Defending champion Garbine Muguruza upset at French Open
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 0:12
France's Kristina Mladenovic reacts after winning a point during her tennis match against US Shelby Rogers at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on 2 June 2017 in Paris. She broke down in tears during her post-match speech to the crowd, which regaled her with chants of her nickname, "Kiki!" 'I think the crowd today was a little bit obviously tough for me, ' the defending champion explained in press conference just after the loss.
"Like this year, I mean, she's even more than inspiration", she said.
The Serbian will next face the No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem, who got past Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. "It's all behind me now, so whatever happens in this tournament is not necessarily my concern anymore".
Asked again about the French crowd's behaviour, she said: "Let's say I understand".
With the news of Timea Bacsinszky's three-set victory over Venus Williams shortly after Mladenovic's win, the realization has hit that there will be a maiden Grand Slam victor on the women's side. "It's a very painful defeat here in the French Open".
On the men's side, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced, but history was made when Japan's Kei Nishikori beat South Korea's Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4 when their third-round match resumed after being suspended Saturday night.
For her part, Mladenovic saw no problem with the behaviour of the hometown fans and said there was just as much pressure on her to perform well.
She nearly pulled out of her first match but her condition improved afterwards, although the 24-year-old, who will be playing her first fourth-round match at Roland Garros, said her back is still stiff.
Venus Williams' chances of adding a first French Open title to her collection of seven grand slams faded on Sunday after the 36-year-old was beaten 5-7 6-2 6-1 by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in the French Open fourth round. She also was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon in 2015.
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.
Nadal improved to 99-2 in best-of-five-set matches on clay by overwhelming No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Caroline Wozniacki, with two grand slam final appearances to her credit the most experienced player left, continued her fine year with a surprise 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory over the 2009 champion Kuznetsova.