"The young girls look up to us": Karolina Muchova talks about reasons for surge in Czech talent on WTA Tour

Sunday, 20 August 2023 at 19:20
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Karolina Muchova has opened up on the secrets behind the huge amount of Czech talent on the WTA Tour, with the country producing multiple champions, ahead of her match at the Cincinnati Open final.
Muchova has had a successful run at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The world No. 17 defeated twelfth seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, eighth seed Maria Sakkari, and world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka to make the final at the WTA 1000 event.
She was also leading 3-0 against her compatriot Marie Bouzkova in the quarter-final when the latter retired from the match. The 26-year-old will now face world No. 7 Coco Gauff in the final and has spoken about the huge rise in successful WTA players coming from her country.

Multiple Czech players high in WTA rankings

According to the official WTA rankings on Sunday, August 20, Muchova is currently the fourth-highest Czech player at No. 17. Two of her compatriots are in the top 10, with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at No. 9 and 2023 SW19 victor Marketa Vondrousova at No. 10. Barbora Krejcikova sits just outside the top 10 at No. 11. 
Karolina Pliskova also joins them in the top 30 at No. 25, and Marie Bouzkova is in the top 40 at No. 35.
According to the live WTA rankings, Muchova is currently in the top 10 following her deep run at Cincinnati, with Kvitova moving to eleventh, Krejcikova to twelfth, and Vondrousova going up to ninth. The official rankings will be updated tomorrow, Monday, August 21.

Muchova gives two reasons for Czech talent

Muchova admitted that she wasn't entirely sure about the origins of such a deep field of WTA players from her country, but said one of the reasons was probably good coaches.
"Yeah, I don't know. Still the same answer from me. I mean, I think great coaches," she said.
She then added that another reason could be younger players looking up to their older compatriots and wanting to emulate their success.
"The fact that it's so many of us there, the young girls looking up to us. When I was younger, I was looking up to them. You see that you can, that they are there. Why I cannot make it if they are there?
If we have a practice, you can see, okay, it's not like something special, and you have that belief. Maybe that. I don't know. With me, I can talk for myself. Yeah, it's great, though. It's unbelievable, yeah," she continued.

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