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    30 May 2023

    French Open 2023: Karolina Muchova defeats Maria Sakkari in upset, Jessica Pegula advances

    French Open: Sakkari becomes first top-10 seed to exit

    In a dramatic encounter at the French Open, Maria Sakkari has become the first top-10 seeded player to be knocked out of the tournament. The Greek eighth seed fell in straight sets to Czech Karolina Muchova, who defeated her 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 in a match lasting over two hours.

    This is not the first time that Muchova has knocked out Sakkari from Roland Garros – she did it last year as well. However, this time around, it was an even more intense battle between these two players. Despite being ranked much lower than her opponent at world number 43, Muchova showed incredible resilience and focus throughout the match.

    The win means that Muchova will progress to face Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in round two. And although she is still nursing injuries from last year which have limited her playtime on court this season, she is optimistic about achieving further success going forward.

    Jessica Pegula advances into round two with gritty win over Collins

    Third seed Jessica Pegula advanced into round two of the French Open after winning against Danielle Collins in a scrappy encounter marked by nine breaks of serve. The American came out on top with a scoreline of 6-4 6-2 and faces Camila Giorgi next after beating Alize Cornet.

    Pegula revealed that waiting for other matches to finish before taking to court made things difficult for her mentally and physically:

    “For some reason I felt like I needed some extra time so I took a nap – I was able to feel pretty good before I came out here,
    “It’s never easy especially waiting all day after Karen [Khachanov] went five sets in the first match and then there were tough matches to follow.

    The 27-year-old Pegula is yet to go beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam singles event but believes that with focus, grit and determination, she can challenge for titles at this level soon.

    Other results from opening day of action

    Poland’s Magda Linette was defeated by Canada’s 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez. The match ended with a scoreline of 6-3 1-6 6-3 in favor of Fernandez. However, Poland could take some solace elsewhere as Magdalena Frech stunned China’s Zhang Shuai (6-1, 6-1) while Belgium’s Elise Mertens beat Viktoria Hruncakova with a scoreline of (6-1, 6-4).

    In other games, Chinese seed Qinwen Zheng progressed into round two defeating Tamara Zidansek  (score: 6-3, 6 -1), whereas Russian Daria Kasatkina beat Jule Niemeier (score: 6 -3, 4-5)

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