All You Need to Know About Karolina Muchova

Published 02/17/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova reacts during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Czech tennis player Karolina Muchova took the world by surprise after reaching the semifinal of the Australian Open 2021 for the first time. Prior to this Grand Slam event, Karolina’s name surfaced when she beat Garbine Muguruza at the US Open 2018. In the following year, she reached the quarterfinal of Wimbledon, beating then World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova.

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After her win over World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty today, the Czech player reached a semifinal of a Major for the very first time in her career. She beat a local hero to achieve her biggest accomplishment so far, which makes everyone even more curious about the 24-year-old player. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Karolina Muchova was born on August 21, 1996, in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. She was introduced to tennis at the age of 7 by her father. At the age of 12, she decided to pursue tennis ahead of handball, and in 2019, she decided to move to Prague to take her career forward. 

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Muchova’s professional career

At the age of 17, Karolina entered the ITF Women’s Circuit and played her first tournament in Dubrovnik. In the following year, she won her first ITF title, at an event played in Slovakia. After that, she made her debut on the WTA Tour at the Korea Open 2017, winning two of her initial matches before losing in the first round of the main draw.

Muchova made her Grand Slam debut in the main draw at the 2018 US Open, where she beat two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza. Prior to that, she had played in the 2016 US Open qualifier but didn’t succeed further in the tournament. In 2019, Karolina reached the quarterfinal at Wimbledon for the first time. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Australian Open 2021 success

In the first round of the 2021 Australian Open, Muchova beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. During the tournament, she also beat former US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova. After that, she caused one of the biggest upsets of the event when she beat the World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, overcoming a one-set deficit to book a place in the semifinal tomorrow. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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