'So close and yet so far - this happens when you play the best' says a tearful Muchova

The unseeded Czech player made an emotional speech on-court during the presentation ceremony after the final at Roland Garros

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Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova wipes away her tears after being defeated by Poland's Iga Swiatek during their women's singles final. - AFP
Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova wipes away her tears after being defeated by Poland's Iga Swiatek during their women's singles final. - AFP

Published: Sat 10 Jun 2023, 10:22 PM

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Karolina Muchova was not the only one crying during her acceptance speech at the prize giving ceremony for the women’s singles final at the French Open on Saturday.

The unseeded Czech player, who came so close to making history and denying Poland’s Iga Swiatek a record equalling third consecutive title and first since Justine Henin (2005-2007) pulled at the heartstrings of fans who were still applauding her heroic bid for the most improbable of victories.


Speaking in her on-court interview, a tearful Muchova said: "Thank you very much. I'll try to keep it short because this is emotional. This is incredible, thank you to everyone.

"It's been amazing to be actually three weeks in Paris here for me and my team. This was so close and yet so far. that happens when you play one of the best.

"Iga, I want to congratulate you and your team. I want to thank everyone behind the curtains as well. The people who help us in the locker-room, physios, ball kids, every volunteer. It's been an amazing tournament,” she said, struggling to control her emotions.

"I would like to thank each one of you. I wouldn't be standing here if you were not pushing me each match and the energy and everything. I have never (experienced) this, and this is unbelievable so thank you very much.

"To my team - this is the hardest one - when I look at those people I actually feel like I am the winner, so thank you. Thanks to my coaches, my friends, We've come a long way and I hope this is just the beginning for us. We're going to keep it stronger and come back,” added Muchova as fans were seeing wiping tears from their eyes as well at Roland Garros.


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