French Open: Garbine Muguruza advances, Venus Williams eases into last-16
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French Open: Garbine Muguruza advances, Venus Williams eases into last-16

Garbine Muguruza defeated Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2, while Venus Williams enjoyed a comfortable 3rd round win over Elise Mertens

tennis Updated: Jun 03, 2017 00:41 IST
Associated Press, Paris
French Open,Garbine Muguruza,David Goffin
Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates her win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva at the French Open.(AP)

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

The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke her opponent’s serve three times in the second set.

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Garbine Muguruza will next face either Shelby Rogers of the United States or 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Goffin Injured

David Goffin retired from his third-round match at the French Open after injuring his right ankle against Horacio Zeballos.

Belgium's David Goffin in action during his third round match against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos. (REUTERS)

The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. Zeballos carried Goffin’s bag.

Goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed Zeballos back into the game.

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The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball. He won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court.

Venus, Stosur, Kuznetsova through

Venus Williams cruised past Belgium’s Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-1, while 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame China’s Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 7-5.

Australian 23rd seed Samantha Stosur, the 2010 runner-up, breezed into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 rout of American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Ons Jabeur’s historic run ended as the lucky loser from Tunisia, the first Arab woman to reach the last 32 at a major, lost 6-2, 6-2 to Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky, a 2015 semi-finalist.

First Published: Jun 02, 2017 16:59 IST