Tennis: Keys through to first French Open quarter-final
PARIS (Reuters) – American Madison Keys blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the primary time in her profession with a 6-1 6-Four defeat of Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on Sunday.
The 13th seed admitted within the build-up that she had by no means watched Buzarnescu in motion however rapidly bought to grips with the unheralded 30-year-old who was taking part in within the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam for the primary time.
Putting the ball cleanly and powerfully in good situations on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier, the big-serving Keys bagged the opener within the blink of a watch in opposition to an overpowered opponent providing little resistance.
It was just about the identical story within the second set earlier than Buzarnescu’s late resurgence which precipitated some nervousness within the Keys camp. The Romanian clawed again from 1-5 to 4-5 however Keys shut down the mini revival to serve for victory.
The 23-year-old Keys will now be eyeing a semi-final spot, with Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or unseeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva ready within the quarter-finals.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; modifying by Clare Fallon