Before what would end up being one of the wildest tennis seasons on record, there was some talk that Barbora Strycova—coming off a year that saw her reach her first Grand Slam singles semifinal and the top spot in the doubles rankings—might be retiring soon.
The Czech veteran has managed to navigate 2020 somewhat successfully as she and her usual partner Su-Wei Hsieh have won four titles together. This week, Strycova entered the doubles draw at her “home” event in Ostrava with former world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Seeded third, the duo won their opening-round match, then faced a tough pairing in Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani.
After losing the first set, Strycova and Mattek-Sands found themselves in a tiebreak, where this happened.