NEW YORK -- Karolina Muchova brought her hot-shot skills to the US Open, wowing the crowd and commentators with a perfectly struck tweener.
Facing Taylor Townsend in the third round on Friday, Muchova had just pocketed a hotly-contested 70-minute first set, taking it with a perfect tiebreak. But there was no rest for the weary. On the second point of the second set, Muchova came into the net on a short approach, which Townsend chased down. A shot-maker in her own right, Townsend put a perfect lob right on the baseline.
The World No.10 had no other choice but to respond with her own perfect shot, a tweener-lob that caught Townsend and delivered the Czech the point.
Townsend could only look back at her friend and smile. Game recognizes game.
Watch the full point below:
"Taylor is the one I always chitchat a little bit in the locker room," Muchova said after the 7-6(0), 6-3 win. "She has a great game. She's funny.
"I wish her the best, because I like the game she plays. It's very similar to mine, so that's what I as well told her at the net. She's bringing the fire now, so I hope she keeps going."
If Muchova's tweener-lob looked familiar, let's wind it back to February at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: