Keys advances to French Open semis

Madison Keys French Open 2018

Keys advances to French Open semis

She will next play 10th-seeded Sloane Stephens.

Topping the unseeded Yulia Putintseva with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 straight-sets decision on Tuesday, the 23-year-old American has ensured she's on the best French Open journey of her career by coming from behind and taking US representation to the semis.

"The beginning of the year I was injured".

The friends hugged at the net, both smiling. It was yet another example of just how commanding the 24-year-old former French Open champion can be when she's keeping self-doubt at bay.

Cilic made no mistake when the second match point finally came in the fifth set. "That's why I got angry with someone". "It's go time. Until then, we're the same girls as always".

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said.

"But not only that, she's just really helped me enjoy the game, and she helped me through a really tough time when I was dealing with my wrists and all of that".

Twice the runner-up in Paris, Halep has qualified for the final by defeating 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4. "Even playing on clay, it was green clay, which is much faster and much different", she told reporters.

"I'm definitely liking the clay a little bit more now that I have made a semi-final here", said Keys after the match. This is Robinson's 19th French Open for NBC. Of course it's the final of grand slam, so it can not be easy. And then I think we fell into a nice rhythm here again and things are okay. "We hope to continue our strong form, especially now as the top doubles players".

Both new-look pairings went out in the first round.

Del Potro fought back tears during his post-match interview and was loudly cheered by fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen. She won't hit outright winners off that explosive Muguruza serve, but she'll have a better chance of getting the serve back in play than any previous opponent. "It has been a long time without good feelings". I was close to quit this sport.

"Lindsay has been wonderful for me in a lot of ways, but I think we have always really managed slams well, which, before I started working with her was always a tough one for me, especially managing my emotions", explains Keys. Zverev exits still seeking his first semifinal appearance in a major, while Thiem advances to his third consecutive French Open semifinal. Stephens put a higher percentage of first serves into play (76.2 percent) than anyone in the draw other than her first-round victim, Arantxa Rus.

"I wouldn't let him come now".

Putintseva opened up a 2-0 lead, only for the American to score four points in a row and take control.

She said it with a smile that had a steely quality to it, carried over from her high-quality match with the unseeded Putintseva.

Stephens brushed aside young Russian Daria Kasatkina while Keys also went through in straight sets against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. It's the first semifinal between a pair of American women at Roland Garros since Serena Williams beat Jennifer Capriati on her way to the 2002 title.

How do they match up?

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the second time by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3.

The No. 1-ranked Nadal will be serving for the second set at 5-3, 30-15 when he and Schwartzman return to Court Philippe Chatrier on Thursday.

The American responded precisely when she needed to, however, and overcame the disappointment of seeing three set points come and go to get her nose in front.

The women's semifinals are also on Thursday's schedule.

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