Success is piece of cake for French Open champ Muguruza

Solenn Plantier
Juin 15, 2017

Teenager Jelena Ostapenko is the first woman from Latvia to make it to the French Open quarterfinals in the professional era.

Eighth seed Nishikori led two sets to one but trailed by a double break at 3-0 down in the fourth set when rain halted play on Saturday.

Ostapenko now faces former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who is a two-time major finalist. How right those folks were.

Spanish tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza had to leave a post-match press conference in tears after a French Open defeat in which the crowd was slammed as "pathetic".

"It was epic", said Mladenovic, who managed a back injury that hinders her serving.

About three minutes in, as she listened to another polite query, disappointment suddenly swamped Muguruza, who bowed her head and began to cry.

The Spaniard revealed she made desserts to relax during her run to the 2015 Wimbledon final and admitted it remains a favourite hobby after reaching the Roland Garros fourth round on Friday.

But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court.

The naysayers will say that it has been nine years since she last won it, which was also the most recent of her seven Grand Slam crowns.

Asked again about the French crowd's behaviour, she said: "If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood". It's thanks to you that I fought for every point. And we're in the quarter-finals.

There was a raucous atmosphere on Lenglen as Mladenovic continued a fine first week for France in the women's draw by ousting the 2016 champion.

Mladenovic's serve seemed to be the key stat in the match.

Muguruza's exit means that there will be a new Grand Slam champion at this year's tournament. "It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open".

No. 4 Rafael Nadal def. But it could also be the crafty, cerebral Bacsinszky, who she'll face in the quarterfinals. Busta dropped the first and third sets and the rest of the match was close, but he took the win and is into the top eight, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6. Sunday, June 4, 2017. Mladenovic won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Opening proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier will be defending champion Garbine Muguruza, the fourth seed playing Kazakh 27th seed Yulia Putintseva, with a possible mouth-watering fourth-round clash against Mladenovic looming. She lost in the first or second round each of the previous three years.

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