Riding a wave of support (thunderous) and overcoming a bevy of double-faults (16), France’s Kristina Mladenovic surged into the Roland Garros quarterfinals with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday.
The French Open will have a new Queen.
“I don’t feel so well”, an emotional Muguruza said. It’s not my first time having so many high emotions, big wins, big moments.
Roland Garros will have a first-time women’s singles champion following the dethroning of Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
“She had so many answers today”, said Williams, who also lost to Bacsinszky in the fourth round a year ago.
Williams’ chances of adding a first French Open title to her collection of seven grand slams faded after the 36-year-old was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by Bascinszky.
Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky next, and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko.
Three more wins would see her become the first home victor of a singles title at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000, but there must be some concern over how much physical and emotional energy she has expended.
Asked for her thoughts on the way things worked out, Williams replied: “I have no idea”. I love this tournament no matter what happens.
She nearly pulled out of her first match but her condition improved afterwards, although the 24-year-old, who will be playing her first fourth-round match at Roland Garros, said her back is still stiff.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarter-finals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight after ousting 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Next up: Nadal vs. No. 5 Milos Raonic had been playing out of his mind in the previous rounds on clay, but could not handle No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta. No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals.
Of the 12 survivors this year, only Romanian Simona Halep has reached a French Open final. How right those folks were.
A tearful Garbine Muguruza hit out at the French Open crowd after her title defence ended with defeat by Kristina Mladenovic.
With rain and storms forecast for later on Friday, Muguruza will be pleased to have booked her passage with the minimum of fuss, although if Mladenovic is her opponent in the fourth round she can expect an entirely different reception from the locals. “I mean, I did all that I could, it wasn’t my day”, Radwanska said. Obviously they are excited.
Mladenovic said: “That was epic”.
In the last round, she came back from 2-5 down in the third set against American Shelby Rogers to win 8-6. I think for the tournament, for the crowd, for us. “So I want to make it more popular in (South) Korea, I hope”.
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.