"I couldn't really find my game, but I don't think I did really something wrong out there", an emotional Muguruza said after the match. "I think she elevated her game", Rogers said of Mladenovic's turnaround.
With pregnant Serena Williams absent, Maria Sharapova denied an invitation and top seed Angelique Kerber a first-round casualty, familiar faces are relatively thin on the ground in Paris, and Muguruza's 7-5 6-2 win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva was greeted warmly by fans on the Philippe Chatrier court.
Carina Witthoeft turned up late for her third round match against second-seeded Karolina Pliskova at the French Open. "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.
Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza said she turns to baking in her spare time to help cope with the pressure of playing at Grand Slam tournaments. Still, it must have been hard for her to go from being adored one year as the Roland Garros champion, then heckled the next year for facing a Frenchwoman. It's a very painful defeat here at the French Open.
A new grand slam champion will be crowned at Roland Garros next Saturday after a day of upsets in the women's singles.
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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.
Her coach, Sam Sumyk, reportedly called the crowd "pathetic" and said they had "no class" but Mladenovic differed. "I'll be honest there won't be 20 more".
Muguruza was also give an almighty run-around by the always unsafe Anett Kontaveit in the previous round, dropping the first set on a tie-break before imposing herself on her unseeded opponent to take the next two for the loss of six games. This will be Bacsinszky's fourth career grand slam quarterfinal, and she hopes to make her second semifinal appearance.
Wozniacki has never been particularly at home on clay and had not made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros since 2010. I don't know how to explain.
In remaining men's third-round action, there were wins for No. 8 Kei Nishikori of Japan; No. 15 Gael Monfils of France and unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov. Mladenovic has to be confident after winning 49 percent of her return points and breaking the French Open favorite and defending champ six times. "I think it's important that the three matches I have played have not been easy at all".
Rafa Nadal returned to Roland Garros after his birthday celebrations and showed no signs of slowing up, railroading compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2 in the fourth round on Sunday.