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Stephens has 'something juicy' to tell semi-final foe Keys

French Open 2018: Madison Keys beats Yulia Putintseva to reach semi-finals 2018 French Open: Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens Reach the Semifinals
Frederick Owens | 08 June, 2018, 22:41

Halep reached her fourth major final by brushing aside Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-4 at Roland Garros to set up a showdown with Sloane Stephens on Saturday (June 9). 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.

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. In the upcoming round, the No. 13 seed is set to take on the victor of the match between US Sloane Stephens and Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

Stephens beat Keys in last year's U.S. Open final.

They are Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and their pending struggle is compelling in more ways than one.

For her part Keys said she had "lived and died every point" watching on TV as 10th seed Stephens nearly lost to Italy's Camila Giorgi in round three last week.

Marin Cilic has completed the lineup of quarterfinalists in the men's draw at the French Open after beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

"I can't give you a play-by-play on her game, but if you ask my coach he probably can".

In a clash for a place in the Roland Garros semifinals, two bright young talents in the women's game face off in the second match on Chatrier.

Now one will get to play in her second major title match. "I'm definitely liking the clay a little bit more now that I have made a semifinal here".

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The imposing Argentine then walked over to the side of the court and began eye-balling a row of spectators.

He also says Sharapova's confidence is high ahead of her quarterfinal appearance in her first French Open since her return from a 15-month doping ban.

Halep, who also lost in the 2014 final, will next face either two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber or Caroline Garcia.

Putintseva, 23, held a 5-3 lead and was serving for the first set, before Keys fought back to win it in a tie-break.

The 25th-seeded Kontaveit was unable to exert any pressure on the 10th-seeded Stephens with her error-strewn game.

"I know that she's a strong opponent".

Makarova played alongside countrywoman Anna Kalinskaya and Vesnina teamed up with Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros.

Stephens, who had never gone past the fourth round in Paris, will take on twice French Open runner-up and world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania in Saturday's final. I was close to quit this sport.

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