W2W4 at French Open: Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams face stiff tests

Why did you give me warning?

He said: "I was optimistic going into the match because of how I played in the previous two matches". Williams, who turns 37 this month, did not get much of a test during a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 60th-ranked Elise Mertens, 21, of Belgium. Though Catherine Bellis was able to win that second set from No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 after their match had been suspended due to darkness on Friday, Wozniacki would come back to win the pivotal third set 6-3 to advance to the fourth round. Nadal now faces fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth-round.

"I have a hunch he can do it easier than most of the people he plays".

"That doesn't mean that the numbers don't worry me", he said.

Carreno Busta had a solid run-up to the French Open, but he's taken it to another level in Paris - the high being point his third-round, straight-sets win over Grigor Dimitrov. It is the second match on the main Philippe-Chatrier court, after the 10am United Kingdom match between Alize Cornet and Agnieszka Radwanska. It was his 100th match over five sets on clay, and this took his record to 98-2.

The American was in tears at the net after getting past Borna Coric last time out, but he proved unable to extend his courageous campaign, Thiem winning 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

But he was given a real fright by Argentinian Schwartzman before coming through 5-7 7-5 3-6 6-1 6-1. And then the fourth and fifth set went the way I hoped that the whole match can go.

Three men's singles third-round matches were halted in progress. Although the first set was patchy for both players involving several breaks of serve, Muguruza played out a clinical second set to secure her place in the next round.

A scan of the statistics makes for grisly reading.

"I had a couple of plays in my head of how to play against him", Basilashvili said but the 0-6, 1-6, 0-6 scoreline would hardly suggest that.

His next adversary will be Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas who, likewise played a grueling five setter to overcome home favourite Frenchman Lucas Pouille at theSuzanne Lenglen.

Garcia-Lopez has retired with a thigh strain when trailing Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 6-1 1-0.

Steve Johnson, still grieving the recent death of his father, lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the third round of the French Open. But it's very hard to play against him because balls are coming very high.

- Goffin, who was 5-4 up, was chasing a deep backhand and slid into a cover, hurting his right ankle.

Argentine Zeballos advanced in unfortunate circumstances, Goffin having been forced to retire while 5-4 up in the first set of their contest.

In the women's draw, Garbine Muguruza's 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court.

  • Julie Sanders