PARIS Roland Garros will be holding its breath when new darling Kristina Mladenovic takes on defending champion Garbine Muguruza in a mouth watering French Open fourth round clash on Sunday.
I think for the tournament, for the crowd, for us.Mladenovic could have company in the quarterfinals, though: Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia plays her fourth-round match Monday."Twenty years ago?"
There will be a first-time grand slam champion at the French Open.
"It's part of the sport, it's wonderful to play on such a great stage", she said.
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.
Former world No. 1 Venus Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam singles victor, fell down to Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, and the 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur was defeated by Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia at 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
In the last round, she came back from 2-5 down in the third set against American Shelby Rogers to win 8-6. "I hope things are going well for him, and he's someone I really like".
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. Next up: Nadal vs.
Nadal, who turned 31 on Saturday and celebrated with two cakes, will next face another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, for a place in the semi-finals.
- The Serbian second seed will meet Austrian Dominic Thiem in the next round.
The defending French Open champion got off to a good start by breaking the diminutive Kazakh's serve. How right those folks were.
Muguruza admonished the partisan crowd as she was leaving Court Suzanne Lenglen following her 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 defeat which her coach later claimed were "pathetic" and had "no class".
In Spanish, veteran tennis journalist Neus Yerro asked her what was most painful - the loss, the feelings it evoked, or what exactly? 'I wasn't expecting to play on that court. Obviously they are excited.
Mladenovic said: "That was epic".
But Mladenovic played superbly on the big points, pumping her fist and screaming after every one, and Muguruza's resistance wilted in a poor final game. "We're not machines that can not think", said Nadal, who repeatedly fell foul of the rule which stipulates a maximum 25 seconds between points. "I think he deserves it".
The last woman representing France to win the country's Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.
The 24-year-old tweaked her back on the eve of the tournament and has struggled on serve ever since.
Clay made a difference as Mladenovic had more time to run around and use her devastating forehand but, having been hampered by back problems since day one, she was shaky on serve - delivering 13 double faults and winning 42 percent of her points on second serve.