MOSCOW, Russia - Seoul champion Karolina Muchova stormed into the VTB Kremlin Cup quarterfinals with a confident straight sets win over No.4 seed Donna Vekic, 6-4, 6-2.
“I wouldn’t call it a fantastic match, it was a little bit of a weird match from both of our sides,” Muchova admitted in a post-match interview.
“There was many winners, many mistakes. I’m happy I put the important points in, that was the key today.”
Ranked at a career-high World No.35, Muchova proved why she has been a rising force in 2019 when she took down two-time Moscow winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opening match, firing 27 winners past the home favorite.
She continued her run against No.4 seed Donna Vekic, who reached the final in Nottingham earlier this year and posted her best Grand Slam finish at the US Open after reaching the quarterfinals.
The Czech recovered from an early break down to edge through in the opening set, and then she took control in the second, reeling off the last three games in a row to claim victory in one hour and 13 minutes.
Muchova bossed the rallies in her Center Court clash against Vekic, striking 21 winners to the Croat’s seven, and rushing the net to claim 11 points from 17 chances in that position. Muchova targeted Vekic’s vulnerable second serve, and as a result she broke six times from eight chances.
“I saw some of her matches before, so I know what to expect,” Muchova said. “I tried to prepare myself for her game.”
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The win adds to Muchova’s impressive tally in what has been her breakthrough season, winning 15 of her last 19 matches - a figure that includes her run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and her first WTA title at the Korea Open earlier this month.
Into the quarterfinals in her Moscow debut, Muchova will take on a local favorite, No.8 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia, in her next match. Alexandrova took down fellow countrywoman Anna Kalinskaya in straight sets, 6-1 6-1 to advance.
“It’s going to be super tough,” Muchova said. “Alexandrova is playing very well, hitting very fast. So yeah, I’m going into tomorrow expecting a tough match.”