Friends reunited - Stephens and Keys set for another major showdown

Hope Soto
June 9, 2018

Coached by Lindsay Davenport - this is the last tournament the pair will work together - Keys denied she lacks the temperament to win majors.

The US is guaranteed a French Open finalist after Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens advanced to the semi-finals at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

Last year's US Open runner-up is still hunting her first Grand Slam title and has now reached the last four at Roland Garros for the first time. "I hope that we have many more encounters against each other at this stage or even later in a Grand Slam".

That reads like good bulletin board material, but no amount of newsprint is likely to pry apart these friends.

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.

"We are not going to be weird and awkward and make it, like, weird for each other", Stephens said.

Their attitudes are as refreshing as their games have been devastating.

Putintseva, who committed just 3 unforced errors to 15, struggled to find her range in return in the second set.

Putintseva, prone to on-court outbursts and animated critiques of chair umpires, largely reserved her energy for her tenacious all-court game. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it.

Mouratoglou adds that there was a concern that if Williams tried to play Monday, she would risk making the injury worse and not be able to play at Wimbledon, which begins July 2.

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Keys briefly rallied to pull one break back, but Stephens did not waste her second opportunity, sealing victory on her first match point with a glorious backhand victor down the line. I obviously lost to Sloane at the US Open, but, you know, I feel like on clay it's a little bit of a different match-up.

He says "she knows she's playing well, so she's ready".

Putintseva fell 15-40 down in serving for the set, however, Keys chasing down another drop shot to this time fire in a victor, followed by a thumping forehand down the line to get back on serve.

That's a fundamental clay-court lesson, but an important one for an instinctive power player like Keys. Having passed her first real test against Russia's Daria Kasatkina in quarterfinals, she will be very wary of her fellow countrywoman wh has been on a rampage. "I just try to keep that going".

After the 13th-seeded Keys held for 5-4, Stephens served out victory at the second attempt. That will be the crucial difference in key moments.

Serving for the match, Halep dropped her serve for the first time.

Not only that but neither has ever been beyond the last 16 of the French Open before this year.

"She's (Halep) won plenty of tournaments".

It was 5-0 by the time Muguruza eventually claimed a game. However, Halep's wheels level the playing field against any opponent. "She was moving unbelievable". "She played great, " Putintseva said.

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