"During treatment yesterday I had Sloane on (TV) and was living and dying on every point in the end", said Keys, who needs to overcome Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to set up a potential semi-final showdown with Stephens. "I would like to keep going".
U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys has reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time by beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-1, 6-4.
"The first two sets were fantastic", the seventh-seeded Austrian said of the 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 win, ". then he raised his level".
The 25-year-old admitted it was "super cool" that she had now reached quarters at all four majors but this particular landmark was nothing to shout about. It's different from all the other surfaces we play on all year long. But the American will be too strong on this occasion and will move into her first French Open semifinal.
"I'm not Maria Sharapova, people don't come up to me on the street or anything", she said. "What are you doing?'" Stephens joked right back. A lot would have questioned her motivation to play and it is these inconsistencies that really drag her down.
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"Even when I didn't play great tennis today, I was still there trying".
Unseeded Yulia Putintseva took out another surprise big name, defeating 26 seed Barbora Strykova in straight set, 6-4, 6-3.
Caroline Wozniacki's hopes of joining them were delayed by Daria Kasatkina and the light late on Sunday, the Dane trailing 7-6 (7-5) 3-3 against the impressive 21-year-old.
She was broken twice in the first set and failed to hold three times in a row in the second, bowing out after saving three match points.
Last year, Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko flew through the draw slightly unnoticed to claim a shock first Grand Slam title, and Kontaveit is looking to bring more joy to the Baltic states. Kasatkina can certainly be much better with her service game, but she's hitting a great deal of winners and has been able to control most points by hitting through her opponent. "This was always the one where it was the most hard for me, and it was always the toughest one to feel like I could play well here".