Rising Russian star Kasatkina knocks out Wozniacki, progresses to French Open quarterfinal

Tanya Simon
June 7, 2018

Nishikori won just 14 points in the first set and even fewer, nine, in the second, as his serve and service returns ran cold on the sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier.

None of those four young players - all under age 26 - has made it this far at the French Open before, which guarantees a first-time French Open finalist on Saturday.

The fourth-round tie was delayed due to bad light late on Sunday, but the break in proceedings did not bother the 14th seed as she quickly won three successive games to wrap up a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 triumph.

Having disposed of one reigning Grand Slam champion, Kasatkina will next face another in US Open victor Sloane Stephens.

By the time Halep earned her third break of the set to lead 5-0, Mertens just looked like she wanted to get off the court.

Kerber has never been beyond the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and next faces top-seeded Simona Halep, last year's runner-up.

Kasatkina's 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 success sees the Russian reach the last eight of a grand slam for the first time in her career.

Runner-up to Stephens at Flushing Meadows previous year, Keys was the first woman through to the quarters after ending Mihaela Buzarnescu's inspired run with a 6-1 6-4 victory over the Romanian.

"I try not to think about it".

The day's biggest buzz was about a match that never took place. By the third set, she hit first serves at about 80 miles per hour (130 kph), about 40 miles per hour (70 kph) slower than she can.

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In the tournament held in France's capital city Paris, the match between Danish player Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Daria Kasatkina lasted with a surprise. "Basically, she couldn't play".

Sharapova's coach, Thomas Hogstedt, said that word of Williams' withdrawal arrived while his player was doing warmup exercises outside the locker room at Court Philippe Chatrier, waiting for the match ahead of theirs to finish.

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

There were no excuses, though, from the 27-year-old, who has yet to make it past the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros. Wozniacki is the tournament's second seed.

However, her progress in the tournament has caused a problem in terms of accommodation.

The match will resume Monday.

Serving a second time for the match, the 23-year-old Keys let out a scream of "Come on!" when she hit a superb cross-court backhand victor to make it 40-15 and give herself another two chances for victory. She broke straight back, winning on her first match point when Mertens double-faulted.

The world No.1 easily clinched her berth into the quarterfinals for the third time in the last five years with an emphatic 6-2 6-1 victory over No.16 seed Elise Mertens.

German 12th seed Angelique Kerber also moved on to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, drawing a matchup with Halep.

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