World number 10, Karolina Muchova, secured her spot in the 2023 US Open round of 16 with a straight-sets victory over USA’s Taylor Townsend. The match, lasting an hour and 54 minutes, saw Muchova’s athletic prowess shine through as she claimed a 7-6(0), 6-3 win. Both players adopted a proactive style, approaching the net a total of 73 times, with Muchova leading the charge at 30 net approaches.
Muchova’s next challenge will be world number 53, Wang Xinyu, who triumphed over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in a match lasting 2 hours and 8 minutes.
After her win, Muchova acknowledged the tough nature of her match against Townsend and praised her American opponent’s performance. She mentioned the closely contested first set and how she managed to regain her focus during the tiebreak.
In another breakthrough, American tennis star Ben Shelton secured his spot in the last-16 stage of the US Open, marking the first time in his career. Shelton defeated Russia’s Aslan Karatsev with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the third round. Shelton’s next opponent will be fellow American Tommy Paul, who defeated Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina with a score of 6-1, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 in the third round.
The US Open continues to deliver exciting tennis action, with more players advancing to the next stages of the tournament.
Re-reported from the article originally published in India Today