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Kristina Mladenovic topples champ Garbine Muguruza

Kristina Mladenovic topples champ Garbine Muguruza
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Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain was knocked out of the French Open when she lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round against France\'s local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday.Mladenovic served 16 double faults but came out on top to set up a quarter-final meeting with either American Venus Williams or Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

Paris: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain was knocked out of the French Open when she lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round against France's local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Sunday.Mladenovic served 16 double faults but came out on top to set up a quarter-final meeting with either American Venus Williams or Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

Caroline Wozniacki moved a step closer to erasing an unwanted footnote from the list of her tennis achievements with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round. The 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory eased Wozniacki into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, matching her best performance here in 2010.

A day after turning 31, Rafael 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.In yet another ominous performance, Nadal destroyed his opponent on Court Suzanne Lenglen to move into the quarter-finals and one step closer to a 10th Roland Garros crown.

Kei Nishikori survived a two-set blackout to beat Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(4), 0-6, 6-4 in their rain-delayed third round tie, winning the first ever all-Asian battle at this stage of the tournament.Japanese eighth seed Nishikori looked to be cruising into the fourth round on Saturday after grabbing the opening two sets against the in-form 21-year-old South Korean, who is ranked 67th in the world.

Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova and Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina advanced to the women's singles fourth round, after defeating Germany's Carina Witthoeft and Poland's Magda Linette.World No.3 Pliskova joins this round in Paris for the first time after winning 7-5, 6-1 over Witthoeft in an hour and 28 minutes, in the match that could not be played Saturday because of the rain, reports Efe.

For the third year in a row, Svitolina marched toward the fourth round of the tennis tournament, defeating Linette 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 28 minutes.The 22-year-old winner of the Taipei, Dubai, Istanbul and Rome tournaments will play the next round against Croatian Petra Martic, who defeated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 6-1, 6-1.

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