Defending Champ Muguruza Falls to Mladenovic

Owen Stevens
June 12, 2017

While it has been mostly chalk in the men's singles tournament of the 2017 French Open, there was one big upset that occurred in Stade Roland Garros on Sunday, June 4 during the fourth round.

Muguruza left the court visibly unhappy with the partisan crowd, and afterwards the tearful Spaniard admitted that they had made it extra hard for her.

"The crowd today was a little bit tough for me".

The Dane, previously engaged to Rory McIlroy, said: "I think if everything is calm and good in life, it makes it much easier to focus on the court". In the first round, she was 0-3 down in the decider against Jennifer Brady of the United States before winning it 9-7. "I love this tournament, no matter what happens".

"If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood", she told reporters.

The naysayers will say that it has been nine years since she last won it, which was also the most recent of her seven Grand Slam crowns.

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

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- France's Kristina Mladenovic reached the quarter-finals after beating defending champion and fourth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-1 3-6 6-3.

Muguruza upset Serena Williams in the Paris decider a year ago to register her first grand slam singles triumph, but she has struggled to hit those heights again in the subsequent 12 months.

Earlier on Court One, Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a two-set blackout to beat Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 0-6, 6-4 in their rain-delayed third-round tie, winning the first all-Asian battle at this stage of the tournament.

Bacsinszky delivered a terminal blow for the new guard when she downed 36-year-old Venus Williams 5-7 6-2 6-1.

She is now hoping to get to the bottom of the problem before Wimbledon.

When a reporter asked if she could hear Mladenovic shouting "forza" (come on in Italian) every time she made an unforced error, Muguruza dropped her head before an official stepped in and led her out of the room.

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. American Venus Williams, the 10th seed and only Williams sister playing due to her sister Serena's pregnancy, found herself on the losing end of a match against Timea Bacsinszky.

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