Defending champion Muguruza dethroned, Nadal and Djokovic move forward at Roland Garros
Jun 05 2017 by Marjorie Miles
He won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court.Kristina Mladenovic ensured France will have women in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 after dumping out fourth seed Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
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While Muguruza, who clinched her maiden Grand Slam title a year ago in Paris, stumbled to a 6-1 3-6 6-3 defeat the hands of home favourite Kristina Mladenovic, Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion, was handed a 6-1 4-6 6-2 loss to Caroline Wozniacki in the Round of 16 encounters. Her winning smile at the end of today's victory says yes.
Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent - her French opponent, mind you - at the French Open.
"I think the rain help [ed] me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn't ready", admitted Nishikori. The eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
"I love this tournament no matter what happens", said Muguruza, who claimed not to have been distracted by Mladenovic's cries of "Forza!" after the Spaniard's errors.
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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.
She started out the year ranked at No. 45, but now sits outside the Top 10 at No. 14."Kiki" is one of those players who flies under the radar but who could very well waltz right into the finals, along a crest of partisan crowd cheerleading at every match.
Mladenovic will play Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in the quarter-final. "Honestly, no, I don't think it was unsportsmanship or unfair or anything".
In the absence of pregnant Serena Williams and banned Maria Sharapova, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was rolled in the first round by Muguruza.
"I don't feel so well", an emotional Muguruza said.
Recent Roland Garros history is littered with false dawns for French players, a few moments of brilliance followed by disappointment as their title hopes fall short.