American Rogers into first Slam QF, Ramos-Vinolas upsets Raonic
A recap of the action on Day 8 on Sunday at the French Open in Paris, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more.
• Shelby Rogers’ dream week in Paris continues. The 23-year-old American defeated No. 17-seed Karolina Pliskova, Elina Vesnina and No. 10-seed Petra Kvitova en route to her fourth round match up against No. 25-seed Irina-Camelia Begu. On Sunday on Suzanne-Lenglen Court, 108th-ranked Rogers defeated Begu 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career.
“Amazing atmosphere. I really enjoyed playing on that court. It was a great experience,” said Rogers after the match. “I think that's a very important point on backing up a big win. I guess I have done that pretty much this whole tournament, starting with the first round, because that was a huge upset for me and kind of set the tone for the last few matches I have played.”
Rogers’ best showing at a major was in the third round at last year’s U.S. Open. The Charleston, S.C. native was emotional after the match—she broke into tears after Marion Bartoli asked her if she ever though as a ballgirl in Charleston that she would make the Roland Garros quarterfinals. Watch the moment below:
• No. 4-seed Garbine Muguruza is into her third straight Roland Garros quarterfinal with a 6–3, 6–4 win in one hour and 38 minutes over former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Muguruza needed five match points to defeat Kuznetsova, who she lost to on clay in Madrid last year in their only career meeting.
“It was a very hard match. Well, she's obviously a champion here. She knows how to win this tournament, and she has a lot of experience and is a very tough player. So being in quarterfinals again, it's great,” Muguruza said after the match. “I think the one thing that I have really improved is not just one type of shot….it's the way I prepare matches. I think I have—I have more experience. When I win I analyze why. When I lose I analyze why. And therefore, I have become a better player, generally speaking.”
• A Spanish left hander advancing to the Roland Garros quarterfinals? Sure. But no one could’ve predicted that Spanish lefty to be Albert Ramos-Vinolas—the 55th-ranked pro in his ninth year on tour who had never made it past the second round at a Grand Slam.
That all changed for Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday at Roland Garros, when the 28-year-old stunned No. 8-seed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Ramos-Vinolas had only won four Grand Slam matches before the tournament.
Ramos-Vinolas will play defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals after the Swiss defeated No. 22-seed Viktor Troicki 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday.
“It was tough first two sets. Tough condition also. Not easy to play your best tennis in general,” Wawrinka said after the match. “I think it's a great victory for me. I was trying to just stay calm with myself, find my game all over the match. He start to play really well the third and fourth set.”
Mid-match, Troicki called a medical timeout and Wawrinka started to talk with one of the ballkids. Instead of getting cold while he waited, Wawrinka invited the ballkid to hit with him while Troicki received treatment.
The Swiss said he had never hit with a ballkid before. “I was a little bit bored, was waiting for him, was talking to the ball kid. He told me—I asked him if he was playing tennis. I said, Okay, let's play,” he said.
• Serena and Venus Williams were eliminated from the women’s doubles tournament on Sunday as Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson teamed up to earn a 6–3, 6–3 victory over the sisters. No. 1 women’s doubles team Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza were also knocked out the French Open on Sunday, losing 6-3, 6-2 to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova and ending their chances to complete the “Santina Slam,” or four majors in a row after winning titles at 2015 Wimbledon, U.S. Open and 2016 Australian Open.
• After two rounds of drama-filled five-setters, Andy Murray has settled in and found his form in Paris. On Sunday, the No. 2-seed defeated No. 15-seed John Isner 7-6(9), 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the French Open quarterfinals for the sixth time in his career.
Isner had a chance to take a lead in the opening set tiebreak, holding three set points, but Murray was able to win it and set the tone for the rest of the match.
“That [tiebreak] point was very important, for sure,” Murray said after the match. “And then after that I was starting to create a lot more chances on the return games. Most games I felt like I was having opportunities and wasn't giving him any chances on my serve.”
In the quarterfinals, Murray will face No. 9-seed Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman advanced to his first French Open quarterfinal in his 13th appearance in the tournament with a 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 win over No. 5-seed Kei Nishikori.
"Three years ago against Stan it was pretty close. Djokovic I lost twice. Once against Murray. It's a question of game play, of level," Gasquet said when asked about his 13 tries at a French Open quarterfinal. "Mentally it's fine. It's just the game play. You need to go for it when you want to win this type of match, and I delivered today. Perhaps more than usual."
The hometown crowd stood behind the lone Frenchman left in the men's draw and Gasquet said it made a big difference for him during the match. "...just motivated, you know, to play in Paris in the fourth round against one of the biggest player in the world with all the crowd cheering for me in Paris. Biggest stage in the world for French player."
• In the final women's matches of the day, No. 2-seed Simona Halep was leading No. 21-seed Sam Stosur 5–3 in the opening set and No. 3-seed Agnieszka Radwanska was cruising against Tsvetana Pironkova, 6–2, 3–0, before play was suspended due to rain, and then light, at the end of the day in Paris. The matches will resume on Monday.
Hot shots of the Day
Tweets of the Day
Garbine Muguruza wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova to leave just one former champion in each draw: Serena and Stan respectively— Simon Briggs (@simonrbriggs) May 29, 2016
After leaving court following biggest victory of her career, Shelby Rogers stops. "Wait, did I remember to take my rackets?"— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) May 29, 2016
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