Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ

Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ

When the women's champion is crowned at Roland Garros on Saturday, she will be a first-time Grand Slam victor.

But she ran out of steam as the 27-year-old Bacsinszky, who had wasted two set points in the first set, chased her across the court and won the next two easily, clinching the match with a ideal drop shot. But with her 37th birthday to come later this month, and as she continues to live with Sjogren's syndrome, the auto-immune disease that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness, it is still about the bigger picture for Williams.

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). It's not flawless, there are little problems but I fight as I can.

Muguruza, the fourth seed from Spain, helped create that situation as she ran into a determined Mladenovic with the Frenchwoman backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen in Paris. 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. "You know, I just think it went to her side, and that's all".

There will be a first-time Grand Slam champion at the French Open.

It has been three years since Nadal's previous Grand Slam trophy, at Roland Garros.

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Mladenovic will face Bacsinszky next, and Wozniacki meets Ostapenko. A good clay-court season, thanks to the sheer number of balls hit and points played, often translates into success further down the line.

The 10th seed had a chance to retrieve one of the breaks back as she created three break points but was unable to take one of them.

In doing so Venus becomes the first Kiwi male to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam since Brett Steven and his American partner Pat Galbraith at Wimbledon in 1998.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is in a good position after stopping Germany's Carina Witthoeft 7-5, 6-1.

"She just played well", Williams said afterward. I feel like I played well today, but I didn't quite figure out the solution in time. I'm kind of playing the best players in the race right now.

The 26-year-old Martic next faces fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina after the Ukrainian beat Magda Linette 6-4, 7-5. "It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time", said Nadal, who turned 31 on Saturday.

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