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Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ

09 June 2017, 09:30 | Simon Arnold

Play has been halted again in the women's quarterfinals at the French Open because of rain. This will be Mladenovic's second grand slam quarterfinal appearance, and she hopes to make her first career grand slam semifinal.

"Everything wasn't ideal. There were a few concerns", Mladenovic said, before joking: "I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything's [okay]!" She also holds 4 WTA single titles and who knows if the way she's going, the French Open may be her 5th.

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.

"If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood. But for the rest, you know, my game was I showed today was enough, and I was very happy that I could finish in two sets". And we're in the quarterfinals. A new Grand Slam victor is set to emerge at the tournament as none of the women's players remaining made that. "That's not my mindset", said Mladenovic, who is through to the last eight at a major for just the second time.

For the second year in a row Williams has gone out to the Swiss in this stage of the tournament.

Mladenovic will have French company in the quarter-finals, with either Caroline Garcia or Alize Cornet to join her after their round of 16 match.

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Wozniacki next faces teenage Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who knocked out another former slam champion and dark horse in Sam Stosur to reach her first quarter-final.

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Nadal continued his ruthless form by dispatching Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Also on Day 7, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, 6-3, and next meets big-serving Kevin Anderson, who edged Kyle Edmund 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

A tearful Muguruza felt the crowd was disrespectful during her fourth-round loss, as Mladenovic set up a meeting with Timea Bacsinszky.

- Eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat South Korea's Chung Hyeong 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4) 0-6 6-4 after their third-round encounter resumed on Sunday.

Del Potro had four set points in the opening set but lost each one, including that key double-fault while ahead 7-6 in the tiebreaker.

The players flip-flopped in the first two sets, with a self-assured Mladenovic dominating the tentative Spaniard early, but Muguruza impressively found her game to hit back in the middle set behind 16 winners and three breaks of serve.

Seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams' defeat by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky means a new major champion will be crowned in Paris on Saturday.

In yet another ominous performance, Nadal destroyed his opponent on Court Suzanne Lenglen to move into the quarter-finals and one step closer to a 10th Roland Garros crown. Fernando Verdasco easily got past No. 22 Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.



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