“I Felt I Was Humiliated”: Barbora Krejcikova Dismayed With Garbine Muguruza’s Reaction After US Open 2021 Loss

Published 09/08/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic (R) shakes hands with Garbine Muguruza of Spain (L) after their match on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


It was the Round of 16 matches at the US Open and we had Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza take on Barbora Krejcikova. It was a close match and the eventual winner was the Czech player who won the match 6-3 7-6(4). 

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However, during the match, Barbora Krejcikova took a medical time out when her opponent was cruising in the match. Once the match resumed, the momentum shifted and the Czech star took control of the match from Garbine Muguruza. Post this match, there has been some controversy due to the timing of the timeout. 

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic sits in her player’s chair after her match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Czech player spoke on this episode and stated, “I mean, I just know what she told me at the net. I don’t know what was happening after and just tried not to look at it. Yeah, I guess she has a lot of fans because she’s just playing longer than I do. I would say I guess it was pretty negative, but that’s the way it is and I mean, I didn’t expect it because, yeah. I wasn’t in and I don’t know how to say it but I just didn’t expect that I’m going to be accused like this.”

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Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Krejcikova exchanged words

Krejcikova was disheartened by the way she got pulled up for the medical time-out. She did reveal that she spoke to Garbine at the net. She felt let down by all the accusations thrown at her. At the same time, she mentioned that she was in a bad state and was cramping.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Garbi–e Muguruza of Spain hits to Donna Vekic of Croatia (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

The 25-year-old added, “Also, I was watching a little bit at the end of the match so I knew what was actually happening. I just felt right now that I got really humiliated by a Grand Slam champion, which I’ve never seen. When I step out of the court, it took me actually one hour to get to the locker room, and was in really bad shape. I was just, like, cramping and felt really, really bad. I never experienced something like this, something from behind the scenes that nobody knows and nobody has seen.”

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Barbora lost in the quarterfinal of the US Open to Aryna Sabalenka yesterday. We wish both players, Krejcikova and Muguruza the very best for the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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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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