French Open Day 8: Mladenovic stuns Murguruza, Nadal and Djokovic book quarter-final spots

Defending champion Garbine Murguruza crashed out of the French Open of day eight in Paris, as France’s own Kristina Mladenovic stunned the Spaniard to reach the quarter-finals.

The 13th seed raced into a one set lead as Murguruza only won 15 points in the opening set and despite serving 16 double faults, Mladenovic denied last year’s champion a comeback to emerge a 6-1 3-6 6-3 winner on Suzane-Lenglen Court.

Kristina Mladenovic knocked out last year’s winner Garbine Muguruza
image: skysports.com

Mladenovic is one of three Frenchwomen in the quarter-finals of the French Open, as one of the them hope to end a 17 year wait for a French winner at Roland Garros, which has not been done since Mary Pierce in 2000.

Venus Williams hopes of a first grand slam title in nine years also went up in smoke, as Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky came from a set down stun the American and book her place in the last eight.

Williams fought from 5-1 down to take the opening set against the 30th seed, but Bacsinszky broke Williams serve in the first game of the second as she won 12 of the last 15 games to clinch a shock 5-7 6-2 6-1 win over the seven-time grand slam champion.

There was better news for Caroline Wozniacki as she moved one step closer to securing a first grand slam title, as the Dane overcame the test of Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the quarter-finals.

The former world number one has not reached the last eight in Paris since 2010, but she overcame a fight back from the eighth seed to clinch a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win against 2009 French Open champion.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina stumbled into the fourth round of the French Open, as the Ukrainian was far from her best in battling past Poland’s Magda Linette to remain on course for a first grand slam title.

The Italian Open winner made 25 unforced errors and served five double faults in her outing against Linette, but still had enough about her to secure a less than convincing 6-4 7-5 win over the world number 94.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova also booked her place in the fourth round, as last year’s beaten US Open finalist saw off the threat of Germany’s Carina Witthoft 7-5 6-1.

Sam Stousr‘s journey at the French Open is over, after Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko came from a set down to reach the quarter-finals after a 2-6 6-2 6-4 victory over the 23rd seed.

On the men’s side of things, Rafael Nadal produced another dominant display in his quest for a tenth French Open title, as the fourth seed cruised past compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut to seal his spot in the last eight.

Nadal – who turned 31 on Saturday – maintained his perfect record at Roland Garros this year in romping to a comfortable 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory over his fellow Spaniard to reach an 11th French Open quarter-final.

The nine-time French Open champion hit 31 winners in the match, compared to his opponent’s 12, to clinch a convincing victory after an hour and 50 minutes and move one step closer towards a 15th grand slam title.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame an early scare against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, as the second seed kept his hopes of a second French Open title alive with a straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Djokovic saw his serve broken twice by Ramos-Vinolas to trail 4-2, before the Serbian clawed his way back to clinch a tough first set battle on a tie-break after a tough 73 minute opening set

The 12-time grand slam champion began to find his rhythm winning the first four games on his way to wrapping up the second set lead in 28 minutes and broke again in the sixth game of the third, after Ramos-Vinolas earlier saved a break following a thrilling 41 shot rally.

There was to be no way back for the 19th seed from there as Djokovic served out the match to clinch a 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 6-3 straight sets win to remain on course for a possible semi-final clash against Nadal.

Milos Raonic‘s hopes of winning a first grand slam title at Roland Garros have come to an end, after Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta twice came from behind to stun the fifth seed in a five-set thriller.

The Canadian can only have himself to blame for his early exit as he committed a staggering 84 unforced errors, as Carreno Busta edged to a thrilling 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 8-6 win and reach his first ever grand slam quarter-final.

After coming from 2-1 down to forced the match into a decider, Carreno Busta fell behind to an early break in the fifth set but the 25-year-old responded with one of his own, before spurning three match points at 5-4.

The Spaniard wasted another two match points at 7-6, before eventually finishing off the fifth seed with a volley after four hours and 17 minutes to set up a last eight clash with fellow Spaniard Nadal.

Rafael Nadal has yet to drop a set at this year’s French Open
image: rte.ie

There were no problems for promising Austrian Dominic Thiem as he marched into the fifth round without having yet to drop a set, after a convincing 6-1 6-3 6-1 straight sets win against Horacio Zeballos from Argentina.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori denied young Korean Chung Hyeon a stunning comeback in their third round clash, as the eighth seed dug deep to bag his seal his porgress in five sets.

Chung fought back from falling two sets behind to lead 3-0 in the fourth when play was called off on Saturday night, and he went on to win that set to love before Nishikori hit back to triumph 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 0-6 6-4.

In another rain-delayed match that started on Saturday, Gael Monfils set up a fourth round clash with former champion Stan Wawrinka, after fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet pulled out through injury.

Locked at a set a piece when rain interrupted play, 30-year-old Monfils took a 4-3 lead in the third against his fellow Frenchman, who then was force to retire due to a thigh injury.

Finally, Russian Karen Khachanov became the youngest man to reach the fourth round at the French Open, after the 21-year-old upset American John Isner 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3) in five sets.

Check out more results from day eight of the French Open, including all the latest doubles action, at this link.

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