Tennis tournament in Indian Wells. The photo shows Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová in California on March 14, 2023.
Indian Wells (USA) – Tennis player Karolína Muchová defeated Czech tennis player Karolína Muchová 6:4, 6:7, 6:4 to Markéta Vondroušová and advanced to the quarterfinals. It will also feature Petra Kvitová, who won 6:2, 3:6 and 7:6 against home Jessica Pegualová in the round of 16.
Muchová entered the match well and after winning the first set took the lead 4:1 in the second. However, Vondroušová averted two match points and forced a tie-break, which she decided for herself with a score of 7:2 and equalized.
The opening of the decisive set belonged to Muchová again. Currently the 76th player in the world, she built up a 3:1 lead, but Vondroušová, who after last year's health problems ranks as high as 105th in the rankings, equalized at 4:4. Muchová won the next two games and decided to advance.
Twenty-six-year-old Muchová won her second quarter-final in a row, but did not start the match in Dubai in February due to injury. In Indian Wells, her opponent will be Wimbledon champion Jelena Rybakinová. She beat the Kazakh in two sets in the only match between them in 2019.
Kvitová also played a three-set match. The two-time Wimbledon champion did not give Pegula a chance in the first set. However, the second set was directed by the third player in the world, who had the upper hand for a long time even in the decisive third set.
Kvitová was losing 3:5, at 4:5, then she averted a match point on her opponent's serve and equalized. Immediately, she lost her serve herself, but eventually won a tie-break. In it, she averted three match points and used the fourth one herself and won the shortened set 13:11.
In the quarterfinals, Kvitová will play against Maria Sakkariová from Greece, who eliminated Karolina Plíšková in the round of 16. The thirty-three-year-old Czech has a record of 3:4 with last year's finalist. The last time they met was a year ago in Indian Wells, when Sakkari succeeded in two sets and also gave her opponent a “canary”.