Until last year, Muchová won only one of nine matches with rivals from the top 10. This year he has a 100% balance with them. At the Australian Open, she defeated six Karolina Plíšková and the world’s first player Ashleigh Barty from Australia, and now Osaka has been defeated.
“I definitely think I’m calmer. No matter who I play against, I have a better and more sophisticated mental preparation, because we started working on it at the end of last year and this year it’s showing,” Muchová said in an online interview from Madrid with journalists.
Naomi Osaka from Japan was not enough for Czech tennis player Karolina Muchova in Madrid.
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In preparation for the match, however, it does not distinguish whether it is an opponent from ten or thirty of the world. “It’s similar and it’s mainly about constant work, which I try to transfer as best I can to the court. And there are a few moments against such players and I’m happy to manage them,” said David Kotyza’s trustee, adding: “Every such win it will also give me confidence and show me how to improve. “
Osaka appreciated the movement of the Czech player after the match. The Olomouc native said that she enjoys gliding on clay. “It takes two or three weeks before you get used to slipping, and I still think I can improve. But I feel better and it comes naturally to me,” Muchová said.
She is still not 100 percent healthy after an abdominal muscle injury from the Australian Open. “But I feel like I’m getting close. I’m getting into the tournament team again. Here in Madrid, the advantage is that we have a day off between matches, so there’s more time to regenerate. I’ll do my best to be able to perform at my best in two days,” and I will prepare as well as I can for the next match. “
Even with health problems, Muchová beat the world number one and number two this year. The question is how he will play when he is completely healthy and full of strength. “How? Hard to say,” she smiled, adding, “I’d like to get to a state where I’m fine and I’m ready for the next one.”