May 31, 2016

    Muguruza, Rogers advance into French Open quarters


    GARBINE Muguruza of Spain blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the third straight year on Sunday, defeating former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.

    The 22-year-old Venezuelan-born fourth seed will next play world number 108, Shelby Rogers of the United States, who defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania by the same score 6-3, 6-4.

    Muguruza is seen as one of the new stars of the women's game after a breakthrough season last year when she was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon and made the semis at the WTA Finals.

    Quarter-final opponent Rogers is just the ninth woman outside of the top 100 to make the last eight in Paris since 1983.

    It will be her first appearance in a Grand Slam last-eight.

    Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a Wimbledon finalist in 2012, is seeking to reach the last eight at Roland Garros for just the second time.

    The biggest win of her career came in Singapore late last year when she won the season-ending WTA Finals.