Champion Muguruza into last-16 at Roland Garros

Esther Moore
June 4, 2017

She nearly pulled out of her first match but her condition improved afterwards, although the 24-year-old, who will be playing her first fourth-round match at Roland Garros, said her back is still stiff.

PARIS Roland Garros breathed a sigh of Gallic relief on Friday when defending champion Garbine Muguruza navigated her way through a draw bereft of star appeal to reach the French Open fourth round.

Muguruza met less resistance in the second set on her way to last 16.

"I'm happy I went out there without any kind of fear", Muguruza said afterward.

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The world number two broke his 59th-ranked opponent six times to make it four wins in as many meetings with Sousa, added AFP.

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Tagged one of the pre-tournament favourites after reaching the final in Madrid and Stuttgart, the 13th seed is looking to become the first French woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup. Moreover, the sixth game of the match was important but Muguruza continued to remain aggressive, and calm by extending her lead to 4-2.

The Spaniard came through Francesca Schiavone in straight sets in the first round but was nearly heading for the exit door in her second round match with Anett Kontaveit.

The world No 5 then handed the Kazakh a chance to break back, dumping, a double-handed drive backhand volley into the net, where a more natural net player would have gone for a short angle.

"But I really fight".

Williams is playing at Roland Garros for the 20th time, a record in the Open era.

"I literally can not see", Wozniacki said. Mladenovic has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.

"I just tried to stay calm and tried to build my way into the match and find my game".

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