Kristina Mladenovic celebrates after her big win over Garbine Muguruza. Photo: AFP
Kristina Mladenovic celebrates after her big win over Garbine Muguruza. Photo: AFP

Roland Garros to have new women's singles champion

IT'S official. The French Open will have a new Queen.

Roland Garros will have a first-time women's singles champion following the dethroning of Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

Muguruza's 6-1 3-6 6-3 elimination by French darling Kiki Mladenovic marked the exit of the last women's monarch to rule Roland Garros.

Muguruza capitulated on the same day 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova fell to Caroline Wozniacki 6-1 4-6 6-2.

In the absence of pregnant Serena Williams and banned Maria Sharapova, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was rolled in the first round by Muguruza.

 

Garbine Muguruza fell to Kristina Mladenovic in three sets. Photo: AFP
Garbine Muguruza fell to Kristina Mladenovic in three sets. Photo: AFP

Of the 12 survivors this year, only Romanian Simona Halep has reached a French Open final.

And while Caroline Wozniacki is a dual US Open runner-up, the other six contenders will have to forge new territory.

Jelena Ostapenko, Mladenovich, Timea Bacsinszky, Elina Svitolina, Carlos Suarez Navarro, Petra Martic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, Veronica Cepede-Royg and Karolina Pliskova are yet to contest a major final.

Bacsinszky delivered a terminal blow for the new guard when she downed 36-year-old Venus Williams 5-7 6-2 6-1.

Qualifier Martic continued her extraordinary surge towards the Roland Garros crown with a 6-1 6-1 mauling of Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Ranked 290th in the world, Martic upset American 12th seed Madison Keys in the previous round.

Virtually forced out of tennis because of string of injuries, the Croat returned the fourth round of a major for the first time in five years.

Forced off the tour with a variety of ailments, the 26-year-old battled through three qualifying matches just to make her first grand slam main draw in two years.

Formerly ranked No 42, Martic has won 19 of 22 matches since resuming in April.

Second seed Pliskova downed German Carina Witthoeft 7-5 6-1 in another rain-delayed match as fifth seed Svitolina edged out Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.

Pliskova will play Cepede Royg, who became only the second Paraguayan woman to reach the second week here after stopping Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

News Corp Australia

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