Aryna Sabalenka throws away Roland Garros semi-final as Karolina Muchova reaches maiden Grand Slam final

Thursday, 08 June 2023 at 18:29
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It was a crazy and long match but it was one where Aryna Sabalenka threw away a match point and the match losing to Karolina Muchova in three sets 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 5-7 at Roland Garros (French Open).
The match itself was one of the best we've seen on the WTA Tour in a while. It was a very good Sabalenka and a very good Muchova going at it for three hours.
Expectedly it was Sabalenka who proved more aggressive as she attacked more and had more winners. Muchova was much more measured but she gave Sabalenka quite a bit of trouble, especially with her timely serving.
Muchova took the opening set in a very close tiebreak. The first set itself could have ended sooner as Muchova served for it at 5-4 but got broken. They ended up going into the tiebreak and an early 3-0 lead allowed her to finish off things 7-5. The second set opened with an early 2-0 for Muchova but Sabalanka wouldn't let it go.
She turned things around taking a 4-3 lead but then got broken once more for the 4-4 lead. We ended up in a tiebreak again but this time around it was Sabalenka who proved better 7-5. The final set was played spectacularly by Sabalenka. She pushed heavily from the start of the set and eventually got the break she needed. Her first match point came at 3-5 but Muchova saved it only to break Sabalenka when she served for the match.
From there Muchova completely took control of the match baiting Sabalenka into multiple errors. Most of the 20+ errors in the final came in the final four games of the match. She simply shut down and couldn't keep the ball in play which allowed Muchova to book the biggest final of her career.

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