US Open tennis tournament, September 3, 2023, New York. Czech player Karolína Muchová.
New York – On Tuesday, tennis player Karolína Muchová will face Romanian Sorana Cirsteaová for the first time to advance to the semi-finals of the US Open. The seeded ten and finalist of this year's Roland Garros will try to improve the previous maximum on the New York concrete and stop the unexpected campaign of the slayer Jelena Rybakinová from Kazakhstan and Belinda Bencicová from Switzerland. She will face Cirsteaová for the fifth time in her career and the fourth time in the season. He has a record of three wins and one defeat against her.
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< p>“Sorana plays great tennis here. I have to be as well prepared as possible to face her and have a chance against her. But I believe that I can be at the top with my game,” Muchová told journalists.
The 27-year-old from Olomouc is in the quarterfinals of the US Open for the first time in her career. She reached the top eight at the Grand Slam for the fifth time, in addition to this year's final at Roland Garros, she also played in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon twice (2019, 2021) and two years ago she made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open.
“This is the last quarterfinal of the Grand Slam, which I missed. I'm glad I was able to do it. It's beautiful, but I don't want to stop here. I'm proud of myself for being able to do it, but I'm always looking ahead to advance to the next round as well,” said Muchová.< /p>
The client of coach Emil Miške knocked out the Australian Storm Hunter, the Polish Magdalena Frech and the local Taylor Townsend on the courts in Flushing Meadows. Most recently, she managed a three-set duel with China's Wang Sin-yü in uncomfortable heat.
Muchová confirms this year's form and can get her tenth victory from the last eleven matches. Before the US Open, she reached the final in Cincinnati and is close to her first appearance in the Tournament of Champions. Even in view of this year's appearance at Roland Garros, she is counted as a co-favorite in New York.
“Getting to the final there (in Paris) was difficult and the matches here are also difficult. But I will definitely try and fight in every match. You never know, it might happen again,” Muchová pointed out after her win over Wang Sin- jü.
The 33-year-old Cirstea will meet the I. ČLTK Prague tennis player for the second time at the US Open, three years ago in New York she eliminated her in the third round after sets 6:3, 2:6, 7:6. She also defeated the tournament's top 30 this year in Dubai (6:4, 7:6) and Montreal (7:5, 6:4). The Romanian was successful in Miami (7:5, 6:1).
Cirstea is in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the second time and after 14 long years. She has only reached the top eight in 2009 at Roland Garros. “Being in the quarterfinals of the US Open is amazing. We always dream of something like this and work so hard for it. Now I got my reward. I'm happy with how I'm playing this week. The conditions suit me and I believe I'll continue like this.” said Cirstea
The native of Bucharest knocked out American Kayla Day and Russia's Anna Kalinska in New York. After that, she also “stepped” on last year's Wimbledon winner and world number four Rybakin and Olympic champion from Tokyo Bencic. The winner of the duel between Muchová and Cirsteaová will challenge Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko or American Cori Gauffová in the semi-finals.
“It's always difficult and demanding matches with Karolina. We played against each other three times this year, so we know each other well. It's a very talented player who has been playing excellently all year. I expect a tough fight, but I'm glad I got here. I want to use this chance and leave everything there,” added Cirstea.