Garbine Muguruza, Kristina Mladenovic looking to set up Paris date

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

The fourth-seeded Muguruza fell to No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic of France, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, amid a noisy cauldron of partisan support at the Suzanne Lenglen show court.

She got off to a miserable start, missing several gaping opportunities when at the net to lose the first set but battled back well in the second.

"I'm happy because Roberto is a very good player". "So I want to make it more popular in (South) Korea, I hope". I would have never imagined that in my whole life. "I knew I had to change something to beat him today, so I think I made some adjustments to make it a little better than yesterday". You give me the courage and strength to keep going in every point.

Garbine Muguruza has hit out at the French Open crowd following her defeat at the hands of Kristina Mladenovic this afternoon.

Williams, who turns 37 later this month, said she isn't satisfied with reaching the fourth round.

The Spaniard stormed off court wagging her finger at the vocal crowd, while Mladenovic celebrated nearly as if she had won the tournament, running to shake hands with French federation president Bernard Giudicelli. Sometimes clay can be tricky. "It is fantastic to be able to play so well on centre court". I know she's a French player, and I understand that. For me, experience is only a plus.

"Clay is not my favourite surface but I feel so well on this centre court".

Asked for her thoughts on the way things worked out, Williams replied: "I have no idea".

They played on before eventually stopping. "I'm looking to run away with it". "It came from her, she was playing well". "She deserved the win", Williams said of Bacsinszky. Of course I'm sad.

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She returned to answer the question and said, "I think she speaks like 25 languages, I heard".

Raonic, the No. 5 seed from Thornhill, Ont., was upset by Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6 in the hard-slogging match that stretched four hours and 17 minutes. The match took 26 games to decide.

The eighth seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova, was also eliminated on Sunday. Their match was called due to rain on Friday with Wozniacki leading 6-2, 2-5.

"It's still there. I mean, it's obvious that I have some struggles still, especially with my serve", said Mladenovic.

Mladenovic next will face Bacsinszky, and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko.

"Well, I went prepared. I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys".

Muguruza's 6-1 3-6 6-3 elimination by French darling Kiki Mladenovic marked the exit of the last women's monarch to rule Roland Garros.

"She didn't really miss a ball". "Big round of applause for her". "Probably I didn't play as well as I did the other day, but I still played well". It's nice to see the fans of tennis like that. I just think it's normal that it's such an fantastic atmosphere.

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