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Sloane Stephens powers past Daria Kasatkina, sets up French Open semi with Madison Keys

Sloane Stephens registered an easy win over Daria Kasatkina to book a semi-final spot against Madison Keys at the French Open.

tennis Updated: Jun 05, 2018 22:18 IST
Reuters, Paris
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Sloane Stephens of the US reacts during her women's singles quarter-final match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina.(AFP)

Sloane Stephens set up a French Open semi-final showdown against fellow-American Madison Keys after comfortably overcoming wily Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-1 on Tuesday.

The 10th seed, who beat Keys to win the U.S. Open last year, showed impressive patience in some cat-and-mouse exchanges and eventually overpowered the 21-year-old with her bigger game.

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Stephens needed 42 minutes to win a first set full of long baseline rallies, but was unstoppable in the second set as Kasatkina’s game began to crack.

“This is really exciting for American tennis and I’m really excited to play my really good friend,” she said on court.

The 25-year-old had never got beyond the last 16 of the French Open until this year.

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 22:16 IST