Karolína Muchová misses title, but cracks the Top 10 ranking
Czechia’s Karolína Muchová lost to Coco Gauff in the Western & Southern Open yesterday in Cincinnati. The final match score was 6-3, 6-4. Despite the loss, Muchová managed to crack the Top 10 ranking.
It was a tough loss for Muchová since, after a major upset against Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals on Saturday, the title was within reach. When asked about the loss, Muchová said “when I woke up this morning, the first thing I said was ‘Ouch,’ I knew it was going to be a tough task to win, especially against someone like Coco.” Muchová also cited that she was a little tired coming into the match on Sunday, as the semifinal game was over two and a half hours long the day before.
Despite the loss, Muchová will make her debut in the Top 10 on Monday after fighting up the rankings from outside the Top 150. This makjes her the seventh player from Czechia since 2000 to reach the Top 10.
Although the champion of this tournament, Gauff still took the time to congratulate Muchová on a great run, saying “hopefully, we’ll play more often, and on a bigger stage than this.”