What a French Open the home favourite, Kristina Mladenovic is having!
She has kept the French hearts racing at full pace this week, especially during her two matches against the Americans Jennifer Brady and Shelby Rogers, and today was no different as she took on the defending champion and 4th seed, Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
Mladenovic, inspired by the very partisan French crowd, who at regular intervals were chanting “Kiki Kiki”, flew through the first set, not giving Muguruza a chance to get her devastating forehand going.
The second set was however a different story, as Muguruza managed to settle down and find some rhythm, whereas the first set hype seemed to take its toll on Mladenovic, who produced 7 double faults and 12 unforced errors. Muguruza managed to break the Mladenovic serve and take the set with a backhand winner.
There was not much separating the players in the third set, but Muguruza, who was feeling the wrath of the partisan crowd, became more frustrated as the set continued.
Despite Mladenovic’s mixture of good fortune and errors, she continued to have the edge over her Spanish opponent, and when Muguruza, who was serving to stay in the match, hit the ball into the net, it was game over for the defending champion.
The final score was 6-1 3-6 6-3 and more importantly, Mladenovic’s first quarter-final appearance at the French Open.