Story of the Match
Momentum squandered was the story of a seesaw opening set, as Sakkari hustled out to a 3-0 lead in 10 minutes, but she couldn’t take further advantage of Muchova’s plodding start as errors leaked into her game, allowing the Czech to level up at three apiece.
The back-and-forth continued: Sakkari had two break points for 5-3, but failed to capitalise as Muchova deftly held, swooping in to punch a volley winner for 4-all.
Soon Muchova moved ahead, breaking for 6-5, but faltered while serving for the set. Even the tiebreak flip-flopped a few times before Muchova converted her second set point as Sakkari’s shanked forehand sailed long, ending the stanza in 68 minutes.
The second set followed a similar script with Sakkari staking herself to a 2-0 lead before Muchova hit back, drawing level. It stayed that way for the rest of the set, with Sakkari saving two match points to hold for 5-5.
Muchova broke critically in the final game, converting her fourth match point to reach the second round at Roland-Garros for the third consecutive year.