Djokovic, Muguzura, Nadal in action at French Open

Hope Soto
June 5, 2017

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.

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

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Mladenovic defended her support, saying: "I lost a final in Stuttgart against Laura Siegemund, a German player, and I thought the crowd was extremely tough there".

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 unsafe opponents. "I just give her credit for playing well every point, even in the first set". It's a very painful defeat here at the French Open.

Just one poor game could end the dynamic 32-year-old's Paris adventure for another year, but a recovery in a match the 12th seed came close to losing in straight sets might kick-start a run in a tournament whose semi-finals he graced two years ago.

"I love you, too", she told the chanting crowd after the win on a sunbathed Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Mladenovic had never made it past the third round in Paris. This time, she would need two hours to complete her 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win and it took her to her first Roland Garros quarter-final. She also was the runner-up to the American at Wimbledon in 2015. The last woman representing France to win the country's Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.

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Next up against Nadal is 20th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta, who knocked off No. 5 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6.

Venus Williams will turn 37 later this month, yet still played here as seeded No10. Wozniacki has not reached the second week here since she was a teenager in 2010, though on paper, she would become perhaps the best qualified woman remaining in the draw-a former No1 and with two Major finals to her name, but both in NY.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer's record by reaching the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th time.

The 31-year-old Nadal is seeking his 10th French Open title and 15th Grand Slam title.

With Alize Cornet taking on Caroline Garcia in the fourth round on Monday, two Frenchwomen will be in the last eight for the first time since 1994.

Muguruza was kept in the contest by her serve, winning 72 percent of all her first service points.

It was the second year in a row the Swiss had beaten Williams in the fourth round.

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