Madison Keys through to maiden French Open quarterfinals

Madison Keys through to maiden French Open quarterfinals

American Sloane Stephens is into her first quarterfinal at the French Open, having stalled in the fourth round on four previous occasions. "Right now I'm only thinking about the quarterfinals but hopefully big things can happen here".

Stephens' quarterfinal opponent will be No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, the reigning Australian Open champion, or No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation.

She has not dropped a set yet and will face U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys in the fourth round.

Keys agreed after she too completed her set of reaching at least the quarters at all four slams.

Following her third-round exit, world number four Elina Svitolina admitted she was surprised by the qualities of her Romanian opponent Mihaela Buzarnescu, who had never won a main draw match at a Grand Slam event before this week.

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In the decisive tiebreak, Osaka twice had set point, but finally gave away the match with a double fault.

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"During treatment yesterday I had Sloane on (TV) and was living and dying on every point in the end", said Keys, who needs to overcome Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to set up a potential semi-final showdown with Stephens.

"Even though it's still not my favorite surface, I definitely feel more comfortable on it".

But trailing 1-5, the left-hander began to engage Keys in longer all-court rallies that tested the 23-year-old's movement; having carved out her first break point following a net cord at 2-5, Buzarnescu took full advantage by whipping her forehand cross-court and approaching the net as Keys' defensive shot sailed long.

The victory was his first on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Osaka double-faulted to drop her opening service game and she was broken for a second time as Keys charged through the opening set in 30 minutes.

They were playing their match later Sunday on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Seconds later, she threw her head back after serving a booming ace that flew past Buzarnescu before she could react.

It was a good tournament for the 30-year-old Buzarnescu - seeded 31st - a former Ph.D. student who has climbed more than 300 ranking spots in the last year.

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