French players looking to ride 'Kiki' wave at Roland Garros

"I will enjoy much more probably than the other years", said Kvitova, who hasn't decided which grass court events she'll play before Wimbledon.

Muguruza would remain within a break until the final game but was broken at 15 on serve in the final game, finishing with a forehand unforced error, her 33rd of the match.She didn't seem to know it at the time, but she likely learned a valuable lesson in this defeat: All bets and allegiances are off, no matter your stature, when you play a rising French talent.

"She deserved the win", Williams said of Bacsinszky. "I wanted the match, and I had to dictate the game". After the 21-year old held, Williams was presented with a second chance toserve out the set and this time she had no issues, holding to love to grab a one set lead.

Patrick Mouratgolou examines Garbine Muguruza's struggles and explains how she can find form at Roland Garros.

But Muguruza felt it went too far, saying: "I think the audience was really tough today".

Wozniacki took the first set 6-2 but Bellis will resume at 5-2 up in the second on Saturday.

"I can't really understand".

Mladenovic raced through the first set but Muguruza pegged her back, with the Spaniard looking much more like the player who stunned Serena Williams a year ago than the one who has failed to make a single final since.

She speaks openly of being the favorite. You know, I just think it went to her side, and that's all.

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

Her exit means that only three of the top 10 seeds remain in the draw. I thought it was a great match.

The 13th seed came close to losing in both the first and third rounds and must now refocus for a last-eight clash with either Venus Williams or Timea Bacsinszky.

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. "But I'm leaving here quite happy because none of the matches I played were easy".

"You make me cry", she continued. She's obviously playing great tennis.

"Everything wasn't ideal. There were a few concerns", Mladenovic said, before joking: "I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything's OK!"

  • Julie Sanders