Garbine Muguruza, the World No. 10, was the star of the show tonight. She met Barbora Krejcikova in a much-anticipated round 4 match. Fans were on the edge of their seats as the two battled it out in an attempt to get one step closer to the elusive Grand Slam.

Barbora Krejcikova. Source:hindustantimes.com

The two WTA stars wreaked havoc on the flushing meadows, providing the much-anticipated entertainment. The odds were even for both because there wasn’t much dividing them.

World No. 10 tried her best to keep up with World No. 9 as she began her match in a dominant manner. Despite her heroics over former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the previous round, Muguruza struggled to find her footing and form against Krejcikova.

Barbora’s medical time-out

In their round 4 match, both WTA stars left no stone undone. Even though fans were anticipating a ferocious performance, what followed much exceeded their expectations.

Muguruza appeared to be out of the match after losing the first set. She did, however, make a dramatic comeback in the second set, going from 4-0 to 5-4, and was one game away from resurrecting herself. But, just then, Barbora called a medical timeout that lasted nearly 8 minutes, breaking the Spaniards’ momentum.

She was clearly upset when she eventually withdrew from the tournament. Muguruza’s displeasure was clear as she exited the court with a fairly abrupt handshake at the net.

The Czech national took a timeout just before the game went into a tie-break in the second set, citing respiratory problems. She seemed unstoppable when she returned after more than 8 minutes, fully recovered.

She won 7 points in a row on her return to the court, knocking out her Spanish opponent and thus ending any possibility of a comeback. Barbora Krejcikova was in tears as she walked off the court, the misery from her injuries clearly visible.

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