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

Garbine Muguruza vs. Kristina Mladenovic 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Garbine Muguruza vs. Kristina Mladenovic 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

"Here I'm in a hotel, and it's just, for some tournaments, I'd rather stay in a hotel and others a house".

"It was epic. That's the word I'm going to use, because I still don't know how I won that match", said Mladenovic.

If head-to-head records are anything to go by, Mladenovic has a slight edge, having won their only encounter, in Marrakech in 2015, but she needed two tiebreaks to come out on top.

Spanish fourth seed Muguruza rallied but 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Mladenovic perfectly played the key points in the decider. "The more matches I play - and tough victories - I think it gives you self-confidence, a successful feeling out there".

Mladenovic has reached the fourth round via the hardest possible route, nearly going out in the first round to unseeded American Jennifer Brady but prevailing 9-7 in a nail-biting final set. I think it's just - it's gonna sound weird, but I'm actually happy that this stage of the year is done, because I wanted to go as far as possible.

Garbine Muguruza's first attempt at defending a Grand Slam title did not last beyond the fourth round, where she ran into a determined Kristina Mladenovic backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen at Roland Garros.

There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

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Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

The 23-year-old admitted she would be following her regular routine at Wimbledon, where she hopes to atone for last year's shock second-round exit.

Three third-round men's matches are scheduled to resume after rain cancelled play on Saturday afternoon: No. 8 Kei Nishikori against Hyeon Chung, No. 15 Gael Monfils against No. 24 Richard Gasquet, and No. 21 John Isner against Karen Khachanov. I thought it was a great match.

With the news of Timea Bacsinszky's three-set victory over Venus Williams shortly after Mladenovic's win, the realization has hit that there will be a maiden Grand Slam victor on the women's side.

Fifth seed Svitolina downed Pole Magda Linette 6-4, 7-5. "If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood".

Ostapenko, who will face either former US Open champion Samantha Stosur or Bethanie Mattek-Sands for a quarter-final spot at Roland Garros, will not be intimidated by the challenge.

Mladenovic has never before been past the third round at Roland Garros and momentum - and the crowd - will be on her side. I know she makes a lot of double faults. She's obviously playing great tennis.

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