PARIS, June 4 Never mind the 16 double faults, Kristina Mladenovic downed defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1 3-6 6-3, sending the Roland Garros crowd into raptures as their darling reached the quarter-finals of the French Open on Sunday.
Thirteenth seed Mladenovic made a flying start with the vociferous backing of her home crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen - unfamiliar surroundings for Muguruza, who had played each of her previous three matches in this year's tournament on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The crowd were now firmly behind the French-speaking Swiss too, and after a long, tough hold for a 4-0 lead, she went on to break the American with one more killer drop-shot for the match, 6-1.
"Sometimes", she added, "(fans) should be a little bit more respectful".
Williams, who had been hoping to win the tournament for the first time in the month of her 37th birthday, lost 5-7 6-2 6-1 to Timea Bacsinszky. "I don't know how to explain", said Muguruza, whose post-match press conference was briefly interrupted when she broke down in tears and left the room before quickly returning. "I love this tournament, no matter what happens". She beat 2010 runner-up Samantha Stosur 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
With Alize Cornet taking on Caroline Garcia in the fourth round on Monday, two Frenchwomen will be in the last eight for the first time since 1994.
She played her typically safe style for much of the match, winding up with 15 fewer unforced errors than No. 8 Kuznetsova. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor to prevail 6-4.
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On a more serious note, Djokovic said he was pleased with his form after coming through some hard times since completing a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros a year ago.
But the nimble Bacsinszky, with the kind of slice and disguise to leave an opponent rooted, was playing some tactically brilliant tennis in the second set to break twice and then hold to love, 6-2. "The atmosphere was just, yeah, amazing", Mladenovic said.
Serena Williams is at the French Open, after all - but as a spectator, not a competitor.
But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court.
The 24-year-old Mladenovic never had been past the third round at her home major - and has never made it beyond the quarterfinals at any other.
Muguruza was joined by Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur in exiting the tournament, meaning the women's event will have a new grand slam champion. "I knew that if I insisted with my strategy I could succeed", Muguruza said. Big match, which I was waiting for.