Sakkari says having a newfound sense of happiness has helped her preparation for Roland-Garros.
“Coming here and having those days, compared to how it was last year, it does make a huge difference with my preparation for the tournament,” the 8th-seeded Greek says. “I just remember last year, how it was leading into this tournament, it was just horrible - there are only positives this year.”
That bubbly philosophy should help her face the challenge of Muchova, the 42nd-ranked Czech who has claimed both tour-level meetings between the pair.
Muchova’s 2022 campaign was mired by ankle and wrist injuries, but she has hit the ground running in 2023, winning 19 of 26 matches.
The Czech owns an impressive 18-19 record against the top 20. To say she's dangerous would be an understatement.
“She’s a very good player,” the former world No.3 says of Muchova. “She has taken out a lot of good names in tournaments, she has played close matches with all the top players and she’s probably the toughest unseeded player that anyone could have in the first round.”