Mladenovic faces Rogers test to break new ground in Paris

However, all top-four seeds in No. 1 Andy Murray, No. 2 Djokovic, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 4 Nadal all remain. I went out there without fear.

"I understand (but) I just think that they should be a little bit more respectful".

"What I did today, it's kind of special still". Serena is on maternity leave, Petra Kvitova is in the early stages of her return and Victoria Azarenka is likely to be underdone as she comes back from the birth of her first child.

Mladenovic seemed in control when leading 40-0 on Rogers's serve at 3-3 in the second. They will say that by the time Wimbledon begins on July 3, she will be too old to survive seven matches.

Along with intense disappointment, there was also relief for the Spaniard, who has struggled to cope with the expectation since her triumph here a year ago. Of course I'm sad.

The French Open will have a new Queen. First time, obviously. And I still don't think I'm playing the best tennis. Big match, which I was waiting for.

Mladenovic, though, praised her supporters. "I don't have words to describe the love I have for you and what you bring me". It's thanks to you that I fought for every point. And we're in the quarterfinals. She said: "Everything wasn't ideal". This will be Mladenovic's second grand slam quarterfinal appearance, and she hopes to make her first career grand slam semifinal.

It was the first time in the Open era that two Asian men had met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland clenches her fist after scoring a point in her fourth round match against Venus Williams of the USA which Bacszinsky won in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. "She had so many answers today".

"When I was on my chair at that point, I thought it was over, but you gave me strength", she told the crowd.

Caroline Wozniacki, with two slam finals now the most experienced player left, continued her fine year with a surprise 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory over 2009 victor Kuznetsova, one of the title favourites. No. 6 Dominic Thiem, with the winners facing off in the semifinals. Kuznetsova did not help her cause with 41 unforced errors. No one likes losing, let alone someone who has been as great a champion as she has, and especially not when this year's French Open draw is so wide open.

Other third round matches to be played on Sunday include Elina Svitolina, who was one of the pre-tournament favorites, taking on Poland's Magda Linette.

  • Julie Sanders