November 19 2017

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November 19 2017, 06:53 | Sammy Rose

2017 French Open: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza powers to fourth round

French Open 2017: Garbine Muguruza reaches fourth round

Garbine Muguruza criticises the partisan crowd at Roland Garros after seeing the defence of her French Open crown ended by home favourite Kristina Mladenovic.

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.

While it has been mostly chalk in the men's singles tournament of the 2017 French Open, there was one big upset that occurred in Stade Roland Garros on Sunday, June 4 during the fourth round. It's a last-16 match against the defending champion.

The Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, seeded second, beat Carina Witthöft of Germany 7-5, 6-1. She nearly pulled out of her first match but her condition improved afterwards, although the 24-year-old, who will be playing her first fourth-round match at Roland Garros, said her back is still stiff.

But Muguruza felt it went too far, saying: "I think the audience was really tough today". The hometown girl says even though her matches have been emotional and draining, she can lock in and keep playing. "It's not a good feeling", she added.

When Muguruza's complaints about the crowd were relayed to Mladenovic, she said she thought it was just as tough on her, because she had to deal with the burden of thousands counting on her to win.

Kristina though, is now the face of the Mladenovic family, and for women's tennis in France.

No. 23 Sam Stosur and unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko booked a fourth-round meeting when the Aussie dismissed American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2, and Ostapenko defeated unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-1, 6-4. First time, obviously. And I still don't think I'm playing the best tennis.

"I know she makes a lot of double faults". She lost in the first or second round each of the previous three years.

The French Open will have a new Queen.

Mladenovic reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza serves against France's Kristina Mladenovic.

For her part, Mladenovic saw no problem with the behaviour of the hometown fans and said there was just as much pressure on her to perform well.

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.

Among four Chinese players who featured in women's doubles third round on Sunday, only Zheng Saisai remained in the draw as she and her Romanian partner Irina-Camelia Begu beat Duan Yingying and Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-2.

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