French Open 2017: Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza out
The 2017 French Open saw some big upsets on Sunday, primarily in the women’s division. American Venus Williams, the 10th seed and only Williams sister playing due to her sister Serena’s pregnancy, found herself on the losing end of a match against Timea Bacsinszky.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza was unhappy with a “really tough” crowd after defeat by home favourite Kristina Mladenovic at the French Open.
The Spaniard, 23, lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 on a packed Suzanne Lenglen Court which gave its full backing to Mladenovic.
Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams’ defeat by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky means a new major champion will be crowned in Paris on Saturday.
Mladenovic, 24, served 16 double faults but came through amid a raucous atmosphere on the second show court at Roland Garros.
No Frenchwoman has won the title at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Elina Svitolina will aim to reach the quarter-finals when they play their fourth-round matches on Monday.
Pliskova and Svitolina won their rain-delayed third-round matches on Sunday, while former world number one Wozniacki reached the last eight.
Williams, the 10th seed, fought back from 5-1 down to take the opening set against Bacsinszky.
But 27-year-old Bacsinszky broke Williams’ serve in the first game of the second set as she won 12 of the last 15 games in the match.