Defending champ Muguruza, Venus power to French fourth round

This will be their first meeting on clay court.Considering how "wide open" this French Open women's draw was supposed to be, there are an very bad lot of familiar names left in the brackets as we close the first week.

Venus Williams was the last of the past major title winners in the draw, and she lost in the fourth round to 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

Muguruza, who was seeded No. 4 in Paris, beat Serena Williams in the French Open final a year ago.

Despite hitting eight double-faults, Khachanov won all 23 games he served against Inser, saving four break points.

After collapsing to defeat in the first set, Muguruza battled back to level in the second and looked determined - at times desperate - not to let go of her title without a fight.

The Venezuelan-born Spaniard raised the decibel level as she nosed in front, teaming each pummeled groundstroke with a loud cry, signalling her determination.

It appeared there was no love lost between the players either, with Muguruza asked about Mladenovic's habit of shouting "forza" in Italian at key moments.

The only player to have beaten Nadal on clay this season is Austrian Dominic Thiem - who was playing Argentine Horacio Zeballos later Sunday in a fourth-round match. "I understand. I just think that they were a little bit - sometimes should be a little bit more respectful", Muguruza said, noting that the chair umpire repeatedly had a hard time quieting the premises. "I think it's important that the three matches I have played have not been easy at all".

On a day when 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki reached the last eight ousting former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, Muguruza fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to Mladenovic in an error-strewn match which saw even the eventual victor send down 16 double faults.

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki returned to the French Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, eliminating 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Garbine Muguruza and Kristina Mladenovic meet in the fourth round of the 2017 French Open.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round by beating Yulia Putintseva.

Kristina Mladenovic played through the pain in the first round after pulling her back. The Spaniard, who defeated Serena Williams in the final 12 months ago, walked off wagging her finger at the fans on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

  • Julie Sanders