What the players said
Muchova: “I was ready to leave it all out there. I did. At that moment, 2-5, I didn't really know if I'll make it or not. I was just thinking to try and then that she broke my serve and I can break her serve as well. I was trying to, yeah, trying to play every point and put her under pressure, try to get back into the game and mix it up with slices and don't give her easy balls, because she was serving really well.
"I think that and emotionally here and there I had to let it out and scream a little bit. I was trying to keep myself calm during the whole match and to be in control of that. But then, yeah, it was crazy out there. I could hear the people and really it was helping me a lot the people around and the energy."
Muchova on dealing with constant injury setbacks: "There has been many moments, many lows, I would say, from one injury to another. For sure when I missed Australian Open last year, and I was in a pretty bad state health-wise, I was working out a lot to try to get back.
"You never know. Some doctors told me, you know, maybe you'll not do sport anymore. But I always kept it kind of positive in my mind and tried to work and do all the exercises to be able to come back."
Sabalenka draws the positives: "You're always facing some challenges and I definitely have to learn something from this match and come back stronger.
"I think what I was doing and hopefully I will keep doing it this season, that's incredible, just next level. I don't look at this tournament as negative tournament. I think I did great improvement on the clay court, and it's my best result here."