All former Grand Slam event female winners out in French Open

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

Muguruza is looking like the defending French Open champion with each match, as she's broken her opponent a combined 17 times this tournament and has hit 53 winners in her last two matches.

Muguruza will next face 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, who rallied to beat American Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. Shelby was playing great tennis, but I had no doubt about it, because she played quarter-finals here a year ago and she has a great game for clay.

In the absence of pregnant Serena Williams and banned Maria Sharapova, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was rolled in the first round by Muguruza.

The Venezuelan-born Spaniard raised the decibel level as she nosed in front, teaming each pummeled groundstroke with a loud cry, signalling her determination. This is perhaps even more so at a Grand Slam, which sees people from around the world converge to watch and support their favourite players, who may or may not be from their countries of residence.

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

Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh. Kei Nishikori, the eighth seed, needed five sets but also moved on by beating Hyeon Chung, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4.

"I don't think that they crossed the line", Mladenovic said. "So I came back and played a more versatile game".

However, all top-four seeds in No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 2 Djokovic, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 Nadal all remain.

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.

Kuznetsova, who won the 2009 French Open and 2004 U.S. Open, was ousted by two-time major runner-up Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, while 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur was eliminated by 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Kristina Mladenovic played through the pain in the first round after pulling her back. She lost in the first or second round each of the previous three years.

Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza has done better than most fans would have thought.

Mladenovic will play Timea Bacsinszky, of Switzerland, in her quarter-final. They love their French players, and it's a really cool atmosphere, I guess, try to pretend they are cheering for me.

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