What Happened Between Barbora Krejcikova and Garbine Muguruza at US Open 2021?

Published 09/07/2021, 6:53 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


The US Open 2021 has produced some brilliant tennis and fans have enjoyed every moment. In addition, there have also been many controversies and the world witnessed one when Barbora Krejcikova faced Garbine Muguruza in the pre-quarters of the Grand Slam.

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After easily winning the first set 6-4, Barbora Krejcikova had established a 4-0 lead in the second set against Garbine Muguruza. However, the Spaniard made an incredible comeback after this, and brought the scoreline to 6-5. She even saved two set-points during this period.

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

After this moment, Krejcikova left the court and looked in some pain. She even took a medical timeout following this which led to some delay. Soon, she returned on the court and played some fabulous tennis to enforce the tie-breaker.

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Even in the tie-breaker, Krejcikova continued to take some breaks when she lost a point. This clearly made Muguruza angry and a little bit frustrated as she was not happy with what was happening on the court.

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“So unprofessional”- Garbine Muguruza to Barbora Krejcikova

Even though Krejcikova was looking tired, she displayed some phenomenal skills on the court after the break and won the second set tie-breaker 7-4. As a result, she won the match in straight sets and advanced to the quarters of the US Open 2021.

When the two approached the net, Krejcikova apologized to Muguruza but the Spaniard seemed really pissed off. “I’m sorry,” Krejcikova said at the net. “So unprofessional,” replied Muguruza.

Surprisingly, Krejcikova started crying after the match. She didn’t participate in any press conference and instead gave a brief interview to the WTA.

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“I don’t really know what happened but I couldn’t breathe. I started to feel dizzy and the whole world was shaking. It never happened to me before,” said Krejcikova.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in a third round match. Day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Muguruza didn’t like this gesture but Krejcikova looked in tremendous pain after the match. Thus, fans are quite divided on the issue. While some believe that the Czech player is absolutely at no fault, others are of the opinion that those frequent breaks after every point should not be allowed even if the player is not 100% fit.

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Barbora Krejcikova will now face Aryna Sabalenka in the quarters of the US Open 2021. Will she be able to win her second Grand Slam title in New York this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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