'Kiki' Mladenovic downs Muguruza as impressive run continues

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Second-seeded Djokovic barely put a foot wrong in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa, while Muguruza had to dig deep to avoid becoming the first reigning champion at Roland Garros to lose in the second round since 2014, when she upset Serena Williams.

Thirteenth seed Mladenovic made a flying start with the vociferous backing of her home crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen - unfamiliar surroundings for Muguruza, who had played each of her previous three matches in this year's tournament on Court Philippe Chatrier.

I think for the tournament, for the crowd, for us.Mladenovic could have company in the quarterfinals, though: Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia plays her fourth-round match Monday."Twenty years ago?"

"I just think that they were a little bit, sometimes should be a little bit more respectful".

Williams, who had been hoping to win the tournament for the first time in the month of her 37th birthday, lost 5-7 6-2 6-1 to Timea Bacsinszky.

Garbine Muguruza defeats Francesca Schiavone in her first round match. "I served 35 doubles but it's good because you give me so much strength", added Mladenovic, who has been tipped as one of the tournament favourites after reaching the finals in Stuttgart and Madrid on clay this season. She also was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon in 2015.

Mladenovic thrived on the partisan support from the home faithful as the 13th seed ensured the host nation will have two women in the quarter-finals for the first time in 23 years.

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This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a Grand Slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.

These two have split their only two meetings with Bacsinszky winning in this years Davis Cup and Mladenovic winning in the 2016 Eastbourne International. "If you had been in my shoes on the court, I think you would have understood".

Kerber's loss is huge for Muguruza's chances at the French Open.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Mladenovic has been tipped as one of the favourites for the tournament after reaching finals in Stuttgart and Madrid, but her path to the title remains littered with unsafe opponents.

That put out the last remaining Grand Slam champion in the draw, and ensured that all eight quarter-finalists would be pursuing their first Major title for the first time since the Australian Open 1979.

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza were also in action later. The last woman representing France to win the country's Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.

Bacsinszky is obviously the more experience player in these type of matches and has had to work less to get to this point.

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