Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

French Favourite Defeats Defending champion Muguruza

French Favourite Defeats Defending champion Muguruza

She broke down in tears during her post-match speech to the crowd, which regaled her with chants of her nickname, "Kiki!"

The players flip-flopped in the first two sets, with a self-assured Mladenovic dominating the tentative Spaniard early, but Muguruza impressively found her game to hit back in the middle set behind 16 winners and three breaks of serve.

"'Kiki, Kiki!" yelled the crowd as Mladenovic, who is of Serbian heritage, speaks good English and cheers herself up in Italian, negotiated her way through the tricky fourth-round match. I think that's the word I'm going to use, because I still don't know how I won that match.

"Yeah, tough draw, but I think it's also tough for her". I could not find my game but I did not do anything wrong. "It's really open. I have confidence that I have a chance to win it, but I am not thinking about the result at all".

Whether Mladenovic's back will hold up might be the key to the match as she will need her powerful serve to keep the Spanish fourth seed on the back foot.

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Nine-times champion Rafa Nadal, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday, is in fourth-round action against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, while defending champion Novak Djokovic hopes to reach the last eight when he faces in-form Albert Ramos-Vinolas. "She's had tough matches, which shows she's in a great rhythm". "I wanted the match, and I had to dictate the game", she said. I went out there without fear.

Other Top 10 winners Friday were No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova who outlasted No. 32 Zhang Shuai 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5, and No. 10 Venus Williams who eased past Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-1.

A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Muguruza fell apart down the stretch of what became a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss Sunday to the 13th-seeded Mladenovic, who reached the quarterfinals at her home major for the first time.

Sam Stosur has been untroubled so far, with the 2010 finalist beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2 6-2 on Friday, while Timea Bacsinszky ended the run of lucky loser Ons Jabeur. Their match was called due to rain on Friday with Wozniacki leading 6-2, 2-5.

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