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Muguruza sees off Putintseva to reach French Open fourth round

Muguruza sees off Putintseva to reach French Open fourth round

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The defending champion beat Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2 at Roland Garros on Friday to set up a fourth-round clash with Kristina Mladenovic.
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Fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza gained further momentum in the defence of her French Open title with a straight-sets win over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva on Friday.

The Spaniard defeated the 27th seed 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round of the women's draw at Roland Garros, closing out victory with an ace in a match that saw 11 breaks of serve in its 20 games.

Muguruza reacts after a point during her win over Putintseva on Friday.

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"With each match my confidence is improving," said Muguruza. "I think it's important that the three matches I have played have not been easy at all."

The 23-year-old now goes on to play French 13th seed Kristina Mladenovic for a place in the quarter-finals.

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