time champion Rafael Nadal in 16 starts at the Paris Grand Slam, easily defeated Juan Pablo Varillas of Peru 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round.
Two-time champion from the Paris clay, Djokovic has not lost a set in the tournament so far this year and celebrated the smoothest progress to date against Varillas. He stayed on Philippe Chatrier's court for less than two hours this time and can now think about winning a record 23rd Grand Slam title. With 22 trophies, he shares the historical maximum with long-time clay court champion Nadal, and a victory would also return him to the top of the world rankings.
His next opponent will be Karen Khačanov. The eleventh-seeded Russian beat Lorenzo Sonego from Italy 1:6, 6:4, 7:6, 6:1.
French Open tennis tournament in Paris (clay, subsidy 49.6 million euros) :
Singles – 4th round: Djokovic (3-Serb.) – Varillas (Peru) 6:3, 6:2, 6:2.
Singles – 4th round: Muchová (Czech Republic) – Avanesyanová (Russia) 6:4, 6:3.
< strong>Singles – 1st round: Klugmanová (Britain) – Šmejkalová (CZE) 6:2, 6:0.