PARIS, June 9 (BNA): Karolina Moshova was an unseeded and unlikely entrant in the French Open semifinals, reports the Associated Press.
Then, she dealt with leg cramping nearly three hours into the match and was just one point away from losing to second seed Ariana Sabalenka, who entered Thursday with a 12-0 record in the Grand Slams in 2023, including a title. Australian Open Championship.
Muchova somehow clawed her way out of this sticky situation, grabbing the last five games against error-prone Sabalenka to win 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5 at Roland Garros to reach her first major. The finale is in the last place you would expect.
Well, here’s the basics: Sabalenka held a match point while leading 5-2 in the third set, but Macová erased that with a forehand winner. That started a series in which Muchova collected 20 of her last 24 points.