Kerber and Muguruza through in Paris

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber comfortably beat home favourite Caroline Garcia on Monday to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

The 12th-seeded German had few problems as she saw off world No.7 Garcia 6-2, 6-3 on a blustery Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

The match started with the German immediately getting to grips with the challenging conditions to break in the opening game.

Kerber held serve and broke again in the fifth game to lead 4-1, going on to win the opening set in 6-2.

In the next set, it was all Kerber as she raced to a 3-1 lead thanks to a stunning cross-court backhand passing shot.

Serving at 1-5, Garcia saved four match points to hold serve. Kerber then dropped her serve but still led 5-3.

Any hopes of a Garcia fightback were dashed by the German when the Frenchman’s 37th unforced error halted any possibility of a comeback as she dropped her serve and lost the set and match 6-3.

Next up for Kerber is a quarter-final clash with world No.1 Simona Halep, who earlier on Monday dispatched 16th seed Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes.

In another result, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reached the quarter-finals when her Ukrainian opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired injured after just two games.

The third seed was leading 2-0 ahead when Tsurenko pulled out.

Muguruza will next face two-times champion Maria Sharapova of Russia after her opponent, Serena Williams, pulled out before the start of their match due to an injury.

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