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Pegula, Swiatek reach the French quarters; Falling keys

Pegula, Swiatek reach the French quarters;  Falling keys
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Jessica Pegula became the third American to reach the Roland-Garros quarter-finals on Monday, but Madison Keys failed to join the party as she collapsed after a torrid start to her fourth-round match at Roland Garros.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatekmeanwhile, gave up the first set before passing a Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2, for her 32nd straight win – tying the third-longest winning streak on the Women’s Tour since 2000.

Pegula, 26, seeded 11th, will next face Swiatek in the quarter-finals.

After losing the first set, Pegula fought back to seal a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over the Romanian qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu and qualify for their second straight Grand Slam quarter-final.

Pegula, No. 11, whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, and Swiatek are the only two of the top 15 seeds remaining in the women’s division.

Pegula, whose two previous stints in the round of 16 at Grand Slams came at the Australian Open last year and this year, arrived in Paris with a career record of 2-3 at the major on clay, with a third-round appearance.

Begu, 31, who had won her last two encounters against Pegula in straight sets, fell to 0-3 in the majors’ fourth round matches. She was fined $10,000 earlier at this French Open after throwing her racquet, which bounced off the stands and grazed a child in the stands.

Swiatek’s 20 match winning streak came to an end against Qinwen, but that didn’t matter as his match streak reached 32. Venus Williams leads this list with 35 in 2000, followed by Serena Williams with 34 in 2013 and Justine Henin with 32 in 2008.

Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, shrugged off an unusually problematic streak and came back to beat 19-year-old Qinwen.

Swiatekt took a 3-0, 5-2 lead in the first set but couldn’t close it, dropping five set points in all. In the tiebreaker, Swiatek won five straight points to lead 5-2 – and 74th-placed Zheng responded by winning the next five points. It was Swiatek’s first set since April 23.

Zheng’s movement wasn’t as good at the start of the second set and she took a medical time-out to have her upper right leg bandaged as she led 3-0. Swiatek won eight straight to own the second set and take a 2-0 lead in the third and wouldn’t let the lead slip away.

When it ended, she shouted “Come on!” and shook his right fist.

Earlier Monday, Keys totally lost control after a brilliant first set, collapsing with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to the Russian. Veronika Kudermetova in Paris.

Keys, the No. 22 seed who reached the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2018 and the quarter-finals the following year, was helpless against Kudermetova, who used a heavy forehand on the Philippe Chatrier court to put Keys on the defensive.

Kudermetova qualified for the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Keys dominated the first set but lost the rhythm after Kudermetova took a bathroom break before the second set.

She held and then broke Keys’ serve to take a 2-0 lead in the second, which she served on her seventh set point.

“I tried to trust myself, to believe. That was my key,” said 29th-seeded Kudermetova, who will face her Russian compatriot. Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.

“Sometimes I tried to play harder, sometimes with the spin, a bit smarter. I did a good job today.”

Kudermetova, who hadn’t made it past the third round in singles at any of her previous 12 majors, broke in the opener of the third set after losing 40-0 and, except for a break of serve in the fourth game controlled the rest of the match.

Keys was the 2017 US Open runner-up and came out of a semi-final at the Australian Open.

Kasatkina matched her best performance in a major by reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Camille Giorgi.

Kasatkina, the 20th seed, saved a break point as she served for the match and clinched it on back-to-back unforced errors from Giorgi.

“I’m delighted with the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, the most important thing,” said Kasatkina, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon in 2018. “It doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net .”

Keys’ loss prevented the United States from having four women through to the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2002. Sloane Stephens2017 US Open champion and 18-year-old Coco Gauff already advanced on Sunday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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