This Year's French Open Will Have a First-Time Grand Slam Champion

Jessica Allison
June 6, 2017

"It's going to be a tough match but I played them second round at Australian Open this year and had two match points and had two match points with Robert Lindstedt in the third set and we lost in a third set tie break".

PARIS There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at the French Open. She also advances to only her second career major quarterfinal (2015 U.S. Open). Her best French Open showing was in 2002 when she lost to her sister Serena in the final.

Spain's Rafael Nadal smiles after defeating Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. And each time, the less-accomplished player won.

"The first set I had a big lead, but I started making catastrophic errors", Bacsinszky said.

No. 4 seed and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, No. 8 and former champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Venus Williams, No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, and No. 23 Sam Stosur were all upended by lower ranked opponents, completely opening up the draw on the women's side. When I was playing with Martina at the Olympics I was probably saying some Swiss-German words because we were mixing up everything, because, as well, we have language talents, both of us.

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Last year's U.S. Open finalist is the highest seed remaining and she looked strong as she won 11 of the final 13 games against Witthoeft. The same free-for-all state will prevail at the All-England Club, where she claimed five of her seven Grand Slam titles with good reason. A good clay-court season, thanks to the sheer number of balls hit and points played, often translates into success further down the line.

Mladenovic will move into the quarterfinals to face the victor of the match between Venus Williams and Timea Bacsinszky.

If this year's Roland Garros was wide open, then Wimbledon could be the same, and Williams believes she can be the one to take advantage. "I managed to push her back". I feel like I played well today, but I didn't quite figure out the solution in time.

New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus. Bacsinszky, she said, "had so many answers today", among them an array of well-placed drop shots that tested her quickness on the red surface. The fourth-seeded Spaniard next meets either No. 5 Milos Raonic of Canada or Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. "But still there are some things that I want to improve and that I want to play better".

It was the eighth consecutive victory for Svitolina, who was won four tournaments this year.

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