'Kiki' Mladenovic feeds off home crowd to advance
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:07
The French Open will have a new Queen.
Mladenovic has been struggling with a bad back since the eve of the tournament and served 16 double faults.But ultimately the rest of her game made up for it, although there must be a concern that she has expended too much emotional energy to go all the way.
Despite hitting eight double-faults, Khachanov won all 23 games he served against Inser, saving four break points.
Mladenovic played her part in the noise, repeatedly shouting 'Forza!' [an Italian rallying cry] while she also revved the crowd up on multiple occasions.
But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court. And as Muguruza walked to the locker room after her defeat, she wagged a finger toward the stands before bursting into tears during her post-match interview. You give me the courage and strength to keep going in every point. "I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys".
The World No. 5 spoke following the match of being treated unfairly by crowds as well as unsportsmanlike behaviour by her rival Mladenovic, saying "The crowd was really tough today".
Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Bacsinszky meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open.
Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent - her French opponent, mind you - at the French Open.
His best result came in 2014 when he reached the quarter-finals.
But a 6-2 4-6 6-3 victory over Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova set up a third-round meeting with German Carina Witthoeft.
Wozniacki took the first set 6-2 but Bellis will resume at 5-2 up in the second on Saturday.
Venus Williams of the US leans on her racket after missing a shot against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.
The two have only met once before, with Muguruza prevailing 6-2, 7-6 in Beijing previous year, though with the Spaniard not having a great build up into the tournament and Putintseva's evident strong belief in herself, this could be a tight encounter with a slight upset a possibility.
Earlier in the day, Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open fourth round on Sunday.
"But I hope Kiki wins in the next round", she added, alluding to an anticipated last-16 clash with home favourite and 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic, who must first beat American Shelby Rogers later on Friday.
Teenager Jelena Ostapenko is the first woman from Latvia to make it to the French Open quarterfinals in the professional era.
After the start of the tournament was played in fine weather, hail storms are forecast for the afternoon in Paris on Friday.