Roland Garros to crown new women's champion following day of upsets

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A new grand slam champion will be crowned at Roland Garros next Saturday after a day of upsets in the women's singles.

Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza saw her title defence ended by home favourite Kristina Mladenovic in Sunday's standout fourth-round match, much to the delight of a partizan crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Fellow former slam winners Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams and Sam Stosur also suffered defeat, at the respective hands of Caroline Wozniacki, Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko. Stosur went on to lament a hand injury that affected her forehand and serve.

As a result, this year's tournament is guaranteed to produce a first-time winner.

Four third-round contests also took place on Sunday after being delayed by the previous day's rain. Second seed Karolina Pliskova was the most notable winner, while Elina Svitolina, Petra Martic and Veronica Cepede Royg also progressed to the last 16.

 

TOUGH CROWD FOR MUGURUZA

There was a raucous atmosphere on Lenglen as Mladenovic continued a fine first week for France in the women's draw by ousting the 2016 champion.

Mladenovic triumphed 6-1 3-6 6-3, but Muguruza appeared less than impressed by the behaviour of the crowd.

In an emotional post-match news conference that saw her break down in tears and briefly leave the room, Muguruza said: "I think the audience was really tough today. I can't really understand. I don't know how to explain.

"If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood. I don't know what people were expecting. I'd rather not say anything more."

 

BACSINSZKY'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH PARIS CONTINUES

Although Williams started her match against Bacsinszky as the favourite, it was no huge surprise to see the 30th seed prevail.

Bacsinszky has now made it to at least the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in three successive years, Sunday's 5-7 6-2 6-1 win particularly impressive given she threw away a 5-1 lead in the opening set.

Next up for the Swiss is a meeting with Mladenovic.

 

PLISKOVA SURPRISED TO MAKE SECOND WEEK

Clay is not Pliskova's favourite surface and the second seed is pleased to have exceeded her own expectations in Paris.

After beating Carina Witthoeft 7-5 6-1, the Czech said: "Well, [I'm] surprised that I'm in the fourth round here. First time, obviously. And I still don't think I'm playing the best tennis. But it's good, I can still improve.

"I feel confident right now after, always when you win two or three matches in a row it gives you a lot of confidence. I just feel mentally I'm there. So it's going to be tough to beat me, I hope."

 

INJURY HANDS OSTAPENKO ADVANTAGE OVER STOSUR

Australian veteran Stosur was beaten by a player 14 years her junior in Ostapenko, but had reason to feel unlucky after being hampered by a hand injury.

With the issue causing her pain on "every forehand", Stosur was forced to favour the backhand wing heavily as she slipped to defeat in three sets.

She is now hoping to get to the bottom of the problem before Wimbledon.

"I had an ultrasound the other day. Nothing really showed up. But I've got to go get some sort of scan either tonight or tomorrow and find out what it is," she explained.

"I'm still hopeful [of playing Wimbledon]. I'm hopeful that it's nothing too serious. But until I know what it is, I can't really say anything."