Anna Karolina Schmiedlova almost doubled her number of wins on the WTA Tour this term at the French Open.
The Eastbourne-bound Slovenian, whose season has been dismal to date, gave #4 seed Garbine Muguruza a real scare on the red clay of Paris but lost 3-6 6-3 6-3.
Schmiedlova, with just a single victory on the circuit this term, shocked her Spanish opponent by snatching the opening set 6-3.
Muguruza, who has reached the last eight at Roland Garros for the past two seasons, looked on the ropes in the second set.
She had to be on her toes to save nine break points in the first game of the set, and struggled to fine her form on her favourite surface.
Unforced errors – 53 in total – from Muguruza, who was surprisingly beaten by Britain’s Johanna Konta at last year’s AEGON International, gave Schmiedlova an opportunity to claim her scalp.Despite sluggish footwork and endless errors, Muguruza squared matters with a far from impressive second set showing.
Schmiedlova’s confidence was rocked by being forced into a third set, and because she has struggled this term virtually gave up once she slipped behind overall.
The relieved Spaniard polished off the match with a bit more conviction to seal a desperate triumph 6-3 in an enthralling encounter that lasting 150 minutes.
It is the end of a gruelling and disappointing clay court season for Schmiedlova, and once on grass if she can find the winning formula won’t be such a pushover when the winning post is in sight.