Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Slam champ

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Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic won in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals in Paris for the 11th time, equaling Roger Federer's record for the professional era.

But she ran out of steam as the 27-year-old Bacsinszky, who had wasted two set points in the first set, chased her across the court and won the next two easily, clinching the match with a flawless drop shot. In addition, all eight women who play in the fourth round Monday are seeking a first major title, so it will be the first French Open since 1977 - and first major tournament anywhere since the 1979 Australian Open - without a past major champion among the quarterfinalists.

Venus Williams of the US leans on her racket after missing a shot against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

She continues to be driven by a quest for titles, and she will go to Wimbledon, where she has won five times, believing No. 6 is a reality.

I know that sometimes even -how do you say? "So I came back and played a more versatile game".

Williams had a good shot at making a run this year due to the weakened field, but she is now a casualty of that field.

Muguruza was outhit 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by No. 13-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

The hopes of Kiwi doubles No.1 Michael Venus at the French Open will have to wait another day after rain disrupted his third round match.

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Mladenovic often played to the fans, waving her arms to ask for more noise.

The ousters of Williams and Muguruza mean that none of this year's eight quarterfinalists have ever won a Grand Slam title.

"I am surprised that I'm in the fourth round here", Pliskova said after her match.

Martic is ranked 290th but she took just 49 minutes to beat the Latvian and match her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament.

Mladenovic ensured France will have women in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after dumping out fourth seed Muguruza 6-1 3-6 6-3.

"It was fantastic tennis from Petra today and she was really striking the ball well", Svitolina said. I feel like I played well today, but I didn't quite figure out the solution in time.

"I still don't think I'm playing the best tennis". The fourth-seeded Spaniard next meets either No. 5 Milos Raonic of Canada or Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. "It's very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time", said Nadal, who turned 31 on Saturday.

It was the eighth consecutive victory for Svitolina, who was won four tournaments this year.

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