Keys reaches first French Open quarter-final

French Open- Roland Garros

Paris: No fuss, no drama - Madison Keys's smooth ride continued at the French Open on Sunday as she brushed aside Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-4 to reach her first French Open quarterfinal.

"This is the best match I've played all week".

In that match, Osaka was one game from victory but blew a 5-1, third-set lead.

American Stephens will face the victor of second seed Caroline Wozniacki's fourth-round match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina, which takes place later on Sunday.

Keys, the US Open runner-up previous year, will face either Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or Yulia Putintseva, the 98th-ranked Kazakh, for a place in the semi-finals.

"The first two sets were wonderful", the seventh-seeded Austrian said of the 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 win, ". then he raised his level".

The American sisters beat Sara Errani and Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2, clinching the first set just as rain started to fall on Court 7.

Osaka's mini-revival looked to have fizzled out when she dropped serve with a double-fault at 4-4.

Grigor Dimitrov's French Open hopes bit the dust as the fourth seed was outplayed by Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in the third round on Friday, the Bulgarian losing 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-4.




Nishikori won just 14 points in the first set and even fewer, nine, in the second, as his serve and service returns ran cold on the sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nishikori could next face a clash with two-time semifinalist and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who plays Italian Matteo Berrettini later in the third round.

Seconds later, she threw her head back after acing Buzarnescu for the win.

A loss would have left the No. 2-seeded Zverev with an 0-8 record at major tournaments against men ranked in the top 50. Having never played a five-set match at Roland Garros until this year, Zverev has now won two back-to-back.

"Living and dying on every point in the end", Keys said.

Madison Keys will need to do some homework on her fourth-round opponent after admitting she has not seen fast-rising Buzarnescu in action before.

Serving a second time for the match, the 23-year-old Keys let out a scream of "Come on!" when she hit a superb cross-court backhand victor to make it 40-15 and give herself another two chances for victory. Stephens next plays either Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki - seeded second - or 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Zverev is on Court Philippe Chatrier against Damir Dzumhur, a 26th-seeded Bosnian who is trying to reach the fourth round of any major for the first time.

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