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Venus Williams exits French Open after Bacsinszky defeat

Serena Williams Venus Williams exits French Open after Bacsinszky defeat
Vera Richards | 06 June, 2017, 05:34

"In one way I can feel sorry, I mean, because she's a great person, a great player, and she deserves way more wins than only this third round", said Bacsinszky after she booked a fourth round clash with Venus Williams.

After a hold left her one game from the win, a backhand victor set up two match points and after Mertens saved the first, another brilliant backhand victor sealed the victory in just 62 minutes, the 36-year old looking like a serious contender for her first French Open title. Throw in the fact that world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who beat Venus in the semifinals a year ago, is struggling, and it's not out of the question to picture Williams standing with the winner's trophy hoisted high above her head. Venus has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just eight games in her last two matches.

There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at the French Open. When I was playing with Martina at the Olympics I was probably saying some Swiss-German words because we were mixing up everything, because, as well, we have language talents, both of us. How old is she? 36? 36?

Venus Williams wasn't in the most talkative of moods Sunday after a three-set loss at the French Open.

The result will see the 2015 semi-finalist take on home favourite Kristina Mladenovic, after she beat defending champion Garbine Muguruza.

Heading into the French Open, many figured the women's draw was wide open, because of the absences of Williams' sister, Serena (who is pregnant), and Maria Sharapova (who was denied a wild-card entry that she needed as she comes off a drug suspension). A good clay-court season, thanks to the sheer number of balls hit and points played, often translates into success further down the line.

Rogers, who was a surprise quarterfinalist in Paris a year ago, saw Mladenovic win 25 of the last 33 points to pull off the comeback. "The more matches I play - and tough victories - I think it gives you self-confidence, a successful feeling out there".

With losses on Sunday by defending champion Garbine Muguruza, seven-time major victor Venus Williams and 2011 U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur, none of the 12 women remaining in the 2017 French Open has previously won a Grand Slam. "There was a few points that she played well at the end of the match, and kind of that was it".

I like Venus to advance to another quarterfinals.

The match was suspended a night earlier after the first set because of rain.

Chung, who is ranked 67th, had never beaten a top-10 player in six attempts but leveled when play resumed, keeping alive his bid to become the first South Korean to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros.

The 26-year-old Martic next faces fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina after the Ukrainian beat Magda Linette 6-4, 7-5.

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