French Open 2017: Garbine Muguruza reaches fourth round

Muguruza was forced to work hard as she came back from a set down to defeat Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 on the clay courts of Paris.

The fourth seed has lost her way since winning her first grand slam at Roland Garros a year ago, but is content with her progress in Paris.

A couple of stray Muguruza backhands put Putintseva a break up at 3-1 and the sprightly world number 29 won a brilliant rally with a sublime forehand in the next game, but failed to hold as the powerful Spaniard turned the tide.

Raonic won the first set 6-1 in 21 minutes and led 1-0 in the second when the Spaniard retired at the changeover.

Back on Court Philippe Chatrier to resume his first-round match against Renzo Olivo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not overturn the deficit at the French Open.

Muguruza has transformed week one of the French Open into a fact-finding mission.

Venus Williams shook off a slow start to ease into the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Japan's Kurumi Nara.

That was the 5-foot-4 Putintseva's last stand.

Tsonga had never lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam.

Crunching her groundstrokes with greater command, Muguruza breezed through five straight games to break open the match. I know the kitchen, and I know that the owner, the woman loves to bake, so I have everything I need for muffin, cakes, and stuff.

Defending Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round while Petra Kvitova was knocked out on Wednesday.

Seeded 10th here, Williams ground her Japanese opponent into the red Parisian dust in a contest that at times nearly veered into mismatch territory before ending 6-3, 6-1.

It is Venus's 20th attempt at winning this title, and time may be running out for her.

Serena Williams' baby is due in the fall.

"Yeah, she said, "Good job".

Defending champion Muguruza's 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva set up a mouth-watering last-16 clash with home favourite Kristina Mladenovic, who registered a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 8-6 victory over American Shelby Rogers.

  • Julie Sanders