March 18 2018

Nadal's red hot form continues, Muguruza and Williams exit

March 18 2018, 05:22 | Sammy Rose

Nadal's red hot form continues, Muguruza and Williams exit

French Open

I went prepared out there.

Pliskova will play Cepede Royg, who became only the second Paraguayan woman to reach the second week here after stopping Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Muguruza, however, was largely on the backfoot yesterday and had to deal with more than just her 33 unforced errors.

"I'm not looking for any tests", Williams joked.

Muguruza, who was seeded No. 4 in Paris, beat Serena Williams in the French Open final previous year.

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

About three minutes in, as she listened to another polite query, disappointment suddenly swamped Muguruza, who bowed her head and began to cry. So of course I'm sad. While he will be making his 11th quarter-final appearance, Carreno Busta will be playing in his first Slam quarter-final after needing seven match points to clinch the 4hr 17min match.

Big serving Karen Khachanov will play Andy Murray in the fourth round after the giant Russian beat 21st seed John Isner 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3). Nadal skated by No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

When Wozniacki was down 3-2 in the second set, with rain falling, she complained to the chair umpire that it was too dark to continue.

"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.

After losing the Australian Open final to Federer in a five-set thriller - and then twice more to Federer on hard courts - Nadal has been in fine form on clay, winning titles at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

Fellow former slam winners Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams and Sam Stosur also suffered defeat, at the respective hands of Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko. I've always played in front of a full Suzanne-Lenglen Court but right now it's packed to the rafters.

"I was a bit nervous and I got more and more nervous", she said. "The courage and the force you give me is just unimaginable".

"She didn't really miss a ball".

"I'm not flawless, I make mistakes".

"It's part of the sport, it's incredible to play on such a great stage", she said. The French fans are awesome. "I love this tournament, no matter what happens". "So, for sure, I think I have chances".

"It's a really tough situation", he told Reuters.

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