Muchova downs fourth seed Sakkari in French Open second round

By: AFP
Published: 08:14 PM, 25 May, 2022
Muchova downs fourth seed Sakkari in French Open second round
Caption: Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts as she plays against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova during their women's singles match on day four of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament.
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Greek fourth seed Maria Sakkari crashed out in the French Open second round Wednesday, going down 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) to Czech world number 81 Karolina Muchova.

Sakkari, a 2021 Roland Garros semi-finalist, is the fifth women's top-10 seed to lose in the first four days at Roland Garros.

Muchova has matched her run to the third round from 12 months ago and will next play 27th seed Amanda Anisimova, who reached the last four in Paris three years ago.

"It's very special, she's an amazing player. It was a big fight, a little bit of a test and challenge for me and I'm happy I took it the way I did," said Muchova.

The 25-year-old reached the semi-finals at last year's Australian Open and the last eight for the second time at Wimbledon, but is playing just her fourth tournament since the US Open after struggling with an abdominal injury.

"It's an amazing feeling I can play again fully."

French Open results - 1st update

French Open results on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 2022 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding; players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of their countries):

Men

2nd rd

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x9) bt Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ARG) 6-0, 6-3, 6-4

John Isner (USA x23) bt Gregoire Barrere (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)

Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x13) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Cameron Norrie (GBR x10) bt Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

Karen Khachanov (x21) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3

Women

2nd rd

Angelique Kerber (GER x21) bt Elsa Jacquemot (FRA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/2)

Aliaksandra Sasnovich bt Emma Raducanu (GBR x12) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Amanda Anisimova (USA x27) bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-4, 6-1

Karolina Muchova (CZE) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE x4) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4)

Elise Mertens (BEL x31) bt Marie Bouzkova (CZE) walkover

Coco Gauff (USA x18) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-4, 6-4

Victoria Azarenka (x15) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)

Jil Teichmann (SUI x23) bt Olga Danilovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-1

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