Tearful Muguruza laments French Open crowd's 'lack of respect'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 18:32
And there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be.
Ostapenko now faces former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who is a two-time major finalist. How right those folks were.
Spanish tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza had to leave a post-match press conference in tears after a French Open defeat in which the crowd was slammed as "pathetic".
"I understand. I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful".
Mladenovic is still affected on serve by her back troubles, and any slips against Muguruza on Sunday are likely to be punished.
She has been struggling with a bad back since the eve of the tournament and served 16 double faults, but the rest of her game made up for it. But the 6-foot Mladenovic, something of a gambler with 13 double faults, 42 winners and 39 unforced errors, wouldn't buckle.
Muguruza beat Serena Williams in the French Open final a year ago. Shelby was playing great tennis, but I had no doubt about it, because she played quarter-finals here past year and she has a great game for clay.
"Honestly I went through so many emotions during this match that I don't know what to say. I hope to keep going", she added. "It's thanks to you that I'm through and we're in the quarters, yeah!"
If Mladenovic beats Muguruza, she will be a step closer to becoming the first French woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.
A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Muguruza fell apart down the stretch.
Mladenovic reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.
Rafael Nadal has looked incredible on the clay of Roland Garros, and that streak continued on Sunday. Their late match was suspended due to rain after Wozniacki won the first set 6-2 before Bellis dominated the second set and held a 5-2 edge when it was called.
Only once in his Grand Slam career did Nadal fare better on the way to the quarterfinals at a major: He lost 19 games through four matches in 2012 at the French Open.
Women's second seed Karolina Pliskova beat Germany's Carina Witthoeft 7-5 6-1 to advance to the round of 16.
At 4-2 up Mladenovic gestured to rally her fans, who responded with chants of "Kiki, Kiki, Kiki".