Success is piece of cake for French Open champ Muguruza

Success is piece of cake for French Open champ Muguruza

Success is piece of cake for French Open champ Muguruza

PARIS (AP) - Garbine Muguruza's first attempt at defending a Grand Slam title did not last beyond the fourth round, where she ran into a determined Kristina Mladenovic backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen at Roland Garros.

Fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza gained further momentum in the defence of her French Open title with a straight-sets win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva on Friday. Despite facing an opponent proficient on clay, which is not the Dane's best surface, Wozniacki showed unexpected aggression on her forehand, matching her opponent's tally of 26 winners.

The answer was - hard.

The only other two women with a grand slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Australia's Samantha Stosur - lost earlier Sunday to women without one.

Considering he was 0-16 against top-10 players entering that match, this would have to go to Carreno Busta, who beat fifth-seeded Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (8), 6-4, 8-6.

Martic is ranked 290th but she took just 49 minutes to beat the Latvian and match her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament. "I wanted the match, and I had to dictate the game", she said.

She was overcome by emotion before she even heard the reporter's question about Mladenovic screaming "forza" to celebrate Muguruza's unforced errors.

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"I think the crowd today was a little bit obviously tough for me", the defending champion explained. "I understand. I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful", the 2016 champion told the gathered journalists. The chair umpire has to always calm the crowd down.

"I'm playing at home".

"I'm not flawless, I make mistakes". There was, like, few points that she played well at the end of the match, and kind of that was it'. I could not find my game but I did not do anything wrong. Big match, which I was waiting for. "Also because the feeling". She played very well. We have seen first time Slam winners struggle with the pressure down the line - Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Angelique Kerber have all had to deal with falling short of the weight of expectation. "I served 35 doubles but it's good because you give me so much strength", added Mladenovic, who has been tipped as one of the tournament favourites after reaching the finals in Stuttgart and Madrid on clay this season. I'm going to be super happy to come back. Me, my third time in a row in the quarters.

Sania Mirza stormed into the quarterfinals of mixed doubles event as she and her partner Ivan Dodig of Croatia notched up a commanding 6-2, 6-4 win over Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) and Artem Sitak (New Zealand) second round match to book a last-eight spot.

It is the third time in four matches that Mladenovic has played a three-setter. "They were all tough, all three of them".

- Venus also lost to the Swiss at the same stage at Roland Garros a year ago.

Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh.

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