(September 3, 2023) FLUSHING, NY – French Open finalist Karolina Muchova 0f the Czech Republic, booked the first spot in the women’s US Open quarterfinals on Sunday when she held off China’s Wang Xinyu in a very back and forth match.
Muchova explained how she got through. “Oh, the difference in the Set 3, I think I got back a little bit with my game what I played in the first set. I tried to, yeah, be more efficient, to play slices, to change the rhythm basically. Not to just hit with her, like, in the second set, and I think that was the key.”
Muchova has now made all four major quarterfinals in her career.
“This was the last one that I was missing as a quarterfinal, so I’m really glad that I made it,” she said. “I mean, it feels good, but yeah, I don’t want to stop here. So I don’t really put it in my head like it’s something — I’m really proud of myself I made it here, but yeah, still looking forward to go to the next round.”
Muchova will face Sorana Cirstea, the 30th seed for a spot in the semifinals. Cirstea from Romania, beat 15th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-3.
“She’s playing some great tennis,” Muchova said of Cirstea. “We played three times, and I’ll for sure have to be ready and well prepared to play her and to have a chance in a match.
“And, yeah, I believe that with my game I can be at the top.”