No. 3 seed Karolina Muchova sailed past Timea Babos and into the quarterfinals of the KEB Hana Bank-Incheon Airport Korea Open.
WTA Staff
September 19, 2019

SEOUL, Korea - No. 3 seed Karolina Muchova moved safely through to the quarterfinals at the KEB Hana Bank-Incheon Airport Korea Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hungarian qualifier Timea Babos.

The Czech needed just one hour and 11 minutes to reach her third quarterfinal in her last four tournaments, never losing serve over the course of the second round match.

"I was trying to be more focused on myself, to play my game, and it worked out," Muchova said. "I think I played pretty solid today, and it was enough to win the match."


Serving six aces and saving the lone break point she faced for the match in the first set, the World No. 45 largely cruised in her first-ever meeting with the resurgent, former Top 30 Hungarian. 

Muchova ascended to victory thanks to runs late in each set, as she won the last four games of the opener and the last three games in the second set, after the previous games went straight through with serve. 

The Czech never trailed in the match, serving first in each set, and saved Babos' lone chance to move ahead by erasing break point on her serve in the fifth game of the opener. 

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Muchova landed 65 percent of her first serves for the match, winning 82 percent of the points. She also was the aggressor off the ground in the match overall, as she totaled 22 winners to just 15 unforced, while Babos managed just eight winners and racked up 18 errors. 

Advancing to her third quarterfinal in her last four events, Muchova will next face Australian qualifier Priscilla Hon, who edged No. 5 seed and compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.