Kristina Mladenovic raises French hopes by beating champion Garbiñe Muguruza

The Latest Muguruza advances to 4th round at French Open

The Latest Muguruza advances to 4th round at French Open

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza has been reduced to tears in her press conference after her exit from the French Open at the hands of local hope Kiki Mladenovic.

The reigning champion had some issues establishing her game in the first set, as she had a hard time shaking Putintseva, but it was her ability to win the key points while receiving her opponent's serve that made the difference in this match.

She nearly pulled out of her first match but her condition improved afterwards, although the 24-year-old, who will be playing her first fourth-round match at Roland Garros, said her back is still stiff.

"I've been trying my best to even play this tournament, and I'm happy I won one match". And each time, the less-accomplished player won.

"I am in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time".

"I felt like I kept doing the same thing", Rogers said.

It appeared there was no love lost between the players either, with Muguruza asked about Mladenovic's habit of shouting "forza" in Italian at key moments.

Mladenovic is ow now face Timea Bacsinzky in the last eight after the Swiss came from a set down to beat Venus Williams of the United States, the 2002 French Open champion, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Kristina Mladenovic raises French hopes by beating champion Garbiñe Muguruza

Next up against Nadal is 20th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta, who knocked off No. 5 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6. I've always played in front of a full Suzanne-Lenglen Court but right now it's packed to the rafters.

"I think this year I'm playing really well strategically, and I'm enjoying it". But it is on Mladenovic that most French hopes have been placed and the 24-year-old appears ready to assume the mantle vacated by Pierce, the last French victor at Roland Garros in 2000 - not least because Cornet and Garcia face each other in the fourth round.

Mladenovic is still affected on serve by her back troubles, and any slips against Muguruza on Sunday are likely to be punished.

Ostapenko said she did ballroom dancing for seven years as a child, took a break for another seven years, before dusting off the sequins again in 2014.

Muguruza's defeat means that only three of the top 10 seeds in the women's event are still in the draw.

Meanwhile, Croatia's Petra Martic will face women's fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the fourth round after beating 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-1.

The eighth-seeded Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday, but was clearly struggling with a wrist injury and had also had treatment on his back as the 21-year-old Chung rallied.

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