Defending champ Muguruza survives Kontaveit scare

Defending champ Muguruza survives Kontaveit scare

The first, Garbine Muguruza, No4 seed and defending champion, had not had it easy: Schiavone in her opener, the fast-rising 21-year-old Anett Kontaveit next, then No27 seed Yulia Putintseva, but now she had one of France's own daughters, No13 seed Kiki Mladenovic.

Mladenovic broke down in tears during her post-match speech to the crowd, telling her supporters: "The courage and the force you give me is just unimaginable. I understand. I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful", the 2016 champion told the gathered journalists.

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.

Mladenovic soldiered on through her persistent back problem and reduced her deficit to one break as Muguruza stuttered in her bid to wrap up the set, but the Spaniard sent the match to a decider by hitting back immediately. "I mean, I love playing here".

Asked again about the French crowd's behaviour, she said: "If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood". She beat 2010 runner-up Samantha Stosur 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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Mladenovic thrived on the partisan support from the home faithful as the 13th seed ensured the host nation will have two women in the quarter-finals for the first time in 23 years.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza and French favorite Kristina Mladenovic are heading to a third set at Court Suzanne Lenglen with a Roland Garros quarterfinal spot at stake.

Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky next, and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko.

"It's going to sound weird but I'm actually happy that this stage of the year is done because I wanted to go as far as possible", she said.

His opponent in the last eight will be either No. 5 Milos Raonic of Canada or Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

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Serena Williams is at the French Open, after all - but as a spectator, not a competitor. No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Mladenovic has been tipped as one of the favourites for the tournament after reaching finals in Stuttgart and Madrid, but her path to the title remains littered with risky opponents. However, Mladenovic has had the most impressive victories, which is more encouraging, while besides her win over Venus, Bacsinszky has beaten up on players ranked outside of the top-50.

It was the first time in the Open era that two Asian men had met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.

Muguruza showed signs of life when she won the opening game of the second to love on Mladenovic's serve and survived three break points to hold in the next. "Through the match, I was getting more and more". The last woman representing France to win the country's Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.

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