Garbine Muguruza hits out at French Open crowd


Home favourite Kristina Mladenovic underlined her status as the dark horse to win the French Open title this week after defeating defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 yesterday to reach the quarter-finals.

On a day when 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight ousting former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, Muguruza fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to Mladenovic in an error-strewn match which saw even the eventual victor send down 16 double faults.

Venus Williams was the last of the past major title winners in the draw, and she lost in the fourth round to 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

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Along with intense disappointment, there was also relief for the Spaniard, who has struggled to cope with the expectation since her triumph here a year ago.

24-year-old Mladenovic was clearly excited following her win over the reigning champion and thanked the crowd at Roland Garros for cheering her on to glory.

Mixing deft drop shots with huge blows from the baseline, Mladenovic showed no signs of the back pain which caused her so many problems in the first round, withstanding a Muguruza fightback in the second set and then, with the help of the passionate Parisian crowd, which did the Mexican wave and chanted "Kiki, Kiki", winning the decider. A new Grand Slam victor is set to emerge at the tournament as none of the women's players remaining made that.

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Wozniacki next faces teenage Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who knocked out another former slam champion and dark horse in Sam Stosur to reach her first quarter-final. "Favorite against Venus? Seriously, how many Grand Slams does she have?"

Meanwhile, Croatia's Petra Martic will face women's fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the fourth round after beating 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1. Mladenovic won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

That's because defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams were eliminated Sunday. After losing 6-1 in the opening set, the Spanish levelled the score with a 6-3 win in the second set. He'll play defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight after the Serbian Defending champion eased past claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3.

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"My hand's been sore for about three or four days, since the day I played doubles here", Stosur told AAP. Nadal won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. 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.