Tennis tournament French Open, June 6, 2023, Paris. Czech tennis player Karolína Muchová.
Paris – Karolína Muchová advanced to the semifinals of Roland Garros for the first time. The 26-year-old tennis player defeated Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7:5, 6:2 on the clay in Paris. For her first Grand Slam final, Muchová will face either Belarusian and world number two Aryna Sabalenkova or Ukrainian Elina Svitolina on Thursday.
Muchová made it to the Grand Slam semifinals for the second time in her career. She did it two years ago at the Australian Open. She hit 21 game winners against 2021 tournament finalist and current world No. 333 Pavlyuchenkova, who missed most of last season with a knee injury. The Russian paid for 29 unforced errors.
The tennis player of the 1. ČLTK Prague leveled the balance of their matches with Pavlyuchenkova at 2:2 and followed up on the triumph from the 3rd round of Wimbledon the year before last. She became the first Czech woman to reach the semifinals of Roland Garros after Barbora Krejčíková, who also won the Paris tournament in 2021. The last Czech Grand Slam semifinalist was Karolína Plíšková two years ago at Wimbledon.
Today, on the other hand, the quarterfinals were final for Maria Bouzková in doubles. They lost 5:7 to the Spanish Sara Sorribes and 3:6 to the American-Australian pair Nicole Melicharová-Martinezová, Ellen Perezová.
Muchová, the defeater of world number eight Maria Sakkariová from the opening round, entered the match on Philippe Chatrier's main court with a break and earned five more break points in the fifth game. But she didn't use either one and Pavlyučenkova immediately leveled at 3:3. At the end of the set, Muchová did not serve the set at 5:4 after receiving another serve from her opponent, but she managed another break and ended the set in the 12th game.
In front of her parents, the Czech tennis player continued to play aggressively even in the second set. She got an early break again against Linda Fruhvirt's defeater from the 1st round. Although Pavlyučenkova managed to turn the previous three matches around after losing the first sets, Muchová did not give her the chance. In the fifth game, she broke her opponent's serve once more and completed the duel in an hour and 40 minutes to the winning end.
After Pavlyuchenkova sent the last ball into the car, Muchová just smiled with relief. At the tournament, she won the fourth of the five matches so far in two sets.
French Open tennis tournament in Paris (clay, subsidy 49.6 million euros):
Singles – quarterfinals: Muchová (CZE) – Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 7:5, 6:2.
< p>Doubles – quarterfinals: Melicharová-Martinezová, Perezová (6-USA/Aust.) – Bouzková, Sorribesová (Czech Republic/Sp.) 7:5, 6:3 .