Vondroušová became world number one in the first set. But then he failed

Tennis player Karolína Muchová will play in the semifinals of the tournament in Cincinnati. She entered the top four ahead of Maria Bouzková, who had already reached the Czech quarter-finals with a score of 0:3 due to health problems. Wimbledon champion Markéta Vondroušová did not advance to the semifinals, losing 6:7, 1:6 in a match between the winner of the last two Grand Slams and world number one Iza Šwiateková of Poland.

The Czech derby only lasts twelve minutes. Bouzková, who knocked out Jessica Pegula of the United States, the unanimous winner of the previous major in Montreal, in the round of 16, had just two points in three matches and called in a physiotherapist.

After consultation, he decided to withdraw from the match, according to Reuters, due to a foot problem.

Early in the match, Bouzková also surprised Muchová, who wished her a speedy recovery in an on-court interview.

“We are friends, the US Open is coming soon, so I hope Mary will recover as quickly as possible and be ready for the US Open,” said Muchová, who had to fight to three sets in the previous three rounds. to advance.

Aryna Sabalenková of Belarus will be Muchová’s opponent in the semifinals. The world number two beat Wimbledon finalist Uns Jabirova from Tunisia 7:5, 6:3. The Czech player defeated Sabalenkova in the semifinals of Roland Garros this year, the overall record with her is 1:1.

This year’s Roland Garros finalist admitted that matches against his compatriots, especially female friends, were difficult for him.

“I try to think of it as a job, but for me personally it’s quite difficult. I love Mary, it’s difficult to be apart. But of course, when we go out on the pitch, that’s our job. I’m preparing for it to be a long game and a fight is big because he’s a fighter and he goes after all the balls. So sorry we only played three games for you,” Muchová told the crowd.

Tenth seed Vondroušová had not dropped a set in her previous three duels in Cincinnati and also played well in her match against Šwiateková.

The Roland Garros winner took serve in the fifth game, leading 5-3 and served twice to win the set. However, at 5:4, the twenty-four-year-old Sokol native had not lost a point due to two double faults, and after another break, he managed to serve out at 6:5 in just one exchange.

Šwiateková won the tie-break 7:3 and she carried her comfort into the second set, at which point she immediately took Vondroušová’s serve. Next, the Polish favorite kept the Czech Republic from serving twice more and converted the first match point with a forehand on the goal line in the 93rd minute. She also defeated Vondroušová in the second match between them.

“It is not easy to adapt to his batting rotation, because he is left-handed. She used it well and also her experience, but I was determined to fight for every ball, which ended up working,” said Šwiateková on the court , which gave Vondroušová practically no chances in the second set.

“I tried to learn from the first set, so I knew exactly what to do in the second. That’s why it was a good performance,” added the four-time Grand Slam winner, who will defend last year’s title in the US. Open.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals in Cincinnati with a 6-0, 6-4 win over American Taylor Fritz and secured a spot in the Tournament of Champions. Among the top four was also Spanish world number one Carlos Alcaraz, who, however, tried harder to win over Australian Max Purcell. He beat the 70th ATP ranked player to qualify for the main competition, 4:6, 6:3, 6:4.

After Alcaraz, Djokovic became the second player to qualify for the Champions Tournament in Turin. The thirty-six year old Serb succeeded for the sixteenth time. He outplayed the world’s ninth player in 62 minutes and won the seventh match between them. The world number two will face Germany’s Alexander Zverev for his seventh final appearance in Cincinnati.

For Purcell, the tournament of his life ended in the quarterfinals, despite being able to take the first set from Alcaraz. After valuable wins over Norway’s Casper Ruud and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, this year’s Wimbledon winner is out of his depth.

“He really impressed me. He played well, he had a good serve, he also volleyed. It was hard work,” Alcaraz told reporters. The 20-year-old Spaniard will face Robert Hurkacz in the final, which will guarantee him the world number one spot next week. Last week he beat the Pole in Toronto after a great fight.

Cincinnati Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournaments (Hard Courts):

Women ($2,788,468 grant):

Singles – Quarter Finals: Šwiateková (1-Pol.) – Vondroušová (10-CR) 7:6 (7:3), 6:1, LotsBouzkova (both Czech Republic) 3:0 strech., Gauffová (7-USA) – Paoliniová (It.) 6:3, 6:2, Sabalenková (2-Běl.) – Džábirová (5-Tun.) 7:5, 6 :3.

Doubles – Quarterfinals: Chan Chao-ching, Olmosová (7-Taiwan/Mexico) – Krejčíková, Siniakova (1-CR) 6:3, 6:4.

Men (endowment ($6.6 million):

Singles – Quarter Finals: Djokovic (2-Serbia) – Fritz (9-USA) 6:0, 6:4, Zverev (16-Germany) – Mannarino (France) 6:2, 6:3, Hurkacz (Poland) – Popyrin (Aust). ) 6:1, 7:6 (10:8), Alcaraz (1-Sp.) – Purcell (Aust.) 4:6, 6:3, 6:4.

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