Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiňa Muguruza against the young Czech qualifier in the 2nd round of the US Open. Does that sound familiar? Of course not, but now the predatory Spaniard will not be faced by Karolína Muchová, but by seventeen-year-old Linda Fruhvirtová.
Four years ago, it was one of the biggest sensations of the entire American Grand Slam. Playing with variety, Muchová overpowered the former world number one and seasoned Grand Slam champion in the second round.
For the Czech tennis player, it meant a ticket to the world of big tennis, the whole world was suddenly talking about her. It was probably the biggest disappointment of the season for Muguruza.
Now history can repeat itself. Seventeen-year-old Fruhvirtová breezed through the qualification and handled the Chinese Wang Sin-yü in the first round without much difficulty. He continues to climb the rankings.
The 28-year-old tennis player from Caracas is recovering from a huge crisis. She has not been able to win two matches in a row since the February tournament in Dubai. The triumph in the first round of the US Open against Denmark’s Clara Tauson was a huge relief for her.
“Everyone, including me, feels that if you finish one season victoriously, that you will easily win the next season in the same way, but it doesn’t work like that. I’m going through a crisis, sometimes it’s about fitness, sometimes it’s about psychology, I feel without energy. However, now I won and I’m moving on,” Muguruza said.
In America, however, he is also under pressure to defend a large number of points. She is ranked tenth in the world thanks to her amazing fall last year, which she capped off with a triumph at the Tournament of Champions. He is now defending the round of 16 in New York.
“She needs to find her weapons again, and she didn’t have an easy time against the young Tauson. After such a win, she could get back,” Eurosport expert Mats Wilander believes the Spaniard.
However, Fruhvirtová is on a roll, she has four wins in a row and thanks to this, she will move to approximately 128th place in the ranking. With a bit of luck, another round win could send her to the main stage of the Grand Slams without the need to qualify, as she would already be within sight of the top 100.
The fact that she is facing a battle with the world’s top ten, she says, will not knock her knees. “I will definitely look at her game so that I am not surprised that she sews it into me or just spins. But mainly I look at myself and my performance. In any case, I can’t wait to face the Grand Slam champion,” said the Czech.