Kristina Mladenovic ousts defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza

Pablo Tucker
June 4, 2017

The French Open match between Garbine Muguruza and Kristina Mladenovic is set to start at 2.30 pm local time, 6 pm IST and 1.30 pm BST.

Mladenovic came to the French Open after a stellar claycourt season in which she reached the finals in Stuttgart and Madrid and has won over the crowd with her spirited performances in Paris.

Lucky loser Ons Jabeur had made the most of her good fortune at being handed a spot in the main draw, becoming the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a slam when she stunned world number seven Dominika Cibulkova.

Mladenovic is still affected on serve by her back troubles, and any slips against Muguruza on Sunday are likely to be punished. It's not my first time having so many high emotions, big wins, big moments.

Flying the flag for the star American duo in the absence of her pregnant sister, Venus belied her 36 years to conqueror Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-3 6-1, two decades after her first appearance at the tournament.

Muguruza has had her say on the controversy generated by Australian great Margaret Court's recent comments, which led Martina Navratilova to label her "racist and homophobic" with several players lobbying to have the court named in her honour at Melbourne Park rebranded.

"I know in Wimbledon I will go to the same house".

When Wozniacki was down 3-2 in the second set, with rain falling, she complained to the chair umpire that it was too dark to continue.

A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Muguruza fell apart down the stretch.

Eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation also moved on with a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5 victory over 32nd-seeded Zhang Shuai.

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

Both players have gone about getting this far the hard way with two tough victories en route to the fourth round but Mladenovic has fought back from two seemingly impossible positions including coming back from 2-5 down in the final set against Shelby Rogers in the last round. The match took 26 games to decide.

Yet, the Spaniard was not conceding defeat and played tighter in the second set with Mladenovic looking increasingly shaky on serve.

"Well, I think the crowd today was a little bit, obviously, tough for me", she told a news conference.

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