Muguruza sweeps into French Open last 16

Defending champion and fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached the French Open fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh 27th seed Yulia Putintseva on Friday.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates her win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.   -  AP

 

Defending champion and fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached the French Open fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kazakh 27th seed Yulia Putintseva on Friday.

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Spanish 23-year-old Muguruza will face either French 13th seed Kiki Mladenovic for a place in the quarterfinals.

Kristina Mladenovic took her love story with Roland Garros to a new level, feeding off the home crowd to battle her way into the fourth round of the French Open with a 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 victory against American Shelby Rogers on Friday.

“I have no words to describe the love I have for you,” said Mladenovic, who rallied from 5-2 down in the third set to set up a date with defending champion Garbine Muguruza on Monday. “Honestly I went through so many emotions during this match that I don't know what to say. Your support helps me so much. I had goose bumps.”

“Kiki! Kiki!,” the crowd chanted again in an electric atmosphere, declaring their love back to Mladenovic.

Tagged one of the pre-tournament favourites after reaching the final in the Madrid and Stuttgart claycourt tournaments, the 13th-seeded Mladenovic is looking to become the first French woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko believes her love of ballroom dancing has helped her reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The 19-year-old downed Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-4 on Friday at the French Open before admitting the dazzling, sultry Brazilian rhythms of the Samba are key to her success.

"At home I try and go ballroom dancing four times a week," said the World No. 47. "It really helps with the footwork on the court. My favourite dance is the Samba."

Samantha Stosur wins

Australian 23rd Samantha Stosur, the 2010 French Open runner-up, breezed into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 rout of American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Venus Williams also posted a win, a third-round 6-3, 6-1 win over Elise Mertens.

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