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The Draw: 30 June

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 21:08 PM BST
French Open Day 4: Muguruza battles through as Kvitova leaves a winner
Wimbledon.com rounds up the action from Day 4 at the 2017 French Open. READ MORE

Kvitova leaves a winner 

Petra Kvitova lost in the second round of Roland Garros but left Paris with two more matches under her belt than many expected, as well as one of the moments of the tournament already.

The two-time Wimbledon singles champion may only have been playing in her second match since a fight with an intruder in her own home in December required hand surgery, but she showed grit and determination in a close defeat to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

“I still do have the motivation inside, which is good,” said an understandably rusty Kvitova, who threw her racket on the clay after losing the match on her ninth double fault.

“I didn't really have expectations here,” said the Czech, who made a last-minute decision to play in Paris after testing her left hand in a match against her best friend and fellow Fed Cup team mate, Lucie Hradecka, a week before Roland Garros.

The 27-year-old, who received an emotional welcome from other players in Paris after her first round at Roland Garros, said she’s hoping things will return to normal on the grass.

“Wimbledon should be much more relaxed,” she said.

“I'm glad that it wasn't taken away from me to be there one more time, at least.

“I will enjoy much more probably than the other years,” said Kvitova, who hasn’t decided which grass court events she’ll play before Wimbledon.

Serena in the house

Serena Williams returned to Roland Garros, this time as a spectator instead of a title favourite.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is due to give birth to her first child in the autumn, watched her sister Venus beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-1 on the Court Philippe Chatrier.

After the match, the three-time French Open champion stayed on the court for about ten minutes, chatting to former players including France’s Natalie Dechy and posing for selfies.

As for Venus, she did a little karaoke with Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who is working as a broadcaster in Paris now that his protege is on maternity leave:

Don’t mention ‘La Decima’

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time winner Rafael Nadal remain on schedule for a mouth-watering clash in the French Open semi-final after both cruised into the third round.

Djokovic fired 34 winners to beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal produced 33 winners more to beat Dutchman Robin Haase with the same score.

Nadal’s 74th win at Roland Garros win extended his run on clay this season to 19-1, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy to talk about his historic quest for a tenth French Open title, according to his old friend and mentor, Carlos Moya, who is part of the Spaniard’s coaching setup in Paris.

“We don’t talk about ‘La Decima’” former French Open winner Moya said in an interview at Roland Garros on Tuesday. “But it is there, you feel it, it’s in the air,” added the Spaniard, who will take over from Rafael’s long-time coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, as head coach next season.

Muguruza roars back

No female champion has successfully defended the Roland Garros title since Justine Henin in 2007, and at a set and a break down, it looked like 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza was on the way to a second defeat in a month against Anett Kontaveit.

But the hard-hitting Spaniard, who hasn’t won a tournament since clinching her first Grand Slam crown, recovered to beat the talented Estonian, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2.

“Even though I was losing a set and 3-1, I didn't give up,” said Muguruza. “I was like, she's going to have to really beat me here. I didn't let myself go down. I kept fighting and turn it around, and then I just kept doing the same thing until it worked.”

Mixed fortunes for France

“Last week I won my first-ever clay tournament. And today I lost at the French Open. It's the paradox of tennis,” France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said after he lost to 91st ranked Argentinian Renzo Olivo in the opening round.

Tsonga, who won the Lyon Open before Roland Garros, had recovered from 5-2 down in the fourth set when bad light stopped the match at 5-4 on Tuesday night.

In a dramatic final game, Tsonga saved three consecutive match points, but Olivo, playing in his first Roland Garros, converted the fourth to win 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.

France’s hopes for first female champion since Mary Pierce in 2000 remained on course after Kristina Mladenovic brushed aside former finalist Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-3 to move to the third round.

Stat of the day

Ons Jabeur, a lucky loser from Tunisia, became the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a grand slam event with a 6-4, 6-3 over former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Johnson’s tears

Seldom have two players simultaneously experienced such different emotions as Steve Johnson and Borna Coric on Court No.6. Johnson, a 26th-ranked American who lost his father three weeks ago, sunk to the clay and sobbed after beating the Croatian, 6-2, 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(4).

At the same time on the other side of the net, Coric was busy destroying his racket:

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