Mladenovic packs off Muguruza; Nadal through

Mladenovic packs off Muguruza; Nadal through
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarterfinals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while reigning women's title-holder Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

Nadal continued his ruthless form at Roland Garros by dispatching Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to match Roger Federer's mark of last-eight appearances in Paris.

The 14-time major winner is yet to drop a set, conceding just six games in the last two rounds as he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.

The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, through to his first Slam quarterfinal, for spot in the last four after the latter stunned Canada's Milos Raonic. Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, needed seven match points to clinch a thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 8-6 win over the fifth-seeded Raonic.

Japan's Kei Nishikori fought off a fierce five-set challenge from rising South Korean talent Hyeon Chung to clinch a place in the last 16 with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 0-6, 6-4 victory.

Nishikori will play Fernando Verdasco for a place in the quarterfinals. Karen Khachanov will play Andy Murray in the fourth round after the giant Russian beat American 21st seed John Isner 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).

As if by stealth, Dominic Thiem moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win over Horacio Zeballos.
Kristina Mladenovic ensured France will have women in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 after dumping out fourth seed Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky qualified for her third successive French Open quarter-final with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over 2002 runner-up Venus Williams and will face Mladenovic next.

The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarterfinal -- after the 2015 US Open -- and will face Venus Williams or Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four.

Danish 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki knocked off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the last eight for just the second time.

Wozniacki, who made her only other quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros in 2010, will meet Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko next.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to round four with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Germany's Carina Witthoeft.

World number 290 Petra Martic reached the last 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina downed Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.


Mixed day for Indians

Sania Mirza stormed into the quarterfinals of mixed doubles event as she and her partner Ivan Dodig of Croatia notched up a commanding 6-2, 6-4 win over Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) and Artem Sitak (New Zealand) second round match to book a last-eight spot.

In the men’s doubles India’s Purav Raja and Divij Sharan showed stomach for a fight but eventually went down 4-6, 7-6 (5), 2-6 to American Ryan Harrison and New Zealand’s Michael Venus.

It was curtains for Rohan Bopanna as well as his partner Pablo Cuevas and he lost to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-7 (5), 2-6.

Results: Men (prefix denotes seedings): Round 4:  6-Dominic Thiem (Aut) bt Horacio Zeballos (Arg) 6-1, 6-3, 6-1; 20-Pablo Carreno (Esp) bt 5-Milos Raonic (Can) 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 8-6; 4-Rafael Nadal (Esp) bt 17-Roberto Bautista (Esp) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Round 3: 15-Gael Monfils (Fra) bt 24-Richard Gasquet (Fra) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-3 (Gasquet retired); Karen Khachanov (Rus) bt 21-John Isner (US) 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3); 8-Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Chung Hyeon (SK) 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4.

Women: Round 4: 30-Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt 10-Venus William (US) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; 13-Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) bt 4-Garbine Muguruza (Esp) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) bt 23-Samantha Stosur (Aus) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; 11-Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Round 3: Veronica Cepede Royg (Par) bt Mariana Duque (Col) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3; 5-Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt Magda Linette (Pol) 6-4, 7-5; 2-Karolina Pliskova (Cze) bt Carina Witthoeft (Ger) 7-5, 6-1; Petra Martic (Cro) bt 17-Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) 6-1, 6-1.

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