“I’m really happy about it. I don’t care. It’s a great result for me and I really appreciate it. I’m just still in the tournament, so I’m trying to focus on the next match. That’s probably why I look so calm,” Muchová explained. “After the match point, I was glad that it was over. I had a match point before, but she (Pavlyuchenkova) started to go quite relaxed from 5:1 to the shots, so I was glad for the second match point. When the match ended, it fell off me “, she added.
The 26-year-old native of Olomouc praised the beginnings of both sets, in which she managed to get a break each time. But she also managed endings. She did not lose a set for the fourth time in five matches at Roland Garros, moved past the Paris maximum for the third time this year and equaled the best Grand Slam result so far, which was the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2021.
“I’ve already been to the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam, so I wanted to move on. I knew that my opponent was playable, so I tried to focus on myself. So far, I’m managing to finish the matches responsibly here. I’m managing it quite well with my head,” praised player 1 CLTK Prague.
She enjoyed the process all the more because she played her first match on Philippe Chatrier’s main court. Her parents were also present in the audience. “The stadium is huge and beautiful. I’m glad I finally got to see it because I’ve never played there before. And even though I thought there weren’t many people at the match, when they start clapping, it carries through the stadium and you feel it, ” Muchová recounted.
The 43rd player in the world is now certain that she will move significantly higher in the rankings. She is currently ranked 19th in the “live” rankings. “I’m glad for that, because at the end of last year I was around 200. It will definitely help me to be seeded at the tournament and get to the best. But the sky is the limit. I don’t think about whether I can become world number one or five. I take it’s one step at a time and I’m glad I’m here now. I’m going to try to push my limits. Who knows where I’m at,” she said.
She wished that she would stay healthy in the next period. Losing only one set in the tournament saved a lot of energy. “Back then in Australia (2021), I entered the semi-finals with a torn abdominal muscle. Now it’s incomparable. I feel much better,” she said. “However, recovery is key. I played first in the order today, so I’ll have the whole evening off. I’ll take care of my body, get a good night’s sleep, and if something gets stiff, I’ll have all of Wednesday to deal with it,” she noted.
On Thursday, she will compete for the first Grand Slam final with this year’s Australian Open winner Sabalenko. The Belarusian defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, still not dropping a set at Roland Garros and improving her match record this year to 34 wins against five losses. Muchová fought her only once – four years ago she lost in the semi-finals of the tournament on a hard surface in Zhuhai 5:7 and 6:7.
“I will prepare for the match like any other. She is a great player, world number two. It will definitely be the hardest match I have played here so far. I can expect it to be played quickly, she will shoot at it. We will try to find a way to grow up to her. I will definitely go into it with the fact that I want to win,” added Muchová.