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‘I couldn’t breathe’: Krejcikova survives scare to advance at US Open

New York: Barbora Krejcikova survived a Garbine Muguruza fight back and late injury issue to claim a 6-3 7-6(4) win and move into the quarter-finals of the US Open on Sunday, while her Spanish opponent’s run at Flushing Meadows ended at a familiar roadblock.

Playing in the US Open main draw for the first time after failing to qualify on five occasions, Czech Krejcikova has suddenly found form on the New York hardcourts, at times looking as comfortable as she did earlier this year on clay winning the French Open.

Barbora Krejcikova in action.

Barbora Krejcikova in action. Credit:AP

However, Krejcikova, who called a medical time-out late in the second set, looked in distress after the match and was helped off the court by medical staff.

“At the end I was really struggling and I feel really bad right now,” said Krejcikova, who skipped her post-match news conference but provided comments through the WTA.

“I don’t really know what happened, but I couldn’t breathe. I started to feel dizzy and the whole world was shaking. It never happened to me before.”

The Czech offered an apology to Muguruza as the pair shared a frosty handshake at the net after the match, with the Spaniard replying “so unprofessional” before storming back to her chair.

In her news conference Muguruza confirmed she was not happy with how things unfolded at the end but declined to elaborate.

It was another jarring Flushing Meadows exit for the Spaniard, who has won the French Open and Wimbledon, reached the final in Australia but has failed to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open.

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