Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Roland Garros await their darling as Mladenovic faces Muguruza

Roland Garros await their darling as Mladenovic faces Muguruza

Bacsinszky, the only woman to have reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2015, 2016 and 2017, will face local favourite Kristina Mladenovic in the last eight after she eliminated defending champion Garbine Muguruza.

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland clenches her fist after scoring a point in her fourth round match against Venus Williams of the US which Bacszinsky won in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Muguruza had to have a break in her press conference after she broke down in tears after having facing a hostile home crowd in Paris.

Forced off the tour with a variety of ailments, the 26-year-old battled through three qualifying matches just to make her first grand slam main draw in two years.

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.

After fighting back from a set down, Muguruza saw the impetus stolen from her at the start of the third and Mladenovic never looked back as she secured a famous win to reach the quarter-finals.

Muguruza will next face 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, who rallied to beat American Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.

Williams had a good shot at making a run this year due to the weakened field, but she is now a casualty of that field.

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Muguruza overpowered Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-2, following up wins over Francesca Schiavone and Anett Kontaveit.

That's because defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams were eliminated Sunday.

The 24-year-old tweaked her back on the eve of the tournament and has struggled on serve ever since.

About an hour after Muguruza's exit, seven-time major champion Williams lost to 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Yesterday, Chung, Asia's rising tennis star, picked up where he had left off to hand Nishikori his first Grand Slam bagel in six years.

It has been three years since Nadal's previous Grand Slam trophy, at Roland Garros. "The more matches I play - and tough victories - I think it gives you self-confidence, a successful feeling out there".

She compiled a whopping 46-15 advantage in winners against the 23rd-seeded Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open. In the victory, Mladenovic won 70 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points.

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