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How to watch Madison Keys vs. Sloane Stephens

How to watch Madison Keys vs. Sloane Stephens How to watch Madison Keys vs. Sloane Stephens
Noah Ferguson | 08 June, 2018, 23:41

Earlier in the day, Keys, the 13th seed, reached the semifinals for the first time by seeing off Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

The last time Stephens and Keys met was in the final of the 2017 U.S. Open, which Stephens won easily, 6-3, 6-0.

This is the first time the 13th-seeded American player, a semifinalist at the Australian Open three years ago, advances to a Grand Slam semifinal not on a hard court.

The 10th-seeded Stephens takes on Russian Daria Kasatkina in the second women's quarter-final later on Tuesday.

After simply being swept aside in the US Open final back in September, Keys was looking much stronger here, with the younger of the two Americans looking confident when serving despite that wobble in the third game. "I just want to go there and try to keep my tactic and keep my positive things every second".

After the 13th-seeded Keys held for 5-4, Stephens served out victory at the second attempt.

For an hour, Simona Halep had been playing with fire during her quarterfinal match on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions.

"I can't give you a play-by-play on her game, but if you ask my coach he probably can". And then when we get on the court, it's time to compete.

Austrian claycourt specialist Thiem thumped a battle-weary Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1 to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the third consecutive year.

As for Keys, she's a co-leader in fastest serve (120.5 mph).

Keys appears to have made more progress in her clay game than any of her semifinal peers, perhaps because she's had the most room to grow.

She's also just one percentage point behind Serena Williams in the tournament for highest percentage of first-serve points won (78-77 percent), and her winners to unforced errors differential of plus-3 is best among the semifinalists. A title win for the Spaniard would propel her to world no.1 again, but with Simona Halep lurking on the opposite side of net, this could be a titanic tussle that will go down in the record books.

Twice the runner-up in Paris, Halep has qualified for the final by defeating 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4. And then when we get on the court, it's time to compete.

Halep will play Madison Keys or Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final. Djokovic advanced to his 40th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Makarova played alongside countrywoman Anna Kalinskaya and Vesnina teamed up with Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros. The 25-year-old suffered a right foot stress fracture in September 2016 which forced her out of the game for nearly a year. I was close to quit this sport.

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