"It’s a bit of deja vu": Muchova defeats Sakkari again at Roland Garros for second straight year

Monday, 29 May 2023 at 05:00
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Karolina Muchova compared her victories against Maria Sakkari in the French Open 2022 and 2023.
At the WTA level, Sakkari and Muchova have faced each other three times, all on clay, with wins for the Czech player. Both players have had great battles on the tour.
In 2021, Muchova defeated Sakkari in the round of 16 in a three-set match with a score of 6-0, 6-7, 7-5. In their second encounter, the second round of the 2022 French Open, Sakkari was once again defeated by Muchova, with a score of 7-6, 7-6. Interestingly, they faced each other again in the 2023 French Open with an almost identical score in favor of Muchova, who eliminated Sakkari with a score of 7-6, 7-5.
After the match, the world No. 43 recalled the victory she had against Sakkari in the previous Roland Garros.
“It’s a bit of deja vu, this match with Maria. It was almost the same score I think. I’m glad we didn’t play a tiebreak & I managed to hold the nerves & finish it in 2,” Muchova said.
In the second round, Muchova will have to face clay specialist Nadia Podoroska. The Argentine player had a dominant victory over the local player Jessika Ponchet in her first match. The French Open is one of Podoroska's favorite tournaments, as she had a breakthrough performance in 2020 by reaching the semifinals as a surprise contender.

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