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French Open: Unseeded Muchova in semi-finals for the first time, Sabalenka of Belarus…

Aryana Sabalenka
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Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic entered the semi-finals of the French Open women’s tennis on Tuesday. An unseeded player has been able to enter the last four at Roland Garros here for the first time. Overall, she has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the second time. He did this two years ago at the Australian Open.

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Meanwhile, second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus stormed past former world number three Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the second Grand Slam for the first time of the year. Earlier, the Australian champion had never progressed past the third round of the French Open in five attempts. This year he has not lost a single set in five matches.

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Sabalenka will face Muchova in the semi-finals. Muchova defeated defending runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7–5, 6–2. Pavlyuchenkova’s previous match had lasted three hours and fatigue was on her side in this match. He fought in the first set but easily lost the points in the second set.

She was 1-4 down early in the second set when her backhand shot went off the line. Pavlyuchenkova was troubled by a knee injury last year. His world ranking had reached 333. She became the lowest-ranked player to reach the quarterfinals in open doubles (since 1968). Muchova also had to stay away from the court for six months after the 2021 US Open due to injury.

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