Keys powers past Putintseva & into first French Open SF

Aubrey Yates
June 9, 2018

"It was just hanging by a thread", the Croatian said. While there was an element of surprise in that win, Stephens had achieved some very impressive results in Toronto and Cincinatti prior to the US Open triumph.

"He held his nerves amazingly well in important moments", Djokovic told the Associated Press, adding he isn't certain whether he will play at Wimbledon. It's different match, different year.

The French Open quarterfinals have started on an overcast day with rain in the forecast.

In fact, her next match win after the US Open did not come until Acapulco in February.

The 10-time Roland Garros champion will be up against Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro for a spot in the final.

Garcia's loss means there are no French men or women remaining in the tournament. I just went and searched for her in the training room. And then when we get on the court, it's time to compete. Keys confirmed she's gaining patience, as she said before the match.

Davenport caught up with Keys in Paris ahead of the French Open and is proud of how her charge handled the decision to part ways with Kindlmann.

He says "she knows she's playing well, so she's ready".

Stephens hasn't dropped a set since.

Nadal needed only two points to even his match at a set apiece. This is Robinson's 19th French Open for NBC.

Unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato won the fourth set after a marathon tiebreak to knock former champion Novak Djokovic out of Roland Garros.

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"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today".

She and Sharapova were scheduled to play a fourth-round match Monday. Stephens, who came through 6-3, 6-1 against Russian Daria Kasatkina, slammed 17-winners in the 70-minute affair in which she converted five of seven breakpoint opportunities.

The semi will be a repeat of last year's US Open final, which Stephens won 6-3 6-0.

Kasatkina has beaten Wozniacki three times this year.

Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens have successfully overcome the semifinal barrier of the Open championship of France. And then when we get on the court, it's time to compete.

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Keys briefly rallied to pull one break back, but Stephens did not waste her second opportunity, sealing victory on her first match point with a glorious backhand victor down the line.

Cecchinato also became the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-finals since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978.

Halep, who lost in last year's final, was playing 16th-seeded Elise Mertens.

The two players are coming back from time away - Williams after having a baby daughter; Sharapova after a doping ban.

However, fast forward a year and Stephens is a US Open champion, is about to reach at least the number four ranking in the world and on Saturday will take on Halep in the 2018 French Open final.

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