Karolína Muchová

Karolína Muchová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkaroliːna ˈmuxovaː]; born 21 August 1996) is a Czech tennis player. She first rose to prominence at the 2018 US Open, defeating world No. 12 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round. The following year, Muchová would reach her first Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon after upsetting world No. 3 and tournament favourite Karolína Plíšková.

Karolína Muchová
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Muchová at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Czech Republic
Born (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 24)
Olomouc, Czech Republic[1]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2013[2]
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)[3]
CoachEmil Miške (2017–2019)
David Kotyza (March 2020–)
Prize money$1,829,451 (262)
Singles
Career record206–99 (67.5%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 21 (28 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 26 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French Open2R (2019)
WimbledonQF (2019)
US Open4R (2020)
Doubles
Career record30–24 (55.6%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 344 (24 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 352 (16 March 2020)
Last updated on: 31 March 2020.

On 28 October 2019, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 21. On 24 February 2020, she peaked at No. 344 in the doubles rankings.

Her father is Czech footballer Josef Mucha.[4]

CareerEdit

Muchová made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2017 Korea Open after defeating Lee So-ra and Anna Morgina in qualifying. She made her main-draw debut at a Grand Slam event at the 2018 US Open winning three qualifying matches. After winning her opening-match against Dayana Yastremska, Muchová upset two-time major champion and 12th seed Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round to score her first top-100 victory, advancing to the third round of the tournament.[5]

Her first WTA final came at the 2019 Prague Open, where she lost to Jil Teichmann. Her performance was enough to take her for the first time into the top 100 of the WTA rankings.[6] In June she beat Anett Kontaveit to reach the second round of the French Open, where she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu.[7] In July, she reached the quarter-final of Wimbledon, beating third seed Karolína Plíšková 13–11 in the final set of their fourth round match, which lasted over three hours.[8] She became the first player to reach the quarter-finals at her Wimbledon debut since Li Na in 2006.[9] In the quarterfinal, Muchová lost to Elina Svitolina.[10] Her maiden WTA title came at 2019 Korea Open, where she defeated Magda Linette in the final.

Playing styleEdit

Muchová is an aggressive all-court player, possessing an intelligent game with exceptional variety. She has powerful groundstrokes from both wings, using both her forehand and backhand to hit winners from any position on the court. She has been praised for her ability to incorporate softer shots, such as drop shots, lobs, and sliced backhands, into her game, constantly breaking up the pace of baseline rallies, and being able to hit winners with these typically defensive shots. She possesses a strong serve, with her first serve peaking at 110 mph (177 km/h) and averaging 103 mph (165 km/h), allowing her to serve aces frequently; she also possesses a second serve that, despite averaging 83 mph (134 km/h), possesses a high amount of topspin, meaning that it can be deployed effectively without being attacked by aggressive players. Muchová is also proficient at defending her second serve. Her footwork, speed, and anticipation allow her to be one of the strongest return players on the WTA Tour. As a result of her exemplary fitness, she is capable of sustaining long rallies, and is an effective counterpuncher, extending rallies until she can create an opportunity to hit a winner. Due to her doubles experience, Muchová is a strong net player, and is one of the strongest volleyers on tour, frequently approaching the net to finish off points. Throughout 2019, her breakout season, she was praised for her style of play by Mats Wilander, who stated that she could "achieve great things". With her on-court demeanour, fluid style, grace, and variety, she has been compared by some commentators to Justine Henin and Roger Federer.

EndorsementsEdit

Muchová is sponsored by Adidas for her clothing, and by Head for her rackets.

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2020 French Open.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[11]
Australian Open A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
French Open A A Q1 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Wimbledon A A Q2 QF NH 0 / 1 4–1 80%
US Open Q1 A 3R 3R 4R 0 / 3 7–3 70%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–1 7–4 4–3 0 / 8 13–8 62%
Year-end championships
WTA Elite Trophy Did Not Qualify SF NH 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Miami Open A A A 2R NH 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Madrid Open A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
China Open A A A 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open[1] A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Italian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Wuhan Open A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics[12]
Career 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments 0 1 1 14 7 Career total: 23
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 2 0 Career total: 2
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 2–1 18–9 6–6 1 / 18 26–17 60%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–2 0–1 0 / 3 6–3 67%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 2–1 28–13 6–7 1 / 23 36–22 62%
Win (%)  –  0% 67% 68% 46% Career total: 62%
Year-end ranking[2] 208 272 145 21 $1,563,001

Notes

  • 1 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier-5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier-5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 2 2014: WTA Ranking – 733,
    2015: WTA Ranking – 419.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2019 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay   Jil Teichmann 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 4–6
Win 1–1 Sep 2019 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard   Magda Linette 6–1, 6–1

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 10 (2 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2014 ITF Michalovce, Slovakia 10,000 Clay   Jana Jablonovská 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Feb 2016 ITF Trnava, Slovakia 10,000 Hard (i)   Ekaterina Alexandrova 1–6, 3–6
Loss 1–2 Mar 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Anna Morgina 6–1, 0–6, 3–6
Win 2–2 Mar 2016 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 10,000 Hard   Anastasiya Komardina 6–0, 6–2
Loss 2–3 May 2016 Hódmezővásárhely Ladies Open, Hungary 25,000 Clay   Tamara Zidanšek 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 2–4 Jun 2016 Bredeney Ladies Open, Germany 50,000 Clay   Sara Sorribes Tormo 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 2–5 Jul 2017 Prague Open, Czech Republic 80,000 Clay   Markéta Vondroušová 5–7, 1–6
Loss 2–6 Feb 2018 ITF Altenkirchen, Germany 25,000 Carpet (i)   Harriet Dart 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss 2–7 Mar 2018 Open de Seine-et-Marne, France 60,000 Hard (i)   Anna Blinkova w/o
Loss 2–8 Jul 2018 Olomouc Cup, Czech Republic 80,000+H Clay   Fiona Ferro 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2014 ITF Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic 10,000 Clay   Jana Jablonovská   Veronika Kolářová
  Petra Krejsová
7–6(7–2), 7–5
Loss 1–1 Nov 2014 ITF Zawada, Poland 25,000 Carpet (i)   Gabriela Chmelinová   Anhelina Kalinina
  Anna Shkudun
0–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 1–2 Mar 2017 ITF Antalya, Turkey 15,000 Clay   Barbora Miklová   Anastasia Frolova
  Alena Tarasova
5–7, 1–6

Top-10 winsEdit

Season 2019 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score KMR
2019
1.   Karolína Plíšková No. 3 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass 4R 4–6, 7–5, 13–11 No. 68

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ rhe (15 July 2017). "ITS CUP je v semifinále. Bohužel bez zraněné Karolíny Muchové" (in Czech). www.olomouc.cz. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Karolina Muchova's Debut in Tennis". WTA.
  3. ^ "Karolina Muchova's Way of Play". ITF.
  4. ^ Němý, Miroslav (30 August 2018). "Půlnoční drama. Jak kvalifikantka Muchová složila šampionku: Je to sen" (in Czech). idnes.cz. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ Kane, David (30 August 2018). "Marvelous Muchova revels in 'perfect' Muguruza US Open upset". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Teichmann wins Prague Open for first WTA title". Washington Post. Associated Press. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Video - French Open 2019: Highlights - Begu beats Muchova". Eurosport. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  8. ^ Livaudais, Stephanie (8 July 2019). "'I never played such a long match': Marathon Muchova pitch perfect in Pliskova upset at Wimbledon". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Pecka, stoprocentně největší úspěch kariéry. Muchová děkovala i za prasátko" (in Czech). 8 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Svitolina stops Muchova to reach first Grand Slam SF: 'It's something special'". WTA Tennis. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  12. ^ "Player & Career Overview".

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