Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

In contrasting fashion, Djokovic, Muguruza advance in Paris

In contrasting fashion, Djokovic, Muguruza advance in Paris In contrasting fashion, Djokovic, Muguruza advance in Paris
Kristopher Love | 03 June, 2017, 01:26

With pregnant superstar sister Serena not competing, it was left to 36-year-old Venus to carry the standard for the Williams family at Roland Garros on Wednesday, with a second-round thumping of Japan's Kurumi Nara.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round of the French Open by beating Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2.

"So it took me a while to get things back under control", said the 23-year-old, who was beaten by the Estonian in Stuttgart just last month.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza has forced a third set in her second-round match at the French Open.

Djokovic needed little over two hours to see off Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 as he bids to become the first man in the Open era to win each Grand Slam twice, AFP indicated. World number one Novak Djokovic has never triumphed in Paris.

"I'm still happy I'm here and playing".

"Honestly, I went through so many emotions during this match that I don't know what to say".

The number 10 seed was leading 5-4 in the first set when he had to retire and Zeballos will now face either American Steve Johnson or Austrian Dominic Thiem in the next round.

- France's Kristina Mladenovic pulled off a spectacular recovery from 5-2 down in the third set to book a fourth round spot with a 7-5 4-6 8-6 win over American Shelby Rogers.

American teenager CiCi Bellis reached the third round of the French Open in her tournament debut, upsetting 18th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).

The two-time Wimbledon champion was appearing in her first tournament since a horrifying knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December but lost 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5).

Ostapenko said she did ballroom dancing for seven years as a child, took a break for another seven years, before dusting off the sequins again in 2014.

"I felt like I have been very comfortable and confident all season, so hopefully I can just keep that going in the second half of the season".