Olympians Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will have a Grand Slam rematch, as last year’s US Open finalists will meet again in the French Open semifinals after both players advanced on Tuesday.
Stephens, ranked 10th, dispatched Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-1, while No. 13 Keys had a little tougher time with unseeded Yulia Putintseva in her quarterfinal match, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. It will be the first time for both competing in the French Open semifinals. Prior to 2018, Stephens reached the fourth round four times, while Keys had reached the fourth round in 2016.
Last year the two did battle in the US Open final that Stephens won, 6-3, 6-0, for her first Grand Slam title.
Thursday will mark Stephens’ third semifinal appearance in her last three Grand Slams. After a bit of a rough first set Tuesday, Stephens controlled the second set against Kasatkina. Stephens broke her serve five times while having hers broken just once in the match.
Keys, meanwhile, hasn’t lost a set at the French Open so far and improves to 11-3 on clay after Tuesday’s quarterfinal. At 23, she is now the youngest American to reach the semifinals of the French Open since Serena Williams did it in 2003 at the age of 21.
Keys finished fourth at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 while Stephens was 33rd.