Rogers surprised by French Open exploits, Muguruza marches on


Shelby Rogers was reduced to tears after beating Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open, while Garbine Muguruza moved into the last eight for the third year in a row on Sunday.

Rogers beat Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova en route to the fourth round and the world number 108 continued her best run at a grand slam by dumping out 25th seed Begu 6-3 6-4 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

The unheralded American is only the ninth player from outside the top 100 to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and will now face fourth seed Muguruza.

Muguruza, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, was a 6-3 6-4 winner against the 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska was leading Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 3-0 when play was suspended due to rain, while Simona Halep will return to Court 1 on Monday with a 5-3 advantage over Sam Stosur.



Rogers admitted she has surprised herself on the clay in Paris and the 23-year-old is eyeing further progress at the expense of Muguruza.

"It gets harder every round. I'm ready to step up to the challenge, I think. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure. It's just been a great experience here, and I want to keep enjoying it and keep pushing myself," she said.

"I'm definitely outside of my comfort zone already, and I keep telling myself 'You belong here, you belong here. Play your game, do the things that got you to this moment. Don't change anything'."



Muguruza produced a commanding display to get the better of Kuznetsova on Court Philippe-Chatrier, demonstrating how she has surged to number four in the world.

The 22-year-old is determined to take her place in the semi-finals for the first time at the clay-court major after crashing out at the quarter-final stage on her last two visits.

She said: "I think each tournament is different. I can't really compare things. Of course I'm very happy to have qualified this morning for quarter-finals. This is where I have stopped in the past, which means I'm extremely motivated to move on.

"But again, I don't really like to compare tournaments. Each tournament is different. Typically when I start a new tournament, I forget about everything I have done before or everything I have done the previous year."