< /p> US Open tennis tournament, September 2, 2023, New York. Czech player Markéta Vondroušová.
New York – Wimbledon winner Markéta Vondroušová advanced to the round of 16 of the US Open for the second time in her career. The tournament nine defeated the Russian tennis player Ekaterina Alexandrova clearly 6:2, 6:1 in New York, and her next opponent will be the native Peyton Stearnsová. On the other hand, Marie Bouzková finished the game, who lost to last year's finalist Uns Džábirová from Tunisia 7:5, 6:7, 3:6.
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Twenty-four-year-old Vondrousová equaled her best result of 2018 on the concrete courts in Flushing Meadows. She still did not lose a set at the tournament and won her tenth Grand Slam match in a row. Alexandrova broke serve six times and stayed on the court for only 56 minutes. The Russian tennis player paid for 21 unforced errors, Vondroušová made only six of them.
“I felt good. I waited for the match all day and didn't know what to expect from it. Moreover, it was my first night session here. I enjoyed it a lot,” said Vondroušová in an interview on the court. “I'm happy with how I'm playing now. Of course there's also pressure and I didn't know how it would go. But I'm grateful that I'm back, I can play again without difficulties and enjoy it here,” she added
The native of Sokolov had the match in her hands from the start. Although she lost serve twice in the first set, she took it from her opponent four times. Alexandrová, the 22nd player of the tournament, looked for service in the next course as well, and the Czech tennis player built an early 5-0 lead in the second set. She ended the duel with a used third match point.
Vondroušová will face Stearns for the second time. The client of coach Jan Hernych met the 21-year-old American also in the 1st round of this year's Wimbledon, where she won 6:2, 7:5.
Twenty-five-year-old Bouzková did not repay Džábirová for last year's elimination in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. From the middle of the second set, her movement was limited by a leg injury, but despite the pain, she did not give up the match and fought an almost three-hour battle. “I tore a muscle in Cincinnati. We did a good job to prepare for this tournament, but today it came back. I believe it won't be as bad as it was before,” she said at a press conference Bouzková.
Džábirová advanced despite 63 unforced errors, she also played 56 winning balls. “It was a tough match. We both played very well. How many short ones I had to play. Marie is a great player. It's always difficult when you know someone is injured. You try not to make mistakes, but at the same time you want to win. Marie played a great match and she deserves a lot of respect,” said Džábirová on the court, who, after Linda Nosková, knocked out the second Czech tennis player in a row in New York.
Bouzková started the match on the Arthur Ashe main court better. In the fourth game, she used the fifth break point and then took a 4:1 lead. Although Džábirová dramatized the development and compared it, the ending belonged to the Czech player. The Tunisian did not hold her serve at 5:6, she made a double fault when averting the third set point, and Bouzková took the lead after 61 minutes.
The three-time Grand Slam finalist Džábirová took control in the second set and, thanks to two breaks, led early 4:2. After the seventh gam, the native of Prague requested a medical break and went to the background. Although her mobility was limited by an injury upon her return, she equalized and forced a shortened game. She led 3:0, but Džábirová then won five points on her serve and leveled the match.
“At the end of the second set, I tried to hit the balls harder. I could see that he was struggling with his leg, so I tried to move it as much as possible. I know it's not nice, but I just wanted to win. I even she asked herself if she was injured at all, because she was catching up with all my shorts anyway,” said Džábirová with a smile.
Even in the deciding set, Bouzková did not give her opponent anything for free. She erased the 0:2 deficit, but in the sixth game Džábirová won another break and led the duel to advance. Against the bravely fighting Bouzková, she ended the match with the third used match point. The Czech tennis player already improved her personal best at the US Open by participating in the 3rd round.
US Open tennis tournament in New York (hard surface, $65 million subsidy):
Singles – 3rd round:
Medvedev (3-Rus.) – Báez ( Arg.) 6:2, 6:2, 7:6 (8:6), Sinner (6-It.) – Wawrinka (Switz.) 6:3, 2:6, 6:4, 6:2, Zverev (12-Germany) – Dimitrov (19-Bulgaria) 6:7 (2:7), 7:6 (10:8), 6:1, 6:1, De Minaur (13-Austria) – Jarry (23-Chile) 6:1, 6:3, 6:2.
Singles – 3rd round:< /strong> Bouzková (31-Czech Republic) 5:7, 7:6 (7:5), 6:3, Cheng Chin-wen (23-China) – Bronzettiová (It.) 6:3, 4:6, 6:4, Stearns (USA) – Boulter (Britain) 6:4, 6:3.
Mixed doubles – 2nd round:
Strýcová, González (Czech Republic/Mex.) – Yang Chao-süan, Krawietz (8-China/Germany) 6:2, 6:2.