With three Roland-Garros titles between them, a showdown between the Spaniard and Russian has the box-office appeal befitting the setting and the stage. But neither player would have enjoyed advancing in such circumstances – particularly Muguruza, who knows Tsurenko’s pain only too well.
“I think it happened in the second game,” Muguruza said. “I saw her hitting a shot and that didn't look very well, and so from that moment, I think she didn't feel good. So is not beautiful.
“I know how it feels – I had a few retirements at the beginning of the year. Is very tough, especially here, for sure, fourth round of the French Open.”
Four years have passed since the second of the duo’s three meetings, all won by Sharapova (the third was later that same year). It was the tournament that launched Muguruza into the public consciousness, having handed Serena Williams her heaviest Grand Slam defeat in the second round before running into the Russian in the quarters.