Monday, 18 June, 2018

French Open Day 9: Murray and Halep hit top gear

French Open Day 9: Murray and Halep hit top gear French Open Day 9: Murray and Halep hit top gear
Vera Richards | 07 June, 2017, 06:05

Simona Halep established her credentials to become the newest French Open champion with a blistering 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro to reach the quarter-finals on Monday.

This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a grand slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.

The Romanian will fight for a place in the semi-final on Tuesday against world No.6 Svitolina, who defeated Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. "Today I was super determined, and able to push out these negative thoughts".

"I feel very, very good now".

"I had "Svitolina mode" back", Svitolina said about trailing 2-5 in the third set.

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and two runners-up will complete their fourth-round matches on Monday at Roland Garros. The Ukrainian leads the women's game with 35 wins this season, lifting an impressive four titles - her other triumphs coming at Taipei City, Dubai and Istanbul.

Murray will next play Japanese eighth-seed Nishikori, who recovered to beat veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 and Murray was wary of the resurgent 2014 US Open finalist.

Cornet and Garcia's dispute dates back to the Fed Cup earlier this year, when the latter declared she did not want to be picked, before pulling out due to a back injury when she was selected.

On the stroke of the hour Suarez Navarro was put out of her misery, having made 41 errors.

This marks Murray's seventh overall trip to the round of eight at Roland Garros.

Their head-to-head record stands at 2-2, with Garcia winning the pair's only previous meeting on clay in Madrid two years ago.

Set No. 2 was equally punishing for the 21st seed and Halep wasted little time in reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-1 win.

"Obviously it's a awful tragedy in London", Murray, who recorded his 650th career win, told the crowd.

French Open glory would deliver Cahill his third grand slam crown as a coach, but first since Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open after regaining the top ranking at 32.

But Svitolina, who needed treatment on her back at the start of the third set, broke and soon won on her second match point, when Martic hit a backhand into the net.

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