Monday, 5 June 2017

Tennis : Nadal, Djokovic Progress. Venus, Muguruza Ousted

Nadal progress

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic made it through. Same for Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova. That said, there were a couple of notable ousters Sunday that will create an interesting ripple at the 2017 French Open.

Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic went out on the men's side, while Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams bowed out early on the women's side.

Raonic committed an eye-opening 84 unforced errors in a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6 loss to No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta. The match took more than four hours, but Carreno Busta was able to pull off the biggest win of his career in a hard-fought fifth set.

"It's difficult to explain my emotions at the end of the match. It was the best victory of my career. Maybe one of the best moments. This match, you dream of when you are young, playing Roland Garros, five sets, four and a half hours. It was really tough, really tough. But I just tried to do my best," Carreno Busta said after the match, per the ATP .

"I enjoyed. I suffered, but I enjoyed. And of course if you win, you enjoy more."

Carreno Busta will move on to play Nadal, who breezed his way to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal has not lost any more than two games in any of his last six sets.

"I am in the quarter-finals, and I am healthy and I am playing well. That's the only important thing for me," Nadal said, per the ATP .

"The goal is always to try your best every day and to try to be through to the next round. That's what I've done so I'm very happy about the first week of competition, obviously."

Kristina Mladenovic pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the women's bracket Sunday, earning a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Muguruza. The reigning French Open champion recorded 33 unforced errors and fell apart down the stretch, losing the match's final two games in easy fashion.

"I couldn't really find my game, but I don't think I did really something wrong out there," an emotional Muguruza said, per the WTA .

"You know, I just think it went to her side, and that's all. There was a few points that she played well at the end of the match, and kind of that was it."

Mladenovic will face off against Timea Bacsinszky, who knocked Williams out with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory. Bacsinszky mostly dominated the match aside from a stretch in the first set where Williams battled back from a 5-1 deficit to take the set. Williams struggled mightily to contend with Bacsinszky's strategy of drop shots near the net.


"The first set I had a big lead but I started making catastrophic errors," Bacsinszky said, per Karolos Grohmann of Reuters.

"I then threw some cold water on my face and told myself not to finish the Sunday like that. So I came back and played a more versatile game."

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets to advance, while Svitolina and Pliskova were both able to advance in straight sets.

Djokovic and Dominic Thiem were also able to advance in straight sets on the men's side.

Sunday French Open Results
(2) Novak Djokovic def. (19) Albert Ramos Vinolas; 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-3.

(4) Rafael Nadal def. (17) Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

(20) Pablo Carreno Busta def. (5) Milos Raonic; 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6.

(6) Dominic Thiem def. Horacio Zeballos; 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

(2) Karolina Pliskova def. Carina Witthoeft; 7-5, 6-1.

(13) Kristina Mladenovic def. (4) Garbine Muguruza; 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

(5) Elina Svitolina def. Magda Linette; 6-4, 7-5.

(11) Caroline Wozniacki def. (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova; 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

(30) Timea Bacsinszky def. (10) Venus Williams; 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Petra Martic def. (17) Anastasija Sevastova; 6-1, 6-1.

Jelena Ostapenko def. (23) Samantha Stosur; 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Veronica Cepede Royg def. Mariana Duque-Marino; 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Author : TMB's

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