Czech Karolina Muchova surprised the two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, eliminating the Spanish-Venezuelan in the second round with a three-set victory.
Muchova, who arrived at the match against the 12th seeded No. 202 in the world in the WTA ranking, was logically nervous at first, but was gaining confidence and finally won by 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes.
Muguruza, who was world number one and won Wimbledon and the French Open, showed his Grand Slam pedigree with a 5-0 lead in the first set that augured well for a win.
The Spanish won that first set in 37 minutes and few spectators expected what was coming.
Muchova, who was playing in the main draw of a major tournament for the first time, quickly turned the situation around at the beginning of the second set, with a 3-0 lead.
Combining the game from the back of the court with timely upsets to the net, the Czech surpassed Muguruza’s attempts to change his strategy.
“It’s the first game for me in such a big stadium, so I was nervous. Somehow I got used to it, I don’t know how,” said the 22-year-old tennis player in an interview at the track.