French Open glance: Keys, Stephens resume rivalry in Paris
PARIS (AP) A quick look at the French Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO THURSDAY
Nine months after Sloane Stephens beat Madison Keys for the U.S. Open title, the two young Americans meet again for a spot in the French Open final. 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. Top-ranked Simona Halep is up against 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the other semifinal, with the No. 1 spot at stake: whoever advances to the final will top the WTA rankings next week. In men’s play, the two remaining men’s quarterfinals suspended by rain will resume: Rafael Nadal dropped the opening set of his match against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-4 and was serving for the second at 5-3, 30-15 when play was halted. Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in their opening-set tiebreaker.
Sunny. High of 77 degrees (25 Celsius).
Overcast with rain that stopped play in the evening. High of 77 degrees (25 Celsius).
Men’s quarterfinals: No. 11 Diego Schwartzman leads No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-5, suspended by rain. No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro are even at 5-all in the opening-set tiebreaker.
Women’s quarterfinals: No. 3 Garbine Muguruza beat No. 28 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1. No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 12 Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2.
STAT OF THE DAY
37 – The number of consecutive sets won by Nadal at the French Open until that series was stopped by Schwartzman.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
”The wrong tactic (was) that I missed everything. And the right tactic was that I didn’t miss anymore.”- Halep, commenting on her strategies.
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