Emotional Muguruza unhappy with partisan French Open crowd as title defence ends

Emotional Muguruza unhappy with partisan French Open crowd as title defence ends

Emotional Muguruza unhappy with partisan French Open crowd as title defence ends

This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a grand slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.

"I couldn't really find my game, but I don't think I did really something wrong out there", an emotional Muguruza said after the match. "I understand. I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful", the 2016 champion told the gathered journalists.

Having defied a bad back to beat Jennifer Brady 9-7 in the third set in the first round, Mladenovic trailed Shelby Rogers 5-2 in the decider on Friday but recovered to win 7-5 4-6 8-6.

"It was very odd match, because she was playing good and I was playing OK, but I think today was enough", Svitolina said. "But it's always tricky when you have to defend your title and you have someone that's going to be a tough match, no matter in which country you play".

On the Seventh Day of Roland Garros, things got loud.

"I keep getting the same questions over and over again, are you under pressure and everything".

It reminded me of why she's a Grand Slam champion.

Mladenovic is the great French hope to end their 17-year wait for a home singles champion, and the support was understandably one-sided as they cheered the 24-year-old to a 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory. "Matches finish quicker, it can really catch you by surprise", he said.

A tearful Muguruza felt the crowd was disrespectful during her fourth-round loss, as Mladenovic set up a meeting with Timea Bacsinszky. I think she elevated her game.

The only other two women with a grand slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Australia's Samantha Stosur - lost earlier Sunday to women without one.

"I don't know if I have a different culture of sport".

He is now scheduled to face Austria's rising star Dominic Thiem, also safely through after recording a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic reached the last 16 for the second year in a row after Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired at the start of the second set with a thigh muscle injury.

"I think she just played really well", Williams said. The fourth seed continued to remain aggressive by stepping into the court a lot more, and she gained a double break with a devastating forehand victor, landing in the corner of the court to lead 3-0.

In remaining women's third-round matches, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic brushed aside Germany's Carina Witthoeft 7-5, 6-1; No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won 6-4, 7-5 against Magda Linette, and Croatian qualifier Petra Martic upset 17th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1.

Rafa Nadal returned to Roland Garros after his birthday celebrations and showed no signs of slowing up, railroading compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2 in the fourth round on Sunday.

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