Former Runner up Sloane Stephens’ Resurgence Continues After Defeating Karolina Muchova To Reach Last 16 at French Open 2021

Published 06/05/2021, 7:09 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Sloane Stephens of the U.S. celebrates after winning her second round match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


American star Sloane Stephens took on Czech tennis player Karolina Muchova in the third round of the French Open 2021. It was their first meeting, meaning both players were unfamiliar with each other’s game.

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Ultimately, it was the American who came out on top, winning the match 6-3 7-5, which lasted for close to two hours.

Set 1: Sloane Stephens proves too heavy for the 18th seed

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As the match began, both players held their service games. However, it was Sloane Stephens that was on the move and broke her opponent in the fourth game of the set.

In the end, the one break was enough to help the American player get the advantage over Karolina Muchova. After 46minutes into the match, the former World No. 3 held her serve to clinch the opening set.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

During the set, Muchova was forced into committing errors as her opponent was striking the ball really well. Stephens won 34 points, whereas the Czech player won 28 points.

Set 2: Karolina Muchova fails to match Sloane Stephens’s intensity

As the set began, Sloane was riding high on momentum and broke Karolina in the very first game. She consolidated the break by holding her serve, putting herself in a comfortable position.

In the fourth game, Muchova saw an opportunity and broke right back to level proceedings. In the sixth game, the American player held her serve after a tough battle.

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

In the next couple of games, both players exchanged breaks and the match was getting interesting. Both players had stepped upped the ante as it was becoming difficult to hold serve with each game passing by. After getting the third break of the set, Stephens served for the set and sealed the win at 7-5.

The American star will now face the winner of the match between Barbora Krejcikova and Elina Svitolina for a place in the quarterfinals at the French Open 2021

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Cool customer 😎@SloaneStephens is off to a flying start on Court Simonne-Mathieu. The 2018 finalist takes the first set over Muchova 6-3. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/7KDQbkKGur

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2021

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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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