Each day of the week we'll highlight one of the most intriguing numbers or stats of the day...
Stat of the Day: Muchova now 5-0 vs. Top 20 this yearBy May 04, 2021
TopCourt becomes official e-learning platform of the WTA and ATP toursBy Jun 15, 2021
Cheers and tears: Andy Murray wins Queen's Club returnBy Jun 15, 2021
Doubles Take: Roland Garros is in the booksBy Jun 15, 2021
Top 5 Photos: Lopez, Karatsev kick off grass-court campaigns at Queen's Club.By Jun 14, 2021
Wozniacki welcomes first child, daughter Olivia alongside husband David LeeBy Jun 14, 2021
In first ATP grass-court match, Sebastian Korda defeats Roberto Bautista Agut in styleBy Jun 14, 2021
Swiatek reconnects with Tecnifibre to create signature racquetBy Jun 14, 2021
Fichman airs out Roland Garros grievancesBy Jun 14, 2021
Player of the week: Barbora KrejcikovaBy Jun 14, 2021
Stat of the Day: Muchova now 5-0 vs. Top 20 this year
She’s lost to a No. 24 and a No. 34 this year, but she’s been flawless against the Top 20.
Published May 04, 2021
Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Muchova kept her perfect record against Top 20 players this year intact on Tuesday, beating Maria Sakkari in a third-round thriller in Madrid, 6-0, 6-7 (9), 7-5.
There’s very little separating them on the rankings—Sakkari’s No. 19, Muchova No. 20—and there was very little between them on the court, too, with Muchova missing out on two match points in the second set tie-break but eventually closing it out in three sets after two hours and 35 minutes.
“I’m playing here for the first time, and it’s very nice here,” Muchova said afterwards.
“I’ve played some good matches and I’m happy to be in the quarterfinals.”
Muchova went 3-0 against Top 20 players en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne in February, beating No. 6 Karolina Pliskova in the third round, No. 16 Elise Mertens in the fourth round and No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals. She’s now gone 2-0 against Top 20 players in Madrid this week, beating No. 2 Naomi Osaka in the second round and now No. 19 Sakkari in the third round.
She’s now 11-2 this year, the two losses coming against No. 24 Jennifer Brady (in the semifinals of the Australian Open) and No. 34 Ekaterina Alexandrova (in the first round of Stuttgart).