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Maria Sakkari and Karolina Muchova kicks off their 2023 French open campaign with an electrifying matchup. Both athletes have had remarkable runs in recent tournaments, setting the stage for an enthralling battle on the red clay of Roland Garros.
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Maria Sakkari vs Karolina Muchova – Match Predictions
Karolina Muchova to Win
Despite the gulf in their rankings, the bookmakers do not believe Sakkari is an overwhelming favourite in this duel. This is partly due to a recent surge in the form of the Czech ace, climbing back into the top 50 rankings after being 235 last year. Muchova also holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Sakkari, having won their two tour-level encounters on clay. With her renewed confidence and previous success against Sakkari, Muchova is poised to secure a well-deserved win in this highly anticipated matchup.
2-1 to Karolina Muchova
While we back Muchova to triumph, it will not be easy and this encounter promises to be a closely contested battle. The Czech ace should edge out Sakkari with a final scoreline of 2-1 in her favour. She has already done this in the 2021 Madrid Open and can repeat this again. While she has a head-to-head advantage of 2-1 against Sakkari, the Greek ace cannot be discounted in this duel, especially given her form in 2023. Based on this, we are backing Muchova to claim a hard-fought win, sealing the match with a 2-1 triumph.
Maria Sakkari vs Karolina Muchova Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the French Open.
Maria Sakkari has shown glimpses of her immense potential but has faced some frustrations in the first half of the season. Despite reaching the semifinals in several tournaments, including Linz, Doha, Indian Wells, and Madrid, Sakkari fell short in converting those opportunities into title runs. While she has enjoyed success in the opening rounds of Roland-Garros with a 5-1 record, it is disappointing that the former world No. 3 has only reached the second week of the tournament once.
Muchova has made an impressive climb back into the top 50 rankings after a challenging period. Having dropped to the 235th position in September of the previous year, Muchova has showcased her resilience by stringing together remarkable performances in her recent tournaments. With an impressive tally of 15 wins in her last five events, including reaching the quarterfinals of WTA 1000 events in Dubai and Indian Wells, as well as advancing to the third and fourth rounds in Miami and the Italian Open, respectively.
Maria Sakkari vs Karolina Muchova Head to Head
This is the fourth meeting between Maria Sakkari and Karolina Muchova on the WTA tour. Sakkari won their first duel but it has been Muchova who triumphed in the proceeding battles, both of which were on the red surface.
- 25/05/22 Karolina Muchova won 2-0 (French Open, Clay)
- 04/05/21 Karolina Muchova won 2-1 (Madrid Open, Clay)
- 21/10/16 Maria Sakkari won 2-0 (Sharm El Sheikh, Hard)
Maria Sakkari vs Karolina Muchova Match Details
- When will this match start? This match will start at 11:30 GMT on 28 May.
- What is the prize money for Roland Garros in 2023? The total prize money across the various French Open competitions stands at €43.9 million.
- Who is the top seed of the French Open? Iga Swiatek is the women’s singles top seed.
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