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French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic into quarters as champion Garbine Muguruza crashes out

French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic into quarters as champion Garbine Muguruza crashes out

Djokovic also became an 11-time quarter-finalist as he sauntered past Spain`s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 6-3.

French Open: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza knocked out by Kristina Mladenovic

French Open: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza knocked out by Kristina Mladenovic

Muguruza, however, said she was relieved her tournament was over, having had to cope with the immense pressure of defending the title in Paris.

2017 French Open: Garbine Muguruza survives round-two challenge; Novak Djokovic storms into last 32

2017 French Open: Garbine Muguruza survives round-two challenge; Novak Djokovic storms into last 32

Muguruza`s patchy form this season included a loss to the world number 53 in Stuttgart, with the Spaniard again in dire trouble in Paris after falling a set and a break behind against the Estonian.

French Open 2017: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza downs Francesca Schiavone to reach second round

French Open 2017: Defending champion Garbine Muguruza downs Francesca Schiavone to reach second round

There were several top-notch rallies and Schiavone pulled a few tricks from her bag, threatening in the second set.

French Open champ Garbine Muguruza faces Roland Garros fitness fight

French Open champ Garbine Muguruza faces Roland Garros fitness fight

Muguruza had not won a clay court match all season until Rome following first round losses in Stuttgart and Madrid.

Miami Open: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova enter quarter-finals, Garbine Muguruza retires

Miami Open: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova enter quarter-finals, Garbine Muguruza retires

German Kerber, the top seed, cruised by Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2 6-2 while Czech second seed Pliskova beat 15th-seeded compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-4.

Aus Open '17:  Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Aus Open '17: Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Vandeweghe now faces Venus Williams for a place in Saturday`s final after later battled past Russia`s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two sets.

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Venus also became oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

The defending champion, who turned 29, battled through 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 and will next face either Kristyna Pliskova or Irina-Camelia Begu.

Australia Open: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber in the spotlight on day one in Melbourne

Australia Open: Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber in the spotlight on day one in Melbourne

Seeded 17th after six months away from the sport nursing a knee injury, Federer`s first round match against Austrian qualifier Melzer.

Maria Sharapova to face Garbine Muguruza in Madrid exhibition

Maria Sharapova to face Garbine Muguruza in Madrid exhibition

Sharapova is not free to compete on the WTA Tour until at least April 2017.

US Open 2016: Wozniacki to face Sevastova for semi-final spot, Vinci also in quarters

US Open 2016: Wozniacki to face Sevastova for semi-final spot, Vinci also in quarters

Sevastova thus became the first Latvian woman in 22 years to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.

US Open 2016: Garbine Muguruza, Milos Raonic crash out, Novak Djokovic gets walkover

US Open 2016: Garbine Muguruza, Milos Raonic crash out, Novak Djokovic gets walkover

Raonic, considered as a potential title dangerman in New York, hit 18 aces and 69 winners but committed 62 unforced errors.

US Open 2016, Women's Singles Preview: Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza target Serena Williams at the summit

US Open 2016, Women's Singles Preview: Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza target Serena Williams at the summit

American 34-year-old Williams`s latest spell on top of the pile started in February 2013.

US Open 2016: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal drawn for potential semi-final clash

US Open 2016: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal drawn for potential semi-final clash

Djokovic, the top seed who has been nursing a wrist injury since a shock first round loss at the Olympics.

Rio Olympics 2016: The Marathon for Rafael Nadal starts now

Rio Olympics 2016: The Marathon for Rafael Nadal starts now

Playing in his first tournament in two months after a wrist injury.

French Open champ Garbine Muguruza withdraws from Montreal

French Open champ Garbine Muguruza withdraws from Montreal

World number one Williams pulled out with inflammation in her shoulder over the weekend.

Rafael Nadal expects to be fully fit for 2016 Rio Olympics

Rafael Nadal expects to be fully fit for 2016 Rio Olympics

The Spaniard has not played since pulling out of the French Open before the third round because of a wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal will be ready for Rio, says Spanish Olympic chief

Rafael Nadal will be ready for Rio, says Spanish Olympic chief

Nadal is due to play singles and also the mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza at Rio.

Serena Williams battles rivals, self-doubt at Wimbledon

Serena Williams battles rivals, self-doubt at Wimbledon

In the aftermath of that chastening September day in New York, Williams has appeared a more vulnerable figure.