It’s official: French Open to witness new queen

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 | 0

After Kristina Mladenovic knocked defending champion Garbine Muguruza out from the French Open, and former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki got the better of former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday, it was confirmed the tournament will have a new queen this season.

While Muguruza, who clinched her maiden Grand Slam title last year in Paris, stumbled to a 6-1 3-6 6-3 defeat the hands of home favourite Kristina Mladenovic, Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion, was handed a 6-1 4-6 6-2 loss to Caroline Wozniacki in the Round of 16 encounters.

This means that the winner will be among the 12 women left in the draw — Mladenovic, Wozniacki, Jelena Ostapenko, Timea Bacsinszky, Elina Svitolina, Carlos Suarez Navarro, Petra Martic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, Veronica Cepede-Royg and Karolina Pliskova.

While only Halep, Wozniacki and Pliskova have reached the finals of Grand Slams in the past, the other 9 contenders will find themselves in an unknown territory, should they progress to the summit clash.

But with the way the tournament has progressed, it wouldn’t be a surprise of any of them take the coveted trophy home.

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