Keys advances to French Open semis

American Tennis Player Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens has a very high peak level on clay

This will be the first match between the women since Stephens humiliated her close friend Keys in the final of last year's US Open.

"Indoors on a hard court". But Haagen-Dazs, I think - well, if anything, I would just love some free ice cream.

Stephens has won both of her two meetings with Keys, defeating her compatriot in Miami in 2015 prior to her success at Flushing Meadows last September.

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. The No. 13 seed reached her first at the 2015 Australian Open.

"I couldn't find the right person", del Potro said, laughing about the incident. She dropped the first set, and had to dig deep indeed, to win 4-6 6-1 8-6. 'And whenever she's at a tournament, she will be around and be helping out.

At 5-foot-6, Halep is giving away a full six inches to Muguruza. I didn't, like, try to do it.

Both were appearing in the quarterfinals on the red clay of Paris for the first time, and both handled the occasion well. It was just two points' difference.

After the 13th-seeded Keys held for 5-4, Stephens served out victory at the second attempt. What are you doing?' " Stephens said of Keys. She was neutralizing so well. Her forehand is her biggest weapon off the ground, and whilst her large take back can cause her problems on faster court surfaces, on clay where she is afforded more time she is able to confidently and consistently dictate with it.

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He says Williams had been "the player to beat" before her sudden withdrawal with injury.

On the men's side Thursday, there were no shockers.

The French Open quarterfinals have started on an overcast day with rain in the forecast. Two set points went begging for the American though as Putintseva forced a tie-break. Now that, certainly, was unusual. Tomorrow's coverage may also feature the continuation of the men's quarterfinal matches that were suspended earlier today due to rain. When we get on the court, it's time to compete. No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in the opening-set tiebreaker.

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

"When we get on the court, it's time to compete", Stephens said. And now I don't have any words to describe this moment.

"I feel happy. I feel good".

Now comes challenge of taking on Nadal at Roland Garros.

Stephens, who had never gone past the fourth round in Paris, will take on twice French Open runner-up and world number one Simona Halep of Romania in Saturday's final.

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